This term’s learning

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Our Lower school topic focus for this term is “We will rock you”. The topic is based around British history from the Stone to Iron ages.  So far this term, we have introduced the topic by thinking about how people survived during the stone age.

As well as our topic, the children will also explore other subjects in our themed days and weeks, culminating in a Christmas themed week at the end of the term.

Each Friday will continue to be ‘deep learning’ sessions where the children are encouraged to discover and reflect upon their own learning.They will ask questions, plan and use resources to find the answers to their queries. This will help them to develop as learners and also provide them with social and group work skills. Maths sessions on a Friday will be focussed on times tables and children will be completing a range of activities based around the times table they are learning.  We expect all lower school children to learn their times tables at home as part of their weekly homework.

Numeracy

This term we will be focussing upon place value and understanding the number system as well as mental methods of calculation. We will be applying these skills to a range of different problems including measures, money and time. Children will also be encouraged to master their skills by solving puzzles and completing multi-step word problems.

Literacy

Our literacy this term is based around our topic. We will be reading ‘Stone age boy’ and ‘Ug: Boy genius of the stone age and his search for soft trousers’. We will cover a range of sentence writing and grammar skills over the term and will also be writing stories linked to the topic.

Science

This term, the children will be learning about rocks and fossils.

P.E.

In lower school, our P.E. sessions are usually on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. The children will complete either indoor and outdoor P.E. during this time and will require full house colour P.E. kits for this. During the year, each class will have a block of swimming sessions at the regional pool. Letters will be sent home with full details. The first class to swim will be Welby, followed by Simmonds after half term. On swimming days, the children will return to school at around 3:30pm.

Music, PSHE, ICT, Art and French

Over the course of the year, children will spend several weeks learning music, art, ICT and PSHE skills. This is in addition to these areas being covered during our topic work. In music, the children will be using our new Ipads to compose music and we will be using music express to help in their learning. For ICT, each class will get to work with an ICT specialist in the afternoons; covering coding, internet safety and all other aspects of the ICT curriculum. As well as this, children will be given to opportunity to link their literacy and topic work to ICT, using green screens to make films. During art sessions, the children will be sketching, using clay and developing their drawing and painting skills. PSHE sessions will support the children in dealing with everyday situations as well as helping to develop the children socially, morally, spiritually and culturally.

R.E.

In lower school, as well as our Christian themed worships, our R.E. theme is ‘Caring for God’s world’.

Homework

All homework will be sent home on a Friday and is due in the following Thursday. This year, the children will have one homework book for all subjects which they will need to hand in to their class teacher.

Reading homework

We expect all children to read daily. Either the child, or the adult they have read with, should complete their reading record book to show that they have been reading. Both books need to be handed in to class teachers each day.

Maths homework

You child will be given a times table to learn. They will be tested on this each Thursday. To help parents to support their children with homework, an example of the test they will be completing the following week will be stuck into their homework book.

Spelling homework

The children are issued with their spellings weekly. A sheet will be stuck into their homework book to explain the spelling rules. Each week the children need to find more words to match the spelling rule and write some sentences using the words.

Topic homework

This year, the topic homework for lower school is split into weekly tasks, based around our topic. A task will be stuck into homework books each week.

I’m sure you will agree that we have an action packed term planned. If you are able to contribute to any themed weeks or our termly topic, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The lower school team.

 

Autumn Term in Upper School

Upper school will be learning about World War Two for their topic this term. For the first half-term we will be looking at how the war started and the impact it had on people living in Britain with particular focus on ‘The Blitz’, rationing and evacuation. During the second half-term we will be looking at how the war affected other countries.

We aim to link this fascinating topic into as much of the curriculum as possible and this will be achieved in the following ways:

Literacy

All our literacy work will be based around our class book ‘Friend or Foe’ by Michael Morpurgo. We will begin by writing diaries and letters between the characters and then move on to creating our own evacuation stories. During the second half-term we will be learning to debate and write up arguments.

Numeracy

Numeracy will include the children applying their place value knowledge to organise and order world war two statistics. They will then develop their calculation methods and use these to crack codes and solve world war two related problems.

Science

We will be covering the topics ‘Evolution and Inheritance’ and ‘Healthy Lifestyles’ in Science this term.

RE

The children will be learning about the Bible and the religion of Judaism this term.

 

Art

The children will be learning to paint in the pointillism style and will be finding out about the artist Georges Seurat. They will then create their own wartime scene in this style.

Music

The children will be learning about how rhythm, tempo and pitch can change a piece of music and experiment with these when composing their own pieces of music.

This year we will be having teachers from Nene Park Academy to come in and deliver weekly PE sessions and French lessons to all the children in upper school.

Every child will also get the opportunity to go swimming on a Friday at different points in the year. PE lessons will take place on a Monday but we ask that the children have their PE kit in school every day.

We are very excited about the teaching of ICT this year as we have now got a class set of ipads for the children to regularly use as well as somebody coming in from Enriched IT who will be teaching the children to blog and code amongst other skills.

