Autumn 1

During the first part of the autumn term, we will be immersed in writing a twist on a traditional tale. The stimuli we will use for this is an alternative version of Hansel and Gretel. This will then be followed by a non-fiction unit looking at great explorers, some of which might have a link to South America. The children will consider what they would do and where they would go if they were an explorer! During class reading time, we will read:
Jaguar Stones!
Religious Education
Our opening unit asks the question - 'How do we earn love?'   This will allow the class to explore the meaning of unconditional love.  Following on from this we will look at 'What is commitment in life?'  This will give the children the opportunity to consider where they belong and in what are they investing their time.  
During the first part of the autumn term we will ensure a solid understanding of place value with numbers to ten million.  Children will need to be able to compare and order any number as well as round to 10, 100 and 1,000.  We will also explore negative numbers.  Our next focus will be to ensure that use of the four operations is accurate and efficient, followed by investigations into common factors, multiples, prime, square and cubed numbers. 
Reading - Hearing your child read can be difficult at this age, but as often as possible, ask your child questions about their reading book, challenge them to predict what will happen next and ask them to summarise what they have read so far.   We are aiming for your child to read at home for 15 minutes, 5 times a week. Reading is tracked electronically for volume and comprehension success and discussed with your child each Monday. A minimum of 50 pages and a passmark of 80% quiz scores are expected.
Spellings - these will be issued each Tuesday then tested on the following Monday. Handwriting practice sheets will contain the spelling list and are to be completed and returned for the Monday morning test.  The school uses 'Spelling Frame' which supports the children's learning and this should be completed each week.
Maths - activities will be allocated weekly, using 'IXL.' Building effective routines now to ensure that homework is completed will ease the transition to Secondary school when the expectation is much greater.
Physical Education
Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday. Please make sure that your child attends school wearing the correct PE kit in order to participate in this fun, important and compulsory area of school life.