Welcome to Beech Class
Class teacher- Mrs Lane
Supported by Miss Wood, Miss Hadwen and Mr Arnison
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PE this half term will be hockey on a Friday so please come to school dressed for an outdoor lesson !
Homework will be given out on a Friday and collected in the following Wednesday. All instructions are provided in your purple homework book. Spellings are provided on a weekly basis for Friday tests.
Reading books - Children will choose their reading book from their class library, which is a set of age-appropriate and challenging reading books. It is expected that they read for at least 20 minutes a day. Children will also have the opportunity to borrow a book from the school library. Children should note all their reading in their reading journal- this will need to be brought into school each day.
We will start our writing experience this term with the brilliant Nowhere Emporium by Ross MacKenzie followed by Gorilla by Anthony Browne. We will use our sentence stacking lessons to look at how our authors build characters and settings and use dialogue to reveal more about a character and advance the action. We will also be focussing on using a range of devices so our narrative writing not only flows from one sentence or paragraph to another but is clearly and cleverly punctuated!
In maths we will be working on understanding and calculating with fractions. We will learn how to convert improper fractions ( those where the numerator is greater than the denominator ) into mixed numbers and vice versa. We will use our understanding of how fractions work to order and compare and then add and subtract.
Following this we will be working on written methods for multiplication and division. Throughout we will be discussing and answering reasoning problems, both collaboratively and independently.
Our Key Recall Fact for this first half term is to know our multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12. We will also be recapping square and prime numbers in our lesson starters.
Remember you can play TimesTable Rock Stars at home- your login is in your reading journal. Mathletics tasks are set each week and Bitesize is a fantastic resource for understanding key vocabulary and concepts. Hit the Button provides good practice with those number bonds and types of number. NRich is also a brilliant problem solving resource.
As the term progresses we will work to improve the speed and accuracy of our mental calculations using weekly arithmetic tests and activities.
Spring term will see us journey from inner Earth to outer space ! We will learn to understand the structure of our planet and the how and why of mountains, earthquakes and volcanoes. Maps, globes and aerial photographs will support us to communicate our geographical knowledge in a variety of ways including labelled diagrams, posters, debates and fact files.
Linking closely to our Geography we will be carrying out, recording and writing conclusions to tests and experiments exploring the forces around us. We will then try to describe the movement of the Earth ( and the other planets ) relative to the sun and use this knowledge to help us to explain why we have day and night.
In art lessons we will look at the work of the artist Peter Thorpe and use paint techniques to create planets and space inspired backgrounds. Music will see us responding to Holst's The Planets and learning to improvise and compose our own music using percussion instruments.
Our PSHE focus for the first half term will be Dreams and Goals. We will investigate a range of jobs and careers and how we might prepare our future selves for the world of work. We will then discuss in Healthy Me the risks of smoking and drinking and think about the role of the media in promoting certain images and ideals.