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Summer Term Fun!
During this term, we will be continuing our learning on 'Marvellous Maps'.
Marvellous Maps allows children to further explore the range of maps available to geographers and to develop their understanding of the key features of maps. They will study a range of maps and atlases, including digital maps, and compare their features. They will learn to use the eight compass points to give directions and give grid references to locate places on a map. By comparing maps of the same place, children will learn about the way that places have changed over time.
Following on from this topic, we will be focussing on the Ancient Shang dynasty. The children will learn who the Ancient Shang people were, where and when they lived, using maps and atlases to locate Shang cities. They will also learn about the role of the king, the religious beliefs and rituals of the Shang people and how oracle bones were used in divination ceremonies. The children will also examine a range of Shang artefacts and draw conclusions about what they can teach us. The unit ends with a close look at the remarkable discovery of the first intact Shang tomb which belonged to the military general and high priestess Fu Hao.
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.
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In Science, we will be studying animals, including humans. Children will learn about the life cycle of a human being. They will investigate the development of babies and compare the gestation period of humans and other animals. The final investigation will be about the changes to the body as humans get older, as well as comparing the life expectancy of different animals.
Homework, Spellings and Reading
Homework will be given out on a Thursday and is expected to be returned by the following Thursday, 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 childrren who read on a regular basis.
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