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Spelling and Times tables tests will take place every Friday.
Homework is to be handed in every Wednesday. Children who do not complete their homework, will need to complete it during their dinnertimes.
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During this short half term, we will be reading Clockwork by Philip Pullman. Clockwork is an exciting and scary ghost story told from three perspectives, which contains elements of traditional fairy tale and horror stories. It is about a tormented apprentice clock-maker, a deadly mechanical knight in armour and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, who some say is the devil ... Wind up these characters, fit them into a story on a cold winter’s evening, with the snow swirling down, and suddenly life and the story begin to merge in a peculiarly macabre – and unstoppable – way. Almost like clockwork ... During this unit your child will be writing a character study, constructing a persuasive argument and then writing their own story in the style of Philip Pullman. In their writing we will be looking at the use of brackets, dashes or commas for parenthesis; converting nouns or adjectives into verbs using suffixes; building cohesion within paragraphs, and finally punctuating speech correctly.
Maths — No Problem! incorporates the use of concrete aids and manipulatives, problem- solving and group work. In our next unit entitled ‘Position and Movement’, we will be looking at translating, reflecting, rotating a range of shapes in four quadrants and recapping on symmetry. Following this, we will be focusing on measurements of length, mass and time. After that, pupils will be extending their knowledge of perimeter and area. It begins with pupils finding the perimeter of a polygon constructed from other polygons. They then look at constructing shapes with the same perimeter but a different area. Pupils begin to explore scale diagrams to determine the perimeter of shapes before moving onto exploring the area using concrete materials. When they are familiar with the concept of area, they begin looking at the area on square grids. Pupils will be using their understanding of polygons to calculate the area of those that are not ‘regular polygons’. As the chapter progresses, they measure the area in a variety of ways, determining the area of shapes from familiar shapes and using estimation to support their understanding. Then the pupils are exploring volume. In the first lesson, they learn about the volume of solids and how to use cubes to determine volume. Then they look at the volume of specific shapes such as rectangular boxes. The term ‘capacity’ is revisited in a lesson in the middle of this chapter, which helps pupils differentiate between ‘volume’ and ‘capacity’. Next, they learn to convert between different metric units and then between metric and imperial units. The chapter ends with pupils solving increasingly challenging word problems related to volume.
The topic of this term is called Time Traveller!
This half term, we’ll meet people from different generations to find out what life was like in the past and we’ll predict how things might change in the future. Using real portraits from the past for inspiration, we’ll write character descriptions about the people in them. We’ll create a timeline of our lives and watch a time-lapse of human development. By taking close-up photographs, we’ll be able to create our own Andy Warhol style prints and experiment to see how photographs can be changed and enhanced. Smile, please! We’ll write adventure stories about the fascinating subject of time travel. Our science work will focus on puberty and why hygiene is important. We’ll also create clock artwork based on the style of Salvador Dali.
The key things that your child will learn are:
This half term we will be read The Princess’ Blankets by Carol Ann Duffy. The Princess’ Blankets is a beautiful picture book about a young princess who appears to be destined to feel eternally cold. She poses a challenge to her parents and the people of the kingdom who are tasked with trying to resolve this bitterly chilly dilemma. People from far and wide make efforts to end her suffering to no avail. Her fate lies with either a mysterious stranger with ‘eyes like polished stones’ or a kind-hearted musician. In this book your child will be making comparisons across other stories, drawing inferences and justifying their opinions, writing persuasive speeches from the perspective of different characters, developing their use of figurative language by writing a love letter based off famous love letters. The children will also be writing their own narrative, applying the language features which Carol Ann Duffy applies in her written work. Carol Ann Duffy was appointed Britain’s Poet Laureate in May 2009. Your child might like to read a selection of her books or poems. Please remember not to read this book with your child, whilst they are completing this unit of work.
