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Curriculum Information Week Beginning 22/05/17

Literacy.  We will be finishing off our ancient Roman tourist brochures, and using the computers to publish them as leaflets.

Maths.  This week, we will be moving on to a new topic focussing on measurement, looking at converting between units of measurement, and thinking about perimeter and area.

Any other curriculum.  We will be continuing with our History topic on the Roman Empire, thinking about the gods and goddesses that the ancient Romans worshipped. We’ll also be looking at how products are made from materials from all over the world in Geography, and looking at Jewish views on the question of ‘Who’s in charge?’ in RE. We’ll also be experimenting with variables in Computing.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

breathe, build, busy, business, calendar

caught, centre, century, certain, circle

Homework:

  • Reading – Complete the reading comprehension.
  • Maths – Roll three dice to generate three digits. These can be used to make six numbers less than ten with two decimal places. For example, rolling 2, 3 and 6 generates 2.36, 2.63, 3.26, 3.62, 6.23 and 6.32. Roll your dice and round each of your six numbers to the nearest tenth and to the nearest whole number. Repeat for two more rolls of your dice. Challenge: Can you explain a general method for rounding numbers?

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • We will be hosting a Fair Funding for All Schools picnic on the field on Friday afternoon (3:30- 5:00pm). If you’d like to join us, feel free to bring along food, banners and placards!
  • Please remember to bring in appropriate kit for our swimming sessions, which is now happening on Wednesday mornings.
  • Please ensure that your child comes to school with appropriate footwear for both indoors and outdoors. In the event of a fire, being shoeless outside for potentially long periods of time puts their safety at risk.
  • Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 15/05/17

Literacy.  We will be continuing with our project to write ancient Roman tourist brochures.

Maths.  We will be continuing with our work on decimal numbers, thinking more about applying our knowledge to measurement and other real-world contexts.

Any other curriculum.  We will be continuing with our mosaic project in Art. We’ll also be looking at where our food comes from in Geography and looking at Jewish views on the question of ‘Who’s in charge?’ in RE. We’ll also be continuing to write programs in Scratch in Computing.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

  • accidentally, actual, actually, address, answer
  • appear, arrive, believe, bicycle, breath

Homework:

  • Reading – Complete the attached reading comprehension.
  • Maths – Try the Maths challenges on the attached sheet.

Dates/Messages/Requests

  • If you can, please bring in some (clean!) food labels for Tuesday’s Geography lesson, showing which country the food comes from.
  • Please remember to bring in appropriate kit for our swimming sessions, which is now happening on Wednesday mornings.
  • Please ensure that your child comes to school with appropriate footwear for both indoors and outdoors. In the event of a fire, being shoeless outside for potentially long periods of time puts their safety at risk.
  • Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 08/05/17

Literacy.  We will be researching ancient Roman monuments and writing persuasive tourist brochures to advertise them.

Maths.  We will be continuing with our work on decimal numbers, thinking about rounding and applying our knowledge to different real-world context.

Any other curriculum.  We will be continuing with our History topic on the Roman Empire and making some mosaics of our own. We’ll also be looking at where our food comes from in Geography and looking at Christian views on the question of ‘Who’s in charge?’ in RE. We’ll also be doing some programming in Scratch in Computing. Our class will also be beginning a gardening project on Monday and Tuesday.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

therefore, though, although, thought, through

various, weight, woman, women, accident

Homework:

  • Reading – Complete the reading comprehension (this has been photocopied correctly this time!)
  • Maths  – Try the Maths challenges on the sheet

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • If you can, please bring in some (clean!) food labels for Tuesday’s Geography lesson, showing which country the food comes from.
  • Please remember to bring in appropriate kit for our swimming sessions, which is now happening on Wednesday mornings.
  • Please ensure that your child comes to school with appropriate footwear for both indoors and outdoors. In the event of a fire, being shoeless outside for potentially long periods of time puts their safety at risk.
  • Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 01/05/17

Literacy.  We will be looking at nonsense poems and writing some of our own, coming up with nonsense vocabulary to embellish them.