 

This year, homework will be handed out every Friday and collected in on a Thursday. Please refer to the separate homework policy in order to see the expectations for your child’s year group.

I am sure you will agree we have got an exciting term planned. As always we welcome anybody who can help to enrich the topic further so if you have a special skill or know somebody with a World War Two experience, then please speak to your child’s teacher.

 

The Upper School Team

 

Spring Term in Lower School

Our lower school topic focus for this term is “Who lives in the Amazon Rainforest?”. For the first half term, the focus will be upon frogs from the Amazon rainforest; their habitat, climate and threats of extinction. After half term the children will explore Amazonian tribes. So far this term, we have introduced the topic by posing questions, researching and producing ‘Frog themed’ art work.

As well as our topic, the children will also take part in themed weeks throughout the term. During interfaith week, they will explore different religions, reflect upon these and make links and comparisons with Christianity. Following on from their success last year, children be taking part in Fairtrade Fortnight and the Big Pedal. Spring term will also include Book Week and will culminate in an Easter themed week at the end of the term.

Each Friday will continue to be ‘deep learning’ sessions where the children are encouraged to discover and reflect upon their own learning. They will ask questions, plan and use resources to find the answers to their queries. This will help them to develop as learners and also provide them with social and group work skills. Maths sessions on a Friday will be focussed on times tables and children will be completing a range of activities based around the times table they are learning.  We expect all lower school children to learn their times tables at home as part of their weekly homework.

Numeracy

This term we will be teaching numeracy in year groups and will focus on multiplication and division. Children will be taught in the following groups:

Mrs Potter/Mrs Ashby – Year 4 children from Welby and Simmonds classes

Miss Downs – Year 4 children from Murray and Ross classes

Mrs Salerno – Year 3 children from Welby and Simmonds classes

Mrs Tomlinson – Year 3 children from Murray and Ross classes

This change will help the children to continue to access the curriculum for their specific year group, whilst allowing them to work at their own pace in smaller groups. This change will also prepare the children for the change to year group classes from September.

Literacy

During the term, the children will be exploring non-chronological reports  and writing their own report on endangered frogs from the Amazon rainforest. We will also be reading ‘Tuesday’ and ‘Journey to the river sea’. We will be looking at persuasive texts, exploring arguments and taking part in a debates about the threats to the Amazon rainforest and it’s inhabitants.

Science

This term, science will be closely linked to our rainforest topic. The children will be learning about animals: their skeletons and nutrition, as well as their habitats, life cycles and food chains. Children will also learn about light and shadows through exploring the layers of the rainforest.

P.E.

In lower school, our P.E. sessions are usually on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. The children will complete either indoor or outdoor P.E. during this time and will require full house colour P.E. kits for this. Please ensure that children bring trainers and a jumper with them each week.  During the year, each class will have a block of swimming sessions at the regional pool. Letters will be sent home with full details. This term, Murray and Ross classes will be swimming. On swimming days this term, the children will return to school for 3:00pm as usual.

 

Music, PSHE, ICT, Art and French

Over the course of the year, children will spend several weeks learning music, art, ICT and PSHE skills. This is in addition to these areas being covered during our topic work. In music, the children will be using our new Ipads to compose music and we will be using music express to help in their learning. For ICT, each class will get to work with an ICT specialist in the afternoons; covering coding, internet safety and all other aspects of the ICT curriculum. As well as this, children will be given to opportunity to link their literacy and topic work to ICT, using green screens to make films. During art sessions, the children will be sketching, using clay, working with textiles and developing their drawing and painting skills. PSHE sessions will support the children in dealing with everyday situations as well as helping to develop the children socially, morally, spiritually and culturally.

R.E.

In lower school, as well as our Christian themed worships, our R.E. theme is ‘The Lord’s Prayer’.

Homework

All homework will be sent home on a Friday and is due in the following Thursday. This year, the children will have one homework book for all subjects which they will need to hand in to their class teacher.

Reading homework

We expect all children to read daily. Either the child, or the adult they have read with, should complete their reading record book to show that they have been reading. Both books need to be handed in to class teachers each day. House points are given to children who regularly read and write in their reading record.

Maths homework

Your child will be given a times table to learn. They will be tested on this each Thursday. To help parents to support their children with homework, an example of the test they will be completing the following week will be stuck into their homework book.

Spelling homework

The children are issued with their spellings weekly. A sheet will be stuck into their homework book to explain the spelling rules. Each week the children need to find more words to match the spelling rule and write some sentences using the words.

Topic homework

This year, the topic homework for lower school is split into weekly tasks, which are stuck into homework books each week. Children will need to complete their homework, to a high standard of presentation, on the loose sheet in their book. Each piece of homework will be collated and added to their  topic books to form a complete project at the end of the half term.

I’m sure you will agree that we have an action packed term planned. If you are able to contribute to any themed weeks or our termly topic, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The lower school team.

