I hope you all managed to enjoy the Easter holidays and managed to get in just a little bit of rest and relaxation at some point.
The first half of this summer term will be very exciting with many exciting trips planned. Our topic is 'Places of Worship'. It will celebrate and explore the religious diversity of our school community. We will be immersing ourselves within this topic through visits to the different places of worship for each major religious denomination. We will visit the Sikh worship and meeting house, Mosque, Catholic and Church of England Church, Cathedral and have a Hindu visitor into school to share artefacts and their religion with us. At the beginning of next half term, we might also get an opportunity to visit the Synagogue, which is being refurbished at the moment.
In Literacy, the children will be looking at stories with issues and moral dilemmas and this will include working with the books 'Journey to Jo'burg' by Beverley Naidoo and 'Sam's Duck' by Michael Morpurgo. Later this term we will be looking at different poetry forms, ranging through Haikus, Kennings, Calligrams and shape poems. In Maths, the children will continue to develop their counting, partitioning and calculating skills by exploring decimals in the context of money, rounding and number sequences. They will also be solving calculations, puzzles and problems using any of the four operations. They will choose an appropriate mental strategy, written strategy or calculator to solve calculations and explain their reasoning.
The children will be looking at dynamics in music. This involves looking at the volume of a piece and the degrees of loud and quiet. We have a Spanish teaching student with us this term and so we will hopefully get some Spanish lessons as well as French later on in the term. Within PE, we will introduce, improve and practise skills in softball. With Miss Rowden, the children will complete their tennis lessons from last term and will be using brand new tennis equipment given to the school, including racquets, different types of tennis balls and a net.
This term, the children will now be taught by Miss Rowden on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons when they will have lessons in science and finish their work on light and shadows and start work on circuits and conductors. In PSHE they will be focusing on relationships and in art/D&T they will be looking at collage.
I will continue to provide homework each Friday and this will be expected back by the following Wednesday - unless otherwise indicated. Please continue to encourage your child to spend 10-20 minutes reading each day and record this in their reading diary, in addition continued work on their times tables will benefit their mathematics. The benefits of practising times tables at home has really shown and some children have made significant improvements and are receiving the benefits, especially in their confidence.
If you need to contact me, feel free to catch me at the end of school, communicate through your child or, should you require an appointment at an alternative, time then please ask at the office.
Thank you for providing your support at the Easter service where I'm sure you would agree the children performed exceptionally well!