This term our topic is:
The Sun sets on the battlef
Journey through space, the final frontier… Navigate beyond the Sun: the magnificent, blazing star at the centre of our Solar System!
Investigate the eight planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Take a look at the Moon, a celestial body that orbits the Earth.
Programme a ‘rover’ to traverse a lunar landscape and work scientifically to investigate gravity, and what happens when there is none! Compare the time of day at different places on the Earth and use a GPS satellite navigate system to track hidden treasure! Get in a spin making simple models of the Solar System and listen to the haunting sounds of space-themed songs.
Then it’s three, two one… BLAST OFF! Build and launch a rocket for an important test mission.
Exploring space is probably the greatest adventure that humankind has ever undertaken. Are we alone or are there other life forms out there?!
Maths homework is given out on a Friday, to be completed by the following Wednesday. Children receive a well-done-dot for returning homework on time.
The homework will be based on the activities that we have done in class that week, and it is a chance for children to practise what they have learnt and consolidate their learning.
I will be running a homework club on a Tuesday lunchtime for any children who wish to go through it with me.
We encourage children to read at home with an adult. This reading can be anything from a novel to a shopping list.
We ask that a record of this is noted in the children's reading record books. Ticks will be awarded on the chart inside the front cover; one for each time your child has read with you. These then add up to star reader certificates and further rewards.
Children have been thoroughly enjoying Read Theory, answering comprehension questions online, and would encourage your child to have a go as often as they can!
Your child will be given a selection of homework ideas linked to the topic they are studying. We ask that a small selection are completed throughout the half term and brought into school to showcase to their classmates. If your child has their own inspirational idea for a homework task they wish to create, we fully encourage this.
Children will be given a list of ten age-related spellings. Spellings will be given out each week on a Friday and tested on the following Friday. As well as practising the words, it would be useful for children to have a go at putting these into sentences (this does not have to be written down).
Practise your times tables here:
The secret word is: springsalmon
Times tables are a crucial part of maths, underpinning everything that we do, so I would strongly recommend regular practise.
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables (Hit the Button is particularly popular with the children!)
PE this term is on Tuesday afternoons and Thursday mornings. Please ensure that children have a full PE kit in school for these times, and earrings are or can be removed.
As the weather gets even colder, please ensure that your child brings appropriate clothing including coat, hat, scarf and gloves where necessary.
Children are encouraged to bring water bottles with them to school each day; they will have access to them throughout lessons but will remain in the class at lunch time so you may wish to send an extra drink in their lunchbox.
We encourage your children to bring healthy snacks into school (such as fruit, vegetables, cereal bars, crackers etc.), or to purchase toast or a crumpet from the kitchen.
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