Welcome to our Halton Class


To start the term, we will begin with a poetry focus where children will be using a range of figurative language in their writing. In Reading lessons, pupils will study a range of poems and focus on the language used, the effect on the reader and the mood being created.  Every Wednesday, we will have an Extended Writing lesson where we will start with an extended poetry,
setting description follwed by a character description and later in the term. Pupils will be given the opportunity to include a range of vocabulary and varying sentence types to develop their writing in order to create images for their readers.
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.
Maths will begin with a focus on Mental Mathematic skills. Pupils will learn to develop their understanding of place value in order to solve some challenging problems. They will also develop an understanding of mental and written subtraction as well as mental and written addition. Pupils will also develop their knowledge of statistics and interpreting data. Pupils will also continue to practise times tables daily, beginning with doubles and halves, followed by the threes. A times tables test will be given every Friday, so it is encouraged that these are also practised at home.

In science, pupils will begin by looking at Animals Including Humans and will also be learning about Forces and Magnets later in the term. In these lessons, pupils will conduct investigations into how the food we eat can affect our health and teeth as well as understanding ho magnets work. In Science lessons, children will use a range of equipment to set up fair tests. As a result, they will begin to use scientific language to make conclusions and evaluations from results collected.

In computing lessons, pupils will begin by focusing on E-Safety and the importance of keeping themselves and others safe online. Children will then move on to exploring our new computing software ‘Purple Mash’. On this software, children will learn basic typing skills as well as how to use programmes to present and display information.
  Research Theme – History and Geography
The first half of the term will begin with a study of the Iron Age. Pupils will study the chronology of periods in history as well as life during the Iron Age times. Pupils will be given the opportunity to compare the lifestyle from then to now, and present their findings in different ways, including the use of iPads. We will then study Europe. Children will learn about the countries and major cities in Europe and will be able to compare this to North West.
In PE we with an athletics topic which will involve developing children’s skills in running, throwing and catching. Pupils will be given the opportunity to practise this skill independently and in groups. We will also have keep fit lessons each week whereby children will develop skills and learn 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.
  Art and Design Technology
Pupils will begin the term studying art from the Iron Age involving Celtic designs. Pupils will be given the opportunity to study different art techniques to create their own Celtic knots and use these within artwork. Pupils will use their sketch books to collect all of their ideas. They will practise using different tones, tints and shades within their work. In the second half of the term, children will develop their design skills and use these to create their own Christmas cards.
Mrs Shakspeare will teach music on a Friday. Pupils will enjoy singing and learning new music as well as playing many musical instruments. *Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, singing/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.
During RE lessons this term, children will be studying Christianity and the role the disciples played in many of the Bible stories.


Important things to remember

Full school P.E. kit is needed on Tuesday (Keep fit), Tuesday (Dance) and Friday for (PE lessons).

READING BOOKS need to be brought into school everyday. Children will change their home reader and Library book in school on a Tuesday. *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. Pupils will also be given spellings to learn and times tables to practise. Both of these will be tested on Friday.

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