Owl Class, Years 5 & 6
Welcome to Owl Class from Ms O'Shea and Mrs France
Spring term is a busy term! In English, we will be exploring the structure of portal stories. We will be reading a variety of books, including The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis, The Tunnel by Anthony Browne and extracts from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll and Coraline by Neil Gaiman. We are looking forward to sharing the writing we produce with our reading buddies in Robin Class.
In Maths, we will be focussing on fractions, decimals and percentages, algebra and ratio. Children are encouraged to use Times Tables Rock Stars and Mathshed to support the learning we are doing in school.
In Science, we are investigating electricity through Changing Circuits. We will be planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions, including recognising and controlling variables where necessary and investigating links, for example, between the brightness of bulbs and voltage of cells used in our circuits. We will also be comparing and reasoning about different variations in the components we use.
As artists this term, we will be all about colour! Our topic, Brave Colour, will see us making our own sketchbooks which we will fill with colour. We will then find out about installation artists who use colour in their work in interesting and unusual ways. Later in the term, parents will be invited to come into school to explore our responses to creating imaginative and immersive environments which enable visitors to explore colour in a physical way.
Reading: Children should read every day for a minimum of 15 minutes. Don't forget that all children LOVE to be read to. Conversations about the books you are reading together will happen naturally during this time and this is a wonderful way to support your child's development as a reader. Sharing a text (it doesn't have to be a story) that is a little above your child's reading level, just as you did when they were younger is a good way to help them become more adventurous readers. We'd recommend that the choice of what to read is yours! This quiet time together is where conversations develop and trust grows stronger - your child will know that this is a time they can talk to you, which is especially important as they transition to secondary school.
Spelling Shed – 30 mins per week (10x weekly list and 10x other practise).
Written Homework is sent home each week on a Friday and alternates between Maths and English-based tasks. Homework is due on a Wednesday, although children are very welcome to bring their homework in earlier if they have completed it.
The children have their personal log-in to Timestable RockStars, and they should play for 30 minutes each week.
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