Our topic in Diamond class for the Spring term is North America. The children will be learning about the different geographical areas and countries which make up this continent; the history, characteristic features, trade, economy, water supplies, minerals and energy. They will learn how to use different resources to draw conclusions about different locations and learn how to use ICT to represent different types of data. Our music learning will look at the music characteristic of different parts of North America and our art and DT will be based on North American traditions.
Our class text will be 'Room 13' by Robert Swindells which will inspire some of our writing. We shall look, in particular, at mystery stories and write some of our own. We shall find out about the legend of Dracula and about its association with Whitby, comparing it to seaside resorts in North America.
Our science topic will be 'Living Things' and how to classify them into broad groups. To support this learning, the children will be visiting Chester Zoo. We shall be learning how to design and programme robots at the Newcastle-under-Lyme College Lego Innovation centre and will learn how to use spreadsheets to collect and represent data.
Homework will be set for children on a Friday and I am asking children to return it on or before the following Friday. Homework will usually consist of a English and Maths piece. Much of the maths homework will be to complete tasks in the CGP books provided, to consolidate learning. 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!
Cross country competition at Crewe Vagrants — Monday 19th 4-5pm.
Easter Service at church — Wednesday 21st — helpers needed to walk with class (there and back).
Friday — Sports Relief activities in aid of MacMillan charity
Mrs Bird (maths) — Monday 19th
Mrs Stoker (maths) — Monday 19th
Mr Perry (reading) — Friday 23rd
Mrs Jewitt (reading) — Tuesday 20th
Mrs Richardson (reading) — Friday 23rd
1. Reading comprehension
Some children have also been asked to relearn the spellings from last week.
Homework due in on Friday 23rd March
Spellings to be tested on Friday 23rd March:
You will need to learn the meanings!
Alternative list for specific children: