WELCOME TO CLASS 9       

      GREENIE’S GENIES!                        

Above - Class 9 2018-2019!

  Below - our representatives on the School Council

              

Below - our lunchtime office staff - a member of Class 9 (right) together with a member of Class 8

                               

*Please scroll down for more photos and a slideshow*

Welcome back Class 9!

This year promises to be a very exciting and memorable experience for all the members of class 9. The children will have lots more responsibility within the class and around the school. They will become buddies for Reception, have monitoring jobs and be expected to become role models to younger members of the school.

Alongside this, I will expect them to work extremely hard in all areas of the curriculum so that they make the necessary progress to make the transition to high school an easier process.

The Mountain of the Dragon!

                    

Welcome back to another busy curriculum-rich term, which is packed with learning opportunities to stimulate any enquiring mind!

The children will start the term with a short study on flashback stories, studying a poignant extract and then a short film called the 'Piano'. They will be given the opportunity to write their own flashback stories using music as a stimulus.

We will then move on to The Realm of the Dragon, which serves as a good revision aid to our SATs in literacy. The children will study a rich abundance of resources and use them to have many different writing experiences such as:

  • Writing a quest for the last dragon
  • Dragon advertisements
  • Top trump dragon cards
  • Dragon birth poetry
  • Descriptive writing on the last dragon
  • Report writing on the Komodo dragon
  • Newspaper writing on Hiccup’s initiation test disaster

Our key focus this term will be on the reinforcement of all grammar and punctuation objectives ensuring a thorough grounding in these for SATs and the future.

  • Use of figurative language- simile, metaphor, assonance and alliteration.
  • Relative clauses
  • Use of active and passive tense
  • Use of subjunctive forms
  • Use of the semi-colon, colon and dash to mark boundary between independent clauses.
  • Use of synonyms and antonyms
  • Correctly punctuate using commas appropriately.

Along with many literacy extracts, we will be enjoying our class book, “How to Train Your Dragon” by Cressida Cowell - an extra copies at home would be most appreciated! Guided reading will use this, and other reading sources in class, but please encourage your child to read their home reader and please sign their log. If you visit the library, it would be most useful to loan books on dragons or mountains (our Geography topic) to enrich learning further.

                   

Reading comprehension skills will include:

  • Exploring the meaning of words in context
  • Asking questions to improve their understanding
  • Drawing inferences such as characters’ feelings thoughts and motives from their actions and justifying with evidence
  • Predicting what might have happened from details stated and implied
  • Summarising the main ideas
  • Provide reasoned justifications for their views

Speaking and listening skills:

Many opportunities will be provided to speak and listen in class, group or paired activities. Emphasis will be placed on use of appropriate vocabulary in formal and informal speaking situations and clarity of speaking.

Activities will include:

  • Socratic circle activities to discuss and listen to the ideas and opinions of others on texts.
  • Dragons den presentations
  • Hot seating of characters and other drama activities

Maths skills

We will be reinforcing a lot of the key objectives and revising ready for the SATS tests.

Number and place value

  • Use negative numbers in context and solve multi-step problems
  • Use knowledge of the order of operations-BODMAS
  • Add and subtract mentally and using formal written methods
  • Solve problems

Multiplication and division

  • Multiplying using varied methods- HTUXTU
  • Multiplying decimals using varied methods
  • Dividing HTU by TU using a range of mental and varied methods
  • Dividing decimals using varied methods

Number Fractions

  • Adding and subtracting fractions
  • Dividing and multiplying fractions
  • Fraction problems

Algebra

  • Simple formulae
  • Formulae and number sequences
  • Building formulae
  • Solving problems with unknowns and variables

Geometry

  • Drawing 2D shapes
  • Reasoning about shapes and angles
  • Vertically opposite angles

Measurement (mass)

  • Convert between grams and kilograms, kilograms and tonnes to 3 decimal places
  • Use conversions to solve problems

Measurement (perimeter and area)

  • Calculate area of shapes
  • Calculate area of a triangle
  • Calculate area of a parallelogram

Ratio and proportion

  • Recognise and solve proportion problems
  • Use ratio to solve problems
  • Solve scale factor problems

Statistics

  • Interpret and draw pie charts
  • Construct and use line graphs to solve problems
  • Collect and organise data to solve problems
  • Calculate and interpret the mean of a set of data

In Science, we will be studying evolution and inheritance looking at how living things have changed over time how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment.

                                                                            

In Geography, we will be studying what a Mountain is and how they are formed moving on to look at volcanoes and earthquakes later on in the term.

                                 

We will study Buddhism through our religion looking at the celebration of Chinese New Year and the significance of the Dragon, together with a look at 'Buddhism in Japan'. 

                          

Dragon art will also be done with fimo dragons and the anticipated homework project of designing their own dragon land!! We will also look at the works of a an inspired artist on volcanoes and produce our own version.

                     

In Games, we will study netball and football– striking/fielding and game skills, whilst in PE we will be focusing on gymnastics and dance skills.

                                  

In ICT, we will be learning to control and produce short computer programmes using 'Scratch' to write commands of movement, and music to produce short animation.

                                 

In PSHE,

  • Relationships – people who are important to me
  • Loss and how to deal with it using strategies
  • Helping others
  • Breaking friends and dealing with forgiveness

                              

Homework will be given on a weekly basis, unless it is a longer project. Spellings will be given out and tested on a Friday as usual.

                As always my door is open, if you wish to discuss any concerns or just fancy a chat on progress.

                                                Yours Sincerely – Mrs Greenhalgh

Mondays 21st & 28th January and February 4th - I.T. - small group work, learning coding using 'Scratch'

    

                    

    

Below - a few photos and a slideshow from last term

    

    

                                                Below - October 26th - some of our origami peace cranes in Hiroshima                                                             "I will write 'Peace' on your wings and you will fly all over the world." (Hiroshima schoolgirl Sadako Sasaki, 1943-1955)

      

    

Below - we hope you enjoy this slideshow of our fantastic Anderson shelter models!