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YEAR 1 SUMMER CURRICULUM LETTER

Friday 5th May 2017

Dear Parents or carers,

The summer term is under way with all its excitement. As usual, we like to keep you informed about some of the work that the children will be doing in Year 1 this term.

Year 1 Phonics Screening.
During June, the children will be completing a statutory phonics screening test. We will be sending out an additional letter explaining this process and how you can support your children. We hope that you are able to come along to the reading meeting on the 10th May where phonics will be outlined in more detail.

Theme.
The Year 1 Theme this term will be ‘Ahoy There!’ As a part of the topic we will be investigating a number of famous pirates; learning about their lives travelling the seven seas alongside learning about other historical explorers. The theme will have a humanities focus and therefore geography and history curriculum links will be present throughout the term. We will be developing our skills using map work to identify countries, oceans and labelling locations. For deeper understanding, we will be plotting voyages. Throughout the theme we will be answering questions such as ‘Were all pirates men?’, ‘How did the crew keep healthy?’ and ‘Who rescues people in trouble at sea today?’ This theme also provides us with lots of writing opportunities including information texts about famous pirates, and writing in role as a pirate aboard a ship.

English
English work this term will involve a focus around narrative and non-narrative texts, poetry and writing skills. Some of this will be based around a selection of well-known stories and characters, whilst some will be based around our topic ‘Ahoy There!
In all our writing we will be expected to demonstrate:
• Using capital letters, full stops, question marks and exclamation marks
• Using adjectives for description
• Beginning to use past and present tense accurately
• Spelling many words accurately (particularly Year 1 common exception words)
• Using conjunctions e.g. and, but, so, because

Mathematics
This term, the children will use their knowledge of counting on from or back to zero in steps of 2, 5, 10 to solve problems. Children will continue to extend their knowledge and use of number facts and number bonds to add and subtract numbers mentally to answer questions. We will also be looking at weight, capacity and time. Please work on telling the time with your child (to the hour and half hour).

Science
As scientists, we will be focusing on the outside environment by looking at plants. We will be looking at what plants need to grow and will learn the names of common plants and plant parts. In addition, we will become apprentice gardeners and learn all about seeds. We will learn how to plant seeds and what happens when a seed germinates. We will be planting seeds and keeping a seed diary.

Religious Education – RE
In RE this term, we will be learning about Judaism. We will learn to empathise with Jewish children by understanding what they do during Shabbat and why it is important to them. We will also learn to understand how it feels for them to take part in Chanukah activities.

Physical Education – PE
In PE, we will be taking part in ‘games’ sessions as well as dance and athletics. In our dance lessons children will perform dances using simple movement patterns. These dances will be focused around our topic ‘Ahoy There! As part of our athletics lessons children will begin to master basic movements such as running, jumping, throwing and catching.

Personal, Social and Health Education – PSHE
Relationships

The children will reflect upon what is important to them as well as how this influences their relationships with their family and friends. We will discuss the qualities of friends and how to deal with friendships that go wrong.

Changes
After half term we will be learning about growing up and changes that occur as we get older such as height. We will learn about the stages of life, name the main parts of the body and consider growing both physically and mentally. We will discuss what it means to have a healthy lifestyle and why this is important. There will be a separate letter sent home soon, providing more information about this area of the curriculum.

Homework
As usual, reading books will be sent home daily. All children should try and read at home at least three times per week – please could you record this in their reading diary. It is important that reading books are in school every day so that we can hear the children read and change their books when necessary. The high-frequency purse words will continue to be changed on a regular basis. Once your child has learned to read their purse words they will concentrate on learning to spell them accurately. Many thanks for your continued support.

Kind Regards,
Mrs Collins and Mrs Butterworth
Year 1 Teachers.

YEAR 2 SUMMER CURRICULUM LETTER

Friday 5th May 2017
Year 2 Curriculum Newsletter

Dear Parents and Carers,

Dear Parents and Carers,
The Summer Term is now well under way and as usual, we like to keep you informed about some of the work that the children will be doing in Year 2 this term.

Year 2 Statutory Assessments (SATs)
During May, the children will be completing statutory tasks and tests in reading, writing and mathematics to inform teacher assessment. The children have worked hard all year and we are really proud of their continued efforts.

Theme
The Year 2 creative curriculum theme this term will be ‘Ahoy There!.’ As part of the topic we will be investigating a number of famous pirates;
learning about their lives travelling the seven seas as well as learning about other historical explorers. The theme will have a humanities focus and
therefore geography and history curriculum links will be present throughout the term. We will be developing our skills using map work to
identify countries, oceans and labelling locations. For deeper understanding, we will be plotting voyages. Throughout the theme we will be answering questions such as ‘were all pirates men?’, ‘how did the crew keep healthy?’ and ‘who rescues people in trouble at sea today?’ As well as this, the theme is also providing us with an abundance of writing opportunities including information texts about famous pirates, and writing in role as a pirate aboard a ship.

English
English work this term will focus on narrative and non-narrative texts, poetry and writing skills. Some of this will be based around a selection of well-known stories and characters, whilst some will be based around our topic ‘Ahoy There!’.

In all our writing we will be expected to demonstrate:
• Using capital letters, full stops, commas, apostrophes, exclamation marks and question marks
• Using expanded noun phrases e.g. the dark, gloomy night.
• Using past and present tense accurately
• Spelling many words accurately (particularly Year 1/2 common exception words)
• Using contracted forms in writing e.g. I’ll we’ll we’ve
• Using conjunctions e.g. and, but, or, if, when, because

Mathematics
This term, the children will use their knowledge of counting on from or back to zero in steps of 2, 5, 10, 3 & 4 to answer multiplication and
division questions involving problems. Children will continue to extend their knowledge and use of number facts, and use partitioning and numberbonds to add and subtract numbers mentally to answer questions. Children will also consolidate their understanding of processing, presenting and interpreting data. A focus of the teaching will be to encourage the children to make jottings or written methods, where appropriate, to support their calculation and be able to explain to others the strategies used. Please continue to work on telling the time with your child (to the 5 minutes).

Science
As scientists, we will be focusing on the outside environment by looking at plants and insects. We will consider different habitats and compare the
wildlife that lives there. In addition, we will become apprentice gardeners and learn all about seeds. We will learn what seeds need to grow, how to plant seeds and what happens when a seed germinates. We will be planting seeds and keeping a seed diary.

Religious Education – RE
In RE this term, we will be learning about Islam. We will consider having a sense of belonging and how this relates to the children as individuals, as a class and a school. There will be a focus on learning about mosques and the important features inside. We will think about mosques as special places and relate this to places that we think are special to us.

Physical Education – PE
In PE, we will be taking part in ‘games’ sessions that will build coordination and handling. Also we will have athletics lessons where children will begin to master basic movements such as running, jumping, throwing and catching. Children will continue to work with our sports coaches on a Tuesday afternoon doing multi skills.

Personal, Social and Health Education – PSHE
Relationships
The children will reflect upon what is important to them as well as how this influences their relationships with their family and friends. We will discuss the qualities of friends and how to deal with friendships that go wrong.

