Welcome to the Doves’ class page!
Class Teacher: Miss K. Purling
Teaching Assistant: Mrs C. Coleman
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back! I trust you had a restful Christmas and are ready for a brand new year.
For this half term our first topic will be ‘Magnificent Mountains’, which is mostly geography-based. We will be learning about mountain ranges around the world: their features, how they are made and their climates. Our Art topic will also focus on mountain ranges; we will be making our own mountain ranges in a mixed-media art project.
‘Talk for Writing’ will tie in with our topic as we will be writing a journey story based on ‘The Hobbit’ by J.R.R Tolkien. After this, our non-fiction topic will information texts. In Maths, we be looking at fractions, decimals and percentages as well as revisiting the four operations work from last term. In science, we will be learning about living things and their habitats.
Just a reminder that it is vital that your child’s P.E. kit is in school every day as this allows your child to change in the event of them becoming wet and/or muddy during morning break or lunchtime play. Please ensure that your child has kit suitable for the weather, as some days may be a little damp and/or chilly and we will be outside as much as possible. In addition to shorts/skorts and a t-shirt, I would suggest that they bring a sweatshirt specifically for P.E., rather than wearing their school one – as it may get muddy and/or wet – and a pair of jogging bottoms. This term, your child will be taking part in Forest Schools every Thursday and so they will need their full kit.
Spellings will be sent home on a Monday and tested the following Monday. Further information on spellings for year 6 (and the rest of the National Curriculum) can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum. In accordance with school policy, all members of the class will be learning spellings aimed specifically at Year 6, while revising spelling rules from previous years with which they are less confident in class. As there is a specific SATS spelling test or Year 6 in May, it is important that he children are familiar with the spellings from Years 3-6.
As you are aware, spellings are now linked into handwriting and your child will be bringing home a sheet on which they need to practise their new spellings each week, in their best handwriting. At this point in the year, pencil is preferred to pen – especially biros as they often smudge or leak, which impacts on the appearance of your child’s writing. In addition to this, your child will also be set one challenge on spelling shed (https://play.edshed.co/login) to be completed by the following week. Please ask if your child does not have a login and this can be provided.
Times tables will also be sent home weekly and again tested in school, usually on a Wednesday. In addition to ensuring that your child completes the sheet they have been given, please help them to practise the relevant table every day, including the accompanying division facts, in whichever way you and your child prefer. The key maths facts for this half term are attached to this letter and it is essential that they are practised regularly to support your child’s learning. In addition to this, your child will also be set one challenge on times tables rock stars (https://ttrockstars.com/login) to be completed by the following week. Please ask if your child does not have a login and this can be provided.
Reading should be completed on a daily basis and recorded in your child’s reading record. These will be checked by a member of staff twice weekly.
At home over the course of the term, I would like your child to complete a piece of work based on our topic. Please complete the first task by the Monday 14th January 2019 then choose a practical task below, to be completed and brought into school no later than Monday 11th February.
- Use the model text of ‘The Hobbit’ and using a key, highlight all of the: nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions, determiners and pronouns.
- Create a poster of a map of the world highlighting all the world’s mountain ranges.
- Create a mountains and/or rivers top trump card set.
- Make a model of a famous mountain range and write an informative piece of writing about it.
- Design and make a board game travelling around the mountain ranges of the world.
- Make and present an informative PowerPoint about a mountain range.
- Decide what you would include in your survival bag for a trek up the Himalayan Mountain Range. You may only take 10 items for you to carry personally. What will you need? Explain your choices and why you feel they will help you to survive Share your choices with the class.
- Make an edible mountain range using food ingredients to share with the class (no recipes containing nuts, please) and copy out and illustrate the recipe (by hand or using ICT) for those of us who are keen to replicate it at home. Please note that we are unable to reheat food and that if your child brings in something that is not easily portioned by being cut up (such as stewed fruit) we would very much appreciate disposable teaspoons/cups so that everyone who wishes to try it, may.
To avoid the risk of your child losing/damaging a memory stick, please email any electronic presentations to the office.
Helping in class
We would welcome any help that you feel able to offer us, either regularly with reading, or as a ‘one off’ when you are able for special activities such as crafts or cooking – please contact the office if you feel able to assist in this way. In line with the school’s Safeguarding Policy, please note that volunteers within the school community are subject to checks carried out by the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and will be asked for references.
How can you continue to help?
- Read regularly with your child asking them questions about what they are reading, the characters and their opinions then signing in the reading diary to confirm that they have read with you every day. Please also encourage them to read a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts.
- Encourage children to learn spellings, times tables and key maths facts.
- Ensure your child brings in their P.E. kit on a Monday and that it stays in school until Friday. Kit should be appropriate to the activities being taught, which this half term will be Cross Country.
- Ensure children have a water bottle.
Next half term
After the February break, our theme will be ‘The Mayans’, which will be more history-based.
Of course, should you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to come to talk to me via the office.
Many thanks for your continued support,
Dove Class Teacher