Rye Class Curriculum Letter Autumn Term 2021
It has been lovely to welcome your children back to school this week. They seem to have really enjoyed their break and have come back to school full of enthusiasm and ready to begin the new school year. Outlined below is a summary of the areas of learning that Rye Class will be covering this term.
Our topic for this half term is ‘A Child’s War’. This half term, we’ll imagine what it was like to be evacuated and live with a family other than our own. Using different source materials, we’ll learn about evacuation and write letters to our families ‘back home’. We’ll plot the Second World War’s events on a timeline and learn about rationing, Pearl Harbour and the Battle of Britain. From a range of maps, we’ll identify safe and dangerous places during the war and make persuasive posters to support the war effort. After reading an extract from The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, we’ll write our own diaries. From a range of sources, we’ll find out about children and school during the war and learn about discrimination that existed at the time. We’ll learn about what it was like during the Blitz and think about how soldiers might have felt. In D&T, we’ll make Anderson shelters and cook ‘delicious’ wartime food. At the end of the topic, we’ll reflect on Winston Churchill’s stirring speeches and write our own. We’ll compose and perform wartime songs and create a presentation to show what we have learned.
We will be reading ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ and Year 5 are reading ‘Carrie’s War’ to go alongside our topic. There will also be an emphasis on grammar-based activities in class and we will continue to send home weekly spellings.
In maths, the children will be increasing their understanding of number and place value as it is important that these skills are embedded so further learning can build upon this knowledge. We will also be working to improve the children’s calculation skills and showing them how they can use the four operations to answer increasingly difficult reasoning problems. They all have passwords to access Mathletics at home where we will set them activities relating to our topics to help them to develop their skills and knowledge. The children also have TT Rockstars which is really useful for helping them to improve their timetables skills.
In Science, Mrs Huntriss will be teaching them the topic ‘Animals including humans’. They will be learning all about the characteristics, life processes and adaptations of animals and humans. Some of the life processes they will learn about include nutrition, digestion and reproduction.
Computing this half term will focus on teaching children to write code and they will design and create their own computer games. Both Mr Cairns and I will be providing P.E. lessons this term which will be on Wednesday and Friday afternoons. We will be helping the children improve their skills at tag rugby, football, basketball and athletics. As well as the P.E. lessons we also hope to have some sporting competitions coming up in the not-too-distant future!
I will be happy to help at any time so if you do have any questions, please let me know.
Mr Dan Walker