Welcome to the final term of the school year, the summer term. Below is a brief overview of what we will be covering this term. Many aspects of the curriculum will be taught through topic teaching. Our main topic is going to be ‘Beside the Seaside!’ with a special focus on the history and geography of our local area and coast.
Literacy: Building on the skills we have, we are going to focus on reading aloud with an emphasis on expression and entertaining our listener. Due to the Jubilee, we will start the term by looking at ‘The Queen’s Knickers’ by Nicholas Allan. We will then read ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Lunch’ by Ronda and David Armitage, followed by studying lighthouse poetry before having a go at writing our own poems that contain typical poetic features such as rhyme, rhythm and pattern. We will use strategies from Talk For Writing to help our development as amazing writers, and look at a wide variety of other fiction and non-fiction texts linked to our topic. Our focus will continue be on sentence structure, making sure we always use capital letters, full stops and developing our use of commas. Spelling practise will continue with daily RWInc practise and spelling sessions in class.
Numeracy: Developing our key skills already gained; we will be developing our Arithmetic, Geometry, Data and Measure and Reasoning skills. We will continue to focus on learning all of our times tables and division facts, beginning to realise that division is the opposite action to multiplication. We will also concentrate on time, understanding weights, measures, solving problems and shape.
Science: This term we will be learning all about living things and their habitats, including coastal animals. We will begin by refreshing the knowledge we already have on habitats. We aim to look at micro-habitats before learning about farming and food chains.
Art & D.T: This term we will be using a range of skills and materials to create coastal themed art. We will look at creating seascapes by mixing colours and using printing techniques. We will also explore water colours, oil pastels and our local area to inspire our art.
R.E: As usual, R.E. this term will be taught by the wonderful Mrs Cadwallader. Term 6, we’ll be learning about Islam. We will touch upon how Muslims practise their faith, their core beliefs and daily life as a Muslim.
P.E: P.E. continues to be on Mondays and Fridays. We will be learning how to play a team sport, Rounders. In preparation for Sports Day, we will also be practising our athletic skills. This term we also have the opportunity to go to Christchurch Primary School and have swimming lessons. We will be going in small groups, every day for 1 week. Each week a different group of children will go. Every child in the class will get a turn. Mr Wick is the swimming teacher. You will receive a letter with information and a permission slip before it is your child’s turn to go. Please return the slip as soon as possible. If you have any further questions, please ask.
History & Geography: Our History topic will look at the seaside through time. We will look at seaside holidays, what people did on holidays and compare to today. We hope to visit Folkestone museum to learn about how the Victorians holidayed in Folkestone. We will use maps and go for walks to look at our coasts and think about how they have changed and are protected.
PSHE: (Personal, Social, and Health education) We shall be learning about the difference between male and female parts and male and female animals. We will talk about the transition and change in relation to moving up a class.
Homework: A homework grid related to our topic will be given to children to complete at home. Children can complete the activities that appeal to them and if they have a great idea of their own linked to the topic, please feel free to do that too! Practising times tables and daily reading is still expected.
Please make sure children have a PE kit in school at all times, our PE days are usually Mondays and Fridays but often we have events on other days. They will also need a swimming costume and towel for their swimming dates which you will notified of in advance.
As a final plea can ALL uniform be clearly labelled with your child’s full name.
This is a long letter but hopefully it gives you an idea of what we will be doing this term. Our main aim as well as working is to have lots of fun.
Thank you for your continued support,