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 Diamond class for the Autumn term is going to be World War 2. We shall be looking at the events which led to the outbreak of war and learn who were the Axis and Allied powers. We shall look in depth at how the war affected Audlem and our local cities and find out what life as an evacuee was like. We will cover key events such as the Battle of Britain, the Blitz, Dunkirk and VE and VJ day. To enrich our learning, we will be reading 'Once' by Morris Gleitzman which looks at the war from the perspective of a Jewish boy in Poland. We shall reflect on philosophical questions such as: 'Should we all live by the same values' and 'should someone be made to go to war?' Our art learning will look at war artists, in particular, Henry Moore. In Science, we will be looking at 'Light' and then 'Electricity', and in 'Computing' we will create film trailers for our class book.
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 a Maths piece, although these will occasionally be supplemented by some home learning associated with our topic. 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 Year 6, 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.
Our main PE day this half-term will be Monday but if the children could have PE kits in school every day then that would be great. Children will need a plain t-shirt in their house colour and shorts for indoor PE, and a warm tracksuit or jogging bottoms with trainers for outdoor PE, as we will continue to do outdoor PE in the cold weather!
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.
Homework to be handed in on Friday 19th October:
This week, the children have been given two pieces of homework. The first is to watch a short animation about Macbeth and then answer some simple questions. The second is a set of eleven SATs questions relating to negative numbers and rounding. Please have in school by Friday.
Spellings to learn to be tested on Friday 19th October:
The children have been asked to learn some words ending in the suffix -fer. They have been provided with the spelling rules which should help them learn the words. The words are:
Film Night 4pm-6pm on Monday 15th October
22-24th October — Residential to Stratford-upon-Avon
31st October is the deadline for submitting your applications for secondary school.
5th November INSET
20th November Diamond Class parents' lunch in school
26th November Class assembly 9.15am
30th November Big Switch-on
5th December Christmas lunch
7th December Christmas fair 5-7pm
19th December Christmas church service
20th December Last day of term