SPRING TERM 2020

20th January 2020

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much for your generous gifts at Christmas time, these were much appreciated. The children have settled straight back into their working routines. Here is an outline of the work we will be covering, together with important dates for your diaries. We hope this is helpful to you when you are choosing library books, going on visits or helping with research. 

History Topic

Our key topic this term is The Maya Civilisation. In this topic, the children will explore the secrets of Mayan life. How did the Maya live? Where were they found? What were they known for? The children will learn about how the Maya excelled at architecture, agriculture, pottery, hieroglyph writing and mathematics.

Following this, we will be studying Stone Age to Iron Age. We will be taking part in a workshop at the Museum of London to further enrich the children’s learning experience.

English

In this term the children’s writing will be stimulated by a short film. We will be focusing on different forms of journalistic writing and reports. We will be writing in role, diary entries and playscripts.

Children will be encouraged to: read with understanding; compare texts, plays and films; plan quickly; investigate viewpoints; read and write poetry, non-fiction, stories and scripts. The children will learn key spelling rules and apply them. Guided reading will take place two to three times a week,  a written comprehension once a week and grammar at least three times a week. 

Maths

Measures including time

Circles and angles

Properties of 2D & 3D shapes

Parallelogram & rhombus

Trapeziums & kite

Diagonals

Reasoning about shape

Number and place value

Mental addition and subtraction

Fractions, percentages and statistics

Algebra

Co-ordinates, statistics and measure

Mental multiplication and division.

Written multiplication

Multiplication and division of fractions and written division

Area, perimeter and volume

Shape, ratio and percentages

Please ensure children regularly practice their times tables.

Science

Living things and their habitats:

 

  • Describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including micro-organisms, plants and
  • Classifying plants and animals based on specific

Inheritance and Evolution:

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago.
  • Recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents.
  • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution

RE

Units from ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’.

Exploring the Mass

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Know that Jesus is the bread of life.
  • Understand that Jesus makes a New Covenant with us.
  • Understand the Penitential Act and the Liturgy of the Word.
  • Understand what happens at the Offertory.
  • Know what happens at the Consecration.
  • Know that it is Jesus we receive in Holy Communion.
  • Understand that the Eucharist is the source and summit of life.
  • Know that Jesus is present in the Blessed Sacrament.

Jesus, the Messiah

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Deepen our understanding of Jesus.
  • Understand that Jesus is the Messiah.
  • Know about the final journey that Jesus made to Jerusalem.
  • Know about the events of Holy Thursday.
  • Know about the crucifixion of Jesus.
  • Deepen our understanding of the Resurrection.
  • Know about the Holy Week ceremonies in church.

The values we will be exploring this term:

  • Dear Jesus, help me to forgive.
  • Dear Jesus, help me to be generous.

Class Routines                                                                                           

Monday               Music and PE

Tuesday              Topic and Spanish

Wednesday        Science

Thursday              RE and Art

Friday                    PE and Singing

Homework

Journal:                      One written task per week – given out Friday, back by following Wednesday.

                                    One SATS paper per week – given out Friday; back by following Wednesday.

Spellings:                   Friday for test the following week.

Maths Homework:     MyMaths weekly topics related to school learning.

Reading:                     Children are expected to read for 30 minutes AT LEAST five evenings a week.

They should keep a record of pages read nightly and write a detailed comment each time they finish a book. Please encourage your children to read a variety of literature including newspapers, magazines and advertising material.

February

Thursday 13th             Science workshop

March

Monday 2nd                  Museum of London trip

Tuesday 5th                 Parent/teacher meetings 4:30pm – 7:00pm

Thursday 7th                Parent/teacher meetings – 3:15pm – 6:00pm

School breaks up for half term on Friday 14th February. 

Children return to school on Tuesday 25th February.

School breaks up for Easter on Friday 3rd April. 

Thank you for your support.  If you have any queries at all please do see me at the end of a school day.  If that’s not convenient, email on jmiller65.209@lgflmail.org.

  cfalconer1.209@lgflmail.org.

Warmest regards,

Jo Miller and Cath Falconer

Autumn Term Term 1 2019

13th September 2019

Dear Parents,

The children have settled in well during their first week back at school and are approaching their learning with enthusiasm. Here is an outline of the work we will be covering, together with important dates for your diaries. We hope this is helpful to you when you are choosing library books, going on visits or helping with research.  

Main Topic

In the first half term, we will be conducting a UK study concentrating on land-use comparing city and country, local government and sustainability. Children will use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate different areas of the UK and describe features studied. In the first half-term, we will go on a trip to Horlands Farm to examine country land-use. We will have an overarching theme of ‘what it means to belong’.

In the second half term, we will be comparing geographical similarities and differences between the United Kingdom and Spain. Focusing on culture, religion, land-use patterns and identifying key topographical features (including hills, mountains, coasts and rivers).

Literacy

This term the children will work on recounts (diary entries), character study, writing in a chosen form for a chosen audience and persuasive writing (‘The Arrival’ is the key text).  Children will be encouraged to: read with understanding; compare texts, plays and films; plan quickly; investigate viewpoints; read and write poetry, non-fiction, stories and scripts. The children will learn key spelling rules and apply them. Reading will be taught through the core English text, short stories and comprehensions.

 Maths

Approximating, place value, decimals, ordering positive and negative numbers on scales

Interpret percentages as fractions and decimals

Square numbers up to 20 x 20, patterns and factors

Co-ordinates in 4 quadrants

Measure – area and perimeter

Fractions – simplifying, ordering, adding and subtracting fractions

Volume using cm³, m³, ml, l and equivalents

Distances on maps and scale drawings

Mental addition and subtraction

Apply and explain methods to solve multi-step problems

Science

Animals including humans

Children will identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and explain the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood.  They will recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function.  Finally, they will be able to describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.

 Electricity

The children will be taught to:

  • use recognised symbols when representing a simple circuit in a diagram.
  • associate the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer with the number and voltage of cells used in the circuit.
  • compare and give reasons for variations in how components function, including the brightness of bulbs, the loudness of buzzers and the on/off position of switches.

RE

Units from ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ – The Kingdom of God (first half term). Justice (second half term).

Class Routines

 Monday                 Music (6M) and Drama

Tuesday               Topic and art

Wednesday         Drama and RE, PE (6F), Science

Thursday                RE, Computing and Swimming -10 weeks (6M)

Friday                     Music (6F) Singing, PE

Homework:

Homework

Journal:                       One written task per week – given out Friday, back by following Wednesday.

Reading:                       Nightly – children are expected to read for 20-30 minutes EVERY evening.

They should keep a record of pages read nightly and write a detailed comment each time they finish a book. Please encourage your children to read a variety of literature including newspapers, magazines and advertising material.

Spellings:                     Thursday for test the following week.

Maths Homework:         Friday to be completed by following Wednesday.

Dates for your diary:

September

Thursday 19th         Horlands Farm trip (5F)

Thursday 26th        Horlands Farm trip (5M)

October

Monday 21st   – Friday 25th         Half Term

Monday 28th           INSET Day

November

Tuesday 5th           Open Evening (4.30 – 7 pm)

Wednesday 6th      Open Evening (3.30– 6.00 pm)

December

Thursday 11th        Christmas performance  (6M)

Monday 16th          Christmas performance   (6F)

 School breaks up for Christmas holidays on Thursday 19th December.  Children return to school on

Monday 6th January.

 Thank you for your support in advance.  If you have any queries at all please do see me at the end of a school day.  If that’s not convenient, email me on jmiller65.209@lgflmail.org

 Warmest regards,         

Jo Miller