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Autumn 2017, 

Dear Parents / Carers

Hello and welcome back to you all. I hope you all have had a good summer break and are ready to face new challenges.

The theme for the autumn term is ‘Mad World’ and although this is mainly geography based, this topic also offers many cross-curricular links.

 

English.

We will be developing our language skills and continue to work on grammar and spelling skills. Along with practising reading and answering questions about fiction and non-fiction texts, we will be looking at the texts as writers, consolidating and developing all aspects of composition and effect, including sentence and text structure. We will be aiming to develop our literacy skills by familiarising ourselves with a text to use as a model for our own writing and/or to draw inspiration from the text to produce different types of writing. This term there will be opportunities to explore both fiction and non-fiction types of writing, such as exploring a character’s thoughts and feelings by writing a diary entry, how to order and write instructions as well as writing a play-script based on the events of the story, working on effective use of a wide variety of correctly punctuated sentences and constructing paragraphs appropriately, in respect of the purpose of the writing and its audience.

 

Mathematics

In maths we will be continuing to build on the knowledge and skills acquired during the children’s experience. This will involve continuing to explore number and place value and further developing mental and written methods for all four operations. We will also be looking at some aspects of measurement and geometry and will begin to take a closer look at fractions.

 

Other Subjects – our main theme will allow us to use many cross-curricular links and some examples of the topics we will cover are described below.

Science

In science we will be taking a look at some famous scientists and inventors linked to our science curriculum. Including:

  • People who risked their lives to find new plants as well as the preservation efforts of Gerald Durrell to save the living things in Madagascar.

  • Marie Curie and her work on radiation

  • Inge Lehman, the woman who discovered the Earth’s core is solid

 

Geography

In line with our main topic, we will take a closer look at where the countries are located. Children will learn to locate and describe places using longitude and latitude and other specific areas of the Earth, such as the Equator, the Hemispheres, the Poles and the Tropics as well as develop their understanding of time zones.

 

History

Although our autumn theme is mostly geographical there will be opportunities to look at the impact of how life in Britain changed as a result of some historical events.

 

Art & Design /Design & Technology

We will get a chance to look at some European art, creating some artwork that will allow us to apply a variety of skills in addition to exploring some important and well known European artists.

 

Music

We will follow the Charanga Musical School scheme, with an integrated approach to music where games, the interrelated dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.), singing and playing instruments are all linked. I’m sure children will enjoy ‘Mamma Mia’ along with learning to play the recorder accompanied with backing tracks where learning will be consolidated through creative repetition.

 

Physical Education

The focus this term will be games and gymnastics. This will be supplemented by exploring wide and varied dance and fitness styles with ‘Cybercoach’.

 

PSHE

As always at the beginning of the new school yearthe topics to explore during the assemblies as well as class sessions are New Beginnings and later, following anti-bullying week we will continue to explore the theme Getting on and Falling out.

 

Computing

We will start the year looking at digital communication, collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information as well as e-safety.

 

French

Children will continue to develop their conversational and grammar skills, learn about the culture of the countries where the language is spoken and where possible the lessons will be linked to our current topic.

 

Religious Education

The unit we will start our new RE scheme with this year is Creation/Fall and explore what do Christians learn from the creation story.

 

I hope the children will enjoy their time in Maple and I am looking forward to working with them this year.

 

Mrs Dobson

 

Summer 2017

Dear Parents / Carers

Hope you all enjoyed the Easter.

The theme for the summer term term in KS2 is “Where does our food come from”. This topic is mostly science based, with a main focus on biology.

 

English.

We will begin with looking at explanation texts, using the book ‘Until I met Dudley’ for the inspiration to write our own creative explanation. We will look at how language, structure and the presentation of a text contributes to its meaning, then use our understanding of the text along with the language and grammar to discuss and record our ideas, building a varied and rich vocabulary and increasing a range of sentences.

Likewise, later we will base our writing around the book ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. There are many opportunities to use this story for exploring different types of texts and developing our writing skills.

In the second half of the summer term will be linked to the topic of our summer production and we will use the main story in a similar way.

 

Mathematics

Children will continue to consolidate and deepen their understanding of number and place value (including the numbers with two decimal places, rounding and learning Roman numerals) as well as the mental strategies and written methods for all four operations. Other main areas we will cover are: measurement (converting between different units as well as further developing the skills of telling the time), shapes (including finding area and perimeter) and geometry (for example, looking at angles and different types of lines) and fractions, decimals and their equivalence. Children will be also given many opportunities to develop their problem-solving skills.

 

Other Subjects

Science

As mentioned before, focus this term is on biology and we will be looking at plants, animals including humans and living things and their habitats.

Plants

We will learn about the different parts of plants and the jobs they do. Children will investigate what plants need to grow well as well as explore the different stages of the life cycle of a flowering plant.

Animals, including humans

We will begin with looking at the importance of the right type and amount of nutrition as well as the function of skeletons and muscles. We will then focus on the digestive system in humans and animals and the functions of teeth. In addition, children will extend their understanding of food chains and food webs.

Living things and their habitats

In this unit children explore a variety of ways to identify, sort, group and classify living things using classification keys. They will work scientifically by gathering, recording and representing information in different ways. I will be also considering arranging a trip that will relate to this topic.

