Newsletter – Autumn Term 1
Dear parents / carers
Welcome back to a brand-new academic year! It was great to welcome the children on Thursday and I am already enjoying their lovely manners, behaviour and eagerness to learn. They’re a credit to you.
Please find below details of what is coming this term.
Our topic this term is The Tudors: a subject I hope the children find as fascinating and relevant as I do! As you already know, we are heading off to Kentwell on Monday 23rd September, to immerse ourselves in all things Tudor for the day. For the next few weeks, we will be basing all our English learning on this topic, which will give opportunities for non-fiction writing alongside imaginative descriptive work. We will also base our DT work on the design and building of model Tudor homes.
Maths will be taught every morning and will, this term, focus entirely on number: place value; calculation and fractions of all types. I will be challenging the children with problems, conundrums and reasoning questions which examine the depth of their understanding of mathematical concepts.
In English, alongside regular writing tasks mentioned above, the children will practise their reading, spelling and grammar skills throughout the working week and they will be expected to read books from beginning to end and then to review them – something you can look at when you come to parent consultations! Our fiction work will be based on short films and will cover a variety of genres, as we encourage the children to experiment with language and grammar conventions.
As far as the rest of the curriculum is concerned: the class will practise basic computing skills and learn how to create digitally recorded musical compositions using the Audacity software (this is free to download and fun to use, so I encourage you to install it, if you can, so that the children can practise at home if they want to!) Later this term, the children will look at spreadsheets in computing and will focus on the academic appreciation of a variety of different musical genres. We will look at how light plays on water in art and the design and build of wooden structures in DT. French will involve shopping: talking and then writing with the emphasis on French grammar! Science will focus on electricity and light (how we see things) throughout the term and the children will get involved in plenty of practical activities, as they continue to learn how to be great scientists. Finally, RE will examine creation stories across the world’s main religions including the Humanist viewpoint.
PE lessons take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays and will cover dance, dodgeball, sports hall athletics and generic skills this term. The children need to ensure that they have a complete PE kit in school, at all times!
The children will be given maths homework books in which work will be set, every week, which consolidates learning in the classroom. There will also be weekly spelling work and a task, relating to the topic, to be done over a longer period of time. I will make use of Purple Mash, so the children will need access to the Internet. Please let me know if this will be a problem.
Throughout the term there will be sporting competitions, events such as Harvest Festival, MacMillan Coffee morning, parent forums, PSA events etc, so please keep an eye out for dates on our new website, on Mrs Hall’s newsletter or on individual letters sent home with your children.
If you have any concerns, please pop into the class to see me. I am always happy to chat about your children!
Here’s to a successful and happy year.
Mrs Bex Carter,
Deputy Head Teacher