Maths.  We will be continuing with our work on decimal numbers, thinking in particular about place value and ordering.

Any other curriculum.  We will be beginning our new History topic on the Roman Empire, as well as exploring our global links in Geography and looking at Humanist views on the question of ‘Who’s in charge?’ in RE. We’ll also be doing some programming in Scratch in Computing, and beginning to look at states of matter in Science.

Homework.  None this week due to the Kingswood trip! Homework will resume as normal this Thursday.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Please remember to bring in appropriate kit for our swimming sessions, which is now happening on Wednesday mornings.
  • Please ensure that your child comes to school with appropriate footwear for both indoors and outdoors. In the event of a fire, being shoeless outside for potentially long periods of time puts their safety at risk.
  • Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 20/03/17

Literacy.  We will be finishing off our illuminated manuscripts project, retelling the story of Easter.

Maths.  We will be taking a brief break from our time topic to go back over our skills of word-problem interpretation.

Any other curriculum.  We’ll be doing some graphs work in Science, building on last week’s experiments, and continuing with our programming work in Computing. We will also have a recycling workshop with Amey on Wednesday, and will be visiting the Learning Bus (on the theme of ‘senses’) on Monday and Tuesday.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

often, opposite, ordinary, particular, peculiar

perhaps, popular, position, possess, possession

Homework:

  • Reading – Complete the reading comprehension.
  • Maths – Draw a diagram of an analogue clock and label each of the twelve numbers around it with four things: the hour (on a 24-hour clock) if it’s before noon, the hour (on a 24-hour clock) if it’s after noon, the minutes (in numbers), and the words we would use to say the time (e.g. “five past”, “twenty-five to”).

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Mr Yeeles won’t be in on Friday because he’s getting married!
  • Please bring in empty (and washed!) 4-pint plastic milk bottles in preparation for our recycling workshop on Wednesday 22nd March.
  • Please ensure that your child comes to school with appropriate footwear for both indoors and outdoors. In the event of a fire, being shoeless outside for potentially long periods of time puts their safety at risk.
  • Please remember to bring in suitable outdoor clothing for Forest School on Mondays – wellies and waterproof coats and trousers are highly recommended.
  • Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 13/03/17

Literacy.  We will be continuing work on our illuminated manuscripts project, retelling the story of Easter.

Maths.  We will be continuing to work on our topic of time and clocks, making sure that we can read both analogue and digital clocks. As part of Science Week, we will also be doing some work on data handling.

Any other curriculum.  It’s Science Week, so we’ll be doing lots of experiments around the theme of sound.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

library, material, medicine, mention, minute

natural, naughty, notice, occasion, occasionally

Homework:

  • Reading – Complete the reading comprehension.
  • Maths – Use the bus stop method to solve the following divisions:                                                                                                                                                                   (1) 75 ÷ 5     (2) 84 ÷ 3     (3) 91 ÷ 7     (4) 96 ÷ 6    (5) 128 ÷ 8     (6) 512 ÷ 4     (7) 924 ÷ 7     (8) 2180 ÷ 4

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Please bring in empty (and washed!) 4-pint plastic milk bottles in preparation for our recycling workshop on the 22nd of March.
  • Please ensure that your child comes to school with appropriate footwear for both indoors and outdoors. In the event of a fire, being shoeless outside for potentially long periods of time puts their safety at risk.
  • Please remember to bring in suitable outdoor clothing for Forest School on Mondays – wellies and waterproof coats and trousers are highly recommended.
  • Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 06/03/17

Literacy.  Now that Book Week has finished, we will be making a proper start on our illuminated manuscripts project, retelling the story of Easter.

Maths.  We will be beginning our new topic on time this week.

