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Jaguar Class Page - Summer 2 - 2021


Welcome back Jaguars! I can’t believe it’s our last half term together. I have had such a wonderful year getting to know you all. Thank you for such a great year and I will miss each of you dearly! Let’s make our last half term count and have fun!


This page will give you an outline of all the topics we will be studying this half term. I have planned lots of fun and engaging lessons this half term and all I ask is that you work hard and get stuck in! 

Parents - If you have any questions/queries about anything then please e-mail me on 



This half term we will be studying a range of non-fiction texts about Rainforests and indigenous people. This will link nicely with our Guided Reading, DT, Geography, English, RE and music lessons.

Our focus text is called The Vanishing Rainforest.

Focus objectives:

  1. Use simple organisational devices, including headings and subheadings to aid presentation.
  2. Use paragraphs to organise information and ideas around a theme.
  3. Use different ways, including fronted adverbials, to introduce or connect paragraphs (e.g. Sometime later/Inside the castle/Suddenly).
  4. Enhance the effectiveness of writing through a varied and rich vocabulary, varied grammar and sentence structures.

Unit Outcome:

To write a persuasive speech on deforestation


Working Deeper Outcome:

To write a balanced argument on deforestation


Guided Reading:

For Guided Reading, we will be reading Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson.

It is 1910 and Maia, tragically orphaned at thirteen, has been sent from England to start a new life with distant relatives in Manaus, hundreds of miles up the Amazon. She is accompanied by an eccentric and mysterious governess who has secret reasons of her own for making the journey. Both soon discover an exotic world bursting with new experiences in Journey to the River Sea, Eva Ibbotson's highly colourful, joyous adventure.

We will be reading this chapter book and answering questions around the key reading areas:

  • Vocabulary
  • Inference
  • Prediction
  • Explain
  • Retrieval  
  • Summary



This half term, we will be looking at:

  • Time
  • Statistics
  • Geometry: Properties of shape
  • Geometry: Position and Direction.




Times Tables:

We will be holding the times tables test in the second week back after half term so that will be w/b 14th June 2021


Here is a link with more information about the times tables test:


Here is a link to Maths Frame.

This website gives you an example game of what the test will be like so you can practise on here as much as you like. You will have to get used to the time element. 


Science: Living things and their habitats: Help our habitats

We will explore the following objectives:

I can identify differences, similarities or changes related to simple scientific ideas and processes.
I can recognise that environments can change and this can sometimes pose dangers to living things.
I can make systematic and careful observations and, where appropriate, take accurate measurements using standard units, using a range of equipment, including thermometers and data loggers.

I can set up simple practical enquiries, comparative and fair tests.
I can ask relevant questions and use different types of scientific enquiries to answer them.
Obtaining and Presenting Evidence
I can record findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts, and tables.
I can report on findings from enquiries, including oral and written explanations, displays or presentations of results and conclusions.



PE will be taught by Mr Hall and Mr Kelly every Tuesdays and Wednesdays. You can wear your full PE kit on these days. Can you also please remember to bring in spare socks and shoes/trainers in case we go out onto the field where it can be set and muddy. 



Our Geography topic this half term is called: Rainforests

We will explore the following objectives:

I can locate the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. (GK)

I can name and locate the main rainforests of the world on a world map (GK)

I can describe and understand the key aspects of physical geography including: layers of vegetation in the rainforests. (PG)

I can describe and understand the key aspects of physical geography including: climate zones of the Amazon rainforest and I can compare this to the UK. (PG)

I can describe and understand the key aspects of human geography including: types of settlements of the rainforest and land use (HG)

I can explain how rainforests have changed over time with reference to physical features (GK)


DT – Weaving a bookmark

DT will be taught by Mrs Hibbert and this half term you will be looking at Weaving a bookmark.

Skills you will be learning this half term are:



I can describe the purpose of my product.

I can develop my own design criteria and use this to inform my ideas.

I can generate realistic ideas focusing on the needs of the user.

I can plan and order the main stages of making.
I can apply a range of finishing techniques, including those from art and design, with some accuracy.
I can understand that materials can be combined and mixed to create more useful characteristics.

I can use my design criteria to evaluate my completed products.



Our focus for this half term will be Indigenous Faiths and we will be doing lots of activities and discussions around our big question: 


How are the spiritual beliefs of the indigenous peoples linked to our understanding of religion?



Music – Rainforests


I can accurately perform a composition as part of a group. (P)


I can identify scaled dynamics (crescendo /decrescendo) within a piece of music. ©


I can create body percussion rhythms. (C)


I can create melody loops on tuned percussion. (C)





Online communication

I can upload work to a learning platform and know that it is important to consider the quality of work before posting to be seen by others.


I can use at least two online communication methods (e.g. online discussion, surveys, quizzes, blogs, wikis, shared online folders, web quests) through the Learning Platform in topic work.


I can use the school VLE to give useful and polite feedback to others on their work.


English homework will be set on Google Classrooms every Wednesday and expected back before the following Wednesday. 

Maths homework will be set every Wednesday on My Maths and expected to be completed by the following Wednesday. Children have been given a My Maths letter with login details so please keep these safe. If your child has trouble logging in at home, they are more than welcome to complete homework in school with me at lunchtimes.  


Reading Homework:

I will provide you with a levelled reading book for which you can keep at home, for a week. Please read your book as many times as possible over the week, even if you have finished it, read it again. This helps to build your fluency in reading. The Jaguar class will change their books every Thursday so please make sure your reading book is in school that day. Even if you haven't managed to finish the book please do still bring it in so we can check your progress with it.  


Mrs Rashid :)