08 January 2015

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 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 reading, writing and performing poetry.

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 within a topic of Forces. Pupils will also explore the topic of Reversible and Irreversible Changes. Pupils will discover how new substances can be made through mixing or heating materials and also how to separate materials using methods such as filtering and evaporating.

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 describe sporting heroes and film stars within the context of preparing newspaper and TV reports; 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 studying the units :We are game developers, We are fundraisers and We are web developers.

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. On the morning of Tuesday 13th January they will receive a visit from Alison Gray who works for The Dog’s Trust to find out about the good work carried out by this charity. Then later in the term they will receive a visit from a PSCO from Cleveland Police who will discuss with our pupils what it means to be a good citizen in society.

RS – Pupils will be studying ‘Why the Eucharist is important for Christians today?’ They will then continue with their exploration of key Christian beliefs and practices by examining why Good Friday and Easter Sunday are important for Christians.

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. Later in the term, pupils will be experiment with, and use, the latest technologies, such as laser cutting and 3D printing that are now available in school.

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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