Changes
After half term we will be learning about growing up and changes that occur as we get older such as height. We will learn about the stages of life, name the main parts of the body and consider growing both physically and mentally. We will discuss what it means to have a healthy lifestyle and why this is important. A letter will be sent out shortly providing furtherinformation to parents about this part of the curriculum.

Homework
Children will continue to be given weekly spelling patterns to learn. Please spend time practising these with your child, ensuring that they are able to spell these words within their writing, as well as in a test situation. A maths or English activity will be set on a Friday and should be completed by the following Wednesday.

As usual, reading books will be sent home daily. All children should try and read at home at least three times per week – please could you record this in their reading diary. It is important that reading books are in school every day so that we can hear the children read and change their
books when necessary.

Many thanks for your continued support.
Mrs Cornfoot & Miss Hurley
Year 2 Class Teachers

Yours sincerely,
Miss Shergill & Miss Rees
Year 2 Class Teachers

YEAR 3 SUMMER CURRICULUM LETTER

Friday 5th May
Year 3 Curriculum Newsletter

Dear Parents and Carers,
We hope you have had a lovely Easter break. We are looking forward to the exciting summer term ahead. This curriculum letter will keep you updated on what year 3 will be covering this term.

Theme
Our topic work this term is ‘Many Lands, Many People’. To begin with, the children will look at the USA; where it is situated on a world map, the population and culture. This will lead them to planning their own American road trip. Following their work on modern day America, the children journey back through time to explore the life of Native Americans. They will investigate the daily life of Native American tribes, including the instruments they used to make tribal music, the stories they told that were passed down through generations and finally, they will have a Forest School experience that will involve making tepees and learning other survival techniques.

English
Our English work this term includes:
• Extended text study based on ‘The Firework Makers Daughter’ by Phillip Pullman
• Descriptive writing
• Writing their own story
• Instructional writing
• Persuasive writing
• Classic Poetry- Overheard on a Saltmarsh

Within this written work, the focus will continue to be on developing the accurate use of punctuation and awareness of tenses. The children will further develop the skill of extending the range of sentences with more than one clause. We will also continue to focus on the use of conjunctions, adverbs and
prepositions to express time and cause consistently in a variety of different pieces of writing. We shall continue to encourage the children’s enthusiasm and independence, when writing. They will be continuing to learn to spell words with common spelling patterns and irregular High Frequency words.

Mathematics
Our Mathematics work will be covering the four operations with a focus on consolidating their formal written methods. They will continue to practise applying these skills to reasoning & word problems. The children will further extend their knowledge of fractions and decimals. They will also continue with their Mental Maths work, focusing on instant recall of taught facts, including number bonds and times table recall.

Religious Education
Sikhism
Children will explore how a Sikh’s belief affects their way of life and the importance they place on sharing. They will also discuss how Sikhs show their commitment to God and compare their practises to other religions.

Physical Education – PE
We will have two lessons of PE a week; one on a Wednesday and one on a Thursday. Children will need to have both an indoor and an outdoor kit with suitable footwear for each. This can be brought to school on a Monday and left for the week.

Tennis: We will be having specialist coaches from the Coventry Rugby club coming into school on a Wednesday. The children will develop a range of fundamental tennis skills ranging from footwork and movement patterns to a backhand swing. Athletics: In athletics, the children will learn the basic techniques in a range of athletics events, both field and track.

Personal, Social and Health Education – PSHE
Relationships & Changing Me
Children will, with the help of ‘Jigsaw Jo’ – our PSHE circle time friend, learn about how they can be a good friend to one another and they will explore the qualities that are required for a successful friendship. The children will also discuss strategies to help them solve problems that might arise within their friendships. The ‘Changing Me’ unit explores how babies grow and how we develop over time. Further information about this unit will be
sent out shortly in a separate letter to parents.

Science
In Science, the children will be studying the unit ‘How Does Your Garden Grow?’ They will carry out experiments and investigations into the life of plants, including thedifferent parts of a plant, the life cycle of a plant, what they need to grow and they will also explore pollination. Finally, the children will look at different plants, fruit and vegetables that grow in our garden and will have a go at some potting and planting for themselves.

Homework
The children will have one POWer Project to complete. This will consist of open-ended activities relating to our creative curriculum theme, for the children to choose. All children understand that the work should be completed to the same standard as they would do in class. Each activity has how many POWer points its worth. The children will aim to collect a minimum of five POWer points. In addition, we would like children to be listened to reading at least three times a week if possible. A short homework task will be set weekly linked to that week’s learning and focus. Mathletics homework will also be set for maths on a weekly basis.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,
Miss Lewis, Mrs Henry, Mrs Cocksworth, Mrs Hodierne and Mrs Shaheen
Year 3 Team

YEAR 4 SUMMER CURRICULUM LETTER

Summer Term 2017
Year 4 Curriculum Letter

Dear Parents/Carers,

We have now entered the Summer Term and are excited about all of the learning opportunities taking place this term. We have already started some research and art work around our new topic, ‘Many Lands, Many People’. As always, we like to keep you informed about some of the work that the children will be doing and how you can help and support their learning.

Theme- ‘Many Lands, Many People’
In this exciting theme, we will be exploring the history, culture and traditions of the Native American indigenous people. Lessons will explore art, music, geography and storytelling elements. The children will be identifying states of the USA<, and looking at the geographical features of the American landscape. They will be discovering who lived in America in the past, including particular tribes, and finding out about their daily lives. Finally, we will be enjoying the traditional past time of oral storytelling and sharing these in a celebration to conclude the theme. English
This half term we will be reading Michael Morpurgo’s ‘The Butterfly Lion<’ and linking lots of our English work to the book. This will include: a debate about boarding schools letter writing in role as one of the main characters. They will then move on to creating their own short story about another character at a boarding school. In the second half of the summer term, we will look at poetry, written by Michael Rosen and we will be using this as inspiration to compose and perform our own poems. We will spend the latter half of the term revising instructions and finish by writing a biography of a famous American figure.

Mathematics
In our maths lessons this term, the children will:
*Focus on ensuring they have a secure understanding of number, including the four operations and the written methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
*Use standard units of measurement of length, capacity and mass in a range of contexts (including time).
*Interpret line graphs, bar line graphs and bar charts and interpret a reading between unnumbered divisions.

To further support your child at home, we would really appreciate it if you could reinforce the work on their mental calculations around money, and support them in ensuring that they can accurately tell the time on an analogue clock.

The expectations from the National Curriculum are that Year 4 children know all of their times tables, up to 12×12 by the end of the school year. This will be a key element of our lessons and any opportunities to reinforce this learning at home would be gratefully appreciated.

Reading
It is really important that every child reads at home as regularly as possible. We would encourage you to ask lots of questions about what they have read and what they think will happen in the rest of the book. Higher order thinking skills would include inference (why a character has acted a certain way), morals and underlying messages, as well as linking to real life experiences or similar books of that genre.

