Welcome to the Autumn Term of 2017. We trust that you had a restful summer break.
As a new member of the Blackboys staff, I feel as though it is best to introduce myself. My name is Miss Cross and I have recently graduated from Canterbury Christ Church University with a BA (Hons) in Primary Education. During my studies, I have experienced a multitude of schools around the Kent and East Sussex area as well as experience internationally in a local primary school in Hong Kong. I look forward to engaging with the year ahead.
The children have settled into their studies well and have certainly embraced our new topic of the Ancient Maya Civilisation, a Geography and History based topic. The children will be studying various aspects of the Mayan culture, while reflecting the impacts of the Mayan culture on today’s society.
As you are aware, the class will be going on their residential trip to PGL. We hope the class will have a wonderful time taking part in activities in an outdoor setting and develop relationships between students who are new to Class 4.
This term we are continuing with the scheme known as Spice Up Spellings. The fear is that children are simply learning spellings for the test and then forgetting them. We want improved spelling to be evident in writing, not just for the test. Children will continue to receive a weekly spelling list on a Tuesday which will include some personal choice words (usually mistakes they have made in their school books). Completing an activity at home, alongside 2 activities in school each week will hopefully see further improvement in books.
Reading. All children in the class are armed with a reading book for class and a reading book for home. We do appreciate though that children often like to read their own books at home, and this is entirely fine. The children have received new Reading record books that are checked regularly and will result in a reading certificate once completed. Please remember parents that it is also good practice to read to your children still.
Homework is given out on a Tuesday and returned the following Monday. New spellings are given out on a Tuesday and given in the home learning books.
PE days are on Mondays and Tuesdays. Correct Blackboys PE kit is vital. In Key Stage 2 we are more than happy for children to wear trainers as opposed to plimsolls. Please ensure everything is named!
Class 4 Topics Autumn 2017
Working through the year 5 and 6 expectations of the Primary Curriculum. We have started work on place value, where they will continue to learn how to read number up to 10,000,000, identify the value of numbers, use negative numbers in context and practice practical problems using the skills they learn. We will then move on to addition and subtraction, performing mental calculations and putting them into contexts with multi-step problems.
Working through the year 5 and 6 expectations of the Primary Curriculum. Highlights this term include work on Fables, Myths and Legends, linking nicely with our topic for this term. We will be reading a variety of Mayan legends this term. The children will focus on the features of these texts and aim to write and perform their own Mayan folktale.
Learning about the History of the Ancient Mayan Civilisation and it’s impacts on today’s society.
Locating where Mayan civilisation was based and discussing the country of Mexico relating to both physical and human Geography.
Art and DT
The art focus for this term is preparation for our annual Harvest Festival. The children will be practicing different techniques to lead to a final piece of work for display.
DT will focus on researching, designing and making biscuits. This will lead up to our OAP visit, where our guests will try their biscuits and offer feedback for their reviews
In science we will focus on properties and changes of materials, classify materials into a variety of properties, aim to understand mixtures and solutions; know about reversible changes and identify irreversible changes. We aim to link this in with DT by experiences the changes of materials during the baking process, as well as other reactions to materials.
Developing presentation skills through PowerPoint on a specific area of the Ancient Maya Civilisation. The children will also use their Internet skills to research aspects of the Mayan culture.
During the first few weeks we will focus on the celebration of Harvest. After Harvest we will be discussing and discovering what does it mean if god is holy and loving? Followed by Christmas celebrations.
In PSHE the children will be participating in the #ROAR2017 Challenge. #Roar2017 is an education project where The Lions and 7billionideas organisations, have come together in our bid to inspire the next generation to think big and dream big about the possibility of their ideas. Generating and developing their own ideas that could change the world.
Games, specifically Invasion games. Taught by both Mr Potter and I. We will also focus on Dance and aim to develop our own dances influenced by our topic.
We will focus on introduction and greetings, as well as topics like countries and numbers.
Singing will also be taught on a weekly basis.