GREENIE’S GENIES!        


 Happy New Year Class 9!

                 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 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 - any 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.

  English author Cressida Cowell (b.London 1966)          

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

Please ensure you hear your child read at home every night and sign their reading logs with your comments on their reading and understanding.

Maths -

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


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


  • 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


  • 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 and how animals and plants have 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.


                                                                                                                                                                                              In Religion, we will study Buddhism through our religion looking at the celebration of *Chinese New Year and the significance of the Dragon.                                                                                                                        *2022 is The Year of the Tiger! (from Tuesday 1st February)


In Art,


In ICT, we will be learning to code learning to design and write programs. The children will use sequence, selection and repetition in programs, work with variables and various forms of input and output.



  • Breaking friends and dealing with forgiveness.
  • Working together and seeing things from someone else’s perspective.
  • Managing feelings of anger and resolving conflict.



P.E. & Games 

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


                            Please ensure that your child has the appropriate kit for every lesson.                                                                                                     

P.E. will be on a Tuesday and Games will be on a Thursday


The children will be given a weekly spelling homework sheet on words which they will have been focusing on all week. This will be given on a Friday to learn for the following Friday. A homework task (related to classwork) will be given on a Monday to be completed by the Monday of the following week (this may change sometimes according to the task) Please ensure that you sign your child’s homework book to say that the task has been completed. Reading should be done each night and dojo awards will be given for this on a daily basis.

Please feel free to come in at any time if you have any concerns regarding your child - my door is always open.

           Mrs S.Greenhalgh

Dates for your diary for the 1st  half of the Spring Term;- 

Tuesday 1st February - Chinese (Lunar) New Year.  Basketball competition, Castle Leisure Centre, 5.30pm.

Thursday 3rd February - Whole school trip to Chester Zoo.

Friday 11th February - School closes for the half-term holiday.



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