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Rye Class Curriculum Letter Autumn Term 2022

Dear Parents,

It has been fantastic to welcome our Year 5 and 6 children to Rye Class. As we expected, our Year 6 children are making wonderful buddies and Year 5 are rising to the challenge of being in Rye Class! Miss Jones has made a super start too supported by Mr Walker, Mrs Bowman and Mrs Camps. We are looking forward to a super year – which will include our Rye Class residential to Bewerley Park which is arranged for Monday 26th – Friday 30th June 2023. More details of this will follow.

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 ‘Pharoahs’. This half term, we’ll be travelling back in time 5000 years to ancient Egypt. We are going to learn about the gruesome but fascinating process of mummification. We’ll write a report about Howard Carter’s famous discovery and use different sources to research Tutankhamun’s tomb. We’ll also consider whether it was right to open Tutankhamun’s tomb or whether perhaps, it should have been left as it was. We’ll draw Egyptian artefacts in detail and study historical sources to learn more about the Pharaohs, the Egyptian gods and ancient religious beliefs.

In English, we will be looking at writing chronological reports and fact files linked to our topic. We will also be writing mystery stories and playscripts. We will have an increased focus on presenting our work carefully and using the joined-up script.

In Maths, the children will be increasing their understanding of number and place value as it is vital that these skills are embedded so further learning can build upon this knowledge. We will also be trying to improve the children’s calculation skills and showing them how they can use the four operations to answer increasingly difficult reasoning problems. We will finish the term off learning about prime numbers before moving on to statistics. It would be really helpful if the children are secure with their times tables up to 12 x 12 and they can use TT Rockstars to help them with this at home. All children also have access to Mathletics at home where we will set them activities relating to our topics, to help them develop and revise their knowledge.

In Science this term our topic is ‘Properties and changes of materials’. Children will be able to compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity and response to magnets. They will be completing some exciting

investigations! Mrs Huntriss will continue teaching Science in Rye Class and these lessons will be on a Thursday afternoon.

In Computing, we will using Purple Mash to learn how to understand and write code. Throughout computing lessons, there will be a continued emphasis on internet safety where we intend to show the children how they can help keep themselves safe online.

During P.E. we will be helping the children improve their skills in tag rugby, football, basketball and athletics. As well as the P.E. lessons we also have some competitions coming up in the not too distant future and we hope to involve all pupils in competitions over the course of the school year.

P.E. will be on Wednesday and Friday afternoons; your child will need suitable clothing and shoes for outdoor activities.

Please do contact us via the class email address if you have any questions; or pop in after school to say hello.

Kind regards,

Miss Jones, Mr Walker, Mrs Camps and Mrs Bowman.