Term 5/6 Newsletter – Battle for Britain

Welcome to the final term of the year! As you know, this term the Year 6s will be sitting their SATs tests (W/B 8th May). Up until the end of this week, I will be teaching the Year 6s in the mornings, while the Year 5s will be taught by Mrs Riley. The afternoons will see the class back together with me as normal. As I’m sure you are already aware, there are a lot of exciting trips and events to look forward to over the coming term, so please do make sure you keep an eye out for any letters that need to be brought back in to school. The topics we are covering are really interesting, so I think it will be a really great end of the year! - Mr Boorman

Our overarching topics this term are ‘World War 2’ and ‘Space’. These topics will filter through into various cross curricular tasks, giving children opportunities to develop their learning about the war in subjects such as literacy, languages, science and RE.

Literacy

This term, we will be using the text, ‘Cosmic’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce, while also looking at historical documents from World War 2. These texts will feed into our literacy work, giving the children a variety of themes to write about.

Numeracy

Following the new numeracy curriculum, with increased emphasis on using and applying maths to solve problems. We will be focussing on area and perimeter, shape space and measure, while also revising topics like fractions and operations.

History

This topic will give the children the chance to develop a number of different historical skills. We will be looking at the key events of the war, while also seeing the war from the perspective of the ordinary people at home, focussing on children and women during the war. We will also be studying the history of space exploration.

Science

In science, we will be studying the solar system, looking at how the rotation and orbit of the Earth affects it, as well as looking further afield to the moon and other planets.

DT

We will be building are own moving toys using mechanisms.

Art

Children will be developing their techniques in sculpture.

RE

At first, children will be developing their understanding of the Holy Spirit as we study the Christian celebration of Pentecost. After half term, we will be looking at some important figures in Christianity, including those affected by World War 2 like Maximilian Kolbe and Corrie ten Boom

PE

In PE, we will be spending time outside developing our athletic ability. This term also sees the return of our weekly swimming sessions.

PSHE

Going for Goals/Living in the Wider World. In the last 2 weeks of term 6, we will be learning about Sex and Relationship Education. After half term, the DVD will be available for parents to watch at home, before the lessons take place. Please see Mrs Sheffield in the office for details.

ICT

With Mr Toms, children will be studying the history and development of computing. They will then continue to develop their understanding of coding.

French and singing will continue to take place each week.

Spelling

As a Federation, we are introducing a new spelling initiative that encourages children to learn their spellings in a creative way. Research shows that the children are learning spellings purely to complete the test. We want our children to apply their spelling knowledge to where it really counts, their writing. Each week, your child will bring home a list of words that they can apply to a ‘Spice up Spellings’ activity menu. We expect the children to complete one activity per week and for it to be signed and dated by an adult. This will be due back in on a Friday, with new lists sent home the same day. The tasks can be completed in their Spelling books. For more information on this please check the school website.

Homework

Literacy: A project sheet will be sent home, detailing what is expected for each week of the term until the October half term.

Maths: This will reflect current classroom learning, giving children the chance to either consolidate or extend their learning.

Literacy and Maths homework will be set on a Wednesday, and should be handed in on a Monday. If children fail to bring their homework in on time, they will be expected to complete it either at lunchtime or during golden time on a Friday. Please see me before school or send a note in with your child if there is a problem on a Monday.

Mental maths: 1 page of the book set on a Monday and to be returned to school on a Wednesday.

Reading: It is expected that children will read to themselves independently each evening. However, Children still need to read with an adult at home at least twice a week. This gives you a chance to ask them questions about their reading, helping them to develop quality reading skills outside of the classroom. Please remember to write in your child’s reading record. If your child seems to have misplaced theirs, please let me know!

Monday Homework handed in. Mental Maths books taken home. Swimming.
Tuesday PE with Mark Potter.
Wednesday Mental Maths books handed in. Homework given out.
Thursday PE with Mr Boorman
Friday Spellings homework checked. New lists handed out.

Key Dates

w/b 8th May SATs week
12th May Year 5 Café
w/b 15th May Whole school science week
19th May Year 6 Café
24th May French trip
14th June Year 6 trip to Chichester Cathedral
17th June Summer Fair
27th June Year 6 leavers service, Crowborough
28th June Sports Day
29th June Year 6 Safety in Action
7th July Year 5 Café
10th July Swimming gala
12th July Whole School production (afternoon and evening)
13th July Connect to the Countryside + Whole School Production (evening)
14th July Year 6 leavers Café
17th July Year 6 leavers treat (early evening)
20th July Last day of school. Cup assembly

Class Four requests

Any World War 2 memorabilia and items you can lay your hands on!

Cardboard and other suitable materials for model building (kitchen roll tubes would be particularly handy).

If you know anyone who would be willing to give a short talk about their World War Two experiences, please let me know after school.

If you have any questions, please see me after school or contact me at rboorman@blackboys.e-sussex.sch.uk