Science – “Electricity” and “Bubbles”!
This term, children will be identifying electrical appliances and understanding the different power sources that they use. They will also be learning how to keep safe around electricity and use appliances safely, as well as familiarising themselves with materials which conduct electricity. They will then be creating electrical circuits with the outcome of designing an alarm system!

In Summer 2, we will be enjoying blowing and creating different kinds of bubbles! We will be learning how to plan and carry out a fair test, investigating the effects of changing bubble mixtures and trying out different shaped bubbles.

ICT
Our learning will focus on “Scratch”, “Questions” and “Quizzes”. The children will be using the programme “Scratch” to learn to create their own digital character (sprites) and will make an interactive quiz.

Religious Education – RE
In RE, children will be learning about Judaism. They will be learning about how Jews show their commitment to God, discussing important influences and inspirations in everyone’s lives. They will then go on to explore Christianity, and the idea of attending church to show commitment. They will be pondering the question “Do religious people lead better lives?”

Physical Education – PE
We will have two lessons of PE a week on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Children will need to have a white polo shirt with dark shorts and suitable footwear. This can be kept on your child’s peg in a labelled drawstring bag. Please label all of your child’s items of kit.

Personal, Social and Health Education – PSHE
The unit of work the children will cover in PSHE is ‘Relationships’. During these sessions the children will have the opportunity to explore their own feelings and emotions and also those of others through a range of activities. We will explore “Love and Loss” and what these feelings mean and how they can affect us. We will be discussing Memories”, as well as “Animal Rights”, also including discussions about “Special Pets”.

In Summer 2, the children will be following the Jigsaw programme of study around “Changing Me”. The children will learn about how their personal characteristics are a mixture of both their parents’ DNA, how the female body changes as they grow and how the female body prepares for pregnancy. We will be discussing how we can prepare for changes in our life and thinking ahead. A further letter with additional information about what is covered in these sessions will be sent out shortly.

Homework
Children receive weekly homework activities. We will set a mixture of subjects during the term, with a particular focus on writing skills. Alongside this, they will also have their POWer Projects linked to our theme. Mathletics activities will also be set. All homework will be set on a Friday and should be completed and handed in no later than the following Wednesday.

Many thanks for your continued support. We are looking forward to the fun and exciting year ahead!

Yours sincerely,

Mrs Loy-Sin, Miss Wood and Mrs Kendrick
Year 4 Staff

YEAR 5 SUMMER CURRICULUM LETTER

Friday 5th May 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back from the Year 5 team! We hope that you and your family had an enjoyable Easter. This letter is to keep you
informed about some of the work children will be completing during the summer term.

Theme – Wild Waters!
This Term our topic is ‘Wild Waters’. Within the theme, the children will be learning about where water comes from by studying water filtration, the water cycle and how a river gets from source to sea. Initially the children will take part in a selection of water themed challenges, which will allow them to understand how water ends up getting into our taps. We will also be studying the geography
of the country; this will include identifying and studying rivers within our locality before researching the major rivers of the UK and of the world.

The children will have the opportunity to use ICT to research and create mini presentations to share with the class, which will include a, map of river locations and journeys made. This theme unit will also give the children the chance to design and make their own product, which will be a raft. Later in the unit they will have the chance to test it during a visit to a local river. Here, the children will have a chance to study impressionism art by looking at Monet’s River Thames picture and his other pieces of river artwork. This will pave the way for the children to create a river picture in the style of Monet, considering light and colour.

The history and development of seaside town resorts during Victorian times will also be explored. We will use a range of sources to find out about seaside towns in the past and will compare photos of then and now and identify what has changed. We will then finish our summer theme by researching ‘who helps keep us safe by the coast’ and identifying ways we can raise money in support of a water charity. We hope that the children are as excited about the theme as we are! Be sure to ask them about the topic as it progresses!

English
During this term, the children will continue to engage with a range of fantastic narrative and nonnarrative texts. They will continue to develop their reading skills, by inferring and deducing answers to questions about what they have read in greater depth. In their narrative work, children will be focusing on the adventure novel ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson where they will be describing characters and settings, writing diary entries from key events and finally creating their own stories linked to this book. After half term they will interpret and complete work based on the poems by Tony Mitten. Their non-narrative pieces of work will include journalist writing and persuasive writing linked to our theme. The children will continue to write at greater length with increasing accuracy and appropriate detail across a variety of genres. Their understanding of grammar and punctuation will continue to develop as they build on their work from previous years.

Mathematics
During this term, the children will continue to increase their understanding of the place value system to include a wider range of decimal and larger numbers. They will secure and broaden their knowledge of the basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division through real life problems, and will recap on the formal written methods for all of these. They will be working with equivalent, improper and mixed number fractions, drawing links between fractions, decimals and percentages. The children will also examine the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and develop vocabulary associated with these and we will be revisiting ‘Measure’ to ensure the children can read, write and convert between standard units of measure. Across all areas of maths, the children will have the opportunity to apply their understanding in investigations and through problem solving activities. They will work collaboratively and use equipment to support their learning, and will widen their mathematical vocabulary by explaining and giving reasons for their approaches and answers.
Science
This term in Year 5 Science, children will be covering the following units:
– Circle of Life
In this topic, children look at life cycles of various species including mammals, amphibians and birds. They also look at and describe the life process of reproduction in plants and animals and then begin to learn about endangered animals and the causes behind this.

– Growing up and Growing Old
In the topic children look at and describe the changes as humans develop to old age. Pupils draw a timeline to indicate stages in growth and development of humans and learn about the changes experienced in puberty.

Religious Education – RE
During the first term the children will be learning to understand the Hindu belief that there is one God with many different aspects. During the second term of R.E, the children will be gaining a deeper understanding of Christianity and the beliefs around this religion.

Personal, Social and Health Education – PSHE
Our Jigsaw themes this year are ‘Relationships’ and ‘Changing me’. Through the ‘Relationships’ unit, the`children will be learning about why certain people are significant in their lives, how to deal with people who try to take power and control, and how to cope with the range of different emotions that we can feel as human beings. Before the delivery of ‘Changing me’ in the second half term, we intend to give you further information about the unit and a letter about this will be sent out shortly.

Physical Education – PE
In PE, we will continue to work with specialist rugby coaches once a week. The other session will focus on tennis skills for the
first half term and then athletics for the final half term. These will take place on Mondays and Thursdays. To ensure that
the children always have their kit for lessons, we suggest that they bring their appropriate kit to school on a Monday and
take it home to be washed on a Friday. Can we remind you that children are required to wear a white t-shirt and dark
coloured shorts, or a tracksuit. Tights are not suitable for PE so please ensure that children have an extra pair of socks in
their PE bag. Earrings must be taken out or covered and as in school, long hair must be tied back. Children must have a
change of clothes for PE and not wear the clothes they wear during the day. If the weather is cold, they will also need
appropriate footwear, which must be different from the shoes that they wear for the remainder of the day. Please support
this vital area of the curriculum by helping children to bring the correct changes of clothes to school for these sessions.

ICT
During computing this term, our new unit will be focusing on using the programme ‘Scratch’ to build and edit
algorithms for simple games. The unit is designed to help children develop their skills in writing their own
algorithms as well as editing and debugging existing codes.

