Welcome back, Oak class! I hope you have had a pleasant summer and feel refreshed and ready for the exciting year ahead!
This term we will have a focus on writing thriller stories in our English lessons, using Hansel and Gretel as a stimulus. We will use this book to write letters, diary entries and also write a discussion piece about whether Gretel should be punished. Our focus will be on writing high-quality setting descriptions and character descriptions. After half term, we will read Jumanji and write about our own portal game. We will explore how characters are portrayed and developed in Charlie and the Chocolate factory and will use this in our own writing. As the Christmas season approaches, we will think about toys and games that we use and write a persuasive advert to intrigue festive shoppers!
The focus during this half term is place value and number. We will read, write and compare numbers up to 10 000 000. This understanding will provide a basis for our work using the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and support our understanding of rounding, negative numbers and the methods for mental calculations.
The class will study the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on the way their bodies function. They will relate this understanding to describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans. In addition, the class will be expected to identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood.
P.E This year will take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. It is essential that children bring their P.E kit ready for these lessons.
The topic this term is Ancient Egypt. This topic enables detailed explorations of the geography of the area and the history of this period. To enhance the children’s understanding, a historian will be visiting our class, activities will include trying on Ancient Egyptian dress, learning about the Gods and Pharohs and creating realistic artefacts for our own class museum! We will take part in a ‘portals to the past’ workshop during the first half term, which I am sure will fully immerse Oak class in the fascinating world of Ancient Egypt.
Homework will be set every Monday and is due back by Friday. There will be a weekly homework club every Monday to support children with this.
As part of the children’s weekly homework it is essential that children read aloud daily and practise the times tables (1-12) at home.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.