History/Geography

Although our topic is mainly science based, we will apply our theme ‘Where does the food come from?’ through looking closely at chocolate. We will be exploring the journey of a cocoa bean from pod to product, looking at the origins of the cocoa bean and how the cocoa bean came to Europe. We will even learn about the development of the Cadbury company. In addition, we will be looking at the Fairtrade Foundation and how it is helping farmers and their communities. We will also begin to look at how land is used by considering and creating maps where different types of farming activities occur in the UK.

Art & Design /Design & Technology

We will learn how a variety of ingredients are grown by planting seeds, caring for plants and using what they produce for cooking. Children will follow recipes to cook with the ingredients. In art, we will use a variety of techniques to create images of insect and/or fruit and vegetables.

 

Music

Children enjoyed learning how to play recorders and we will continue developing this skill, including reading the music and becoming familiar with a variety of technical vocabulary related to music. However, we will also work on performing the songs in preparation for taking part in our summer production.

 

Physical Education

Alongside, exploring further some dance/fitness styles with Cybercoach, and developing gymnastic skills, we will be taking advantage of the weather and engage in a variety of outdoor activities, such as athletics, team games, developing catching and throwing skills, how to intercept and pass, as well as how to play fairly and respect the rules of the game.

 

PSHE

As well as looking at Fairtrade, the topics for this term are ‘Relationships’ and ‘Moving on’.

 

Computing

We will continue developing a variety of coding, word processing and presentation skills as well as using the internet effectively and safely. We will also begin to look at how to use spreadsheets to manipulate data and present complex information.

 

French

Children will be further developing their language skills. They will continue to learn how to engage in simple conversations and understand basic grammar. Where appropriate the topic will be adapted to our theme.

 

Religious Education

We will continue to follow agreed scheme for RE. In the first half term we will do Pentecost and after half term study the mosque.

 

I hope children will enjoy the last term of this academic year.

Kindest regards,

 

Mrs Dobson

 

Spring 2017

Dear Parents / Carers

Happy New year to you all!

The theme for the spring term in KS2 is “From SOS to www”. It is a history based topic and the focus will be on studying the changes in Britain across the ages with focus on communication.

 

English.

We will continue to use ‘Talk for Writing’ approach to help us develop our literacy skills by familiarising ourselves with the text before planning and writing our own work. ‘Reading as a reader’ children will read and discuss the text, while ‘reading as a writer’ they will work on understanding the structure of the text and create a ‘toolkit’ for their own writing. Starting with looking at traditional stories, we will move onto some other types of writing, including formal letter writing, explanation and discussion.

In addition to this, children will continue working on developing their grammar and spelling skills through focused lessons.

 

Mathematics

We will continue to look at number and place value as well as develop mental and written methods addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will also work further on understanding the concept of fractions and finding fractions of amounts. Other areas covered will be shapes and measurement (including time) and also geometry, when we will be working on identifying, estimating and measuring angles.

We will also continue with our ‘Thinking Friday’ when children will be challenged to develop their problem solving skills.

 

Other Subjects

Science

Focus this term is on physics and the main topic will be light, sound and electricity.

Light

We will learn about different sources of light and that we need light to see. Children will investigate reflective materials as well as which objects are opaque. They will find out how shadows change and also learn that sun can be dangerous.

Sound

We will learn about vibrations and how sounds travel as well as can change pitch and loudness. We will also investigate the best materials for soundproofing and may even have a go at creating our own musical instrument.

Electricity

Learning about what electricity is and how it was discovered. In addition to constructing simple electrical circuits, we will talk about how to keep ourselves safe.

History

As already mentioned, the main focus this term is looking at changes in Britain, focusing on communication. Starting from the early writing systems, some of the forms of developments in communications we will be looking at are the inventions of telegraphs and morse code, invention of the telephone, code breakers of WW2, history of the internet, and many more.

In the second half of the term we will also be exploring a non-European society that contrasts with British history.

 

Art & Design /Design & Technology

In line with our topic, we will be looking at cave paintings and Aboriginal art as a source of communication. We will also look at how artists communicate through their work before creating our own pieces.

The Science topic will also be a great inspiration for designing, such as choosing reflective material for a new book bag, using the opaque materials to design effective curtains, or designing a musical instrument.

 

Music

As children in the Maple class showed a great interest in learning a musical instrument, we will continue to follow Charanga Musical School recorder course with a range of interactive backing tracks and opportunities to learn how to read the music. Nevertheless, we will also link some of our music lessons to our topic and looking into ways of how music can be used to communicate a meaning.

 

 

Physical Education

Alongside with exploring further dance and fitness styles with Cybercoach, and developing gymnastic skills, we will be also exploring how dance can be used to communicate and tell a story.

 

PSHE

This term’s topics for PSHE are ‘Going for Gold’ and ‘Good to be me’. We will explore these through assemblies and class discussions. Furthermore, children are always encouraged to discuss any topics they are interested in or concerned about. Their wellbeing will always be our priority.

 

Computing

We will be looking at the main developments since the invention of www, looking into how the internet works and how it is used for communication and collaboration. I’m sure children will enjoy looking into coding – designing programs that accomplish specific goals.

 

French

This term, children will continue to develop their conversational and grammar skills, learn about the culture of the countries where the language is spoken and where possible the lessons will be linked to our current topic.

 

Religious Education

Topics for this term are: Moses, the exodus and the festival of pesach (Judaism) and Changing Relationships – Betrayal and Forgiveness, when children will learn about the betrayal of Jesus by Peter and about Jesus’ forgiveness..

 

As I got to know them during our first term together, I have no doubt that the children in Maple class are ready to embrace the new challenges with great enthusiasm.

 

Mrs Dobson

 

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