Welcome to Beech Class!
Class Teacher: Mrs Whitaker
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Clark
Summer Term 2019
In Maths, we will begin the term by continuing our work with fractions. We will be calculating with fractions, including adding, subtracting and multiplying, finding fractions of amounts and using fractions as operators.
The Key Instant Recall Fact we will be working on is being able to convert units of measure, including length, weight and capacity. Children will, therefore, reinforce their skills of multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 and 1000.
Children should continue to practise their times tables and children are encouraged to practise using Times Table Rock Stars. https://ttrockstars.com/login. Children have their login details in their planners.
Faster, Higher and Stronger.
Our topic for this term is Faster, Higher and Stronger, which is a reference to the Ancient Greeks and later in the year when we have our Healthy Living Week. To begin our topic, we will look at the geography of Greece and why and how the landscape and climate affected the life of Ancient Greeks. We will also examine Ancient Greek artefacts before considering specific events, such as the Trojan War and the Battle of Marathon. Ancient Greece was made up of a series of small city states. Two of the most famous - Athens and Sparta - will be studied and how life was very different for the residents of each. How the Ancient Greeks have influenced the world through, for example, language, theatre, architecture will also be investigated.
Our English work will be directly linked to our topic as we read a range of myths. Greek ‘myths’ (short for mythology) are a series of stories about the Gods and magical beings of Greece. I’ll bet you’ve heard of some of the famous – and infamous – characters already, such as Heracles, (the strongest man on Earth) Zeus, (the God of the sky and king of the gods) Pegasus (a flying horse) and Hades (the god of the underworld). Created thousands of years ago, Greek myths were epic stories about Greek gods, passed down over generations. They often feature heroic battles and terrible creatures, and taught the importance of bravery, intelligence, and right and wrong. They showed that even the gods, like mortal men, could be punished or rewarded for their actions. We will be using a range of myths to stimulate our writing, eventually writing our own Greek myth.
In Class Reading we will be reading Who Let The God's Out?
This half term our topic will be Living Things and Their Habitats. Children will learn about the process of reproduction and the life cycles of plants, mammals, amphibians, insects and birds. We will explore reproduction in different plants, including different methods of pollination and asexual reproduction. Children will take cuttings of a plant to explore propagation. Finally, the lives of different naturalists will be examined to explain who they are/were and why their jobs have been important.
Please ensure that you read regularly with your child at home and make a note in their planner. It would be helpful if you encourage children to make predictions about the events and understand characters' feelings. Spellings are sent home regularly with a test date attached. Please encourage children to practise them in a variety of different ways - write the words in a sentence, write them as quickly as they can, draw an image for the words. Children can also practise their spellings on the website Spelling Shed and their login details can be found in their planners. www.spellingshed.com
This half-term children will receive weekly homework, which will either be English, Maths, Topic or Science.
P.E & Swimming.
Children will need their full P.E. kit in school on a Monday. This half term we will be swimming on a Friday afternoon. Please ensure children bring a swimming costume and towel. Children can bring a piece of fresh fruit to eat afterwards, but please no sugary snacks.
If you have any concerns or queries, please feel free to get in touch. You can send a note in your child's planner or ring the school office. Please ensure planners are signed over the weekend ready for a Monday morning.
Dates for your diary:
Class assembly - 22nd May 2019