I hope that you and your children have all enjoyed a lovely summer holiday.  I am looking forward to working with the class and having enjoyable and productive year with your children. Below is a brief overview of our learning for Term 1. If you have any further questions please feel free to come and speak to me.
Mathematics
We will begin to the year by focusing upon place value, numbers to 10 million and consolidating pupils’ knowledge and ability to utilise the 4 main operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division). Pupils will learn to write, read, compare and order numbers to 10 million, round any number and work with negative numbers as well as add and subtract whole numbers, multiply large numbers, use the long division method, work with common factors, multiples and primes, work with operations and conducting them in the correct order and carry out mental calculations and estimates.
As will be the case throughout the year children will choose whether to answer A, B or C level questions (according to their confidence) before completing challenge questions focusing on their reasoning and problem-solving skills. Pupils will also have the chance to further develop and consolidate their problem-solving skills in dedicated problem-solving lessons, which will occur throughout the year.
English
In Term one pupils will focus upon three key genres. Initially, pupils will focus upon narrative writing based around an excerpt from the film The Iron Giant. This will involve developing the use of settings and characterisation with a focus on how a writer evokes the setting and the feelings of characters, as well as pupils beginning to use a variety of language features such as complex sentences and relative clauses. Children will then write information texts about “France” (linking to our theme this term) before, finally, writing some empathetic diary entries based around our class novel Skellig by David Almond. We will be reading Skellig through our Guided Reading sessions. These sessions take place for half an hour per day and allow pupils to develop their own reading, their answering of comprehension questions, their reading fluency and their active reading.
Children will explore all the genres they write in through discussion and story-telling in order to deepen their understanding of structure and new vocabulary. We become expert writers in each genre, by spending time focusing on the specific aspects of a genre, before writing, editing, improving and re-drafting our written work and publishing it. There will be a huge emphasis on spelling, punctuation and grammar. This is very important as these skills feed into the children’s reading and particularly their writing. The spelling of every word they use is vital as the children’s writing is heavily judged on their ability to spell the words they use correctly. With this in mind we continue to ask you to work in partnership with us, encouraging and helping your children to learn and understand a variety of vocabulary. They will have daily ‘SPAG’ sessions (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and some of their homework will be linked to various aspects of this area of the English Curriculum.
Science
In Science our topic is “Animals including Humans”. Pupils will learn to identify the main features of the human circulatory system, explain how water and nutrients are transported within the body, research how diet and exercise impact upon the human body and explain the impact of drugs and alcohol on the human body. Pupils will also have a chance to practice specific scientific skills, through carrying out a range of experiments, such as recording measurements systematically, communicating data in a line graph, using graphs to spot and interpret patterns and offering explanations for results.
Theme
Our Theme for the Term is “France”. Children will spend time learning about the physical and human geography of France, they will answer questions using an atlas, develop their map skills, use a range of resources (such as maps, aerial photographs, text sources etc.) to describe a location within France, compare mountainous and coastal environments and compare and evaluate the British and French educational systems. Pupils will also explore the artwork of legendary French artist Henri Matisse and produce their own pieces using his unique style. Finally, children will also explore wide geographical themes over the course of this unit, such as exploring time zones and learning about global landmarks, such as deserts and the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer. 
Physical Education
PE will take place each week on Wednesday. The focus for Term 1 is ‘Football, Rugby and Hockey Skills’. As I am sure you are aware, it is really important that PE kits (appropriate for weather conditions) are in school for that day each week and are clearly labelled. Long hair must be tied back and all earrings removed for safety during PE sessions.  This unit of PE will take place outside so pupils should have appropriate footwear in school on the relevant day. Thank you!
RE
This term we will be studying Judaism, pupils will learn about various key elements of the Jewish Faith. This will involve focusing upon the symbolism of the Menorah, linking the principles of Rosh Hashanah to their own daily lives, studying the key events of Yom Kippur and describing the elements of the Pesach and a Sedar plate.
French
In French this term we will focus upon developing spoken and written French. We will learn about items in our classroom and different locations around a town centre.  
Computing
This term we will focus upon spreadsheets. We will be discussing the uses of spreadsheets and why they are useful. Pupils will work with Microsoft Excel to store, retrieve and present information as well as completing calculations using a range of formulae. 
Homework
Spellings
Every Monday, children will be given a list of spelling words to practise in class each morning.  These will, for the most part, consist of the National Curriculum list of words which are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell.  On Friday the children will bring their spellings home for you to test them and bring them back on Monday.
Maths and English
Homework will be set and given to children on Friday, to be returned by the following Monday. The content will enable children to practise and consolidate what they have learnt in class.
Reading
Reading plays a crucial role in your child’s learning. In class we have daily guided sessions of reading and actively seek out opportunities to read across the curriculum, but it is essential that children are able to practise this skill at home. Reading can include a range of text-types and media; not just the school reading book that comes home each day. 
Many thanks for your support and I look forward to working with your children this year.
Mr Spurgeon