Welcome to Java Class!
Your teacher is Miss Palmer.
Our topic this term is Kingdoms, Castles and Dragons.
We will begin by undertaking a focussed unit of work based around the book ‘The Wolves in the Walls’ by Neil Gaiman. We will be reactivating our stamina for writing and revising many grammar skills such as, single and multi clause sentences, conjunctions, relative clauses and the range of punctuation that has been learnt across Key Stage One and Two so far. We will spend some time developing and refining our skills before we put them to use in writing the sequel to the story. We will publish our own books.
We will also be reading a range of rich texts that link to our topic.
We will continue to follow our No Nonsense Spelling scheme and continue to use Monster Phonics to reinforce our understanding of sounds.
We will begin by looking at place value in increasingly larger numbers, and will be reading, writing, comparing and ordering them. We will then move onto interpreting negative numbers in context, including problem solving. We will look carefully at decimal place value, by reading, writing and ordering decimal numbers up to 3 decimal places. Multiply and divide whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1000. We will learn about the properties of numbers, including multiples and common factors. We will establish whether a number up to 100 is prime and recall prime numbers up to 19.
Daily fluency sessions will also develop our rapid recall and fluency in number facts and calculation.
Understanding Science and Technology Science: We will be learning about properties and changes to materials including comparing and grouping, solutions, separating mixtures by filtering, sieving and mixing and reversible and irreversible changes.
Computing: We will begin by revising our previously learnt skills and ensuring our understanding of safe and responsible use of technology. We will be exploring software to create an interactive book of our own.
Understanding the World
History: We will be exploring how Stevenage has changed over time and investigating what it would have been like after 1066. We will be revisiting our chronological knowledge of British History. We will be assessing sources of historical evidence and learn how historians use these to provide information about the past.
RE: This half term we will be exploring the fundamental beliefs of Judaism and Christianity. We will be learning about celebrations, key events in life, pilgrimage and Harvest as well as symbolic ways of expressing meaning.
Understanding Arts and Culture
Art: We will be exploring the work of famous artists such as Monet, in order to develop our skills in showing reflection and shadow to create our own compositions of castles.
Music: We will be exploring rhythm and blues music, learning about their origins and using our voices with control, accuracy and expression.
Understanding our Health and Well-Being
PE: We will be developing our skills in Basketball this term.
PSHE: Our first topic is being me in my own world. We will be creating our lass charter, learning about democracy and being a British Citizen.
In line with the rest of the school, we encourage your child to spend time reading at home each evening. This can be recorded in their Reading Record by an adult or by the child.
Each Friday, we set homework on Google Classroom and/or Education City. We post a selection of activities and ask that your child has a go at completing three different activities. They should spend no more than 20 minutes on each activity.
We ask that your child brings a named water bottle to school each day. These are kept by our sink so that your child has free access to them throughout the day. Your child can refill their bottle at one of the water fountains when they need to.
We ask that your child has their PE kit in school each day of the week as our timetable is subject to change due to the weather and the availability of space. In line with our school uniform policy, they require a pair of plain blue jogging bottoms for the winter months as we may have our lesson outside.