Homework
It is important that the children can write legibly and fluently at speed to enable them to get their ideas downon paper. Extra practise at home to ensure your child’s handwriting is cursive, meaning that all letters arejoined, and consistent in size and neatness, would be beneficial. As the term progresses, short Englishquestions may be set for homework which will be expected to be completed and returned within the reasonable timeframe given.

Children are also expected to be reading to an adult at least 3 times a week, and independently change their books on aregular basis, varying between home reading books and school library books to encourage a wider range of texts being read, whilst promoting a love of reading. Please log any reading in the reading diary and encourage your child to note anyindependent reading they do too.

In maths, taking any opportunities to ensure that your child knows their times tables up to 12 x 12 fluently would support their learning. Children will also be set weekly activities on Mathletics. Additional homework will be sent home as and whenwe feel it is necessary. Please encourage your child to complete the Mathletics homework. If the children are unable tocomplete any homework, we do hold weekly homework clubs on a Tuesday lunch time from 12:15 – 12:45 where a teacher isavailable to support and where children can use the computers to complete any remaining Mathletics work.

Our POWer Project this term is ‘Water All Around Us’ for which children must complete 5 points worth of activities as aminimum, but they are more than welcome to do more as they explore our theme further. Last half term there was some very creative and varied pieces of POWer project work and we look forward to see what the children produce this half term. Please could we ask that POWer projects are not brought into school until the week commencing the 5th July 2017.

Many thanks for your support,
Mrs Mitro and Miss McCarthy
Year 5 Team

YEAR 6 SUMMER CURRICULUM LETTER

May 2017

Dear Parents and carers,

Welcome back from the Year 6 team! We hope that you and your family had an enjoyable Easter holiday. This letter is to
keep you informed about some of the work that the children will be doing during their final term at Hearsall.
Creative Curriculum – ‘Wild Waters’
This Term our topic is ‘Wild Waters’. Within the theme, the children will be learning about where water comes from by studying water filtration, the water cycle and how a river gets from source to sea. Initially the children will take part in a selection of water themed challenges which will allow them to understand how water ends up getting into our taps.

Geography is a key aspect of the topic: we will include identifying and studying rivers within our locality before researching the major rivers of the UK and of the world. The children will have the opportunity to use ICT to research and create mini presentations to share with the class, which will include a map of river locations and journeys made. The unit will also give the children the chance to design and make their own product, which will be a raft. Later in the unit they will have the opportunity to test it during a visit to a local river. This visit will be linked to studying impressionism in art by looking at Monet’s River Thames picture and his other pieces of river artwork. This will pave the way for the children to create a river picture in the style of Monet, considering light and colour.

The history and development of seaside town resorts during Victorian times will also be explored. We will use a range of sources to find out about seaside towns in the past and will compare photos of then and now and identify what has changed. We will then finish our summer theme by researching ‘who helps keep us safe by the coast’ and identifying ways we can raise money in support of a water charity. A trip to Weston- Super-Mare will allow us to investigate this further, with a visit to the RNLI lifeboat station. We hope that the children are as excited about the theme as we are! Be sure to ask them about the topic as it progresses!

English
During the initial part of this term, the children will have extra revision opportunities built into English & mathematics lessons in readiness for the Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) that all Year 6 children nationally will sit between May 8th and May 11th 2017.
After this, we will be moving into studying the film ‘Night at the Museum’, which will provide us with an exciting stimulus for writing high quality short stories. Here the focus will be on the use of dialogue to convey character and advance the action. Following this, we will be studying a range of short animation film clips as a focus for further developing the grammatical skills that they need to be secure in by the end of year 6. At this point in the year, and as the children begin to prepare for secondary school, we aim to develop their writing and grammar skills across the curriculum to ensure that they can produce high quality written pieces of work, regardless of the area of the curriculum studied. We will end the year by exploring the work of William Shakespeare, focusing on ‘The Tempest.’

Mathematics
Throughout the term, the children will cover work securing their knowledge of the four mathematical operations in a range of contexts. This will involve solving and interpreting a range of two-step problems. They will also further extend their fractions, decimals and percentages knowledge by using and applying the skills given this year in a range of ‘real life’ challenges. Algebraic skills and expressions will also be refined and the children will move on to exploring and describing a range of linear sequences and algebraic terms.

The children will also continue to examine the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and develop vocabulary associated with these. We will be investigating how to find the volume, area and perimeter of a range of regular shapes by using and applying certain formulas. We will also be revisiting ‘Measure’ and will be ensuring the children can read, write and convert between standard units of measure. They will also be comparing these units with non- standard units and will have the chance to work practically to compare and convert between metric and imperial units.

Science
During the term, we will be focusing on the circulatory system and describing the functions of the heart, blood vessels and blood. We will be exploring these themes in a fun and interactive way, which will include physically role playing the way the heart works, drawing a life-size version of the circulatory system and studying the parts of the heart close-up during a dissection. The children will be considering how our lifestyle, diet and exercise affects our heart and work will be based on scientific investigations and heavily linked to maths to represent our findings. We will also be looking at ‘light’ this term. The children will consider how light travels in straight lines, applying their mathematical knowledge of angles to determine how light is reflected. Furthermore, they will learn how we see things using light and consider the parts of the eye and their roles.

Religious Education – RE
In R.E. the children will learn about the teachings of Islam this term. Initially they will explore how Muslims believe you should live your life and identify why leading a good life is important. The children will then reflect on life after death and how it might influence them. Discussion will also focus on expressing opinions about stereotypes, prejudices and other aspects that influence Muslims. Throughout the whole unit, the children will be encouraged to explore their own and others’ attitudes courteously but courageously.

Physical Education – PE
In PE, we will continue to have the opportunity to work with a specialist Dance Teacher once a week. This term, activities will include Rounders, Dance and Athletics; these will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays. To ensure that the children always have their kit for lessons, we suggest that they bring their appropriate kit to school on a Monday and take it home to be washed on a Friday. Can we remind you that children are required to wear a white t-shirt and dark coloured shorts or a track suit. Please ensure that children have an extra pair of socks in their PE bag. Earrings must be taken out or covered, and as in school, long hair must be tied back. Children must have a change of clothes for PE, and not wear the clothes they wear during the day. If the weather is cold, they will also need appropriate footwear, which must be different from the shoes that they wear for the remainder of the day. Can we please ask parents/carers to support this vital area of the curriculum by helping children to bring the correct changes of clothes to school for these sessions.

Personal, Social and Health Education – PSHE
Our Jigsaw themes this term are ‘Relationships’ and ‘Changing me’. Through the ‘Relationships’ unit, the children will be learning about why certain people are significant in their lives, how to deal with people who try to take power and control, and how to cope with the range of different emotions that we can feel as human beings. Before the delivery of ‘Changing me’ in the second half term, we will send out a separate information sheet, which will provide you with further information about the unit.

