Welcome to our school
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I hope you all had an enjoyable and well-earned break.
I hope you are looking forward to our summer term which promises to be fun packed and busy time for everyone.
The annual SATs for children in year six occur during this half term, starting on the
Please ensure that your child is in attendance during this
A variety of useful links to support home learning are at the bottom of the page.
Key dates to remember this half term
Monday 15th April - School reopens for the Summer Term.
Wednesday 17th April - Friends of Chesham's 'Easter Eggstravaganza', 3.30pm-5.00pm.
Thursday 18th April - School closes for the Easter weekend.
Tuesday 23rd April - School reopens.
Monday 6th May - School closed for Bank Holiday.
Tuesday 7th May - School reopens.
W/b Monday 13th May - SATs.
Friday 24th May - Year 5/6 children leave for Windmill Hill. School closes for half-term.
Monday 27th May - Year 5/6 children return from Windmill Hill.
Reading Records: To be returned & signed every day - Your child can update the record, but we would be grateful if an adult provides a signature to approve the comments. Please help your child to become more independent in this task whilst also bearing in mind that there is a potential for the whole class to earn a reward if 100% of books are returned and appropriately signed.
Outdoor PE: Tuesday pm - Please ensure your child
Indoor PE: Friday pm - Please provide shorts & a t-shirt for this session. Barefoot is acceptable but black pumps are preferred to avoid injury.
Library: Friday pm -Children will have access to the school library every fortnight where they can choose a book to read. We will be visiting the school library every other Friday starting on 18th January. Children’s love of reading is something which is I hope to continue to nurture in 2019 - speaking to children about their book, and asking them questions about it would be very beneficial.
Spelling revision - Given on Friday & tested on the following Friday
(Explore some of our revision methods at the bottom of the page)
Daily reading - please encourage your child to read for at least 25 minutes a day
Core - There will be 1 other piece which is linked to Maths, English or Science
Core homework will be stuck in your child's homework book on Fridays.
We expect the homework book to be returned for marking on the following Tuesday.
In addition to the above, Class 8 offer home learning challenges. There are 3 over each topic and are an opportunity for your child to research and create a piece that suits their interests and aspirations. We recommend spending approximately 45 minutes per week on these tasks.
All homework tasks that are returned on the submission dates are rewarded with Dojo points.
Our Summer Learning
English: Reading & Writing
Writing and reading opportunities will continue with Beowulf, which we started towards the end of the Spring term. We will move on to the writing of advertisements, letters, character descriptions and explanations. Children will then be introduced to a classic poem (Jabberwocky by Lewis Caroll) and use the fictitious creature to write an extra chapter for the classic story of Beowulf.
Lewis Caroll (Rev Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, 1832-1898)
Writing will continue to be cross-curricular, particularly in science and history where we will be refining our persuasive writing techniques in order to sell a Viking Longship and also our report writing skills as we research and write a factual report about dragons - linked to study of living things.
Our whole class reading sessions will be based around the theme of Beowulf to support reading, writing and vocabulary development. In the last week of the half-term, we will begin our new book, How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell which will lead to instructional, diary and narrative forms of writing.
Cressida Cowell (b.1966)
English: Spelling and Grammar
Spelling will be a large aspect of our investigations this term and we will be using a variety of games and activities to promote the independent application of essential spelling rules. Regular grammar sessions will continue and this will include :
Fractions (Decimals and Percentages)
Ratio and Proportion
Linked to our English and Geography topic, we will continue with our study of the Vikings. We will learn more about their involvement with British history through research and consideration of historical sources relating to the introduction of Danelaw, subsequent life in Viking Britain and Alfred the Great.
In science, children will conduct investigations to further their appreciation for Viking innovation. We will then move onto our new topic of Living Things and their Habitats. We will explore the lifecycle of various living organisms, explore the habitats in our local area and research organisms of interest for a non-chronological report.
In Art, we will be designing and making Viking bracelets and warrior portraits. We will be
The children will use ICT to carry out research using the internet and will then use their understanding to produce fact sheets and power-points. They will use formatting skills such as cut, copy and paste, fonts, sizing of letters and borders to improve their work. They will use various IPad Applications such as SeeSaw and Padlet in their work across the curriculum.
To support our use of ICT, we will be developing our keyboard skills using a fun game called Dancemat. You can play at home using the following link: Click Here
After half term, we will use Scratch to develop our coding skills.
Our focus this term will be Changes. We will explore what we mean by change and how it can impact
We will also focus upon our understanding of being a successful learner through an exploration of "The Iceberg Illusion" by Sylvia Duckworth and also by considering a diamond nine organiser to identify and overcome barriers to learning.
We will enhance our understanding of the Easter story by exploring the theme of loyalty and betrayal.
We will then move on to a study of places of worship and the importance of worship.
PE and Games
Summer 1 – Tennis and Team Games
Summer 2 – Rounders
Music and French lessons will be taught by Ms Newton and Mme Binns respectively.
Below - our thought-provoking hall display concerning online safety
You may find the following websites useful in supporting your child's learning.