12 February 2014

Dear Parents

I thought that you would like to know what your child will be studying over the next half term.  I hope that this information will be useful to you so that you can help support your child’s studies.

English – Y6F pupils will finish reading Carrie’s War and will write detailed character studies using evidence from the text. Pupils will be working on narrative story techniques using similes and metaphors, learning to use a thesaurus as well as working on sophisticated punctuation.  Y6W will begin reading Dead Man’s Cove by Lauren St John and use this as source material for work in drama. Pupils will also work on narrative story techniques including similes, metaphors and interesting word choices.

Maths – Pupils will further develop their data handling skills finding the mode and range of a set of data; they will also construct and interpret line graphs. Pupils will also extend their understanding of number patterns, apply tests of divisibility and further explore fractions and decimals.

Science – Pupils will be exploring a science topic related to reversible and irreversible changes. Pupils will develop their investigation skills by exploring the processes such as evaporating, dissolving and condensing. Pupils will also discover that burning is an irreversible change that makes a new material.

Art – Pupils will be making their gargoyle 3D Masks from the designs that they have created from their research this term.

French – The pupils will learn about school in the context of the French-speaking island called La Réunion. They will revise how to tell the time, describe their school and talk about their typical school day.

Games – Boys in year 6 will continue with football until Easter.  The skills that will be taught are first touch control, accurate passing and moving into good positions to receive a pass.  Girls will continue to develop their skills in netball and hockey.

Geography – Pupils are continuing to study the British Isles, with a focus this term on the human features including population and economic activities.

History -Pupils will be finishing off our study of the Greek Empire and its legacy, and will then look at the Roman Empire, in particular examining the Romans in Britain.

ICT – Pupils are starting a new topic and will be using Kodu GameLab to explore coding in computer games.

Music – Pupils will further develop their note reading skills using keyboards. They will listen to Aaron Copland’s famous composition ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’ and will be writing their own fanfares.

RS – This half term pupils are studying Hindu worship in preparation for a visit to the Hindu temple next term.

Technology – Pupils will be introduced to ‘computer aided design and manufacture’. They will use specialist drawing software to create a maze game, and then use the laser cutter to manufacture their designs from acrylic sheet. The game will be quite small and has been planned so that it fits inside a standard CD jewel case.

The pupils will also have the Easter Egg competition to look forward to which will take place on Monday 31st March. (I will send out a separate letter for this).  I do hope that you find this information useful so that you can support your child in their studies.  If you have any questions please do get in touch tiffany.white@redhouseschool.co.uk.

Yours faithfully

Miss T White

Key Stage 2 Co-ordinator

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