Hello and welcome back to St Marks! I know this isn’t how we are usually welcomed back to begin our summer term but it’s really important that we all stay home and stay safe during these unprecedented times. Even if you’re not physically in school, you are always part of St. Mark’s community. I will continue to make the best lessons that I can for you all during this time and they will be uploaded every Monday at 08:00am on a timetable for the week on our Home Learning page. I have also created a blog page for you to ask any questions if you are confused about anything or need to speak to me which you can find here.
Mental Health/PSHE: Please make sure you are staying mentally healthy – this is the most important of all. Remember when we spoke about identifying your calming activities. This might be journalling, reading, singing, writing a story, colouring in, listening to music, doing a jigsaw puzzle etc.
Maths: In Maths, this term we will be revisiting several concepts which will be completed in your CGP book. We will also be doing lessons on fractions/decimals, angles, statistics and algebra. You need to make sure you are completing the correct lesson each day on the timetable as they will be changing from just working in your workbook.
English: We will have a large focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar this term. As well as a large focus on reading comprehension and story writing. We will be working on channeling your imagination and using more adventurous vocabulary and grammar. You can always use a thesaurus to help you. In regards to reading, if you are struggling with books to read at home, I have signed our class up on Oxford Owl so that you can access hundreds of free e-books. Just click the link and then click ‘my class login’ and use our login details that I have sent out on ping.
Topic: Ancient Greece
We will learn about who the Ancient Greek people were, when they lived and where and how they were able to establish their empire. We will learn how the political system worked in Ancient Greece, investigate the legacy of Athenian Democracy and compare it with the political systems we have today. The children also compare and contrast the modern day Olympics
with the Ancient Greek events. We will order events from the Battle of Marathon and write in role to present the events from a specific viewpoint. In addition to this we will learn about Ancient Greek religion, research information about a variety of Greek gods and write their own Greek myth. Finally, we will use historical evidence to find out about the Trojan War.
Science: This term we will be finding out more about properties of materials. We will look at different materials, their uses and their properties, as well as dissolving, separating mixtures and irreversible changes. The children will sort and classify objects according to their properties. They will explore the properties of materials to find the most suitable material for different purposes. The children will work scientifically and collaboratively to investigate and will be making predictions and forming conclusions. This is a very hands on science topic so I will be trying my best to plan these lessons for you to effectively complete them at home.
Computing: We will be using the Internet to search for information relating to our topic work. We will also be looking at online safety and developing our knowledge of coding.
RE: Mrs Bearfoot will be uploading Collective Worship to our home learning page for you to engage with. We will also be finishing off our Easter topic and then moving on to developing our knowledge of Sikhism further by understanding what it means to be a Sikh. We will then be focusing on a topic called Understanding Faith in our community.
PE: I have assigned the Joe Wicks daily HIIT sessions for the children to complete to maintain their fitness and get stronger! Please continue to practice any other hobbies you have and make sure you are getting your daily exercise even if it is just going for a walk with your family.