First of all, I would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year and I hope that you have had a great Christmas. The children came back into school this week with many stories of exciting presents they had received and interesting places they had visited over the festive period. Outlined below is a summary of the areas of learning that Rye Class will be covering this term.
Our topic for this term is ‘Off with Her Head!’ During this topic we will be travelling back in time to meet the terrifying Tudors. Online research will help us to write biographies about influential people from the Tudor period and create a timeline of significant events. Our geography skills will help us to compare maps of Tudor London to present day London and plot Anne Boleyn’s journey to her execution. Our research will help us to learn more about Henry VIII – his life, his marriages and his break from the Roman Catholic church. We will also be writing persuasive letters, newspaper reports, poetry and creating our own Tudor portraits.
In Literacy we will be progressing with our class novel ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ by Michelle Magorian which the children have really enjoyed so far. We will be also be writing persuasive arguments and debates as well as entering the BBC ‘500 Words’ short story competition. There will be a focus on grammar-based activities in class and we will be continuing to send home spelling, reading and homework as normal.
In Maths the children will be increasing their knowledge of fractions, decimals and percentages. This is an area lots of children find tricky so we will be working hard to improve their skills and confidence. The children have been working hard to learn their times tables so this should really help. All children in class are set Mathletics activities to do at home whenever possible which covers the whole maths curriculum and really improves their mathematical knowledge. If you could encourage them to do this at home it would be very much appreciated and really beneficial.
The children are again really looking forward to Science lessons with Mrs Huntriss. They will be constructing a series of circuits, using a variety of components, for their electricity topic. They will also be looking at evolution and inheritance and how living things on Earth have changed over time. They will learn that living things pass on their characteristics to their offspring and see how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment.
In Computing the children will learn to organise, store, retrieve and manipulate data whilst developing their understanding of the many uses and benefits of IT. Throughout computing lessons, there will be a continued emphasis on internet safety. This is a particularly important issue in modern society and we intend to show the children how they can help keep themselves safe online.
Both Mr Cairns and I will be teaching P.E. lessons this term. We will be helping the children improve their skills at gymnastics, dance, volleyball and outdoor adventure. As well as the P.E. lessons we also have lots of school competitions coming up in the not too distant future including a swimming gala, sports-hall athletics and of course the Year 6 girls football final!
P.E. will be on Wednesday and Friday afternoons; your child will need suitable clothing and shoes for outdoor activities. P.E. kits can be brought in on a Monday and then taken home on Friday if necessary.
I am happy to help at any time so if you do have any questions or would like to discuss anything please let me know.