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Spring 2 Newsletter

Welcome back!  This will be a short but exciting half term as we build on our WWII topic. 

During our topic, we will use eye-witness accounts of ‘Life in the Blitz’ to learn more about this period in history, including those from the grandparents of our teachers!  Throughout this topic, we encourage you to investigate your own family history and their lives during the war. 

In science we will be learning about life cycles, moving onto SRE later in the half-term.  You will shortly receive letters to give consent for your child to be part of these sessions.  We also have a ‘Polar Exploration Day’ to look forward to… more details to be revealed soon!

Targets 

Reading

I can identify themes and conventions across a range of texts.

I can distinguish between fact and fiction.

I can read books that are structured in different ways and for a range of purposes.

 

Science: Evolution and Inheritance

I can describe how the earth and living things have changed over time.

I can explain how fossils can be used to find out about the past.

I can explain about reproduction and offspring (recognising that offspring normally vary and are not identical to their parents).

I can explain how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment.

I can link adaptation over time to evolution.

I can explain evolution.

 

PSHE – Passport Targets

To show a good understanding and commitment to e-safety.

To stand up against views and opinions that go against the school’s values.

Homework 

Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday.  

Date homework is sent home

Homework

Friday 2nd March

English - Reading Comprehension Homework Book

Maths - iamlearning

Friday 9th March

Writing/SP&G activity

Maths - Homework Book

Friday 16th March

English - Reading Comprehension Homework Book

Maths - iamlearning

Friday 23rd March

Topic-based homework

Spellings will be handed out on a Wednesday to be tested the following Monday. 

While most children practise their spellings each week, there are still some pupils who are consistently scoring less than 5 in their weekly test.  Please remember that there used to be 10 spellings to learn and we reduced it to make learning spellings more manageable!  Please help your child avoid falling behind by practising their 6 spellings with them.

Dates for the diary 

  • Thursday 1st March – World Book Day
  • Monday 5th March – Online Safety Day
  • Tuesday 13th March – Polar Exploration Day
  • Wednesday 14th March – VE day celebration (details to follow)
  • Thursday 15th March – 1st Parents’ Evening
  • Monday 19th March – 2nd Parents’ Evening
  • Tuesday 20th March – SRE Day

If you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help, please get in touch!
Miss Stewart

Spring 2 Topic Web

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Spring 1 Newsletter

Happy New Year!  I hope that you all had a great holiday and are feeling fully refreshed.

This new term will start with a 4 week geography topic on Florida, where we will learn about the tourism and travel industry and its advantages and disadvantages.  After this, we will go back in time to study WWII and investigate how it affected life in Britain. 

For Year 6 pupils, we will begin to focus on the SATs a little more and details of booster sessions will be coming home soon.  We would also like to invite all Year 6 parents to a meeting on 22 January at 5.30 where we will be able to give you further details about the SATs, what will happen during the week and how you can best prepare your child for the tests.

Targets

Reading

I can read whole, age appropriate novels with confidence and fluency.

I can predict what might happen from details in the text.

I can independently work out the meaning of words from the context.

 

Science: Evolution and Inheritance

I can describe how the earth and living things have changed over time.

I can explain how fossils can be used to find out about the past.

I can explain about reproduction and offspring (recognising that offspring normally vary and are not identical to their parents).

I can explain how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment.

I can link adaptation over time to evolution.

I can explain evolution.

 

PSHE – Passport Targets

To show a good understanding and commitment to e-safety.

To stand up against views and opinions that go against the school’s values.

Homework
Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. 

Date homework is sent home

Homework

Friday 5th January

English - Reading Comprehension Homework Book

Maths - iamlearning

Friday 12th January

Writing/SP&G activity

Maths - Homework Book

Friday 19th January

English - Reading Comprehension Homework Book

Maths - iamlearning

Friday 26th January

Writing/SP&G activity

Maths - Homework Book

Friday 2nd  February

English - Reading Comprehension Homework Book

Maths - iamlearning

Friday 9th   February

Writing/SP&G activity

Maths - Homework Book

Friday 16th   February

Topic based homework 

Spellings will be handed out on a Wednesday to be tested the following Monday.  Children can then take their books home so that you can see their results but they must have their book in school every Monday.

Dates for the diary
Monday 22nd January 5.30pm – KS2 SATs meeting for parents.

Tuesday 6th February – Safer Internet Day

Thursday 8th February – WWII day (details to follow soon)

Wednesday 14th February 2:30pm – KS2 Maths Fair!  This will a celebration of our hard work in maths and will also be a valuable opportunity for parents to come along and learn how to support their children with the methods that we learn!

Water Bottles
Children are encouraged to bring drinks bottles to school with water so they can have a drink in class.

PE Kit
This half term PE will be on a ________ and _______ afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school on these days.  Long hair must be tied back and earrings should be removed.

If you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help, please get in touch!
Miss Stewart

Spring 1 Topic Web

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Autumn 2 Newsletter

Welcome back!

I hope that you all had a wonderful half term break and are ready for another jam-packed one! 

English
In English, we will be studying explanation texts.  After reading the model text, which looks at how mummies are made, the children will have a go at writing a modern day version of mummification!  Hopefully, their writing will include all of the layout and language features studied.  Towards the end of this half term, we will also study poetry.  Once again, after looking at model examples, the children will write and then perform their own.  In between all of this, look out for another ‘exciting writing’ event.  The previous ‘Monster’ writing event produced some absolutely fabulous writing and I’m pretty sure that our next one will too!

