Welcome back to a new school year. I hope that you have had a lovely summer holiday and are looking forward to the term ahead.
Our topic in Emerald class for the Autumn term is going to be Victorians. The Victorian age in British history is named after Queen Victoria, who was Britain's queen from 1837 until 1901. What was life like for Victorian children? There were big differences in homes, schools, toys and entertainments. No TV, no computers, no central heating, no cars. No air travel — unless you went up in a balloon! Many children went to work, not to school. Welcome to the Victorian world. It's time to find out how children (your great-great-great-grandparents perhaps!) lived more than a hundred years ago.
In English we will look at the book Charlotte's Web where the children will be able to discover what could happen and show off their writing skills. Throughout this term we will be looking at editing and improving our work through ambitious vocabulary and use of conjunctions to make compound sentences. . Understanding the importance of sentence structure and the use of punctuation to develop the atmosphere in your writing. We will be concentrating on spelling by adding prefixes /suffixes and common high frequency words.
In Maths will be concentrating on number looking at place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will deepen our learning through real life multi -step problems and use our reasoning skills to show what methods we could use. We will also be developing our understanding of shape and measure.
In Science we will be looking at It's Electric! Learn all about electrical circuits and test materials ability to conduct electricity. Put your knowledge of circuits on display by building your own circuit to create a buzz-wire game. Then use your game to try to defeat a challenger. Who can remain 'disconnected' on the game? You will need to impress with your electrical knowhow.
Our main PE days this term will be Monday and Wednesday but if children could have PE kits in school every day then that would be great. Children will need a t shirt and shorts for indoor PE and a warm tracksuit or jogging bottoms and jumper with trainers for outdoor PE as we will continue to do outdoor PE in the cold weather!
Homework will be set for children on a Friday and I am asking children to return it on or before the following Wednesday. Homework will usually consist of a English and Maths piece. In addition to this, children will be expected to practise key spellings and consolidate time table knowledge. Reading is a vital part of children's education. All children will have guided sessions in school. If you could try to hear your child read as often as possible and make a note of this in the 'Home/school diary' then this would be much appreciated and of great benefit to your child.
To keep you regularly informed we will send home a weekly note home with information about the following week. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to come to see me after school or put a message in your child's home school book.