MFL:
In the summer term, children will be learning names of places in Spain and how to pronounce them, as well as being able to name key shops and places within town and give directions to them. They will also learn how to places within school, for example: hall, playground and classroom, as well as naming classroom objects. They will learn to name common weather types, and how to ask and answer questions about the weather that day.

ICT:
‘Coding’ is our topic within ICT this term. This unit of work is designed to help children continue to develop their skills in writing their own algorithms as well as editing and debugging existing codes. New skills are introduced to structure code and animate characters and scenes, gradually building to create a short animated story.

Homework – Year 6
For the initial part of this half term, and building up to the SAT tests, the children will continue to have homework set in their ‘SAT Buster’ revision books for both Maths and Grammar. They are also expected to keep learning the key Year 5 and 6 spellings from the statutory list. After the SAT tests, the children will have one piece of homework given to them each week, alternating between English and Maths. Homework will continue to be set on a Friday and work should handed in by the following Wednesday. If you find that your child is struggling with any of the activities, please do not hesitate to contact us either in person or via the Reading diaries/Class Dojo.

The termly POWer Project for theme will be handed out at the beginning of this half term. Last half term there were some very creative and varied pieces of POWer project work and we look forward to see what the children produce this half term.

Finally, as this is the children’s’ last term at Hearsall, we would like to take this opportunity to say how fantastically well the
children are doing this year, and also to thank you for your continued support.

Mr Thomas , Mrs Holdaway and Mrs Prince
Year 6 Team

Curriculum Letters To Parents Spring 2017

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YEAR 1 SPRING CURRICULUM LETTER

Friday 6th January 2017.

Dear Parents or carers,
Happy New Year! We hope you have had a lovely Christmas. Thank you for all your support in settling your children back into school.Here is some information about the next term that outlines what we will be learning about and will be helpful to you.

Theme
Our topic work is all about ’The Elephant and the Castle’ and is a local study based around the history of Coventry and Warwickshire. As Geographers we will look at children’s addresses in Coventry and a map of the British Isles. We will also look at why people might choose to settle in certain places.

As Historians, children will find out about castles and learn about how people protected their settlements. We will also go on a trip to visit Kenilworth Castle to look at key features and take photographs.

As Artists, children will explore how rich people decorated their homes with tapestry and the
children will create their own tapestry.

As musicians, children will listen to court music and create their own music to perform.

Our ‘Wow’ moment will be exploring a trunk filled with artefacts on our new Topic. Later in the half term we will then hold a Medieval Banquet to celebrate and showcase what we have been learning about.

English
Work this term focuses on:
• classic tales:
• stories with patterned language: Zog by Julia Donaldson – writing a character description and letter to the author
• information texts: class information types of air transport
• poetry: Daddy Fell into the Pond by Alfred Noyes- preforming and recording the poem
• recount: Letters and Postcards- writing a postcard from Kenilworth Castle and a letter from a character in a Fairy-tale
• information texts- create a class information book about castles

Within written work the focus will be on:
• correct formation and orientation of all letters of the alphabet
• accurate use of singular and plurals
• identifying nouns, adjectives and verbs in sentences
• using adjectives for description
• writing using the correct tense
• continuing to learn to use capital letters and full stops correctly.
• reading High Frequency words accurately during independent reading.

Mathematics
This term we will:
• read and write numbers from 1 to 20 in words
• count on and back in twos, fives and tens
• add and subtract one-digit and two-digit numbers to 20 including zero
• count repeated groups of objects
• compare the weight of two objects The children will also be solving problems and puzzles involving understanding of numbers and
operations and explaining their methods and justifying decisions. Mental Maths will focus on
instant recall of taught facts, such as number bonds to 10 then 20.

Religious Education – RE
This term the children will continue to learn about Christianity. They will
explore’ Jesus as a friend’ and then Easter as a celebration. We will look at
why Jesus was welcomed as a King by the people.

Physical Education – PE
In PE this term’s activities will focus on:
• gymnastics: mastering basic movements and developing balance and
coordination, dance and games
• dance: exploring body actions and creating short dances
• games: mastering basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching and participating in team games.

Personal, Social and Health Education – PSHE
Being in my world
Children will exploring the two topics ‘Healthy Me’ and ‘Dreams and Goals’.
Science
As scientists the children will be studying two units of work.
First we will be focusing on ‘Animals’.
We will learn to:
• identify and name a variety of common animals
• understand that some animals are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores
• describe and compare the structure of a variety of common animals. Then we will continue to look at ‘Seasons’, learning to:
• observe changes across the four seasons
• observe and describe weather associated with the seasons and how day length varies.

Homework
Your child will also bring home a reading book and key words to learn to read and write. Please send your child’s book to school every day. We would be grateful if you could write a comment in the reading diary.
Please note: we are not sending home much homework as we feel the
focus needs to be on developing reading and comprehension skills throughout the year
group. Please try to listen to your child read as often as possible and talk about the
content of the book.

Many thanks for your continued support.
Kind Regards,
Mrs Collins and Mrs Butterworth
Year 1 Teachers.

YEAR 2 SPRING CURRICULUM LETTER

Friday 6th January, 2017
Year 2 Curriculum Newsletter

Dear Parents,
Welcome back and we hope you had an enjoyable break! This letter is to keep you informed about the work children will be doing in our busy Spring term.

Theme – The Elephant and the Castle
Our theme work this term is all about the history of castles in Coventry, with a strong emphasis on art. We will launch this by exploring different artefacts and then having our ‘Tudor Banquet’ experience later in the term. This will be an exciting topic for the children to show off their amazing art skills and previous knowledge about castles.

English
English work this term focuses on:
• Traditional tales
• Re-telling stories
• Character descriptions
• Newspaper reports
• Recounts
• Poetry
• Writing letters

Within this written work, the focus will be on taking the children’s writing forward by encouraging them to extend their vocabulary choices and use exciting adjectives to enhance their descriptions. They will also learn how to extend simple sentences by using conjunctions such as ‘because’, ‘but’ and ‘so’. We shall continue to encourage the childrens’ enthusiasm and independence when writing. They will be learning to spell with common spelling patterns and irregular High Frequency words.

Mathematics
Maths lessons will include; counting up to 100 and beyond; counting on or back in ones, twos, threes, fives and tens from any number. We will also be focussing on place value, ordering numbers, addition and subtraction, including money problems, times tables for 10, 2, 5 & 3 and 2D and 3D shapes. We will also be solving problems and focusing on preparing for SATS. We will be doing weekly arithmetic sessions and practising different ways to answer the questions. The children will be taught written methods to help them work out answers.

Religious Education – RE
This term the children will learn about being respectful and understanding towards different faiths and they will have a particular focus on:
• Islam
• Christianity.

Easter- New Life
Children will learn how and why Christian’s celebrate Easter.

Physical Education – PE
In PE this term’s activities will focus on gymnastics and games skills. Can we please ask you to support this vital area of the curriculum by helping children to bring the correct changes of clothes to school on a Tuesday and Wednesday for these sessions.

