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Mrs Waller and Mr King teach Kestrel Class on Mondays and Tuesdays and Mrs Gudde and Mr King teach on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Mrs Grottick sometimes teaches Kestrel Class.
Our topic for this half term is Bombs, Aircraft and Evacuees; please see details below. We are sure that it will provide lots of memorable experiences for our pupils.
Curriculum Information for Parents:
Bombs, Aircraft and Evacuees
Our memorable experiences this half term will include:
Explore an aeroplane
Learn from an older person
Learn to knit
Learn to tie different knots
Read a book and watch a film
Eat something you've grown
Take part in a historical re-enactment (VE Day celebrations)
English will include poetry, non-chronological reports, persuasion, instructions and narrative, along with spoken language, word reading and comprehension, spelling, grammar, punctuation, vocabulary, handwriting and composition.
In Maths we will work on: number, measurement, geometry and statistics, including problem-solving and investigation activities.
Our Science topics are:
Properties and Changes of Materials Y5
Some aspects of computing will be learnt by application throughout the curriculum, via use of the Internet, communicating and recording, but also sometimes through specific learning activities around programming and control skills. The specific area of learning for this term will be internet safety, data analysis and presentation, and coding.
Art / Design Technology
Art: sketchbooks, tapestry- Blitz scenes, sketches of aircraft
DT: Structures- use cams to make a moving toy with a World War 2 theme
Playing and performing: learn to play the recorder; sing some songs from the wars.
Listening and history of Music: Holst- The Planets- Mars the bringer of War
Composing: The Blitz
Personal, Health and Social Education
We follow the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) curriculum and also use Circle Time to promote self-expression and confidence. During this term the aspects we will investigate are New Beginnings and Getting On .
History / Geography
World War 2 including local history
Map of Europe
Sessions on Mondays. Please come prepared for both indoor and outdoor PE. Planned sessions are games and dance or gymnastics on Mondays. We will also regularly exercise mid-afternoon.
Beliefs and Values
The current Norfolk Agreed Syllabus provides the framework for teaching BV in our school. This term we will find out about Christianity: the church as part of the community and Christmas. Parents have a right to withdraw their children from BV (RE) lessons; please let us know if this is something you are considering.
Spelling and times-tables are tested on Fridays.
PE kits are needed on Monday and PE shoes may be needed throughout the week.
Homework is an opportunity for parents to share learning with their children, whilst revisiting or extending classroom learning; it helps the children to move on. It also helps the children to be prepared for High School homework.
- Reading- daily reading, with a child reading to an adult and/or an adult reading to a child, and discussing the text (at least 50 mins per week)
- Spellings- weekly tests on a Friday- words based on a spelling rule (or rules) that the children learn and words from the Curriculum 2014 common exception words lists
- Spellings- individual spelling lists learnt to earn points for a team competition- to be tested on Thursdays
- Times tables- including mental Maths- weekly tests on a Friday
- Year 6 may have some further homework activities to do later in the year
If homework isn't done, then children will be expected to catch up with this in school, so that they are not falling behind their peers. We are always ready to talk through homework with children or parents; please pop in to make an appointment.