Welcome to term 6! I hope had a relaxing half term! Below is an overview of the learning we will be exploring this upcoming term. If you have any questions then please feel free to come and speak to me at the end of the school day or organise an appointment with the office. 
 
English
The class are beginning the term by focussing on traditional tales. We will be looking at Jack and the Beanstalk as our main tale and the features within the genre. Part of this will include discussion of other tales that children know as well as exploring why and how tales change over time. 
Once the class are confident writing in the style of the genre we will begin to create our own tales and adapt existing ones! This will be developed through a continued ‘Talk for writing’ approach that allows the class to be active and engaged in their learning. 
After our tales we will be revisiting poetry. This will encourage the children to use descriptive language that utilises their senses and creates excitement for the reader. The children will then be able to connect this to their Science learning to create a unique poem about the habitats that surround them.
Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPaG) lessons are going to continue to be a part of our daily timetable. There will be a focus on list writing, word class identification and a focus on the accurate spelling of Year 2 words.  This will be alongside daily Guided Reading sessions that ensure each child reads regularly and continues to foster reading for pleasure. 
 
Mathematics
Class 3 shall start by reviewing out work on partitioning and place value. This will be done to ensure that key skills that are vital to KS2 mathematics are revised and reinforced. We will then apply this to money problems that require the children to deepen their thinking and develop their practical skills. 
Next pupils will explore column addition and subtraction. This is a method that is used commonly in KS2 and often beyond. We shall be using counters to help us when learning about ‘exchanging’ and how we record this correctly. 
After that we are going to look at accurate measuring and the different ways that we measure. For length we are going to be playing our popular ‘Measuring Champion’ game whilst capacity will offer the chance to explore different vessels practically by using water. 
Within the term we will be continuing our work on our focussed timetables (2, 5 and 10) as well as doubles and halves to 20. Your child can also earn a maths bug by learning one of the ‘groups’ of times tables below. Once a child has completed a group they can focus on moving onto the next group (starting from group 1).
Group 1: 2, 5, 10 
When learning times table it is really useful if your child can test themselves out of sequence. This means that rather than reciting the times table in order (e.g. 1x5=5, 2x5=10) instead they try to catch themselves out (e.g. 1x5=5, 8x5=40, 5x5=25).
 
Science
Within Term 6 we are going to be starting our final unit: Living things and their habitats. This will link to our previous unit (Plants) and allow children to explore their environment. Children will have the opportunity to begin to classify animals, objects and plants in different ways based on their characteristics. Part of this will ink back to our MRS GREN work and let the children apply their knowledge of ‘What makes something alive’. We will also look at food chains, and the roles within them (producers, prey, predators), and examples we see in everyday life. This will let the children develop their observation, data recording and sorting skills when working scientifically.
Our interactive science table will feature a sorting activity, animal habitat ‘predictor’ game and investigation questions! 
 
Theme
Our theme topic this term is ‘Who lives in a castle?’ The topic has a focus on history and lets the children reflect on past events and changes that have happened over time. This will include thinking about how their lives as children would be different in medieval times and some of the roles they might have had. It will also let the class discuss local history (e.g. Dover castle) and how the local area has developed over time. 
 
PE
Athletics and Games is our term 6 PE focus. We shall be developing our techniques across a range of athletic events (javelin, long jump etc.) in preparation for sports day. The children will also apply their previously learnt skills (football, hockey etc.) in game scenarios to encourage teamwork and an understanding of game-specific rules. 
PE will be on Thursday afternoon each week. Please can you make sure your children have their kits (polo shirts, jumper, shorts, jogging bottoms and plimsolls) and that earrings are removed for PE sessions.
 
RE
The class will be comparing the schools values and how they connect with religion. This will involve lots of discussion about the different values, why they are used and the reasons they are encouraged within school.  
 
Homework
Every Friday Maths and English homework will be given out to the children. The homework will be targeted at giving pupils a chance to reinforce their learning or introducing them to an upcoming topic. There will also be a selection of spellings, which the children have practised during the week, which can be used as a short spelling test. We ask that the children return their homework on Monday morning so that we can collectively mark and review the work. Within the classroom we have also got our class ‘Learning Tree’. An adult or child may record any home learning that has taken place onto one of our paper apples (placed inside the homework folders) and proudly display it on our tree. The home learning can range from writing a story at home to regularly reading to their siblings. At the end of each term the apples will be counted and the child with the most apples will receive a small prize!
Reading
Guided reading will happen every day and enable pupils to regularly read with an adult. Pupils will also be able to individually read with an adult at least once a week. Reading books will go home with the children every day and it would be really good if they could read regularly at home as well.  Short, daily 10-15 minutes reading sessions can make a huge difference to a child’s reading progression and it can give them a chance to discuss the story with you. Book bags should be brought to school every day so that we can change books when necessary and listen to readers, ensuring we are supporting the children as much as possible. Asking your child questions when they are reading can allow them to further explore the story and practise their ability to interpret information. Below are some suggested questions that you may find helpful during reading sessions: Who is (are) the main character(s)?
What is the main idea?  
What is the problem?
How was it solved?  
Describe the setting using evidence from the text.  Where does the story take place?  
Did you think the story had a good ending?  If not, how could you have changed the ending?  
Are there any words you didn't understand?  How can you find out their meaning?  
Ask your child why certain characters are feeling like they are (happy, sad, angry, jealous, etc.), and ask if they know any other words that mean the same.  
Did they like the story?  Why or why not?