Personal, Social and Health Education – PSHE
We will continue to use the Jigsaw scheme and our topics for this term will be ‘Dreams & Goals’ and ‘Healthy Me’. The first topic we will be learning about is ‘Dreams and Goals’ and this will focus on children’s personal goals and what they want to be when they are older. During Spring 2 we will learn about ‘Healthy Me’, where we will explore what different things keep us healthy and how we maintain this.

Science
Materials Monster and Minibeasts
In Science, the children will be studying two units of work. Firstly, we will continue looking at ‘Materials Monster’. The children will learn about different materials and their properties. They will then create material monsters using the different materials they collect. In the second half term, we will be learning allabout ‘Minibeasts’. During this topic we will explore the different types of minibeasts and what they eat.

Morning of Music
Year 2 will be joining Coventry’s ‘Morning of Music’ concert. All participating schools will learn to sing a variety of songs and play musical instruments. Later in the term there will be an exciting morning workshop where children will meet up with other local schools for a collective performance. They shall also be performing to parents in a special assembly on Wednesday 29th March at 9am. The theme this year is Space.

Homework
The ‘POWer Project’ will be given out every half term and will have open-ended activities relating to our creative curriculum theme. All children understand that the work should be completed to the same standard as they would do in class. In addition, your child will continue to bring home spellings to learn and occasionally bring home handwriting books to practise their formation. Reading books will be sent home daily. All children should try and read at home at least three times per week – please could you record this in their reading diary. It is important that reading books and diaries are in school every day so that adults in school can hear them read and change their book when necessary. Please can you focus on asking your children various comprehension questions about the text they are reading. As we will be having a huge emphasis on this in school too. Some children may continue to bring home their word purse containing words to be learnt. Please help us by practising these at home. There may also occasionally be short pieces of homework set linked to our work in class.
Many thanks for your continued support.

Yours sincerely,
Miss Shergill & Miss Rees
Year 2 Class Teachers

YEAR 3 SPRING CURRICULUM LETTER

Friday 6th January, 2017
Year 3 Curriculum Newsletter

Dear Parents,
Happy New Year, we hope you all had an enjoyable break. This letter is to keep you informed about some of the work our children will be doing in the Spring Term.

Theme
Our theme this term is ‘Here Come the Romans!’ Year three will be learning about the Romans: who they were, where they came from and why they invaded. This will be taught through art, drama, geography and history with opportunities to be hands on and creative. Our class trip to the Lunt Fort will also give children experience of what it’s like to be a soldier in Roman times. The children will be designing and creating their own mosaic tile
and they will end the topic with a big celebration, where they can dress as a Roman and eat Roman food as well as other fun activities!

English
Our English work this term includes:
• The classic text: ‘The Iron Man’ by Ted Hughes
• The Twits – play scripts
• Information Text on Roman Soldiers
• Writing recounts from our trip
• List poems

Within this written work the focus will continue to be on the accurate use of punctuation, awareness of tense and varying the sentence types used in writing. We will have the Grammar focus of prepositions, conjunctions and adverbs. We shall continue to encourage the children’s enthusiasm and independence, when writing. They will be continuing to learn to spell words with common spelling patterns and irregular High Frequency words.

Mathematics
Our Mathematics work will continue to focus on counting up to 1000 and beyond; counting on in 3s, 4s, 8s, 50s, and 100s; place value and ordering. Mental Maths will focus on instant recall of taught facts, including number bonds and times table recall. The children will continue to develop their knowledge of formal written methods and apply these to a variety of problems.

Religious Education – RE
Christianity
The children will be learning to retell Bible stories where miracles have happened and question whether Jesus did really perform miracles.

Physical Education – PE
We will have two lessons of PE a week; one on a Wednesday and one on a Thursday. Children will need to have both an indoor and an outdoor kit with suitable footwear for each. This can be brought to school on a Monday and left for the week.

Gymnastics
In Gymnastics the children will be learning the basic floor movement patterns as well as a variety rolls, jump and balances. These skills will then be developed to create sequences of movement

Rugby: The children will be taught by the Coventry Bears coaches. Throughout the sessions the children will learn the fundamentals of Rugby, such as passing, catching, footwork and defence. They will develop their understanding of spacial awareness and begin to use the basic rules.

Personal, Social and Health Education – PSHE
Dreams and Goals as well as Healthy Me
Children will, with the help of Jigsaw Jo – our PSHE circle time friend. This will be taught through social stories, scenarios and drama.

Science
In Science, the children will be studying two units of work. As part of ‘Earth Rocks’ they will investigate the different properties of different types of rocks and look at how fossils are formed. The other unit is ‘Opposites attract’. This topic looks at forces and magnets.

Homework
The children will have one POWer Project to complete. This will consist of open-ended activities relating to our creative curriculum theme, for the children to choose. All children understand that the work should be completed to the same standard as they would do in class. Each activity has how many POWer points its worth. The children
will aim to collect a minimum of five POWer points. In addition, children will be given weekly spellings to practise, which cover the spelling pattern that they have been learning that week. We would like children to be listened to reading at least three times a week. A short English task will be set weekly linked to that week’s learning and focus. Mathletics homework will also be set in due course.

Many thanks for your continued support.
Yours sincerely,
Miss Lewis, Mrs Henry and Mrs Cocksworth
Year 3 Class Teachers

YEAR 4 SPRING CURRICULUM LETTER

Friday 6th January, 2017
Year 4 Curriculum Newsletter

Dear Parents,
Welcome back and we hope you had an enjoyable break! This letter is to keep you informed about the work children will be doing in our busy Spring term.

Theme
Our theme this term is ‘Here Come the Romans!’ The children will be learning all about the Roman through exploring artefacts; researching where the Romans came from and why they invaded Britain; investigating
Roman homes and they will also be finding out about key historical figures such as Boudicca. We will have a visit to Lunt Fort in Baginton to find out about life as a Roman soldier. The children will be designing and creating their own mosaic tile and they will end the topic with a big celebration, where they can dress as a Roman and eat Roman food alongside other activities!

English
English work this term includes:
• Newspaper Reports
• Play Scripts, using Romeo and Juliet as a stimulus
• Riddles
• Diary Entry, looking at the contemporary fiction “Ratburger” by David Walliams
• Non-Chronological Reports
Within this written work, the focus will be on writing from different points of view and empathising with
different characters from the books we shall be studying. We shall continue to encourage the children to be
independent writers, who make exciting language choices and proof read and edit their own work. We will also
be exploring some of our themes through drama activities and presenting writing in different formats including
TV documentaries and press conferences!

Maths
Maths work will be covering; division methods (short and partitioning); adding fractions and finding a fraction of a number; we will continue to read the time to minute intervals; we will begin to look at negative numbers with place value; continuing adding and subtracting using the column methods (or expanded method, depending on their level); multiplying 2-digit and 3-digit numbers by a 1-digit number; calculating perimeters and reading to ½ centimetres; in shape, we will be looking at angles and symmetry. Mental Maths will continue focus on instant recall of taught facts, including number bonds and times table recall. Every week the children will be doing short arithmetic tests to consolidate the four basic operations regularly. It is an expectation that Year 4 children know all of their times tables, up to 12×12 by the end of the school year.

