I hope you enjoyed the half term. We’ve now begun the lead up to Christmas. The children have picked up from where we left off, working hard in lessons and engaging in the learning. Together we have carried on with our work on Diwali in English building up to performance for an Indian School.

Mathematics

Planning will take a mastery approach to teaching and learning so that children are given the opportunity to build, then apply skills in contexts of varying degrees of challenge. The children will have the opportunity to use concrete objects, manipulatives and pictorial representations to help them understand what they are doing and to support them as they reason and solve problems.

Here is an overview of learning outcomes for the term;

• Choose an appropriate strategy to solve a calculation based upon the numbers involved (recall a known fact, calculate mentally, use a jotting, written method)

• Identify multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number, and common factors of two numbers

• now and use the vocabulary of prime numbers, prime factors and composite (non-prime) numbers

• Establish whether a number up to 100 is prime and recall prime numbers up to 19

• Recognise and use square (2) and cube (3) numbers, and notation

• Use partitioning to double or halve any number, including decimals to two decimal places

• Multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one- or two-digit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for two-digit numbers

• Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one-digit number using the formal written method of short division and interpret remainders appropriately for the context

• Compare and order fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same number (including on a number line)

• Identify, name and write equivalent fractions of a given fraction, represented visually, including tenths and hundredths

• Solve problems involving fractions and decimals to three places.

Daily warm-up sessions will focus this term on counting in forwards and backwards in steps of 1, 10, 100, 1000, 25 from any positive or negative number or decimal, as well as revision of all times tables and division facts up to 12 x 12.

English

We are currently studying the story of Rama and Sita, a key story in the festival for Diwali for Hindus. This is as part of a very special project, that we are taking part in. Our class has been chosen to work with a school in India to share our traditions and learn about each other’s culture. As part of this, they will tell us about Christmas and present the nativity over Skype. In return, we will be performing the play of Rama & Sita. Each child has an important part in this. I ask you to support your child in this by encouraging them to learn their lines. Maybe, even read the other parts for them, so they know what comes before their lines. For the brave, put on the ten voices of the Demon King Ravana!

As part of this, we have been learning to tell the story through storytelling, to help them internalise the language used in the story so that they can use it in their own writing. They will write their own version using the narrative framework from the story.  To achieve this we have written character descriptions, a eulogy, and a setting description. Our current focus is using effective connecters and sentence openers with a large focus on spelling!

As part of the English Curriculum there is 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. As with the Maths planning will take a mastery approach to teaching and learning so that children are given the opportunity to build, then apply skills in contexts of varying degrees of challenge.  We will have daily 'Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar' sessions and some of the children's homework will be linked to various aspects of this area of the English Curriculum. With this in mind we are asking you to work in partnership with us, encouraging and helping your children to learn and understand a variety of vocabulary. A dictionary at home is the perfect tool to help the children.

Science

This term, we are going to be exploring our space, through our Solar System. The principal focus of science teaching in Upper Key Stage 2 is to enable pupils to develop a deeper understanding of a wide range of scientific ideas. They will do this through exploring and talking about their ideas; asking their own questions about scientific phenomena; and analysing functions, relationships and interactions more systematically.

The targets for the end of the term are that your child can;

• Describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system

• Describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth

• Describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies

• Use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky

PE

This term our focus is Movement, Balance and Gymnastics. Myself and the Sports TA’s will be teaching this through gymnastics. Through this we will cover the following; • Complex extended sequences

• Action, balance and shape

• Performing consistently to different audiences

• Remembering and copying a longer precision series or set of actions

• Using their knowledge of the principles of gymnastic skills to improve their effectiveness.

Homework Children will receive their Homework on a Friday and I kindly ask that it is returned on Wednesday. Please see below as to what the homework will entail.

Spellings

Every Monday, children will be given a list of spelling words to practise in class each morning.  These will form a mix between high and medium frequency words, and words that reinforce various spelling patterns.  On Friday the children will bring their spellings home for you to test them. They will bring them back to show the class teacher on Monday.

Furthermore, they now have spelling envelopes in which they put the words they are practicing with their learning partners. When think they learnt them, they get to put them in the other side. When they’ve proved it, they can throw them away!

Mathematics

Maths homework will include the revision of their timetables. Timetables are a crucial element of maths, being instrumental across a wide range of mathematical operations. Being able to recall multiplication and division facts with fluency will help your child flourish in maths. Further tasks will enable the children to practise prior learning.

Writing

Writing tasks will be based around work taught as part of the English curriculum or Theme lessons which include history, geography, music, art, design technology and ICT.

Reading

As last term, English, Spelling Punctuation and Grammar is continuing key focus in English. Reading is a key component in working on these skills. For that reason, I ask of you that you remind your child to read at home regularly. Please listen to your child read and sign the Reading Record which will accompany the book. Your participation is greatly appreciated!