Our topic in Diamond class for the Autumn term is World War 2. The children will be learning about the life of evacuees, the Battle of Britain, Operation Dynamo and will visit the Chester Military Museum. We will also research a local hero: Reginald Mitchell — the designer of the Spitfire fighter plane.
Our class text will be Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian which will inspire our writing. We shall also look at war poems and write some of our own, as well as learn to perform them taking inspiration from Michael Rosen, Benjamin Zephaniah and Tony Walsh. Our art will be closely linked to WW2 through the study of Henry Moore's shelter drawings. We shall also use water colours to depict the little ships which saved the soldiers at Dunkirk.
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 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 Tuesday 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!
Spellings we are learning this week:
criticise (critic + ise)
Arithmetic book — pages 4, 5 and 12
Number and ratio book — page 14
Write a one hundred mini saga for the Young Writers competition
All homework due in on Monday 18th December 2017. Writing competition entries will be posted on Monday 18th December 2017.
KS2 Christmas parties 13th December
Christmas service 15th December 9.30am
Last day of term 19th December
First day of spring term 8th January 2018
Trip to Chester Zoo 11th January 2018
Maths week 15th January 2018
Trip to Newcastle-under-Lyme College Innovation Centre 19th January 2018
SATs information meeting 25th January 2018
Mental Health & Wellbeing week 5th February 2018