Peridot Class

Spring Term 2019

I hope you had an enjoyable Christmas and I wish you the best for the coming year.

In numeracy we will the begin the term by focussing  on fractions, decimals and percentages including the multiplication and divsiion of decimal numbers, proper and improper fractions..  We will then learn about a variety of units of measurement including the measurement for volume, mass and length. The class will then progress to statistics where we interpret data and create graphs to compare information and solve problems.Everything we learn in numeracy will have problem solving and reasoning running through it.

Literacy will be linked to our topic- ‘Africa!’ We will base our learning around the book, ‘Journey to Jo’burg’ by Beverley Naidoo. This is a story detailing  life as a black African during Apartheid in South Africa. The book follows a young girl named Naledi and her younger brother, Tiro, on a journey that not only saves their family, but also opens their eyes to nature of their world. We will use the book to write character profiles, diary entries and informal letters. Towards the end of the term we will create newspaper articles based around the political climate and throughout the term discuss the sufferings of South Africa’s black children.

Continuing with our Africa topic the children will be researching Africa as a continent, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, poverty and health problems in Africa and the importance of clean water to the continent. We have also organised for a representative of Water Aid to speak to the children to explain the current issues within Africa.

Our science topic includes the investigation of changing states of matter. This will include experimentation with soluble solutions and the separation of liquids. These experiments will be very practical and enable the children to work together trying various methods to achieve the required objectives.

Through the Spring term we will work hard in our guided reading focussing on inference and deduction and sharing our thoughts and opinions within our group. For the whole year we will learn the Year 5 and 6 spellings word list (see link below: page 23)

I am looking forward to continuing our hard work and watching the children grow in confidence and knowledge.

 

* Reminders *

  • – PE kits for Monday and Wednesday each week.
  • – There is no need for your child to bring in a pencil case as we will provide your child with all the stationary and equipment they need.
  • – I appreciate life is hectic but ten minutes reading with your children can make a huge difference.

 

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239784/English_Appendix_1_-_Spelling.pdf

 

James Keetch

Class Teacher.

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