Welcome to Term 6, this year has gone by in a flash and it is our final term together. We hope that you have had a lovely half term break and had a fabulous time celebrating the Platinum Jubilee. This term we will continue to build on the learning we have covered and prepare the children for their adventures next year.
Topic: This term I am incredibly excited to begin our topic on Rainforests. We have a very special trip planned to Kew Gardens in a few weeks (more details of this trip will be coming out soon.) We will be refining our Geography skills this term as we locate rainforests around the world and find out about the plant life and wild life there. We will also be looking at animal extinction and deforestation.
DT: This term we will be focusing on a textile project that will see us creating cushions using sewing, cross stitch and applique. This is an ambitious project but one that I think the children will rise to.
Science: We will be learning about plants. We will have one week to finish our work on light and shadows to begin with and then we will be moving on to plants. We will be recapping the different parts of the plants and their functions and will be looking at how water is transported in plants. Finally we will look at plant reproduction, pollination and seed dispersal. Our trip to Kew Gardens will also link to this topic brilliantly.
Numeracy: This term we will be covering time, shape, mass and capacity. The children will be recapping telling the time to o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past as well as telling the time to 5 minute intervals, 24 hours and finding the durations of time. In shape we will recap names of 2D and 3D shapes and then will learn about horizontal, vertical, parallel and perpendicular lines. We will also be looking at angles. In mass and capacity the children will gain plenty of hands-on experience with measuring as well as adding, subtracting and comparing.
As ever, times tables will have an important role to play in ensuring your child feels confident in number. Please continue to help support your child at home by focusing on fluency in recounting times tables, this term they will need to complete a times tables activity each week for homework.
Literacy: This term we will be looking at diary writing and persuasive writing. We will be creating our own jungle logs as we use our imaginations, Kew Gardens and video clips to explore the Amazonian rainforest and document our experiences. Towards the end of the term we will learn about the perils of deforestation and will create persuasive arguments against companies causing this to our rainforests.
This term we will be reading ‘My Name is River’ by Emma Rea, which will link to our topic on rainforests.
R.E: We will be continuing our studies of Sikhism this term. The big question continues to be ‘What is important to Sikh people’. During this unit will be looking at key features of the Sikhism religion, who founded it and where. We will also look at symbols and their meanings. This term we will also have an Islam focus week and will be learning about features of the this religion.
P.E: Will be on Mondays and Fridays. We will be going swimming alternative Fridays. This term we will be exploring a unit of athletics in preparation for our Sports Day. We will be developing our sprinting, hurdling, throwing and jumping skills.
ICT: This term we will be continuing our learning about coding, using Purple Mash. The children will also be using the internet to safely research the rainforest and the plants and animals that live there. They will also be developing the word processing skills throughout our literacy sessions.
PLEASE make sure your child has their FULL PE kit in school, at all times and that it is clearly named. I appreciate that is very tricky, especially on a Friday when they are in their P.E kits for swimming, but we have our P.E slot on a Monday this term. PE is a vital part of the curriculum and children need to have the correct kit with them.
Homework and Spellings
As always, the children will be asked to complete at least two pieces of homework this term, with the option of completing more if they wish. They have also been asked this term to complete one session of times tables each week as part of their homework.
This term we will continue to upload the options to our Google Classroom. Your child should be able to access their Google Classroom by logging in to Google with their details. If you need any help then please do let us know, we will be happy to assist.
If you would like an additional paper copy of the homework to be sent home then please do pop a note in their contact book.
Spellings will continue to be uploaded to Google Classroom. We ask that you please continue to encourage them to write out their spellings and complete extra activities at home. The new spellings will be uploaded each week to our Google Classroom and you will also find different activity ideas there too.
The children will be quizzed on their spellings each Monday and new spellings will then be set.
If you have any questions or concerns then please do not hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to working together with you this term.
Thanks for your continued support,
Miss Willson and Mrs Purver.