Welcome back to a new year and a new term. I hope that you have had a lovely break and are looking forward to the term ahead.
Our topic in Diamond class for the Spring term is going to be Mexico. We shall be learning about its location, climate, human and physical geography, and look closely at trade within the UK, Mexico and between the two. To enrich our learning, we will be reading 'Crossing the Wire' by Will Hobbs, a story of a young boy's dangerous journey to cross the border between Mexico and the United States. We shall debate the issues of immigration, poverty and Fairtrade. Our art learning will look at the famous Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and will include developing our skills of painting and portraits. In DT, we shall learn how to design and prepare some Mexican foods, and in music we shall learn about the Mexican traditional instruments and music. To support our understanding, we shall be learning Spanish for this term: learning numbers, days of the week and how to tell others about ourselves. In science, we shall be learning about living things and their environments as well as evolution and how things are adapted to their environments. PE will be held on Wednesdays, and will focus on rounders. In RE, we shall explore the Christian view of the Kingdom of God, and then we shall learn about the five pillars of Islam. In Computing, we shall be learning how to build and program Lego robots at the Lego Innovation Centre at Newcastle College, and will learn how to use spreadsheets to perform calculations and to generate geographical statistics in the form of graphs.
Homework will be set for children on a Friday and I am asking the children to return it on or before the following Friday. Homework will usually consist of an English and Maths pieces, although these will occasionally be supplemented by some home learning associated with our topic or booster groups. In addition to these, the children will be expected to practise key spellings and consolidate any times tables they do not yet know. Reading is a vital part of children's education and so all children will have guided sessions in school. By this point in the year, your child should be reading for at least 20 minutes four times per week. This will help to build their reading speed and stamina, and will develop their familiarity with different genres. 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 be of great benefit to your child.
To keep you regularly informed, I will send home a weekly newsletter 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.
If your child is unable to complete the homework tasks for whatever reason, please ask them to come and see me as early in the week as possible so that we have time to look at the areas of difficulty, or an extension can be given.
This week's homework is to complete some questions from the CGP book as well as learn two sets of words relating to silent letters. I would also like the children to practise their recall of the x3, x4 and x8 times tables. This can be done on TTRockstars. Some children have also been given a handwriting booklet to complete in time for their lesson with Mrs Tailor next Friday.
Number, ratio and algebra — page 8
Arithmetic — pages 8, 9 and 12
Spelling — pages 2 and 3
All tasks should be completed and brought into class by Friday 15th February.
Words with silent letters
Boosters after half-term. NO BOOSTERS DURING PARENTS' EVENING WEEK:
Mrs Bird's maths booster Tuesday 26th Feb (First day back)
Mr Blenkiron's maths booster Tuesday 26th Feb
Mrs Jewitt's reading booster Wednesday 27th Feb
Mr Perry will also be taking a small group for writing booster on Mondays. This will take place during school hours.
12th and 13th February 2019 — Parents' evenings
16th Feb — Half-term begins
25th Feb INSET
26th Feb — First day of school