This half term our topic is ‘beat, band, boogie’. We will explore a range of topics such as: musical instruments, creating our own band, creating our own music and using our voices to make unusual and different pitched sounds.
In science, we will be investigating electricity and exploring the dangers at home and in the classroom. The children will have the opportunity to make their own simple circuit and decide what materials can conduct electricity.
In D&T the children will make their own balloon drum and guitar from junk modelling such as: yoghurt pots and cereal boxes.
The Power of Reading text that we will be reading in literacy is called the ‘Robot and the Bluebird’.
The book is about a rusty, old robot who has a broken heart. He meets a freezing bluebird who needs to travel south where the sun shines. The robot decides to help the bluebird and she travels in the hole where the robots heart use to be. The big question is… Will they make it south in time before the robot shuts down? Ask the children to retell you the story of the Robot and the bluebird.
We also have a list of higher level vocabulary words (HLV) which we will clarify the meaning of and use in our writing to make it more interesting. The words are: shivered, fluttering, astonished, creaking, rusting, towering, groaned, faintest, deathly and outstretched. Ask the children to show you their actions of how to remember the meanings of our HLV words.
We will continue to follow the Read Write Inc spelling programme in class and your child will bring home weekly spellings on a Monday and Tuesday to learn for a test, every Thursday and Friday.
In maths we will continue to use what we have already been taught. However, our main focus in maths this term is addition, subtraction and finding out about the value of money.
The children will be introduced to a more independent way of working throughout their maths lessons to help deepen their understanding and independence.
The children should still be learning their 2, 3, 5 & 10 times tables as part of their homework at home also.
This half term P.E. will be on a Wednesday but we would like the children to bring in their P.E. Kits on a Monday morning and take them home on a Friday afternoon. P.E. kits consist of a coloured t-shirt depending on which house your child is in (red for Riverside, blue for Transporter, green for Dorman and yellow for Albert), black shorts and P.E. shoes for outside.
Could you please make sure your child’s name is written inside their cardigans and jumpers as well as their P.E. Kits.
Homework has changed slightly this term. The children still have a homework book with six different activities to complete throughout this half term. The children are only expected to complete two of these tasks throughout the half term but of course if they would like to do more please encourage this at home.
Spellings will be given to the children on a Monday and Tuesday. The children are to spend at least 10 minutes a night practicing and completing their spelling sheets. The most important part of the children learning their spellings is to make sure they are using them correctly at all times in their writing, not just for the test.
If you have any questions about homework, please come and speak to us. If you have any questions or need any advice. If you need any language support, please let us know; we have Punjabi/Urdu speakers available and Mrs Thomas will be very happy to help with Arabic and Farsi.
Please ensure that your child brings their book bag to school every day and, if possible, try to hear them read every night. Talk about the book and what happened, encourage your child to answer simple questions and link the story/events to their everyday life.
Click on the links below to play some interactive learning games with your children. There are also some useful sites for parents too.
BBC KS1 Bitesize: http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/
BBC KS1 Bitesize Science Clips: http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/scienceclips/ages/6_7/science_6_7.shtml
You will have the opportunity to come and see your child’s work at the end of term. We will invite you in to hear them singing ‘I wanna be in a band’ and show off their robot homework. However if you don’t want to wait until the end of term please speak to your child’s teacher as they will be more than happy for you to come in after school.
Thank you for your continued support.
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