Welcome to our Cholmondeley Class
During the beginning of the term, we will focus on reading and writing poems, using a broad range of figurative language. Pupils will be given the opportunity to study different styles of poetry, with a clear focus on how and why language has been used, and its effect on the reader. Every Wednesday, children will engage in an extended Writing session, with a starting focus on diary entries. Pupils will be given the opportunity to include a range of vocabulary and a variety of sentence
types to develop their writing. Spellings will be given out each week. These should be practised at home as well as in school, in preparation for the spelling test on Fridays. Some of the spellings will be given over two weeks, allowing plenty of time for pupils to practise these.
Pupils will begin the term with a focus on Place Value and Mental Calculations. Pupils will learn to develop their sense of number and apply RaPaCoduNumbo to solve some challenging problems. Following this, we will move onto understanding, and solving problems, using the four written methods. Times Tables will be practised daily, beginning with double and halves, then moving onto the 3x table. A times tables test will be given every Friday, so it is encouraged that these are also practised at home.
In Science, pupils will be looking at Animals and Humans. There will be a particular focus on the human circulatory system and how our bodies work to keep us alive. As well as this, pupils will look at how our diet and lifestyle can have an impact on our bodies. After studying Animals and Humans, pupils will look at Electricity. Pupils will learn how to construct simple and complex circuits and engage in a range of Scientific Investigations to help them answer questions. In Science lessons, pupils will be exposed to a variety of complex scientific language. it is expected that this translates into their written work in their books.
In Spanish lessons, children will learn how to discuss what the weather is like. As well as this, they will be exposed to a lot of conversational language, which will enable them to talk to their peers in Spanish, and ask and answer different questions. In Spanish lessons, we will complete a range of activities and play lots of games, all of which help to embed the Foreign Language.
Research Theme – History and Geography
Within History, we will be looking at the Slave Trade. Pupils will learn about significant events and dates that happened within the Slave Trade. They will also research famous slaves or traders, who had an impact on the abolishment of Slavery. We will also study the recent Black Lives Matter movement, and discuss ways that we can support the movement. In Geography lessons, we will be looking at the rainforest, in particular, the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil. We will study the different layers of the rainforest and use different types of maps to locate the rainforest.
For the first term of Computing lessons, children will be given the ability to explore popular software. We will be looking at how to create a Power Point presentation, which uses audio, slide transitions and hyperlinks. Pupils will also be given the opportunity to enhance their typing skills, using a software called 2Type. This should enable pupils to develop the speed at which they type and their understanding of keyboard shortcuts. There will also be a strong focus for keeping pupils safe online.
In PE we will engage in Athletic activities. In particular, running, throwing and jumping, followed by class competitions. Pupils will be given the opportunity to practise these skills independently and in a group. Keep Fit lessons will focus on developing skills and learning about the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. *Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, PE lessons will be taught outside for the foreseeable future. Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately: joggers, jumper and waterproof coat can be worn.
In Art lessons, children will be using different techniques of drawing for different purposes. For example, hatching, cross-hatching and scribbling. They will work from a variety of sources and develop close observation skills using view finders. We are also fortunate to have Miss Hind, a specialist art teacher, teach some art with us on a Friday.
Mrs Shakspeare will teach music on a Wednesday and a Friday, on Wednesdays, the children will be able to explore different instruments and how these can be applied to pieces of music. On a Friday, we will form the choir and we will participate in games which allow us to perfect our rhythm. *Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, music lessons will not be taught in large groups until deemed safe to do so.
We understand that children have been away from school for a very long time, and each will have had their own experiences, which we will be sensitive to. We will begin with a focus on readjusting to life after the lockdown and learning to trust the world again. We will engage in many discussions and activities which allow us to share experiences and explore any concerns we may have had.
Important things to remember
Full school P.E. kit is needed on Monday (Keep Fit), Tuesday (Dance) and Wednesday for (PE).
READING BOOKS need to be brought into school everyday. Children will change their home reader and Library book in school on a Friday.
*Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, children will only be allowed to touch the book they want to take home, as opposed to flexible browsing. Returned books will be quarantined for 72 hours before being returned to the bookshelf.
HOMEWORK will be set every Friday and will be due back in school the following Wednesday.