Thursday, 18 October 2018

Have you heard the buzz?

I refer of course to the fabulous games the class have been making with Mrs Pope in D&T - we certainly have heard the buzz (a lot!) and hence they will be coming home very soon! Joking aside, everyone has worked hard in their groups to use the skills they have been learning about electrical circuits. The games look and sound amazing.

Next term, we will be looking at States of Matter in science which involves looking at the properties of gases, liquids and solids and conducting investigations into how these states can change. Instead of D&T, Mrs Pope will be teaching the children to become portrait artists. I am looking forward to displaying their artwork in the classroom.

In English, we have enjoyed reading Christophe's Story and it has led to some interesting discussions about Rwanda and the children are just completing letters to Ayombe, a family friend still living in Rwanda. They have written in role, as Christophe, and tried to convey the feelings he must have had when coming to a new country. We are going to write the letters out in our best handwriting (to hopefully earn some presentation stamps) and they will be displayed for you to read next week at parents' evening. Next week, the children will write a story based on an experience that has happened to them which could be about starting a new school, class or club; the events and consequences of a disagreement with a friend or anything that has evoked different feelings that they can describe in their stories - I'm sure they would benefit from chatting through some ideas with you and perhaps telling you their story to rehearse these ideas.

After half term, we are going to be linking our English lessons with our new history topic about the Romans. We will look at Roman myths and also do some non-fiction writing on our topic which we begin by visiting Verulamium and St Albans Cathedral on Monday 5th November (our first day back).

Next week, we will conclude our geography unit on sustainability by travelling to Africa and looking at one way that an African village has been made more sustainable.

In maths, we have built our understanding of written column methods of addition and subtraction and are now focusing on developing strategies for multiplication using our times tables knowledge. Over the next few weeks, we will be dedicating a lesson each week to learning a new times table - tomorrow it will be the 6 times table. We will be making some cards that we can use to play some games to help our recall. The children will bring both the cards and details of the games home so they can show you the games for their homework. I will repeat this over the coming weeks until we have covered all the new times tables and would appreciate your help reinforcing their efforts at home as speedy recall of these key facts will really help them in maths throughout their lives.

In RE, we have been looking at different people who answered God's call and will look at confirmation next week. After the half term break, we will look at how one very special person responded to a call to do what he felt he had to do, despite this meaning his own life was put at risk.

Have a good weekend and I look forward to seeing you all at parents' evening next week.

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