Any other curriculum.  We will be beginning to look at some illuminated manuscripts in Art, and continuing our programming work in Computing. We will also be celebrating International Women’s Day in PSHE on Wednesday by looking at the achievements of Malala Yousafzai.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

height, history, imagine, increase, important

interest, island , knowledge, learn, length

Homework:

  • Reading – Complete the reading comprehension.
  • Maths Complete the Maths challenges on the sheet.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Please ensure that your child comes to school with appropriate footwear for both indoors and outdoors. In the event of a fire, being shoeless outside for potentially long periods of time puts their safety at risk.
  • Please remember to bring in suitable outdoor clothing for Forest School on Mondays – wellies and waterproof coats and trousers are highly recommended.
  • Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 27/02/17

Literacy.  It’s Book Week this week! As our theme is traditional tales and myths, our project this week will be to write a newspaper article interviewing the wife of the Giant from Jack and the Beanstalk.

Maths.  We will finish off applying our fractions knowledge to real-world contexts to round off our fractions work, aiming to move on to time next week.

Any other curriculum.  We will be continuing to practise mixing colours in Art in preparation for our project on illuminated manuscripts next week. We will also be making stress balls in PSHE, and beginning to write simple programs in Computing.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

February, forward, forwards, fruit, grammar

group, guard, guide, heard, heart

Homework:

Reading – Complete the reading comprehension.

Maths – Complete the Maths challenges on the sheet.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Please ensure that your child comes to school with appropriate footwear for both indoors and outdoors. In the event of a fire, being shoeless outside for potentially long periods of time puts their safety at risk.
  • Please remember to bring in suitable outdoor clothing for Forest School on Mondays – wellies and waterproof coats and trousers are highly recommended.
  • Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 20/02/17

Literacy.  This week, we will be revising writing expectations and moving on to begin a project on illuminated manuscripts, retelling the Easter story.

Maths.  We will be revising our work on fraction arithmetic, and moving on to more complicated calculations using fractions, including applying our knowledge to real-world contexts.

Any other curriculum.  We will be continuing to practise mixing colours in Art in preparation for our project on illuminated manuscripts, as well as looking at the Easter story in RE. We will also be looking at how we manage our anger in PSHE, and doing some drama to act out how Web pages are retrieved in Computing.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

earth, eight, eighth, enough, exercise

experience, experiment, extreme, famous, favourite

Homework:

Reading – Get yourself a new book – either go to your local library, buy one or borrow one from a friend. Write a book review.

  • Who wrote the book? What kind of book is it? Is it part of a series?
  • What is the book about? If it’s fiction, summarise the plot. If it’s non-fiction, explain the topic it focusses on.
  • Did you like the book? Why? Why not? What was good about it? What was bad about it?
  • Conclusion: would you recommend the book to other people? Who would you recommend it to? You could give it a score.

Maths – Complete the Maths challenge on the sheet.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • There will be no Forest School this Monday (20th).
  • Please ensure that your chid comes to school with appropriate footwear for both indoors and outdoors. In the event of a fire, being shoeless outside for potentially long periods of time puts their safety at risk.
  • Please remember to bring in suitable outdoor clothing for Forest School on Mondays – wellies and waterproof coats and trousers are highly recommended.
  • Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.
  • We will also be sharing some of our work and singing a song in Friday’s assembly at 14:45.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 06/02/17

Literacy.  This week, we will be finishing off our Web pages, focussing on using clear language and fact-checking our writing.

Maths.  We will be continuing with our fractions work, thinking more about simplifying fractions and moving on to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator.

Any other curriculum.  We will be looking at mixing colours to achieve a desired effect in Art, as well as conducting a drama activity in Computing to model retrieving Web pages from a server. We will also be thinking about asking helpful questions to create identification keys in Science.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

circle, complete, consider, continue, decide

describe, different, difficult, disappear, early

Homework:

  • Reading – Complete the attached reading comprehension.
  • Maths – Complete the Maths challenge on the attached sheet.  There is an extension if you want an extra challenge!

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Please ensure that your child comes to school with appropriate footwear for both indoors and outdoors. In the event of a fire, being shoeless outside for potentially long periods of time puts their safety at risk.
  • Please remember to bring in suitable outdoor clothing for Forest School on Mondays – wellies and waterproof coats and trousers are highly recommended.
  • Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 30/01/17

Literacy.  This week, we will be researching different animals using the Web, and writing information texts to comprise a Web site.