Reading
Many children in Educational Eagles are well underway to achieving their Bronze Reading Medal.  Thank you so much for all of the parents/carers at home who have supported this.  Unfortunately, there still remain a few children who haven’t achieved many stickers yet, indicating that a limited amount of reading is happening at home.  It’s very easy to do - once your child has read a page or two from their reading book, they ask an adult to sign their reading record.  Three signatures during the week will result in the children being rewarded with one sticker.  Once they have earnt 12 stickers, they will achieve their Bronze Reading Medal.  Come on Educational Eagles, you can do it!

Targets

READING

I can make comparisons within and across books.

I can summarise main ideas and key details, using quotations for illustration.

I can discuss and evaluate how authors use language (including figurative language) and its impact on the reader.

  

SCIENCE
Properties and changes in materials

I can compare and group materials based on their properties (e.g. hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity, [electrical & thermal], and response to magnets).

I can describe how a material dissolves to form a solution; explaining the process of dissolving.

I can describe and show how to recover a substance from a solution.

I can describe how some materials can be separated.

I can demonstrate how materials can be separated (e.g. through filtering, sieving and evaporating).

I know and can demonstrate that some changes are reversible and some are not.

I can explain how some changes result in the formation of a new material and that this is usually irreversible.

I can discuss reversible and irreversible changes.

I can give evidenced reasons why materials should be used for specific purposes.

PSHE

Our Passport targets are:

To stand up against homophobia and racism.

To stand up against views and opinions that go against the school’s values.

 

Homework
Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. 

Weekly homework will be as follows: 

Week beginning

 

30.10

Maths – books

English

Spellings

6.11

Maths – iamlearning

English

Spellings

13.11

Maths – books

English

Spellings

20.11

Maths – iamlearning

English

Spellings

27.11

Maths – books

English

Spellings

4.12

Maths – iamlearning

English

Spellings

11.12

Topic based homework

Spellings

Spellings will still continue to be handed out on a Wednesday to be tested the following Monday.  Children can then take their books home so that you can see their results but they must have their book back in school every Monday.  The expectation is that they will get 5 or 6 correct every week. 

Water Bottles & PE Kit
Children are encouraged to bring drinks bottles to school with water so they can have a drink in class.

This half term, indoor PE will be on a ________ afternoon and outdoor on a _________ afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school on these days.  Long hair must be tied back and earrings should be removed.

If you have any questions or if there is anything I can do to help then please do not hesitate to ask!

Miss Stewart

Autumn 2 Topic Web

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Autumn 1 Newsletter

I would like to begin by telling you what a delight it has been to meet all of the children this week and how much I am looking forward to getting to know them better as the year progresses.  With the wonderful learning attitudes that I have seen so far though, I am sure that this year will be a highly productive one with lots of brilliant achievements.

We have had a busy start to the week, learning our new model text – ‘Find Me’, which you can hear by following the link below:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00rx3hm

This will give us the techniques, language and grammar skills needed to write our own spooky adventure stories, which we hope to display in our local area (details coming soon!).  To help fuel our imaginations, we are reading ‘The Witches’ by Roald Dahl – we’re already hooked!

To help us develop our reading skills, we would like to ask you to hear your child read for at least 10 minutes, 3 times a week and sign their reading record.  This can be their class book or a book from their Lexiled reading list, which can be found by logging into Reading Pro.  We appreciate your support with this, we know how busy life can be but those extra reading sessions will help your children to achieve their highest potential.  As a reward for reading regularly, each child will be awarded a sticker each week that they read 3 times to an adult (not including this week!).  If they get 12 stickers, then they will achieve the Bronze Reading Medal!  You can do it Educational Eagles!

This year, our class will be taking part in ‘Mindfulness’ training, which aims to help our pupils be more aware of their emotions and reactions.  The lessons should enable our children to improve their decisions when under pressure or angry and to help them to recognise when they are feeling these emotions so that they can begin to regulate them.  Look out for the meditation diary which we will be sending home soon…

Targets 

Reading

I can actively discuss a wide range of texts, justifying my ideas with evidence.

I can discuss how authors use figurative language.

I can explore the meaning of words in context.

  

Science

Properties and changes in materials

I can compare and group materials based on their properties (e.g. hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity, [electrical & thermal], and response to magnets).

I can describe how a material dissolves to form a solution; explaining the process of dissolving.

I can describe and show how to recover a substance from a solution.

I can describe how some materials can be separated.

I can demonstrate how materials can be separated (e.g. through filtering, sieving and evaporating).

I know and can demonstrate that some changes are reversible and some are not.

I can explain how some changes result in the formation of a new material and that this is usually irreversible.

I can discuss reversible and irreversible changes.

I can give evidenced reasons why materials should be used for specific purposes.

 

Passport

Understand why we have rules and laws in England and always follow these

Show an understanding and commitment to democracy

 

Homework
Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday.  

Week beginning

4.9

Maths – iamlearning

English

Spellings

11.9

Maths – books

English

Spellings

18.9

Maths – iamlearning

English

Spellings

25.9

Maths – books

English

Spellings

2.10

Maths – iamlearning

English

Spellings

9.10

Maths – books

English

Spellings

16.10

Topic based homework

Spellings

Spellings will be handed out on a Wednesday to be tested the following Monday.  Children can then take their books home so that you can see their results but they must have their book back in school every Monday.  The expectation is that they will get 5 or 6 correct every week. 

Coming soon, will be a copy of the words that children need to spell correctly in Years 5 & 6.  Some of these will be sent home for the spelling tests but you may want to work through them with your child as they will need to use them in their writing during Years 5 and 6.

Water Bottles & PE Kit
Children are encouraged to bring drinks bottles to school with water so they can have a drink in class.

This half term, indoor PE will be on a ________ afternoon and outdoor on a _________ afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school on these days.  Long hair must be tied back and earrings should be removed.

If you have any questions or if there is anything I can do to help then please do not hesitate to ask!

Miss Stewart

Autumn 1 Topic Web

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