Topic: Water, Rivers and Canals
The children will learn about the journey of a river and the different stages. They will research and learn about the World's major rivers and seas; and use maps to locate some of them. They will learn about the Water Cycle and write an explanation of it. The children will also develop an understanding of how a shortage of accessible water impacts on the lives of children around the world. The children will think about the differences between a river and a canal, and learn about Audlem Canal and the locks.
This term's class book will be Kensuke's Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo, and a lot of this term's English work will be linked to this book.
The children will be writing Explanations of the Journey of a River and the Water Cycle, and Non- Chronological Reports about Canals. The children will revisit Persuasive Writing and also write a recount of their visit to Carding Mill Valley.
In grammar we will look at the use of commas to clarify meaning or avoid ambiguity in writing. We will also look at the use of modal verbs or adverbs to indicate the degrees of possibility.
In Spelling we will continue to use dictionaries to help us to check words.
We will start the term with looking at adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals. We will then go on to learn about the properties of shapes as well as work on position and direction. The children will also learn how to convert different units of measurement. We will deepen our learning through real life multi -step problems and use our reasoning skills to show what methods we could use. The children will continue to do a daily CLIC session.
In Science the children will be comparing and grouping together everyday materials based on their properties including hardness, transparency and conductivity (electrical and thermal). They will give reasons based on evidence for the uses of everyday materials.
In P.E. the children will look be focusing on athletics and summer sports, such as cricket and rounders. Some of this term's PE lessons will be led by members of Premier Sports.
The children will look at the work of David Hockney, and in particular the techniques that he uses to portray water and reflections, before producing their own 'Hockney' inspired artwork. There will be a strong Music focus to the work planned for this year's Arts Week.
Homework will be set for the children on a Friday and I am asking the children to retun it on or before the following Wednesday. Homework will usually consist of an English and Maths piece. In addition to this, children will be expected to practise key spellings and consolidate times tables 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.
Our main PE day this term is Thursday but if children could have PE kits in school every day then that would be helpful. 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.
Schoolsfest 2018 — Saturday 7th July
On Saturday 7th July, Ruby Class will be performing the Christmas Truce play, which they did for the Christmas Service in Church last year, in St Mary's Church in the middle of Nantwich as a part of Schoolsfest. Please try and keep this date free!
Carding Mill Valley Visit
On 30th April Ruby Class will be going to Carding Mill Valley to do a river study and guided walk.