07 January 2016

Dear Parents

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Happy New Year. We have been back to school a week now and I thought you would like to know what your child will be studying this term.

English – This term pupils will be either be reading The Blitz by Robert Westhall followed by The Fib by George Layton or Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden. The books will provide the stimulus for creative and non fiction writing as well as drama activities. Weekly exercises will be taught to improve the pupil’s spelling ability and to encourage the use of accurate punctuation. Pupils will also be writing a range of letters.

Maths – Pupils will consolidate and extend their written methods to tackle long multiplication and long division involving a ThHTU multiplied or divided by a TU. Pupils will solve multi-step problems involving addition and subtraction in shopping contexts and also express simple formulae in words. Pupils will classify and identify properties of quadrilaterals and draw polygons with accuracy using a ruler and a protractor. Pupils will also explore coordinates in 4 quadrants. Finally pupils will calculate the average of a set of data, construct and interpret line graphs and pie charts. Pupils can consolidate their learning at home by using the Active Learn website.

Science – Pupils will develop their scientific skills through planning investigations, taking measurements recording data and reporting their findings. They will spend this term studying light and how it travels. They will develop understanding of how we see things. This will then be followed by the topic of Living Things and Adaptation with pupils identifying how animals and plants adapt to their environment in different ways.

Art – This term pupils will continue to develop their gargoyle project producing a 3d paper-mache gargoyle mask.

French – In the spring term, pupils will learn to talk about entertainment such as fun fairs, theme parks, films and sport; to ask for drinks, snacks and ice creams. They will continue to gain confidence in manipulating numbers; consolidate use of the euro with simple prices; and extend their knowledge of telling the time to the 24-hour clock. They will also learn to express opinions about activities and to express and justify opinions using car instead of parce que.

Geography – This term pupils will study rivers. They will learn about the features of each different course of the river, processes including erosion and transportation and how people use rivers, with a focus on the River Nile.

Games – Boys – Boys are offered the opportunity to improve and develop their existing knowledge of tactics and rules within football and hockey. In swimming, pupils will develop their technique in all 3 basic strokes and their individual performances will be recorded and monitored. Pupils will also be given the opportunity to take part in House competitions in all of these activities this term.

Games – Girls – Girls are offered the opportunity to improve and develop their existing knowledge of tactics and rules within hockey and netball. In addition to this, there will also be taster sessions in activities such as football and rugby. In swimming pupils will develop their technique in all 3 basic strokes and their individual performances will be recorded and monitored. Pupils will also be given the opportunity to take part in House competitions in all of these activities this term.

History – In the spring term, pupils consolidate their knowledge of all things Greek before studying the legacy of Ancient Greece and how our lives today are defined by the Ancient Greeks.  After half term, pupils will start to learn about Ancient Rome, starting with an understanding of the power of the Roman Army.

ICT – Pupils will be completing presentations using the website Prezi. They will link this with their history topic from last term on Ancient Greeks. They will also set up their own website page using Google sites.

Music – Pupils listen to and compose music that depicts travelling, such as sleigh rides. They also listen to performances from musical theatre. Classroom singing includes folk and popular music, some with simple vocal accompaniments. Pupils’ awareness of musical notation is developed through work on musical keyboards and theory tasks.

PSHE – Pupils consider the importance of keeping fit and having a balanced diet. They will consider the negative effect that smoking and drinking alcohol has on the body. The pupils will receive a visit from Dale Metcalfe and a PSCO from Cleveland Police who will discuss with our pupils what it means to be a good citizen in society on Monday 11th January. On the morning of February 9th they will receive a visit from Mr and Mrs Rennie who work for The Guide Dog’s for the Blind to find out about the good work carried out by this charity.

RS – This term pupils will complete their study of the religion of Hinduism focusing on worship. In the latter part of the term pupils will begin to explore the religion of Buddhism by examining the early life of the Buddha.

Technology – Year 6 continues in a mainly practical manner. Pupils will work with a range of different materials to produce a wide range of artefacts. The emphasis is to build a body of knowledge, skills and understanding that will be the foundation for their design technology work in the future. In the spring term, pupils will be using specialist drawing software as they learn how to control the laser cutter during the manufacture of decorative packaging. They will also experiment with a range of different printing techniques.

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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