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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:
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.
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.1966)
Reading comprehension skills will include:
Speaking and listening skills:
Manny 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:
We will be reinforcing a lot of the key objectives and revising ready for the SATS tests.
Daily mixed morning work will be done by the children during register time which will reinforce and enrich previous work done.
The children will focus on a weekly arithmetic task, which will take 30 minutes on the set methods of number work to enable the children to try and achieve the expected standard by the end of year 6. The class will also do weekly skill tests to test knowledge and understanding and to inform future learning targets.
Number and place value
Multiplication and division
Measurement (perimeter and area)
Ratio and proportion
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 be learning to code learning to design and write programs. They will use sequence, selection and repetition in programs, work with variables and various forms of input and output.
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 an inspired artist on volcanoes and produce our own version.
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.
We will study Buddhism through our religion looking at the celebration of Chinese New Year (The Year of the Ox - Friday 12th February) and the significance of the Dragon.
We will be looking at Dreams and Goals in the first half term looking at personal learning goals and steps to success. We will also look at our dreams for the world and how we can make a difference.
In the second half term we will look at Healthy Me and how we can take responsibility for our health and make choices.
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.
Games and P.E.
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.
Mrs S. Greenhalgh
Dates for your diary for this term;-
Friday 12th February - School closes for the half term holiday.
Monday 22nd February - School reopens for the 2nd half of the Spring Term.
Thursday 1st April - End of term - school closes for the Easter holiday.
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