Literacy and Topic
The children and I are continuing our learning journey through ancient times with Ancient Greeks this term. In literacy, we will be first focusing on the different Gods worshipped and why, including the myths and legends from this period. We will be learning about the fables and their meanings from Aesop’s Tales and trying to create our own meaningful fable. In addition, we will be finding out where the Olympics were first held; the introduction of Marathons and the understanding of Greek democracy.
In Geography we will be learning how to read and use maps, focusing on symbols and map reading to 4- and 6-digit grid references. Also, be able to recognise features required for map reading.
We will be progressing with our skills in place value knowledge and learning more formal techniques for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division including our mental recall strategies. We will be concentrating on fractions and decimals, as well as negative numbers. Co-ordinates is another area which we will be focusing on using horizontal and vertical axis, which will be linked to our Geography work.
The ‘Friday Frog Maths Club’ will still continue and I am amazed and delighted to see how much the children are enjoying and embracing working hard to leap to their next lily pad! The children are also working very hard on their times table challenges in order to try to meet their end of year objectives. Thank you for all the extra practise they are having at home and once again – practise, practise makes perfect! They are expected to answer the mixed up times table, they are practising, within 1 minute. The children know which times table they are being challenged with and it is better for them to focus on one at time, to really embed those important life-long facts.
In Science this term we will be learning how all living things can be grouped whilst exploring and using classification keys to identify and name a variety of living things in our environment. In addition, we will be studying sound, identifying that sounds are made when something vibrates and using a range of musical instruments learning how to make louder, softer, higher or lower sounds.
Music/Art and Design
The children will continue to learn how to read and interpret music with Pete from Hereford Music Services. I am hoping we will be allowed to continue learning how to play the cornet this term too as part of our wider opportunities. In art and design, we will be using our history topic this term to make and design Greek pottery using natural earth colours and tones.
To help the children bond back together after their prolonged absence from school due to COVID 19, we will be using our PSHE sessions to really embed our friendship skills and learn how to get along together in our ‘bubble’ whilst introducing different situations which may arise and how the children can manage these.
Spellings will be given every Monday to be tested on Friday. Please encourage your child to learn these at home. Homework will be given out on a Monday to be handed in by Friday. Reading is still going to be focused on heavily this term and regular practise at home really helps your child to improve. I am asking each child to read five times a week, in their own time. I would be most grateful for your help and encouragement with this.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any concerns or worries or just want to check on your child’s progress.