This half term we will be developing our fiction comprehension skills. The children are becoming confident at retrieving answers from the text, we are now focusing on the language which the author has used and justify- ing the impact this has on the text. Focusing on this area when reading with your child at home will help them in class. You may ask your child to suggest alternative words which the author could have used and explain why they have chosen these words. Remember if your child can talk about what they have read, they can then justify their answers in written comprehension questions. We recommend that you read with your child four times a week for a minimum of ten minutes. A total of 40 minutes quality reading time with an adult every week will significantly help your child, if you can read more then this will be a great advantage to them. Remember a signa- ture is required in your child’s reading record before they can change their reading book! It is the children’s responsibility to bring their books home from school every night and to get a signature after each reading session with an adult. Don’t forget to use VIPERS.
Over the next few weeks we will be focusing on fractions. This is a large unit and the children will need to apply
their tables and division facts to assist them in calculating their answers. To begin with we will be learning to write
improper fractions and mixed numbers and learn how to find equivalent fractions. The aim is to get the children un-
derstanding and writing mathematical statements such as, 2 /5 + 4 /5 = 6 /5 = 1 1 /5.
After that we will be working on ordering and comparing fractions, adding and subtracting fractions with different
denominators and multiplying mixed numbers by whole numbers.
Times tables facts are incredibly important in every single maths lesson. If you wish to help your child they need to know their tables up to 12 x 12 off by heart as soon as possible. Once they can recall these facts instantly, the children need to be confident at mentally recalling the related division facts without counting on their fingers or writing down their strategies. For example, how many sevens are in fifty six? Please test them on their tables facts at every opportunity, for example, when the adverts come on the television, or when sat at a red light in the car. As they become more confident at recalling these facts, their math- ematical ability will also improve! Mathletics Mathletics homework challenges will continue to be set weekly. The children need to complete these homework task, to then have access to the educational games.
This term’s topic is called Off with Her Head!. Travel back in time to the 1500s and meet the terrifying Tudors, a domineering dynasty that changed our history. Discover a man who ordered the beheading of his own wife. Was she really that bad? Flex your detective muscles and become a criminal investigator! Will you find out the facts, or will the evidence from the past bemuse you? How will you find the accused…innocent or guilty? In this topic we will be focusing on writing short, factual biographies, comparing crime and punishment to today’s systems, visiting a Tudor house and looking at how the Church of England was formed.
We would like the children to think of a home learning challenge to complete at home with
support from an adult to develop their learning at a greater depth. On completion they will
receive a bronze, silver or gold award!
Here are some ideas which your child may wish to complete:
-Write a plea for the release of Anne Boleyn. Remember to use persuasive vocabulary.
-What can you find out about members of the Tudor monarchs Think carefully about how you are going to present your information.
-Create your own family tree, how far back can you go?
Make a model of the Tower of London!
-Design a Tudor snakes and ladder-style board game, with pitfalls and lucky breaks on the way to freedom from the Tower!
-Make a Tudor brooch, ring or headdress. Why not take a picture of yourself wearing your item in a stately pose!
-Visit a local museum to learn about the Tudors and create a poster or scrapbook about your visit.
Remember : The more effort you put into this, the greater the reward! Can you aim for gold?
Date to hand in : Thursday 7th February 2019
This half –term we will be going on a school trip to Ordsall Hall in Salford where pupils will explore the Grade 1 listed local landmark Ordsall Hall by stepping back in time to help to prepare for a Tudor wedding feast. As the Radclyffe family and their servants prepare for the celebration pupils will help them and will get an insight in to what Tudor homes were like. We will also watch a role-play session about Tudor crime and punishment. Letters will be sent out in the first few weeks of term with more details.
We had an educational and exciting trip to Ordsall Hall, the students we really engaged and made a great effort to get involved. Students helped to prepare for a wedding feast inside the Great Hall for the Lord of the Manor (role-played by our very own Mr.Sharp) and his guests. In the kitchen, there was a mixture of replica and real foods, we ground up spices and herbs in pestle and mortars and carried water in a yoke. In the chambers we made perfume bags with natural flowers like chamomile, mint and lavender and dressed up in traditional Tudor dress-ware and armour. A fun day was had by all!
Well done to those students who brought in enrichment homework. The effort made by the students was astounding and lots of Gold certificate awards were given. Thank you for taking your own time to create the superb things that you did and sharing with us your amazing talents!
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