Spring Term 2020 – CELEBRATING CULTURE AND DIVERSITY
Join us as we investigate and celebrate all things cultural. Focussing initially on ancient Chinese civilisations, we will begin by asking questions such as Where is China? Does China really have every different type of physical environment on Earth? How could you summarise China’s physical geography in a metaphor? Why is the Yangtze river so special? Is it the most important river in the world?
We will be developing our HISTORY skills by asking and investigating questions such as: What was the Shang Dynasty? What was it like in settlements around the Yellow River Plain? How did Shang farmers provide for their society? What were the religious beliefs of the Shang Dynasty? What was the Shang system of writing like? What did the rulers of the Shang Dynasty do?
In GEOGRAPHY we will examine the physical features of China. We will spend time locating China on the map and identifying its neighbouring countries. We will consider the population of China and discover where most of the population lives. Using maps, we will identify the different environments of China and discover if China really does have all of the major environments on earth within its borders. The Yangtze river is the most famous river in China, and it has a huge influence on the lives of the people who live on or near the river which we will discover in our in-depth study of the river.
Within our ENGLISH lessons we will study a wide range of fables and compare Aesop’s famous fables to some traditional Chinese fables, looking for similarities and differences before writing fables of our own. Later in the term we will read ‘Cloud Tree Monkeys’ by Mal Peet and Elspeth Graham which will enable us to continue developing the way in which we use imagery to create vivid settings and characters.
We will continue to work on our presentation, using paragraphs effectively to ensure that our work has a sense of cohesion whilst perfecting our handwriting. There will also be a continued focus on spelling this term, making sure that the children are confident in applying the various spelling rules and prescribed words from the national curriculum and that they are embedded in our writing as well as topic words related to our learning.
The children will continue with guided reading sessions, using a variety of texts to help them develop their vocabulary and inference skills.
In MATHS, the children will be taught in their year groups with Year 4 focussing on the written methods of multiplication and division before being introduced to the concept of area. They will finish the term by investigating fractions, comparing and counting in fractions and recognising equivalency. Meanwhile Year 5 will also begin with multiplication and division and will be introduced to the concept of long multiplication and division with remainders before moving onto fractions. Their learning around fractions will involve handling mixed number and improper fractions alongside recognising equivalency. Year 6 will focus this term on decimals, percentages and fractions, switching between the 3 representations where appropriate and finding equivalency across all three areas. They will also be introduced to algebra and will spend some time understanding formulae and forming their own equations.
Our RE learning this term will focus on Islam and together we will aim to answer the question What is the best way for a Muslim to show commitment to God? Using the locally agreed syllabus, we will consider the extent to which participating in worship and/or prayer generates a sense of belonging. We will learn about the five pillars of Islam and will begin to grapple with the idea of commitment and what it means to us as individuals.
In COMPUTING we will use Kodu software to design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems. The children will be tasked with developing their own simple games using this programming software.
In ART AND DESIGN, we will work to improve our mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials. The children will investigate a range of Chinese art techniques including calligraphy, dragon drawing, sculpture and Ming porcelain. Each child will have the opportunity to create their own terracotta warrior out of clay.
We will continue to study FRENCH this term where we will learn all about different countries, continents and animals around the world. We will continue to develop our conversational skills and the children will have opportunities to practise asking and answering questions in French. We will also spend some time listening to French music and becoming familiar with French customs and traditions.
PE: The children will continue with their sessions taught by our P.E. coach. Children should have the correct kit in school at all times – including shoes. Children with hair longer than chin length should have their hair tied back. If your child cannot participate please let us know, either by a note to us or by phoning the school office.
YEARS 4, 5 & 6 – USEFUL INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
We would like the children to develop a growing independence in organising their homework and daily equipment. This is essential for Year 6 in helping them to prepare for secondary school. We would therefore ask the children to take responsibility for the following:
Class equipment: Children should bring their own equipment: writing pencil, colouring pencils, ruler, eraser and glue stick. We will provide writing pens. They need to ensure that they have their equipment ready on their table before the bell goes each morning.
HOMEWORK: The Daily Homework Diary is an essential piece of the children’s equipment and should be in school every day.
Topic: All topic-based homework is displayed on the school’s website and printed copies will be given to children at the start of each term inside their Daily Homework Diary. Homework should be ready by the date indicated. On the due date, a homework sharing lesson will take place to give the opportunity for children to share and evaluate their learning. If homework is late, this opportunity may not be available. Topic homework projects are open-ended, allowing children the creativity to select how they wish to demonstrate their learning.
If there is any reason why homework has not been done, we would like parents to contact us so that we are aware of this. Parents will be contacted if children persistently do not complete homework or are late handing it in.
SATS Preparation: Workbooks and homework will be additionally provided for Year 6 in order to help prepare them for SATs.
READING AT HOME AND READING JOURNALS: Children should be reading every day and logging the details in their reading journals. There is space for five separate entries, showing reading on five different occasions. Children should read with their parents at least once a week – even those who are free readers – and notes made in the journal. Once every 2 weeks children should produce a reading task that is based on their reading. The journals are handed in on Monday and the results logged in class. It is a homework expectation that reading is carried out daily.
SPELLINGS: Spelling lists are given out every Monday for learning at home and testing the following Monday. The results are logged in the homework diary for children to share with their parents.
TIMES TABLES: Some children will have a times tables target which they are working towards, and they should be practising regularly at home through the use of times tables rock stars. We will also continue to practise our fluency at school and regular analysis of the children’s fluency will help us to identify those children who need additional support to learn their times tables as well as identify the children who need to move on with their times tables learning.
SNACKS: Children should bring fruit for the morning break and keep this in the classroom, separate from their lunchbox, for easy access.
WATER: Children should bring their water in a named drinking bottle.
CONTACT US: If you would like to come in during the Monday after-school drop in, please make an appointment with the School Office or by emailing us, and give some indication of what you would like to discuss, so that we can prepare appropriately, if necessary.
Mosi class Homework Schedule
Mosi class Timetable