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A few reminders...
The following is what we SHOULD have been doing this half term. We have moved some of the things that would be difficult to do at home (like health education and making clay bowls) to after half term when, hopefully, we will all be back in school. However, the topic work and R.E. will be set as assignments on TEAMS as well as an exciting science topic on 'Evolution and Inheritance'.
Keep safe, everyone!
Mrs M. x
During the spring term, in humanities, our topic is ‘Greece’. Within geography, the children will learn about the physical and human features of modern Greece and compare Greece with the UK. In history, the children will investigate styles of government, the difference between Athens and Sparta, Greek culture, myths and legends and also look at how ancient Greek ideas influence our lives today. As part of this topic, in art, we will be working with clay to create Greek bowls/ urns. The children will learn skills such as coiling and making a slip to join the clay. This is very messy! As such, you may wish to provide your child with a waterproof apron for art days. Within the music and dance curriculums, we will be exploring the art of Greek dance and some traditional Greek music - using our voices as instruments with Greek songs as our inspiration.
As part of science and health education, we will be starting a programme of lessons on ‘Growing and Changing’ (sex and health education). We will be using the new health and relationships guidance, which schools are now expected to follow. We feel that these lessons will give your child a chance to dispel any misunderstandings and will provide them with the vital knowledge that they will need as they approach puberty and secondary school.
In RE, we will be studying how people’s beliefs about God, the world and others have an impact on their lives. We will be looking at: Islam, Hinduism, non-religious views (such as Humanism) and Christianity.
We would greatly appreciate your support with weekly spelling and reading - reading at home at least three times a week. Your child will get a green card for each week that he/she does so – and a square marked off on their ‘reading pin’ challenge. If you are able to help in any way with any of the above areas of learning, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always available if you wish to discuss any aspect of school life.
If, for whatever reason, your child has to isolate at home, we will be using Microsoft Teams to set tasks for your child to complete at home. By using Teams, we will be able to receive work back and give feedback on the work attempted.
Children have been given their logins and have had a number of times that they have logged on and found their way around the site.
Please make sure that you have downloaded the app (or use the online version) and can access the work. If you do not have access to the internet, please let us know.
We hope that there will not be a need to use Teams for isolation purposes - but, we will be using it for setting homework and weekly spellings.
This week, our 'Shining Star' award goes to:
Grace: For being Grace: kind, hard-working, level-headed, gentle in deeds and words. What a star!
During the autumn term, we will be giving emphasis to social and mental health, giving the children time to explore the positive and negative aspects of the unprecedented times of late. As part of this, we will join the rest of the school to work around the questions/ issues raised by the book ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers.
Our autumn topic is called, ‘The Vicious Vikings’. In history, the children will explore who the Vikings were and study Viking raids, long ships and homes. In geography, they will develop map work skills and investigate place names in Britain. Our English work will be linked to this topic; they will write in role (as a Viking or Anglo Saxon) to create a diary and create a biography of Alfred the Great. Our class text will be ‘Viking Boy’ by Tony Bradman. Our technology topic this term is ‘Moving Mechanisms’. The children will explore mechanisms and how they work and create a design linked to our Viking topic (for example a longboat or warrior). They will develop skills in measuring, sawing, drilling and joining wood. As part of this topic, the class will
also listen to, compose and perform ‘invasion’ music.
In science, the children will identify and name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and explain the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood. They will explore the impact of diet, exercise and lifestyle on the way their bodies function. In groups, they will plan and carry out an investigation on heart rate. Year 6 will also have weekly D.A.R.E. sessions – a programme designed to teach children about the facts and dangers of drugs - and explore strategies to support future choices that they will make.
In R.E., the children will look at ‘journeys through life’ and explore some important, special times and ceremonies in the lives of Jewish, Christian and Hindu people. The children will also explore possibilities for their own journeys through life and think about their hopes for the future.
After half term, the programme of sex and relationships education will take place - more details to follow next half term.
We would greatly appreciate your support with weekly spelling, reading and times tables - reading at home at least three times a week. Your child will get a green card for each week that he/she does so – and a square marked off on their ‘reading pin’ challenge. They will also receive green cards for improvements to times tables scores and for getting full marks on spelling tests. If you are able to help in any way with any of the above areas of learning, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always available if you wish to discuss any aspect of school life.
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