Maths.  We will be continuing to build upon our knowledge of fractions, thinking in particular about equivalent fractions.

Any other curriculum.  We will be continuing with Forest School, as well as learning some basic HTML to help us develop our Web site for Science/English. In RE, for Interfaith Harmony Week, we will be looking at asking ‘big questions’ and finding similarities and differences between the views of many different non-believers and believers.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

breath, breathe, build, busy, business

calendar, caught, centre, century, certain

Homework:

  • Reading – Complete the reading comprehension.
  • Maths – Complete the Maths challenge on the sheet.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • If there are any outstanding Forest School permission slips, please return them to either Mr Yeeles or the office as soon as possible.  We will not be able to allow your child to take part until we receive your slip, and we’d love everybody to make the most of this amazing opportunity!
  • Please remember to bring in your waterproofs for Forest School on Mondays.
  • Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 23/01/17

Literacy.  This week, we will be continuing with our fairy-tales project, aiming to produce a substantial piece of writing to share with Year 1. We will also be writing information texts to form a website about animal habitats.

Maths.  We will be continuing to build upon our knowledge of fractions, thinking in particular about equivalent fractions.

Any other curriculum information.  We will be continuing with Forest School, as well as learning some basic HTML to help us develop our website for Science/English.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

accident, accidentally, actual, actually, address

answer , appear, arrive, believe, bicycle

Homework:

  • Reading – Complete the reading comprehension.
  • Maths – Complete the Maths challenge on the sheet.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • If there are any outstanding Forest School permission slips, please return them to either Mr Yeeles or the office as soon as possible.  We will not be able to allow your child to take part until we receive your slip, and we’d love everybody to make the most of this amazing opportunity!
  • Please remember to bring in your waterproofs for Forest School on Mondays.
  • Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 16/01/17

Literacy.  This week, we will be continuing with our fairy-tales project, aiming to produce a substantial piece of writing to share with Year 1.

Maths.  We will be continuing to build upon our knowledge of fractions, both of objects and of quantities.

Any other curriculum information.  We will be continuing with Forest School, as well as the weather measurement project that we began with Ms Din last Friday.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

disappear, island, promise, very, city

predict, clarify, question, summarise, cities

Homework:

  • Reading Complete the reading comprehension.
  • Maths Complete the Maths challenges on the sheet.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • If there are any outstanding Forest School permission slips, please return them to either Mr Yeeles or the office as soon as possible.  We will not be able to allow your child to take part until we receive your slip, and we’d love everybody to make the most of this amazing opportunity!
  • Please remember to bring in your waterproofs for Forest School on Mondays.
  • Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 09/01/17

Literacy.  This week, we’re going to be working on fairy tales, looking at their common features and tropes  Inspired by The Gingerbread Man, we will begin to plan and write our own fairy tales about other enchanted pastries.

Maths.  We will be beginning to look at fractions, tying this into our previous work on division and sharing.

Any other curriculum information.  This week is Trinity Week, so Wednesday afternoon will be given over to fun activities relating to the Christian concept of the Holy Trinity.

Spellings/Homework

Will resume this Thursday

Dates/Messages/Requests

  • Forest School starts this week (every Monday am, except 20th February until the end of this term). Please make sure that your permission slips have been returned before the first session!
  • Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 12/12/16

Literacy.  Although lots of this week will be given over to rehearsing for the Nativity play, we will still be squeezing in some reading work and creative writing wherever we can!

Maths.  Whenever we have the opportunity, we will be squeezing in some investigations using skills we’ve learnt this term.

Any other curriculum information.  We’re going to be spending a lot of time rehearsing for the Nativity play this week, so children should make sure they’re practising their lines and learning the songs!