Religious Education – RE
This term the children will learn about being respectful and understanding towards different faiths and they will have a particular focus on:
• Judaism
• Bible stories

Physical Education – PE
We will have two lessons of PE a week. Children will need to have a white polo shirt with dark shorts and
suitable footwear. This can be kept on your child’s peg in a labelled drawstring bag. Please label all of your
child’s items of kit.

Rugby will now be on a Tuesday afternoon and a rugby coach will teach the children skills which will include passing, throwing and catching. Please ensure that your child brings suitable outdoor footwear, as the sessions take place at Hearsall Common (weather-permitting). In case of cold weather, tracksuit trousers and a longsleeved sports top is acceptable.

Swimming
Every Thursday morning, the children will continue to attend swimming sessions. They will be sorted into ability groups and will practise skills at their level. Please ensure that your child brings their swimming kit in. Long hair must be tied back and please do not allow your child to wear jewellery on this day, as it may get lost or be a safety hazard. Children are allowed to wear goggles during their swimming lesson.

Personal, Social and Health Education – PSHE
Being Me and My World
We are using the Jigsaw scheme of work for our PSHE and the first topic focuses on the individual child. It teaches the children the importance of making choices and gets them thinking about their responsibilities, rights, rewards and consequences.

Science
In Science, the children will be studying two units of work. Firstly, we will be looking at “States of Matter”. The children will learn about solids, liquids and gases and how these states of matter can change with hotter or colder temperatures. They will be carrying out experiments to understand processes, such as melting, freezing, evaporation and condensation. We will also be looking at the water cycle and why it rains! In the second half term, our unit will be all about “Teeth and Eating”. The children will be learning all about the different types of teeth and their jobs. They will learn about the digestive system and how food travels through the body. We will be making junk models of the main organs involved in this process!

Homework
• The children will have one POWer Project to complete. This will consist of openended activities relating to our theme, Here Come the Romans, for the children to choose. All children understand that the work should be completed to the same standard as they would do in class.
• The children will be given weekly spellings to practise, which cover the spelling pattern that they have been learning that week.
• Children are expected to read at least 3 times a week and record this in their red reading diaries. These will be monitored by the class teachers.
• A short English task will be set weekly which will relate to the English focus/skills/topic at that time.
Mathletics activities will also be set regularly. All homework will be set on a Friday and should be completed and handed in no later than the following Wednesday.
Many thanks for your continued support,
Yours sincerely,
Mrs Loy-Sin, Miss Wood and Mrs Kendrick
Year 4 Staff

YEAR 5 SPRING CURRICULUM LETTER

Friday 6th January, 2017
Year 5 Curriculum Newsletter

Dear Parents,
Welcome back from the Year 5 team! We hope that you and your family had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year. This letter is to keep you informed about some of the work that the children will be doing during the spring term.

Theme – Ancient Greeks
This Term our topic is ‘What the Ancient Greeks did for us’. Within this theme, the children will be learning
about ancient and modern Greece through studying a range of different curriculum areas. Initially, the  children will study the geography of the country; this will include identifying the surrounding countries,
neighbouring seas and oceans and making links to longitude and latitude bearings. The children will also
have the opportunity to use ICT to research what Greece is like today and will then present their
findings in small groups. The history and the legacy of the Olympic Games will also be explored through
comparing the ancient games with the modern Olympic Games of today. As creative designers, we will be
learning to use different artistic techniques and specifically chosen colours to create Greek pottery as well as
developing Greek masks to convey emotion in a story. Throughout the theme, we will also be focusing on a range of well-known  Greek myth and legend tales such as Hercules, King Midas and the story of Pandora’s Box. There will also be many other  Greek activities for the children to enjoy, including the chance to develop their musical talents through composing pieces of music in Greek theatre. We hope that the children are as excited about the theme as we are! Be sure to check Class Dojo  about the topic as it progresses.

English
During this term, the children will continue to engage with a range of fantastic narrative and non-narrative texts. They will continue to develop their reading skills, by inferring and deducing answers to questions about what they have read in greater depth. In their narrative work, children will be focusing in particular on the fantasy novel Wolf Brother. They will interpret and complete work about the poem ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes. Their non-narrative pieces of work will include persuasive writing and debates linked to our theme. The children will continue to write at greater length with increasing accuracy and appropriate detail across a variety of genres. Their understanding of grammar and punctuation will continue to develop as they build on their work from previous years.

Mathematics
During this term, the children will increase their understanding of the place value system to include a wider
range of decimal and larger numbers. They will secure and broaden their knowledge of the basic operations of
addition, subtraction, multiplication and division through real life problems, and will recap on the formal
written methods for these. They will be working with equivalent, improper and mixed number fractions, drawing links between fractions and decimals. Across all areas of maths, the children will have the opportunity to apply their understanding in investigations and through problem solving activities. They will work collaboratively and use equipment to support their learning, and will widen their mathematical vocabulary by explaining and giving reasons for their approaches and answers.

Science
This term in Year 5 Science, children will be covering the following units:
– Let’s get Moving
In this topic, children learn about forces and machines. Starting with the force of gravity they then study friction forces, including air and water resistance, before investigating how simple machines work.
Circle of Life
– In this topic children look at life cycles of various species including mammals, amphibians and birds. They also look at and describe the life process of reproduction in plants and animals.

Religious Education – RE
During the first term the children will be learning to understand the Hindu belief that there is one God with many different aspects. During the second term of R.E, the children will be gaining a deeper understanding of Christianity and the beliefs around this religion.

Personal, Social and Health Education – PSHE
Our Jigsaw themes this year are ‘Goals and Dreams and ‘Healthy Me’
Children will be thinking about: Personal and Academic Goals and Targets; Aspirations and Dreams for the
future; the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle, and Body image and personal health.

Physical Education – PE
In PE, we will continue to work with specialist rugby coaches once a week. The other session will focus on dance skills. These will take place on Mondays and Thursdays. To ensure that the children always have their kit for lessons, we suggest that they bring their appropriate kit to school on a Monday and take it home to be washed on a Friday. Can we remind you that children are required to wear a white t-shirt and dark coloured shorts, or a tracksuit. Tights are not suitable for PE so please ensure that children have an extra pair of socks in their PE bag. Earrings must be taken out or covered and as in school, long hair must be tied back. Children must have a change of clothes for PE and not wear the clothes they wear during the day. If the weather is cold, they will also need appropriate footwear, which must be different from the shoes that they wear for the remainder of the day. Please support this vital area of the curriculum by helping children to bring the correct
changes of clothes to school for these sessions.

ICT
In this unit, children learn to enter numbers, labels and simple formulae into a spreadsheet and use the data to
collect totals. Children will apply what they have learnt in this unit when exploring mathematical and scientific
models.

Homework
In Year 5 children are continuing with the ‘No Nonsense’ spelling programme three times a week and will have a list of ten spellings from the National Curriculum spelling lists to learn on a weekly basis. Children must practise these in order to be able to spell and put these into sentences appropriately. Any spellings that are noted from their written work throughout the week will also now be written in their reading diaries so that they can practice these at home.

