Mrs D Wilson
Autumn Term in Snowy Owls
Welcome back after the Summer... and what a glorious one it was!
This term we have really exciting plans.
In Reading we are focusing on fiction to start with. We will be reading a variety of longer texts with underlying themes. As there are a number of centenary events to commemorate World War One, including the ‘Everyone Remembered’ event in Bromyard, we will start by delving into stories set during war time. We will be discussing the underlying theme in each of the longer texts that we read. Each text has been chosen for its quality of writing, and we will be using these skills in our own writing. Each evening they will be expected to complete about 20 minutes reading.
In Writing we will be investigating a real life mystery. We will research genuine contemporary evidence, draw our own conclusions about what could have happened, and use this to write a mystery story. We will also use the evidence to write formal letters and our own poetry. We can’t tell you any more just yet so ask us later in the term!
Spellings are tested weekly, usually on a Thursday. The children will also be expected to be able to use the same words in their own writing. You can help your child enormously by talking to them about the meanings of any of the words they do not know. Your child has been given a list of all the words they will need to know this half term, divided into weeks. They also have a second sheet that contains all the ‘tricky’ words they should be able to spell by the end of the year. Each week they will be tested on their spelling list for the week, plus a random selection of the tricky words. Please encourage your child to look at these often.
Handwriting is completed on a Thursday. All the children in Y5 and Y6 are expected to use a joined script and to write in pen. They have each been given a pen but if they would like to bring in their own this is absolutely fine. (School cannot be responsible for these so no expensive ones, please!)
Our focus for Maths for the start of the term will be on knowing and understanding how numbers work. We will be looking at square and cube numbers, and seeing what patterns we can find, and whether or not we can use our knowledge to predict. We will also be looking at the beginnings of algebra. Later on, we will be looking in detail at place value, including multiplying and dividing larger numbers.
If you could ensure that your child practises their tables up to 12x12 this would be very much appreciated and will make their Maths lessons much easier.
As always, if you have any worries or questions, pop in for a chat.