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

describe, difficult, important, potatoes, probably

different, increase, interest, pressure, Christmas

Homework:

The Nativity is only a week away now, so the main homework task this week is still to learn lines and the songs for the Nativity play. We can’t use scripts on the night!

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • The Nativity play will be performed on Thursday at 6.00pm (with a dress rehearsal before that on Wednesday at 1.45pm). Please join us, and see all of the hard work of Years 3 and 4 in action!
  • Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.
  • Please remember to bring in your scripts and song sheets every day!

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 05/12/16

Literacy.  Now that our assessments are complete, we will be using what we’ve learned from “The Enormous Crocodile” to write a story from the point of view of an animal living in the school grounds, thinking in particular about how to grab the reader’s attention.

Maths.  Now that our assessments are complete, we will be doing some longer investigations that will integrate many of the skills we’ve learned so far.

Any other curriculum information.  We’re going to be spending a lot of time rehearsing for the Nativity play this week, so please make sure the children are practising their lines and learning the songs!

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

continue, history, possess, possessions, weight

decide, imagine, possible, woman, women

Homework:

  • The children’s main homework task this week is to learn their lines and the songs for the Nativity play! As everyone will be so busy doing this, we’ve decided to let them off of the usual Reading and Maths homework.
  • Art – Complete your entry for the Nativity programme competition on the sheet. One winner each from Y3 and Y4 will be chosen to be featured on the Nativity programme!

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.
  • Please remember to bring in your scripts and song sheets every day!

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 28/11/16

Literacy.  This week, we will be continuing to look at imaginitive stories, and will be using what we’ve learned from The Enormous Crocodile to write a story from the point of view of an animal living in the school grounds, thinking in particular about how to grab the reader’s attention.

Maths.  We will be finishing off column subtraction, and also doing some longer investigations that will really challenge our understanding of number!

Any other curriculum information.  In addition to the rest of our lessons, we will be doing lots of rehearsals for our Nativity play!

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

complete heart popular through were

consider height position various witch

Homework:

  • Reading.  Read the short story on the sheet, Gold Coins and a Selfish Man.  Apply Reciprocal Reading to each page: predict what you think will happen; clarify any words or phrases you didn’t recognise, ask two questions about the test; and summarise what happened on the page in two sentences.
  • Maths.  Point out what is wrong with each calculation on the sheet, then solve it correctly yourself.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 21/11/16

Literacy.  This week, we will be writing imaginitive stories from the point of view of an animal living in the school grounds, thinking in particular about how to grab the reader’s attention.

Maths.  We will be working on place value to tie in with our column subtraction revision, and also doing some longer investigations that will really challenge our understanding of number!

Any other curriculum information.  We will be continuing with our Science topic on animal habitats and classification, and we will also begin rehearsals for our Nativity play.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

certain, guide, particular, therefore, although

circle, heard, peculiar, though, which

Homework:

  • Reading – Complete the reading comprehension.
  • Maths – Complete the Maths challenges on the sheet.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.
  • Auditions for the Nativity play will take place at lunchtime on Monday.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 14/11/16

Literacy.  This week, we will be writing biographies, thinking in particular about how we plan and structure a piece of non-fiction writing.

Maths.  We will be continuing to work on division, thinking about what it means to have a remainder in real terms. We will also be trying to apply our skills to some longer investigations.

Any other curriculum information.  We will be continuing with our Science topic on animal habitats and classification.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

centre, group, ordinary, surprise, they’re

century, guard, particular, therefore, their

Homework:

  • Reading – Complete the reading comprehension on Remembrance Day and poppies.
  • Maths – Complete the division investigations on the sheet.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.
  • We will also be sharing some of our work and singing a song in Friday’s assembly at 14:45.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 07/11/16

Literacy.  This week, we will be writing information texts tying in with our Science work.

Maths.  We will be continuing to use our knowledge of inverse operations to help us tackle some division problems, with related word problems and investigations.

