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Summer Term Fun!
Hello and welcome back! I am really excited to be back after my maternity leave and looking am looking forward to getting to know you all again, working hard and having some fun!
During this term, we will be focussing on Geography and in particular, 'Magnificent Mountains'. We will find out all about the major mountains of the UK and the rest of the world and how they have been formed and shaped over thousands of years. We will also consider the weather in a mountainous environment and the impact of tourism on the region.
Please feel free to send in anything you think may be useful for us to look at during our topic work. The children always enjoy sharing objects they have at home, and any information they have found out, with the rest of the class.
Carrying on from last year, a secondary school teacher will be coming into school, on Tuesday afternoons, to teach the children French. This is a fantastic opportunity to improve both the children's French verbal and written skills as well as preparing them for secondary school.
In science we will be learning about types of changes. During this unit children will work towards answering the question, ‘How can you make a meal from a mixture?’ Children will design a recipe and identify the types of change used throughout the menu. They will explore dissolving by seeing how many drops of water it takes to dissolve the same amount of different substances and will use the terms solute and solvent. They will use evaporation to recover dissolved solutes and will recognise that these are reversible changes. They will also recognise that mixing and changes of state are reversible changes. Children will be introduced to examples of irreversible changes such as burning candles and other fuels, heating some materials and mixing bicarbonate with acid. They will learn that in these changes new materials are made and that these new materials are often in the form of gases.
A lot of this unit is practical and allows the children to use evidence gathered from their own and others’ investigations into dissolving and evaporation to draw conclusions and offer explanations. They will apply previous understanding about melting to predict and investigate which substances will melt. They will plan, carry out and review a complete investigation related to the action of acid on bicarbonate.
Homework, Spellings and Reading
Homework will be given out on a Friday and is expected to be returned by the following Friday, unless stated otherwise. I will check on returned homework and there are rewards for children bringing homework back on time. Homework is normally a small amount of Literacy and Numeracy, linked to what we have learnt that week. It is not expected to take a long time and children should be able to complete it independently but I would always encourage parents to get involved with their learning. Numeracy homework is now set through an online learning platform called 'Active Learn'. Please see below for links.
At the start of each topic the children will receive 'My Way Homework'. This is an extended piece of homework, where children will have the opportunity to express their learning in any way they wish - let your imagination run wild! It has been my experience that children really enjoy this and we have had many fantastic pieces of homework from this.
Spellings will be given out on a Friday with the test on the following Friday. All children are given opportunity to practise their spellings in school but I have found that the best scores are achieved when they have practised them at home with family.
Reading is vitally important to every child and it really opens up the world to them. All children will be heard read through guided reading sessions and we will aim to listen to every child read their reading book at least once a week. However, I would kindly ask that you listen to your child read at home 2-3 times a week as it really does make a big difference. Please record any reading sessions in the child's reading log and there will be rewards for children who read on a regular basis.
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