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 has been changed to Wednesday 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.
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, the English homework is to make notes on the picture of a Christmas setting. We have been through this in class, and the children should bring in their notes on Wednesday so that we can write our descriptions.
The spellings this week are to revise the spelling patterns we have learned this term. There are also some additional words which need to be practised as not everyone is secure with these words.
19th December Christmas church service 9.30am. Christmas parties will be on in the afternoon. Children can bring in their own clothes for the party. Please bring in a £1 contribution to go towards the cost of drinks and snacks for the party.
20th December Last day of term