We hope that all our pupils have had a wonderful half term break and are excited to get back to St. Luke’s for this final leg of the year.
We’ve got a lot of interesting things planned for the coming weeks!
Let’s take a quick look at what we’re going to be covering. Remember that any extra research or practice that you can give your child at home on these subjects will give them an advantage when they come to look at them in class.
In literacy we’re going to be looking at play scripts and poetry - focusing on what makes their structure different from regular prose, how to perform them effectively, and how we can write our own based on the examples we've read. We'll also be looking at how regular prose narratives can be converted into scripts or narrative poetry.
In numeracy we’ll be learning about fractions (paying particular attention to the importance of tenths, and their connection to the decimal numbers the children will be using next year). We'll also be looking at money, including how to perform various arithmetical calculations with it, how to give change, how to convert amounts between pounds and pence, and how to write these amounts correctly. Arithmetic, word problems and general problem solving are things that we’ll continue to return to throughout the year because of their importance.
Our final topic in science is on rocks. The class will find out more about the constantly-changing structure of the Earth, the different ways rocks can be formed, and how we can classify and differentiate between different types of stone. We will also be learning about how fossils are formed, and what these fascinating phenomena can teach us about the distant past.
The ICT unit will be on typing – a useful skill which will improve their productivity in other ICT units throughout the year and beyond. This will be done through the Purple Mash learning platform, which your child can access outside of school on most devices using their username and password. We recommend that children do this to gain extra practice and familiarity with the applications we’re using.
Following on from last term’s unit on the Bronze Age, the children are now going to be finding out about the Iron Age - learning about the metal itself, life in this time, Iron Age hill forts, and technology and developments from during this period.
In geography we’ll be comparing Florida to the UK, looking at differences in climate, landscape wildlife, culture, and towns. The children will develop skills for making these comparisons that will help them to make observations about other parts of the world.
In art classes we’re going to be learning about Van Gogh, and the Impressionists/Post-Impressionists. We’ll be looking at his distinctive style and the typical content of his work, and also exploring ways we can learn from and imitate it.
Both classes will have PE three times a week (gymnastics, dance and outdoor games). It is important that your child always has their kit in school, and we recommend leaving it on the premises – only taking it home during the half-term breaks for cleaning. It is important that your child has the correct St. Luke’s kit: a plain, white t-shirt; black shorts or knee-length leggings; and pumps or trainers.
Literacy and Numeracy homework will be given out each Friday. Please make sure that it is completed and returned to school on the following Monday, as children who do not hand it in on time will be asked to redo it in detention. In addition to this, children will have weekly spellings which must be learnt for a test on the following Friday.
Please read at home daily with your child (for about 15-20 minutes each night) and sign their reading record. Children will need to know all of their times tables for a new times tables test that the Government will be introducing so please practise these at home.