Any other curriculum information.  We will be continuing to look at what Christians believe about the Christmas story in RE, thinking about important messages. We will also be moving on to look at habitats and classification in Science.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

calendar, fruit, often, strength, would

caught, grammar, opposite, suppose , once

Homework:

  • Reading.  Complete the reading comprehension sheet.
  • Maths.  Complete the ‘Birthdays’ investigation.  Think about the inverse operations that we have been covering in Maths.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.
  • There will be a Maths information evening for KS2 on Monday at 1800.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 31/10/16

Literacy.  This week, we will be working more on poetry, following three different forms – haiku, cinquain and limerick.

Maths.  We will begin the week with a pirate-themed Big Maths day! We will also be revising the work we did on partitioning and multiplication, then exploring the inverse relationships between operations to solve problems and find missing numbers.

Any other curriculum information.  We will be continuing with our ongoing Computing projects to create a stop-motion animation, creating our characters, scenes and props. We will also be having a visit from some external PSHE teachers to learn more about how our bodies work.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

build, February, notice, straight, busy

business, forward, occasion, occasionally, strange

Homework:

  • Reading.  Read a new book (you may want to visit the library) and write a paragraph all about the main character. Who are they? What are they like? What do they do?
  • Maths.  Complete the ‘Fireworks’ and ‘At the Toy Shop’ investigations.  If you want to push yourself, can you find more than two solutions to each problem?
  • Writing.  Write down a recount of one day in your holidays.  It doesn’t have to be a special day if you don’t want it to be – just tell us all about what you did one

Dates/Messages/Requests

Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 17/10/16

Literacy.  This week, we will be writing poetry, thinking about rhyme and meter, and focussing on using imagery to create a scene in the reader’s mind.

Maths.  We will be continuing to work on our times tables, through songs, games and written exercises, and will be thinking about using partitioning to multiply larger numbers.

Any other curriculum information.  We will be continuing with our stop-motion animation project in Computing, preparing our characters, props and scenes and thinking about which parts will need to move or be changed.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

breath, famous, natural, separate, went

breathe, favourite, naughty, special, with

Homework:

  • Reading.  Complete the reading comprehension sheet.
  • Maths.  Complete the ‘Spaceship’ investigation.  If you want to push yourself, can you find more than two solutions?
  • PSHE.  Find out the meaning of the word grateful.  In your homework books, write down three things that you are grateful for, and why you are grateful for them.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.
  • Our Harvest Festival service is at 13:45 on Thursday.  Please bring in goods for the collection on the day (see the school newsletter for suggested items).
  • We will also be performing our Harvest Festival song in Friday’s assembly at 14:45.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 10/10/16

Literacy.  This week, we will be writing instruction texts based upon last week’s DT work, focussing on clear phrasing and lots of detail.

Maths.  We will be beginning to work on simple multiplication problems, practising our times tables and thinking about strategies to multiply larger numbers.

Any other curriculum information.  It’s Ada Lovelace Day on Tuesday, so we’ll be doing some Computing and History related to her contribution to the field. We will also be entering a competition run by Amazon to design a drone. We have the chance to win £3,000 worth of Science and Technology resources for St Luke’s!

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

believe, experiment, mention, remember, where

bicycle, extreme, minute, sentence, were

Homework:

  • Reading.  Complete the reading comprehension sheet.
  • Maths.  Complete the ‘Card Tricks’ investigation. You can use the skills we’ve been practising in our Maths game ‘Splat!’ to help you.

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.
  • I look forward to meeting you all on Tuesday and Wednesday at Parent Consultations! The times are now up on the external classroom door.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 03/10/16

Literacy.  This week, we will be taking inspiration from Rick Riordan’s ‘Percy Jackson’ series to write our own stories, set in modern times, but inspired by ancient Greek mythology.

Maths.  We will be revising our number bonds and using them to help us in our calculations. We will also be using these skills to continue to work on longer investigations.

Any other curriculum information:

  • In DT, we will creating healthy sandwiches from our designs.
  • In Computing, we will be beginning to create the characters, props and scenes for our stop-motion movie projects.

