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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

Click to download and view our topic web, with all the exciting things we'll be learning this term: