We hope that all our pupils have had a wonderful Christmas break and are as eager to get back to St. Luke’s and start the spring term as we are.
We’ve got a lot of exciting and 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 stories from the same author – Francesca Simon. The children will learn how to recognize common features in writing style and storytelling, and learn how these can be emulated. We’ll also be working on non-chronological reports and the typical features of non-fiction writing.
In numeracy we’ll be learning about forms of measurement, including distance, weight, money, and measures of time (the children will also be taught about 24 hour clock, and how to read the time from clocks with Roman numerals). Arithmetic, word problems and general problem solving are things that we’ll continue to return to throughout the year because of their importance.
In Science the children will be studying the nature of animals - including humans. They will be learning how to categorize life forms; about anatomical similarities between creatures; and about what animals need in order to survive, and how this differs from the needs of other forms of life.
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 Stone Age, the children are now going to be finding out about the Bronze Age - learning about the metal itself, life in this time, significant Bronze Age cultures from around the world, 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.