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We hope you all had a lovely and restful Easter. We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back in to class for Summer 1. Please scroll down for information about the new term in Elm Class.

 

Please note that as part of the school's on-going measures to guard against Coronavirus and following the Government's advice, we need to keep doors and windows open for ventilation so please consider sending your child to school wearing a vest and/or long-sleeved t-shirt under their uniform and girls might want to wear woolly tights or switch to trousers during colder spells.

 

Arrive to school at 08:40; entering through the fire exit.

Break 10:15 - 10:30.

Lunch 11:50 - 12:45.

Afternoon Break 14:10-14:20. 

School finishes at 15:20; leaving from the fire exit.

 

PE is on Mondays and Wednesdays. Children should come into school wearing their kit.

Water bottles are allowed in school and can go home every evening to be washed. 

 

Dates For Your Diary 

* Monday 19th April: Summer 1 half term begins.

* Monday 3rd May: May Day Holiday.

* Thursday 6th May: school closed for pupils due to voting for local elections.

* Monday 17th May: completed Home Learning Challenges are due to be returned to school.

* Friday 28th May: last day before the summer half term holiday.

* Monday 7th June: Summer 2 half term begins.

 

If you have any questions, please just ask during drop off and pick up times. You can also email CCWalshaw@bury.gov.uk marked for the attention of Miss Bird and I will endeavour to respond to you as quickly as possible. 

 

Below you will find the information regarding the curriculum coverage. 

 

Miss Bird and Mrs Saxon.

If you are working online, don’t forget to be safe and savvy! 

Never give personal information to anyone! Think about the safety of what you are sharing or posting if you are online or on your phone.

Do not share your school log-ins or change your log-in details. We won’t ask you to do that.

Make sure you are accessing online material that is relevant for your age and tell an adult at home if you come across something that is not suitable for you, or if someone is trying to contact/talk to you that is not someone you know.

You can contact your teacher through Seesaw if you feel vulnerable or worried, or contact Childline 0800 1111.

Useful reminders about Online Safety are at Thinkuknow.co.uk 

Curriculum News

Maths

We will start this term by recapping multiplication and division methods covered last term. We will then spend an extended period exploring and working with fractions. We will start by counting in tenths and then making number pairs (the fraction equivalent to number bonds) before moving on to adding and subtracting fractions. Pupils will explore equivalent fractions and look at simplifying fractions before comparing fractions with different denominators. Towards the end of the term, pupils will be finding fractions of whole numbers as part of a set and looking at sharing 1 and more than 1 as well as applying content knowledge to sophisticated word problems.

English

This half term we will be exploring a 'The Tin Forest' by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson. A tale of transformation. An old man lives in a grey and forsaken place ‘that looked out on other people’s rubbish and bad weather’. He dreams of a wild and colourful place and uses the resources around him in such a creative way that change comes about and a natural forest becomes entwined with one of metal.  This unit provides opportunity for children to explore the language choices authors make and the interrelationship between words and illustrations in a picture book. It will also allow pupils to reflect on themes such as environmentalism and an individual’s role in a community.

Spellings

The children will continue to receive a new spelling list each Monday and will be tested on these spellings on the following Friday. There will be opportunities to practise these spellings in school throughout the week but you can also find a collection of these lists for this half term below so that you can support your child's learning at home.

Topic  

This half term in topic we will continue to look at the Stone Age to Iron Age. We will cover Bronze Age religion, technology and travel as well Iron Age hill forts: tribal kingdoms, farming, art and culture. The Home Learning Challenges for this topic can be found below. The deadline is Monday 17th May.

Science

This half term our science topic is ‘Plants'. Children will cover the following objectives:

  • To identify and describe the functions of different parts of flowering plants.
  • To explore the requirements of plants for life and growth.
  • To record findings using simple scientific language, drawings, labelled diagrams, keys, bar charts and tables by observing and recording plant growth.
  • To investigate the way in which water is transported within plants.
  • To explore the part that flowers play in the life cycle of flowering plants.

P.E.

This half term the children will be exploring tennis. P.E. lessons will take place on Mondays with Miss Bird and Wednesdays with Coach Jack. Children should come in to school wearing their P.E. kits (a plain t-shirt and shorts plus pumps or trainers together with a sweatshirt or tracksuit for when the weather is colder) on PE days. Long hair should be tied back and earrings either removed or taped over for safety.

 

R.E.

This term's RE topic is 'Which rules should we follow'. The aim of this unit is to:

  • give pupils an opportunity to consider the value and purpose of rules.

  • examine Christian rules for living and the source of these rules.

  • Encourage pupils to reflect upon their own lifestyle and the influences upon it. 

  • consider the rules followed by other faiths and the ways in which the rules influence behaviour and decisions.

This unit will be taught by Miss Sutton. 

PSHE

Miss Sutton will continue to explore 'Rights and Responsibilities' with the children this term. The unit will cover the following topics:

  • Fact and opinion 
  • Harold's Environment Project
  • Can Harold afford it?
  • Earning money
  • Healthy eating
  • Health and well-being

MLF

This term we will be introducing Elm Class to French. Our first unit is 'Bonjour' where we will be looking at greetings, numbers 1-10 and colours. We will then move on to 'En Classe' where we will explore classroom objects, instructions as well as comparing French and English schools. 

Home Learning Challenge - The Stone Age

Reading

Home reading books - Children will be given a new reading book every Friday once they have returned their previous one. Reading record books will not be sent home.

 

Reading With Your Child

Some questions to ask your child whilst reading together:

 

1. Look at the front cover. What could the book be about?

2. Who is the author?

3. What does that word mean? Read the words around it to help you figure it out (context).

4. How can you read an unfamiliar word? Can you sound talk and then blend?

5. Who are the main characters?

6. What do you think will happen next?

7. How do you think that character feels? Why? How would you feel in that situation?

8. Can you predict how the book will end?

9. Who is your favourite character? Why?

10. Is there a hidden message in the story? What is it?

11. Can you retell the story in your own words?             

12. Do you like how the story ended? Can you think of another way the book could have ended?

 

Useful sites for reading 

https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?c=0

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/

https://www.worldofdavidwalliams.com/

A Guide To The Curriculum

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