Spellings/Homework

Spellings:

appear, exercise, material, regular, which

arrive, experience, medicine, reign, witch

Homework:

Please note that homework, in accordance with the St Luke’s Homework Policy, should take approximately 1½ hours per week. If you find that a task is taking significantly longer than this, please feel free to stop and make a note to indicate how far your child has progressed.

Reading – Complete the reading comprehension sheet.

Maths – Complete the ‘Duck Ponds’ investigation. The challenge here is to make sure that you have read and understood the questions fully, and that you have checked that your answers follow the rules afterwards.

Dates/Messages/Requests

Please could children remember to bring in their PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 26/09/16

Literacy

This coming week, we will be continuing to work on our proofreading and editing skills. We are aiming to keep improving and polishing our writing, making sure that all of the basics are there, and exploring some more adventurous language choices. We will be having this week’s spelling test on Thursday.

Maths

We will be continuing to apply our skills of working systematically to longer, open investigations, remembering that, in Maths, we learn just as much from the journey as from getting a final, correct answer.

Any other curriculum information

We will be continuing with our mindfulness and team-building exercises, as well as practising our song (‘Dek Bovinoj’) for our assembly on Friday.

Spellings/Homework

Please note that homework, in accordance with the St Luke’s Homework Policy, should take approximately 1½ hours per week. If you find that a task is taking significantly longer than this, please feel free to stop and make a note to indicate how far your child has progressed.

Reading: Complete the reading comprehension sheet.

Maths: Complete the ‘Treasure Hunt’ investigation.  Remember what we learn about working systematically – pick a sensible starting point, and think what your next logical step should be.  Now repeat the investigation, this time with a ruby (R), an emerald (E), a diamond (D) and a sapphire (S).

Spellings:

address, eight, enough, library, recent

answer, eighth, length, question, there

Dates/Messages/Requests:

  • Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursday.
  • We will be sharing our song at the Gold Book assembly on Friday!

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 19/09/16

Literacy

This coming week, we will be finishing off our ancient-Greek-style myths, focussing on clear sentence structure and detail in our storytelling. We will also have the chance to perform some drama around our stories! We will have our first Spelling test on Monday, based on this week’s homework words.

Maths

We will be continuing to practise column addition and subtraction in the context of word problems, and thinking about how we interpret problems that need two or calculations.

Any other curriculum information

We will be continuing with ancient Greece in History, and we will also be beginning to do some mindfulness and team-building exercises to focus ourselves for the day.

Spellings/Homework

As Homework Club will be running on Thursdays, I’ve adjusted the homework schedule to accommodate this. Homework will now go out on Thursdays, to be returned on Tuesdays.

Reading: Complete the reading comprehension sheet on women’s football.

Maths: Try the ‘Make 200’ challenge on the sheet.

Spellings:

accident, early, purpose, actually, learn

accidentally, knowledge, actual, earth, quarter

Dates/Messages/Requests

Please remember to bring in your PE kits and water bottles on Thursdays.

Curriculum Information Week Beginning 12/09/16

Literacy

Following on from our first week’s work on ancient Greek myths, we will be expanding our introductions into full stories, trying to include a variety of descriptive language to enhance our work. Now that we’re settled in, we will also begin work on reading comprehension and spellings, using the Year 3/4 spelling lists.

Maths

We will be building on our knowledge of column addition and moving on to cover column subtraction. We will be applying our skills to a range of problems and investigations.

Any other curriculum information

We will carry on looking at ancient Greece in History, and we will begin our work on Computing, first looking at e-safety and how to behave responsibly online.

Spellings/Homework

Find your local library, become a member, and take a photo of yourself holding your library card! I highly recommend Cambridge Central Library, but you can also find a list and map of other libraries within a 10-mile radius of St Luke’s at v.gd/ChestnutsLibraries

Have a look at CEOP’s ‘Jigsaw’ video (youtu.be/_o8auwnJtqE). What do you think the message of the video is? Write down three ideas that you have for staying safe online, and we will share them in class.

Dates/Messages/Requests

None this week