The emerald has been a gem of fascination in many cultures for over six thousand years.
It is so prized, that carat for carat, a fine emerald may be two to three times as valuable as a diamond.
So let’s find out what your little gems are getting up to this term.
I hope you all enjoyed the Christmas break and are looking forward to the Spring Term.
This term is our Humanities term when we will cover geography and history that will be linked to our Ancient Greece topic.
I am keen to ensure all children progress and are happy during their time at school so please feel free to discuss any questions or issues with me as they arise. I am usually free at the end of the school day if you want to talk with me.
This term we are going to spend a lot of time working on mental arithmetic, spelling, punctuation and grammar and phonics. This may involve extra work being sent home.
We will be concentrating on the key features of interviewing and report writing to create newspaper reports based on a murder in Ancient Greece. The classroom will be the murder scene and suspects and witnesses will be interviewed, predictions made based upon evidence and then this will culminate in a court case. We will be emphasising the importance of writing in the past tense, using paragraphs and using accurate, descriptive vocabulary. Later in the term the children will be investigating non fiction texts and using them to understand inference and facts.
The children will continue to concentrate on phonics to assist with the children’s spelling and reading. Miss Couling, Mrs Trantner and I are working together to enable all of the children of Amethyst,Emerald and Peridot will benefit from phonic and spelling revision. I hope to soon be able to make Friday’s spelling tests horrendously difficult!!
The children will begin to investigate numerical problems both within the class and independently. They will obtain a secure knowledge of place value and apply this to short division using the bus stop method. They will be investigating basic proper fractions, equivalent fractions and then the addition and subtraction of fractions and decimals. Before Easter the class will begin to learn about co-ordinates and positions. Great emphasis will be placed upon problem solving and reasoning and some children will be challenged to working at greater depth by working with the year 5 children.
At the beginning of the term we will complete the classification topic. We will then progress to investigating the digestive system and teeth as well as learning about food chains and their importance on the environment. Finally, we will investigate volcanoes and tectonic plates.
The children are also researching Ancient Greece. They will investigate Greek religion and the importance of all the Gods and Goddesses. The children will understand Greek architecture and social hierarchy including democracy. Towards the end of the term we will research Greek theatre and plays and re- enact ‘Our Emerald Class Greek Tragedy.’
I have been very impressed with the children so far, they have a positive attitude and love to investigate and question. I am seeing excellent progress by many of the children and I will endeavour to ensure this continues.