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Year 5/6 - Sycamore, Birch and Oak

Autumn Term 2018


Welcome back to all of our older children in years 5 and 6. Everyone is looking that little bit taller and very smart. Well done to all. We have many fun things to look forward to learning in our lessons in the run up to Christmas!



In English, we will be linking our book (Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo) to lots of comprehension and to our writing. Keeping in theme with the book, the children will be learning about the great wars. If you are able to contribute any artefacts or visits to school to help enrich our learning on the topic, please make contact with your child's teacher. We would love to make the children's learning more meaningful to them. Oak, Birch and Sycamore classes have already been hard at it working on their writing skills. Super!



Children will now enter school and settle down to some basic arithmetic/fluency mathematics questions. We will also be looking at the place value of numbers as well as the four operations. Such important skills to master. All the junior classes have been working really hard at their reasoning skills and explaining things mathematically. It's quite a difficult concept to master but we will keep plugging away.



Our unit this half term will be electricity. The children will have the opportunity to create circuits and investigate what happens to items within the circuit when we change certain variables. We've got to keep it fair though.



World War I is our immediate focus but we will be leading into World War II. Such important topics that the children have already shown a keen interest for. We will hopefully showcase some of the brilliant pieces of work via the site.



In Music, we will be Performing & Composing including solo and ensemble contexts. It's always fun when we get the musical instruments out.



Art / D.T.

It's all about the great wars! We will be creating many drawings and perhaps even a trench or two... Silhouette pictures will really help to capture the mood of the topic too.



Oak and Birch class will be swimming this term. Sycamore will be dancing and playing netball. Dark coloured tracksuits are acceptable over the normal PE kit if the weather gets cold.



We'll be busy writing programmes, then de-bugging ... and writing again!



Children are welcome on to the playground from 8.40am. The schools takes no responsibility for children arriving before this time. Classes end each day at 3.30p.m. Children in the Lower School will be escorted to the appropriate entrance and directed to the person in charge of picking them up. In the Upper School, parents who wish to have their children escorted home should make their own arrangements to have them met at the school gate and the person to escort them should be at the school no later than 3.30pm as the school cannot accept responsibility for looking after the children after that time, unless written permission is given for a club.

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