Children are also expected to be reading to an adult at least 3 times a week, and independently change their books on a regular basis, varying between home reading books and school library books to encourage a wider range of texts being read, whilst promoting a love of reading. Please log any reading in the reading diary and encourage your child to note any independent reading they do too.
It is important that the children can write legibly and fluently at speed to enable them to get their ideas down on paper.  Extra practise at home to ensure your child’s handwriting is cursive, meaning that all letters are joined, and consistent in size and neatness, would be beneficial. As the term progresses, short English questions may be set for homework which will be expected to be completed and returned within the reasonable timeframe given.

In maths, taking any opportunities to ensure that your child knows their times tables up to 12 x 12 fluently would support their learning. Children will also be set weekly activities on Mathletics. Additional homework will be sent home as and when we feel it is necessary.

Our POWer Project this term is ‘Modern Day Greece’ for which children must complete 5 points worth of activities as a minimum, but they are more than welcome to do more as they explore our theme further. This is to be returned to school by 24th March 2017. Please could we ask that POWer projects are not brought into school until the week commencing the 20th March 2017.

Many thanks for your support,
Mrs Mitro and Miss McCarthy
Year 5 Team

YEAR 6 SPRING CURRICULUM LETTER

Friday 6th January, 2017
Year 6 Curriculum Newsletter

Dear Parents,
Welcome back from the Year 6 team! We hope that you and your family had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year. This letter is to keep you informed about some of the work that the children will be doing during the Spring Term.

Creative Curriculum – What the Ancient Greeks did for us?
This Term our topic is ‘What the Ancient Greeks did for us’. Within this theme the children will be learning about ancient and modern Greece through studying a range of different curriculum areas. Initially the children will study the geography of the country; this will include identifying the surrounding countries, neighbouring seas and oceans and making links to longitude and latitude bearings. The children will also have the opportunity to use ICT to research what Greece is like today and will then present their findings in small groups. The history and the legacy of the Olympic Games will also be exploredthrough comparing the ancient games with the modern Olympic Games of today. As creative designers, we will be learning to use different artistic techniques and specifically chosen colours to create Greek pottery as well as developing Greek masks to convey emotion in a story. Throughout the theme, we will also be focusing on a range of well-known Greek myths and legends such as Hercules, King Midas and the story of Pandora’s Box. There will also be many other Greek activities for the children to enjoy, including the chance to develop their musical talents through composing pieces of music for a Greek play. We hope that the children are as excited about the theme as we are! Be sure to ask them about the topic as it progresses!

English
During this term, the children will continue to cover a range of different reading and writing genres whilst developing their understanding of grammar and punctuation. Initially the children will be reading, comparing and analyzing a range of Greek myths and legends. This will give the children a good basis to be able to retell their own Greek tale. Following this, the children will have the opportunity to write for a different purpose and audience by constructing their own information text documenting ‘Greece Today.’ Later in the term, the children will study a well-known poet, comparing and critiquing their poems.

Throughout the spring term, the Year 6 children will also have extra revision opportunities built into English & mathematics lessons in readiness for the Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs) that all Year 6 children nationally will sit between May 8th and May 11th2017. Before then, of course, we intend to give you further information about these tests and answer any questions or concerns that you may have. There will be a Year 6 SATs parents meeting on Wednesday 25th January at 6pm, a letter about this will be sent out shortly.

Mathematics
Throughout the term, the children will cover work including place value of numbers and in particular will develop a greater understanding of decimal numbers and be able to identify the value of different digits. They will learn more about fractions decimals and percentages as well as solving problems involving ratio and proportion. Underpinning this work will be a continued focus on developing and refining methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division using formal written methods. The children will also continue to examine the properties of 2D and 3D shapes and develop vocabulary associated with these. In particular, children will learn about symmetry, measuring angles and finding the area & perimeter of shapes. Across all areas of maths, the children will have the opportunity to apply their understanding in investigations and through problem solving activities, often in real life situations.

Science
In Science this half-term we will be finishing our learning based on how living things are classified including micro-organisms, plants and animals, and then moving onto looking at evolution and inheritance. Children will recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago. They will also recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents. A key element of our learning will base on the work of Charles Darwin, whose life we will investigate in greater depth, and identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.

Religious Education – RE
In R.E. children will start by learning about the teachings of the Bible and how this teaching impacts on the way that Christians live their lives and practice their religion. Many Christian values, stories and personal reflections will be explored and debated initially before the children discuss and debate many key questions for the modern world. Throughout the unit, the children will be encouraged to express their own opinion as to whether Christianity is a strong religion now, giving reasoned arguments to support their viewpoint.

Physical Education – PE
In PE, we will have the opportunity to work with specialist coaches once a week. This term, activities will include outdoor team games and health and fitness, these will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays. To ensure that the children always have their kit for lessons, we suggest that they bring their appropriate kit to school on a Monday and take it home to be washed on a Friday. Can we remind you that children are required to wear a white t-shirt and dark coloured shorts or a track suit.

Please ensure that children have an extra pair of socks in their PE bag. Earrings must be taken out or covered, and as in school, long hair must be tied back. Children must have a change of clothes for PE, and not wear the clothes they wear during the day. If the weather is cold, they will also need appropriate footwear which must be different from the shoes that they wear for the remainder of the day. Can we please ask parents/carers to support this vital area of the curriculum by helping children to bring the correct changes of clothes to school for these sessions.

Personal, Social and Health Education – PSHE
Our Jigsaw themes this year are ‘Goals and Dreams and ‘Healthy Me’.
Children will be thinking about: personal and academic goals and targets; aspirations and dreams for the future; the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle, and body image and personal health.

Modern Foreign Languages – MFL
This term in MFL, the children will be continuing to learn about Spanish culture, in particular developing numbers 1 to 31, asking questions about age, learning how to pronouce the months of the year and answering questions about when their birthday is. To extend their learning they will be researching and planning a traditional Spanish birthday, including cards, greetings, food, games and singing ‘Happy Birthday’.

Homework – Year 6
This term, the children in year 6 will be receiving weekly homework in both Grammar and Maths. To support this we will be providing every child in Year 6 with a clearly labelled English Grammar and Maths Revision Book later this half term. These books will be used both to support class work, and as homework activities so it is vital that they are brought into school regularly. When homework is set from these books, the pages that the children will need to complete will be clearly indicated, along with the date that it needs to be completed by. Homework will be set on a Friday and the books must be handed in by the following
Wednesday. If you find that your child is struggling with any of the activities, please do not hesitate to contact us either in person or via the Reading diaries/Class Dojo.

Year 6 will also be set weekly spellings to learn on a Friday. These will be tested on the following Wednesday and are linked to the KS2 word lists set by the government. A full copy of the word lists will be sent home again later this half term. Any opportunities to practise and look at these words, alongside consolidating knowledge of maths times tables up to 12 x 12 would be very beneficial to your children. POWer Project homework will also be given out this term and will have activities relating to our creative curriculum theme.

Many thanks for your continued support.
Mr Thomas and Mrs Holdaway
Years 6 Teachers

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