Welcome back to the Summer Term. I hope that you have had a good and refreshing Easter Break and that the children are ready for some hard work and fun in their learning during this Summer term as they move towards their final year in primary school.
Our topic for this term will be The Mayans and comparing and contrasting localities. We will be studying History and Geography through this until the end of term. Our studies will look at the History of the Maya and what they have contributed to the world.
We will be looking at Living Things and their Habitats in Science.
This will include:
describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird
describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals
In RE we will look firstly at Hinduism where our Big Question will be 'How do Hindu people represent god?'
In the second half of the term, we will be exploring the topic of Humanism and asking what it actually is?
There will be two PE sessions each week so the children will be required to come to school in their PE kits on a Tuesday and Wednesday. One session will be on a Tuesday afternoon and one on a Wednesday afternoon.
The homework will continue to be sent out on a Wednesday and due in on the following Monday. It is extremely important that children continue to practise their tables and read regularly. The 'My Maths' has proved a really useful tool for homework and general practice of what we had been doing in class.
The homework will always be set online
In English, we will be looking at the Lost Happy Endings. Opportunities to write include:
We will be creating our extended writing through our topic the Mayans giving the children lots of creative and interesting information for them to improve their Spelling, Grammar and text construction through research and analysis of the topics and the previously mentioned varying genres.
These opportunities form an interesting and varied list and I will endeavour to keep writing opportunities as interesting as possible.
As always, please continue to read regularly with your child as this really helps their comprehension skills and improves their understanding of English Grammar and spelling patterns. I would stress to parents of our class to discuss anything the children have read in any one session with them at home to improve their comprehension skills. This has to be a focus for us moving forward through the year and also towards their personal preparation regarding the reading test at the end of Year Six. Reading helps massively with the children's writing.
If you can find the time please read with your child and ask them the meaning of the text they have read. The children need to find evidence for their reasoning within the text.
Spellings that come home will come from the Year Five National Curriculum requirements.
In Maths this half term we will be looking at Decimals and Shape / Space. We will, of course, continue to consolidate previously learnt concepts.
We will ultimately be problem-solving with the skills learnt.
In preparation for the end of year tests here is a signpost to a useful tool for you at home.
This uses the Singapore Bar Model in some of the games to help your child understand and unpick problems in a logical and systematic way. You may wish to have a play with this before we get to the end of year assessments. There are a number of games available to try on this website. Try them, you can play games against each other to see who gets the highest score.
As we move towards the end of the academic year I would appreciate your support and encourage you to speak to me directly should there be anything to discuss. Please feel free to speak to me at the beginning or end of the day so that I can deal with any issues that you may have as quickly as possible. This makes for good communication and relations between us all and keeps things positive and forward moving throughout the year. Good communication between myself (as a teacher) and yourselves (as parents) leads to your children being in the frame of mind where they are ready to learn.
As always, I will strive to keep your children happy at school, encourage a love of learning and to equip them with a passion for their future time in Year Six and High School.
Mr. S. Hewson
Summer Term 2022