Autumn Term 2019
Welcome back to another academic year, I hope you all had a restful summer holiday and are ready for another busy school term.
Cornerstones Units – Alchemy Island and Stargazers
This term the children will be taught their spelling, grammar, punctuation, reading and writing through a range of text types, which will include:
- Fiction: Portal Story
- Non-fiction – Newspaper report
- Poetry – Cinquains and free verse
They will learn the features of the texts and then apply them to their own writing.
As well as revisiting their previously gained times table and number knowledge, we will be focusing on; place value;
methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division; statistics; measurement of perimeter and area.
Within all of these areas, problem solving and opportunities for deeper thinking will be incorporated.
The basis of our RE work this term will be around two main questions: ‘Why do some people think God exists?’ and ‘If God is everywhere, why go to a place of worship?’
As part of these questions, we will be exploring Christian beliefs alongside the other religions followed by people in the local community.
This term the children will be investigating; properties and changes of materials; circuits; Earth and Space and Forces.
We will begin to learn to play the clarinet with music teachers from Thurrock Music Services. In addition, we will learn to read musical notation and sing songs.
We will be using programs to present research and begin to understand how to use algorithms in programming.
Art and DT
In conjunction with our topic work, we will be design and make a board game and develop printing techniques.
We will be learning about the 1960s space race as part of our Stargazers topic.
The focus of our Geography work will be map reading and understanding the human and physical features of different locations.
As part of their PE lessons, the children will be doing activities related to invasion games, gymnastics and cross country.
Personal, Social and Health Education
In PSHE, we will be exploring the concepts of new beginnings and ‘getting on and falling out.’
Homework will be issued on a Friday to be returned by the following Wednesday. It will include an English and Maths related task, as well as spellings to learn and regular practise of the times table facts.
It is expected that every child reads to an adult at least three times a week, ideally every night. In the reading record, adults should indicate and record that they have heard the child read and make a brief comment. These records will be checked once a week to ensure that this is happening.
I hope this information has been useful to you and I am looking forward to another successful term with your children.
Thank you for your support.