Welcome back to a new school year! We have an exciting term ahead of us as well as our residential trip to Condover Hall.
Our topic in Diamond class for the Autumn term is going to be the World War 2. We shall learn about the axis and allied powers and the main events which took place during that period. We shall look at the significant leaders and their speeches, the theatres of war, what life was like for children and how life in the UK changed for everyone throughout this time and after.
Most of our reading and writing will be linked to our topics. We shall read examples of different diaries as well as popular novels based on WW2 such as 'Goodnight Mister Tom, 'Carrie's War' and 'Once'. We shall write diaries, stories and engage in debates. All children will be expected to choose a reading book within the first week back and will need to read at least four times per week to develop their fluency and reading stamina. New reading diaries will be issued for the children to record their reading, and to enable parents to let me know how their child's reading is progressing at home.
Our creative subjects will also bring our topic to life. We shall look at war artists such as Henry Moore to develop our drawing skills, and shall look at the life and work of Hans Zimmer particularly taking inspiration from his music relating to the film 'Dunkirk'. We shall also create our own iMovies for The Highwayman which will develop our skills in drama!
In Science, we shall be learning about how light works and how we see things, through science investigations and through visits from STEM ambassadors to talk about their jobs. We shall link this with Design Technology to design and build a toy which uses lights.
PE will be taking place on Thursdays and Fridays. Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit suitable for outdoors and indoors. This should consist of black shorts, black leggings or joggers, a T-shirt in their house colour and trainers. Long hair should be tied back and earrings and watches should be removed. Earrings may be covered by your child if they bring in a suitable cover such as plasters or medical tape.
Please feel free to contact me via the school office by email, through your child's home/school diary or in person before 8.45am or after 3.15pm.
I look forward to welcoming your child into Year 6 and to working with you over the forthcoming year.
Homework to be completed by Wednesday 4th December 2019:
English homework: Questions on adverbials. We have been learning about these in class, this week.
Maths homework: Problems which require more than one step. We have been doing these in maths, this week.
Friends have also asked that all children make a Christmas cracker for the school fair and bring it in by Thursday 5th, ready for the fair which is on Friday 6th December.
All children should spend at least 5 minutes a day on TTRockstars, and should learn their weekly spellings.
All of the children have been asked to read at home and record in their diaries. The children should be reading daily, or at least four times per week. These will be monitored weekly.
The spellings this week are on how to add vowel suffixes to words ending in 'fer'.
The words are as follows:
Group 1, 2 and 3:
Group 2 & 3 only:
Group 3 only:
Group 1 eight words; group 2 eleven words: group 3 fifteen words.