Welcome back to school! I hope everyone was able to have a restful and enjoyable break, especially as there is so much to look forward to in term 1 including the exciting trip to PGL! The children have already made a great start to the term, and I look forward to the excellent opportunities for learning that are coming up.
History is our focus subject for this term. In term 1, we will be looking at the impact that the Anglo Saxons had on Britain as they settled after the Romans had left. After half term, we will find out more about the Vikings and the conflict that arose between the two cultures as they battled for control of England, leading up to the end of the Saxon age with the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
We start the year by learning about place value and number, the building blocks of mathematics. We then move onto working with all four operations, (addition, subtraction, division, multiplication), before starting our work on fractions before the end of term.
This term, we will be considering the questions ‘What does it mean if God is holy and loving?’ and ‘Was Jesus the Messiah?’
In art, we will start the year by focusing on our drawing skills. Then we will be studying the Bayeux Tapestry and working on our textiles skills.
After half term, we will be learning about mechanisms like levers and pulleys.
In ICT, we will firstly be learning about spreadsheets, before focussing on online safety after half term.
Recorders and singing will continue to take place each week.
During the first part of this term, we will be studying a story version of the Old English poem, Beowulf. After half term, we will be reading ‘Viking Boy’. These exciting stories will enable us to complete different pieces of fiction and non-fiction writing, while also practising our reading skills. We will also be reading ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ by Cressida Cowell during our whole class reading sessions.
There is a spelling session each day Tuesday – Friday where children will be practising and learning about spelling rules and patterns. Children will be given a list of words each term from their year group’s statutory spelling list. These lists will be need to be learned over the whole term, and we will be doing dictation sentences using the words each Friday. Due to the SATs tests in May, Year 6 children will only have 4 terms to go through these words. Therefore, their lists will be longer than other year groups, who have 6 terms to go through their spellings. Each term’s list will be added to the class page on the school website.
In term 1, we will be learning about forces. After half term we will be learning about Earth and space.
In PSHE this year we will continue to follow the ‘Jigsaw’ scheme. In our first term, we will be looking at ‘Being Me in the World’ where children will learn about their role in making school a positive place. After half term, we will be studying the unit ‘Celebrating Differences’.
Our Tuesday PE sessions will be run by All Star Soccer, who will be teaching the class about invasion games. Children will then be learning about striking and fielding games in our second PE lesson of the week, with a focus on stoolball. After half term we will studying dance.
Homework will be set each week on a Wednesday. A homework menu will be given out which will feature mainly reading and writing tasks. Maths tasks will also be set, either on paper or on Mathletics.
Don’t forget, you can do some extra work at home on Mathletics and Times Table Rock Stars, and make sure you keep reading – Reading records have been given out, and we are keen for children to earn some certificates! Please ensure that children do still get the chance to read at home with an adult – it is important that they get the chance to discuss their reading as much as possible outside of school as well as in class.
Monday: Homework handed in.
Tuesday: PE with All Star Soccer.
Wednesday: Homework handed out.
Friday: Spelling dictation sentences. PE with Mr Boorman/Mrs Hall
Monday 18th September – PGL week
Thursday 28th September – Year 5/6 assembly
Wednesday 4th October – Harvest festival and hike
Wednesday 11th October – Parental maths meeting.
Monday 16th October – Parents Evening
Wednesday 18th October – Parents Evening
Friday 20th October – Last day of term 1
Monday 30th October – Return to school for term 2. Pupil photos
Thursday 9th November – Flu spray
Friday 15th December – Cup assembly. End of term 2.
If you have any questions, or need to speak to me about any issues, please contact the school office in the first instance.