Summer Term 2 Newsletter - Monday 1st June, 2020
We’re somehow in our final term! It wasn’t quite the ending to our year together we had planned, but we’re still doing everything we can to normalise the way things are. I’m hoping that despite the current climate, you were all able to have a lovely half term as a family, in the glorious sun!
This term, we will be trying to answer our learning question: “Where would you rather live, a coast or a forest?” We will start by looking at geographical issues such as erosion and weathering, which will link to writing and reading too. We will also be exploring the concepts of habitats and lifecycles, which will also link to the environments we will be studying in Geography.
In English, we will start the term continuing our themes of war, and VE Day, from last term. This will especially useful for Year 5, as next year, we will be studying World War 2. From this, we will be able to create poems, fictional recounts, and informative reports. One of our big questions this term will be, ‘is violence ever the answer?’, and this will link incredibly well with war.
As in previous terms, where possible, Maths and English lessons will be topic linked. There are certain key areas:
- Number and place value (up to and above 6 digit numbers)
- Addition and subtraction; multiplication and division
- Fractions and decimals (relative size; fractions of amounts; addition and subtraction
- Area; conversion between metric units
- Properties of shape; angles.
To start this term, we will be focusing on problem solving techniques and reasoning abilities. This will be recap for Year 6s and e a fantastic opportunity for Year 5s to revisit important skills for next year. An incredibly useful resource for maths is our TT Rockstars account, which the children all have unique passwords for! These can be reprinted if the children need them.
Following the programme of study for English, the mechanics of writing; grammar and spelling, will continue to be developed through the investigation into a range of fiction and non- fiction genre, with a focus on the development of an author’s voice.
Throughout the year, we will have the opportunity to read both fiction and non-fiction texts, within a variety of different genres. Our focuses will be authorial intent, inference, retrieval, vocabulary, summary, prediction and comparing themes and conventions across genres and authors.
I am available at any point to talk to you or your child, to help in whatever way I can. Please remember that Class Dojo and Microsoft Teams will be the first point of call should you need me. Thank you for your continued support, and I hope this term will be a brilliant one to end on,
Miss T Davey