Hello and welcome back to St Marks! We hope you had a restful Christmas and are ready for the new year!
Maths: In Maths, this term we will be learning how to calculate long multiplication and division. Children will become familiar with thousandths, tenths, hundredths and decimal equivalents.
Jet Class will also learn to compare, order, and then add and subtract fractions.
The children will solve simple measure and money problems involving fractions and decimals to two decimal places.
English: Our texts this term will include,’Otto, the autobiography of a teddy bear’ by Tomi Ungerer, ‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan, ‘Unspoken’ by Henry Cole and ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ by Carol Ann Duffy and Jane Ray.
We will use inference and deduction to answer questions and explore how authors use language and build suspense.
The children will write debates, balanced arguments and extend a science fiction narrative. They will also write character and setting descriptions and non-chronological reports.
Topic: World War Two
Children will learn why World War II began and order events before World War II. They will write letters in role as evacuees from World War II.
We will find out how people’s diets were different during World War II and answer questions about rationing. The children will investigate women’s wartime jobs and describe what they entailed. They will learn about Allied forces and Axis powers and the will order key events from World War II and order events on a timeline.
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.
Science: This term we will be finding out more about Earth, planets, space and the solar system. We will learn about Earth and the movement of the sun across the sky. Our second topic in science will be ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’. The children will identify and name different parts of flowers and plants. They will learn how plants and animals reproduce and explore the life cycles of mammals in different habitats. The children will learn about the differences in the life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects and birds.
RE: This term the children will learn about Sikhism. They will reflect on Sikh beliefs and compare them with other faiths. The children will learn about Guru Nanak and reflect on the qualities of being a good leader.They will learn about the importance of the five K’s and talk about the importance of events in their own lives and why they take place. They will discuss the story of the founding of the Khalsa.
PE: Swimming lessons will take place every Wednesday Morning.
As part of our PE curriculum the children will continue to develop their stamina and improve their fitness in weekly PE sessions.
The children will need both their PE kit and swim kit weekly.
Homework:Homework will be set each Friday and expected back on the following Wednesday. Remember children need to read every day and bring reading logs to school every day. All children should know their multiplication tables up to and including 12-keep practicing!