I hope you have all enjoyed a wonderful summer holiday. I am looking forward to a productive and exciting term with your children. The children have come back ready to learn and are engaging well with the learning we have undertaken. They already having a working knowledge of air resistance, the importance of tolerance and have explored ‘Slam poetry’ in English (ask them about it, they’d love to explain it to you!).

Below is an overview of learning and development that will be taking place in Class 6. 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. 

• Count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1 000 000

• Count forwards and backwards in decimal steps

• Read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit

• Read, write, order and compare numbers with up to 3 decimal places

• Identify the value of each digit to three decimal places

• Identify represent and estimate numbers using the number line

• Find 0.01, 0.1, 1, 10, 100, 100 and other powers of 10 more or less than a given number

• Round any number up to 1 000 000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000

• Round decimals with two decimal places to the nearest whole number and to one decimal place

• Multiply/divide whole numbers and decimals by 10, 100 and 1000

• Describe and extend number sequences including those with multiplication/division steps and where the step size is a decimal

• Interpret negative numbers in context, count on and back with positive and negative whole numbers, including through zero

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

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.

We will be working on Slam Poetry, a form of performance poetry that involves the audience judging the performance of the author. We will begin with a focus on poetry with imagery. Children will explore poems through guided discussion in order to deepen their understanding and explain the meaning of new vocabulary, referring to the text to justify their ideas with evidence. They will discuss and evaluate how poets use structure and language for effect.

Science

Our science topic this term is ‘Forces’. Children will learn what types of forces they come across in their daily lives. Children will use the secondary sources, the internet and scientific equipment and investigations to develop their knowledge and understanding of forces. The children will be exploring forces in a number of investigations, enabling them to see the effects in a real world situation. They will build on scientific investigation skills learnt in previous years, including raising questions, observing and making connections with everyday situations. They will learn the effects of wind resistance and how vehicles are designed to reduce the effects. Children will explore the effects of gravity and how it differs on different planets. We will explore famous scientists and their work in discovering forces.

Theme

Our theme this term is Wales. Children in Le Tennis (Year 4/5) will develop their understanding of human and physical features of this region, with a specific focus on Snowdonia. For example, they will study the mountain range and find out what it is like to live in Snowdonia. Artefacts and other secondary sources, such as photographs and maps will support this learning. Cross-curricular opportunities will include giving children the opportunity to apply maths skills such as calculating and measuring distances using a scale. Children will investigate the effect of forces on the Festinog railway. They will further use six-figure grid references, constructing bar charts and calculating the mean average within the context of temperature and rainfall. Opportunities to develop techniques in art will also form part of this topic.

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.

Physical Education

PE will take place every Monday. The focus of Term 1 is invasion games. I would like to stress the importance, as I am sure you are aware, of children having their PE kits every Monday. Children are encouraged to leave their PE kits in at school during the week, to avoid forgotten PE kits. You are of course welcome to take them home to wash them when you deem necessary. We plan to undertake the ‘Golden mile’ challenge, where children run 60 metres every afternoon. As result of this the children will need trainers in their lockers every day. Although this sounds daunting the children love it working in pairs and challenging themselves to better their score (laps) each time. Long hair must be tied back and all earrings removed for safety during PE sessions.  Thank you!

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.

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 I emphasised in English, Spelling Punctuation and Grammar is a key focus in English. Reading is 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! 

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