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

Initially in Term 1 will be focusing upon number and place value as these are crucial topics underpinning much of the Maths we will study throughout the year. This will involve learning about Roman Numerals, rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000, counting in thousands, partitioning (breaking numbers up into thousands, hundreds, tens and ones), comparing numbers, ordering numbers and working with negative numbers. We will then focus upon formal methods of addition and subtraction, this will involve adding and subtracting 4-digit numbers, estimating answers and using the inverse operation to check answers.

Children will be given the chance to develop their skills before applying their knowledge and skills in different contexts through ‘Challenge Questions’ which will allow them to develop their mathematical understanding and reasoning.

English

We will begin with a focus on Traditional Tales. Children will explore this genre through group discussion and story-telling to deepen their understanding. Pupils will explore character, setting and key themes in Traditional Tales. We will be writing character descriptions and describing settings before adapting tales to create our own interesting stories which we aim to publish in a class book. We will be focusing on key elements of punctuation and grammar, through daily SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) sessions, including punctuating direct speech correctly.

We will conclude the term by focusing upon writing recounts in the form of newspaper articles and reports. If you could introduce your child to newspaper articles (in either print or online form) that may interest them over the course of the term this will greatly support their learning in this area.

Science

This term we will be focusing upon ‘Animals including Humans’. This will involve practical investigations and pupils developing their knowledge of and use of key scientific vocabulary. Children will identify the different types of teeth and their simple functions, discuss how to keep their teeth clean and healthy, describe and explore the functions of the basic parts of the human digestive systems and construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey.

Theme

Our theme in Term 1 is ‘Around the Globe’. I have chosen to focus on Brazil but our learning will involve comparing life and the climate in Brazil to life in the United Kingdom. The children will study aspects of physical geography including the Amazon River, Rainforest and natural landmarks such as Sugarloaf Mountain. They will also investigate aspects of human geography including types of settlements and the different lives of Brazilian people, including the rich and poor of Rio de Janiero and the tribes of the Amazon Rainforest. Geographical skills development will include using map skills to locate physical and human features of Brazil and its location within the wider world. This topic will also involve some artwork; children will create a line drawing of the Rainforest using a variety of drawing implements and developing their drawing techniques through sketching. We will also produce a rainforest collage. 

Physical Education

PE will take place each week on Tuesday. The focus for Term 1 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. 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. We will be looking at the beliefs and practices that underpin Judaism, focusing specifically upon the importance of the Synagogue, the role of Rabbis and elements of daily life for Jewish people, such as Prayer Clothes.

French

In French this term we will focus upon greetings and developing our spoken French. We will also begin to look at Family and how to introduce our families.

Computing

This term we will be focusing upon research and effectively presenting this research. We will be discussing the characteristics of effective and safe research as well as understanding how algorithms are used to rank results on search engines.

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.

Mathematics and English Homework

Homework will be set and given to children on Friday, to be returned by the following Tuesday. The content will enable children to practise 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.  Children should be reading for around fifteen minutes, five out of seven nights of the week. Asking your child questions when they are reading can allow them to further explore the story and practise their ability to interpret information.