I hope that you have all enjoyed a lovely summer holiday.  I am looking forward to an enjoyable and productive term with your children. Below is an overview of learning and development. Please do not hesitate to speak to me if you have any further questions.

Mathematics

There will be a strong focus on number and place value in term 1 in order to build competency. 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. 

• Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10 000 000 and determine the value of each digit.

• Round any whole number to a required degree of accuracy.

• Use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero.

• Multiply multi-digit number up to 4 digits by a 2 digit number using a formal written method

• Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a 2 digit whole numbers using the formal written method

• Round decimals with three places to the nearest whole number or one or two decimal places.

• Identify the value of each digit in numbers given to three decimal places

• Multiply and divide numbers by 10, 100 and 1000 giving answers up to three decimal places.

• Identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers.

• Solve number and practical problems that involve all of the above

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 will begin with a focus on report writing which will be linked to the focus of our theme: El Salvador (see below). Children will explore this genre through guided discussion, independent analysis and story-telling in order to deepen their understanding of structure and new vocabulary, and internalise the pattern of language required. Initial writing outcomes for this genre will be scaffolded; the children will write in sections following teacher modelling and shared writing in order to complete an extended piece. The children will then apply their skills to write independently. Editing, improving and re-drafting written work will form an essential part of the writing process and can be used as concrete evidence of progress and attainment. 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 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.  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 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. 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

This term the children will study ‘light’. There is much scope within this topic to work scientifically. For example, the children will plan enquiries, control variables, collect and record results.  Pupils will draw conclusions based on their data and observations, use evidence to justify their ideas, and use their scientific knowledge and understanding to explain their findings. We will explore how light travels and use this knowledge to explain how we see and how objects are seen by us. We will study shadows in order to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them. Key concepts and vocabulary include:  The Ray model of light, reflection, refraction, apparent movement of the sun, opaque, translucent, transparent, beam and shadow.

An interactive display and table will motivate and encourage children’s independence. Equipment includes a dark den, log box, home-made ray box, a range of torches and prisms and mirrors, protractors  and resources for making scientific equipment such as a ray box. I have set challenges which will enable children to solve problems, thinking scientifically and trying out ideas with independence. 

Theme

Our theme this term is ‘Around the Globe’. I have chosen to focus on El Salvador in Central America. The children will study aspects of physical geography including climate zones, rivers and volcanoes. They will also investigate aspects of human geography including types of settlements and land use, the environment and the distribution of natural resources. Children will also have the opportunity to develop their understanding of child rights as they learn about the life of children living in various areas of El Salvador. Geography skills development will include using map skills to locate physical and human features, using a scale to measure distances, using the 8 points of a compass, as well as 4 and 6-figure grid references, symbols and keys to build their knowledge of El Salvador and its location within the wider world. We shall also incorporate some artwork; children will create a line drawing of human and physical features of El Salvador to develop skills in identifying the most important information in a photograph. We will enjoy food tasting and make links with other subjects such as maths and English. For example, the children will practise their skills in presenting geographical data using bar charts and line graphs and will work on ratio in the context of cooking and recipes (tortillas).

Physical Education

PE will take place each week on Wednesday. The focus of term one is balance, movement and gymnastics’. As I am sure you are aware, it is really important that PE kits are in school for that day each week and are clearly labelled. We are also going to challenge ourselves to undertake the ‘Golden Mile’ which entails running 60 metres each day. Although this sounds daunting the children love it, working in pairs and challenging themselves to better their score (laps) each time. The children will therefore need trainers in their lockers every day. Long hair must be tied back and all earrings removed for safety during PE sessions.  Thank you!

RE

This term we will be looking at Judaism. It is important that children gain an understanding of a variety of religions that they may encounter in their lives. We will be looking at the beliefs and practices that underpin Judaism.

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 for a class discussion on Monday. The end of year statutory tests places a significant emphasis on children’s ability to spell, not only the National Curriculum statutory word list for their year group, but also the word lists from previous year groups. 

Maths and English Homework will be set and given to children on Monday, to be returned by Thursday. The content will enable children to practise what they have learnt in class.   Reading Fluency in reading, coupled with developing comprehension, plays a vital 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.  Children should be reading four at least fifteen minutes, five out of seven nights of the week. If your child is reading independently, please encourage him/her to clarify unfamiliar word-meanings with you or with a dictionary. Also, it is very important that the children understand what they are reading as this feeds into their ability to engage in comprehension tasks in class. Of course, this all leads to their final statutory end of Key Stage assessments.

Friday An additional piece of homework will be set each Friday, to be completed by Monday.