Dear Parents, Carers and Children
Welcome back to what should prove to be a busy and fun-packed Summer Term. In the first few weeks we will be aiming to ensure children are well-prepared and relaxed to allow them to do their best in the SAT tests. The second half of the term will present the children with lots of opportunities to make links with their high school, and a number of transition projects are being planned – including a lovely link back to their first year in KS1 as they revisit ‘Q-Pootle’ to produce their own French versions.
However, that’s not all that Shark class is about in the summer term – and we have already launched our exciting topic, which is ‘Transatlantic Travellers’, looking at the northern and southern hemispheres and the oceans and continents of the world. As part of this, we will trace the journeys settlers have made over the years in the search for the ‘New World’. The historical element of this topic explores how the Anglo-Saxons came to our shores, and a big thank you to everyone who got involved in the Easter by making or designing fabulous jewellery and artefacts.
Much of the curriculum is delivered through topic, where appropriate, and we will be designing and constructing rafts, looking at changing habitats, charcoal drawing and diet and food across the continents.
We will be continuing to work within the accelerated reader program to foster a love of books and reading. Children are generally given a period of silent in-class reading most days, which is proving very popular and should be continued at home. Our writing links to this, so children are encouraged to record particularly ‘juicy’ words or phrases they encounter in their ‘Magpie Books’, which they can then use in their writing. Over the course of this term, children will experience a range of classic fiction, poetry and information texts and will have opportunities to write their own non-chronological reports. As it is their final term, the children will also be able to contribute to our leavers’ assembly – something they all really love!
The first half of the term will be spent revising key topics and preparing for SATs by ensuring they are able to use their arithmetic skills in order to solve ‘real life’ problems. Topic links will be made in exploring statistics of relating to the world and producing graphs to demonstrate how they make comparisons easy to see.
PE sessions for the Summer Term will be on Thursdays with Mr Legge in preparation for sports day through athletics training, and then later in the term they will play rounders. On Fridays children will be going swimming and all children are required to wear a swimming cap. Please ensure your child has the correct named kit in every day, as opportunities to learn through sport can happen across the curriculum.
Each week the children will continue to be given a piece of maths homework, a spelling task, and some reading based work using the special books the school purchased for them. Occasionally extra topic-based work might be set, which will be recorded in their homework books.
Thank you for your continued support in your child’s learning journey. If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to see me; I am always happy to meet with families.