SPRING TERM IN UPPER SCHOOL

All our learning in upper school this term will be based around the question ‘How is India saving the tiger?’ Within this topic we will be applying a range of geography skills in order to locate the tigers and explore their habitats, as well as learning about Indian cultures. We also aim to explore this question in the following ways:

Literacy

The children will be researching the fascinating tiger and presenting their findings in the form of a non-chronological report. They will then complete a persuasive unit in which they will try to persuade different audiences to help save the tiger. This will be done in the form of letters, posters, leaflets and debates.

Numeracy

The children will continue to apply their place value and calculation knowledge as well as learn about fractions, decimals and percentages. The children will have plenty of opportunities to apply these skills practically and in a range of contexts.

Science

The children will be learning about and comparing animal and human bodies with a particular focus on the circulatory system.

RE

As Hinduism is one of the major religions in India, we have taken this opportunity to explore it in more detail. We will be particularly focussing on their beliefs and festivals.

Art

The children will be creating their own Rangoli patterns in which they will be exploring with colour.

We are lucky enough to have specialist teachers coming into school on a weekly basis to deliver French and PE. Year 5 are also receiving flute tuition this term.

Homework

A reminder that homework is still given out on a Friday and expected in on the following Thursday (any homework not handed in will be completed during Friday break time). As well as completing the tasks set each week, your child is also expected to learn and collect new words for their weekly spelling rule and read at least 3 times. Any reading must be recorded in their reading record book which will be checked in class on a weekly basis.

As always, we would love to welcome you into school if you have a skill or talent you would like to share. Especially if it is related to our current learning.

Many thanks,

The upper school team

Summer Term in Lower School

 

Our Lower school topic focus for this term is ‘Was Rome built in a day?’ For the first half term, we will be focussing upon modern day Rome and its culture and food. This will culminate in a celebration event focussed around Italian food at the end of the half term. If you would like to contribute towards this, please let a member of the lower school team know. After half term, the children will be learning about the Roman Empire and their invasions, inventions and beliefs. As well as our topic, the children will also take part in safety week and talent week this term.

 

Each Friday will continue to be ‘deep learning’ sessions where the children are encouraged to discover and reflect upon their own learning. They will ask questions, plan and use resources to find the answers to their queries. This will help them to develop as learners and also provide them with social and group work skills. Maths sessions on a Friday will be focussed on times tables and children will be completing a range of activities based around the times table they are learning.  We expect all lower school children to learn their times tables at home as part of their weekly homework.

 

Numeracy

This term, the children will continue to complete their numeracy lessons in year groups. We will continue to learn and practise written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division as well as completing work on data handling, measures and shape.

 

Literacy

During the term, the children will be writing persuasive letters and advertising upcoming Lower School events. They will also write and follow recipes for Italian food. After half term, the children will be focussing upon writing stories based in Ancient Rome.

 

Science

This term, the children will be focussing upon light and electricity. For homework, the children will be learning about music and sound. Following a homework project where children will be making their own musical instruments, the children will take part in a science day to learn about sound and vibrations.

 

P.E.

In lower school, our P.E. sessions are usually on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. The children will complete either indoor or outdoor P.E. during this time and will require full house colour P.E. kits for this. Please ensure that children bring trainers and a jumper with them each week.  Please note that Lower School swimming sessions will not be taking place during the summer term.

 

Music, PSHE, ICT, Art and French

Over the course of the year, children will spend several weeks learning music, art, ICT and PSHE skills. This is in addition to these areas being covered during our topic work. In music, the children will be using our new Ipads to compose music and we will be using music express to help in their learning. For ICT, each class will get to work with an ICT specialist in the afternoons; covering coding, internet safety and all other aspects of the ICT curriculum. As well as this, children will be given to opportunity to link their literacy and topic work to ICT, using green screens to make films. During art sessions, the children will be sketching, using clay, working with textiles and developing their drawing and painting skills. PSHE sessions will support the children in dealing with everyday situations as well as helping to develop the children socially, morally, spiritually and culturally.

 

R.E.

In lower school, as well as our Christian themed worships, our R.E. theme is Sikhism.

 

Homework

 

All homework will be sent home on a Friday and is due in the following Thursday. This year, the children will have one homework book for all subjects which they will need to hand in to their class teacher.

 

Reading homework

We expect all children to read daily. Either the child, or the adult they have read with, should complete their reading record book to show that they have been reading. Both books need to be handed in to class teachers each day. House points are given to children who regularly read and write in their reading record.

 

Maths homework

Your child will be given a times table to learn. They will be tested on this each Thursday. To help parents to support their children with homework, an example of the test they will be completing the following week will be stuck into their homework book.

 

Spelling homework

The children are issued with their spellings weekly. A sheet will be stuck into their homework book to explain the spelling rules. Each week, the children need to find more words to match the spelling rule and write some sentences using the words.

 

Topic homework

This year, the topic homework for lower school is split into weekly tasks, which are stuck into homework books each week.

 

I’m sure you will agree that we have an action packed term planned. If you are able to contribute to any themed weeks or our termly topic, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The lower school team.