Ms Russon (Class Teacher)
Mrs Upton (Support Staff)
It has wonderful to have the class back in school full time! They have arrived full of enthusiasm and curiosity and have already applied both of these to our learning. We may have only been back for a few days but they have already impressed everyone with their willingness to get stuck in to new learning, their recall of what we learned in Year 5 and also their mature attitude. What an excellent start to the new school year.
In maths we have started our work on place value, answering questions and extending our learning by thinking of extra questions to challenge our partners. In English, we have started our focus text, Skellig, and will be working on descriptive pieces. We will work up to longer pieces of independent writing based on the same authorial style. The children have been using their skills to critique pieces of art and soon we will be creating our own, inspired by our geography topic, using a variety of different mediums. Science begins on Wednesday and we are looking forward to learning about how to classify plants and animals. You will find out more about our learning this term on the curriculum planner and please get in touch if you have any questions.
Our Maths work will begin to reflect KS3 content to aid transition to next year – on the whole this implies statistics and algebra (for example rearranging algebraic statements to make ‘x’ the subject). Some children may learn to do some factorising, some may even start some simultaneous equations if they are comfortable enough with rearranging and simplifying algebraic statements. We will then dig deeper into the KS3 content by looking at probability, correlation and modal and median averages. If the children are confident with the latter we will also explore interquartile ranges.
We continue to focus on the Shang dynasty for History, looking at their writing systems, gods, social hierarchy etc. Following on from the life drawings that the children are working on now, I hope to set some art work to reflect Chinese traditions of still life.
We are learning about Electricity in Science, finding out about the importance of electrons, what a parallel circuit is (as opposed to a series circuit) and how to represent this in scientific circuit drawings. Given the limitations of home learning, we will be investigating light as best we can. In addition to these topic areas, some home science experiments may also be set.