Welcome To Maple Class.
I hope you have had a lovely break over Christmas and New Year. Thank you very much for all the lovely cards, gifts and messages.
Monday 6th, 13th and 20Th January – Young Voices rehearsals.
PLEASE NOTE: NO rehearsal on Monday 27th January.
Wednesday 15th January- Maple class assembly.
Thursday 30th January – Young Voices Concert at Manchester Arena. A separate letter detailing arrangements for the day will be sent home soon.
From Monday 3rd February – a small delegation of Chinese children and their teachers will spend time with us in school.
Thursday 6th February – Adrian Bowden’s Science Show.
Thursday 13th February – Friends’ Valentine Disco (please see separate letter which will be sent in due course).
Friday 14th February – last day in school before the half term holiday.
Monday 24th February – first day of spring 2 term.
Our curriculum focus this half term will be:
To start off the term we will be reading a narrative poem 'The Highwayman' by Alfred Noyes. The poem tells a tragic tale of love, jealousy and bravery. We will be looking at the historical context of the poem, the characters and the setting. Throughout the poem the children will be exposed to unfamiliar words. We will look at the poem from different viewpoints and create a newspaper report about the events that have happened. Finally, we will explore the characters through drama looking at motivations.
Towards the end of the half term we will start a new class book called 'Stormbreaker' by Anthony Horowitz.
Alex Rider is not your average fourteen-year-old. Raised by his mysterious uncle, an uncle who dies in equally mysterious circumstances, Alex finds himself thrown into the murky world of espionage. Trained by MI6 and sent out into the field just weeks later, Alex’s first mission is to infiltrate the base of the reclusive billionaire suspected of killing his uncle.
Overall learning aims:
To explore, in depth, characterisation and settings in an adventure narrative.
To explore the motivations and actions of characters.
To explore key themes in a longer narrative.
To explore similarities and differences between a written and a filmed text.
We will be looking at different spelling rules and patterns every week then will be tested on the rule each week. However, children will need to learn the rule as no spellings will be sent out to practise.
week 1: suffix 'ate'. e.g. desperate, communicate.
week 2: prefix 'dis' e.g. discussion, disturbing.
week 3: prefix 'de' e.g. detective, defence.
week 4: prefix 'mis' e.g. misbehave, misfortune.
week 5: prefix 're' e.g. repair, removable.
week 6: prefix 'over' e.g. overtake, overarm.
Each group will have two guided reading sessions and a comprehension session each week . These books won’t be sent home as they will be needed at school. However, the children will have a book from the school library to take home as it is imperative that children are reading for pleasure and continuing to develop their reading and comprehension skills (bring to school on a Tuesday to be changed every two weeks). We will also focus on comprehension activities throughout the week.
Using the Maths- No Problem scheme of work we will be focusing on: graphs, fractions and decimals.
Science- Earth, Sun and Moon.
In this unit pupils will describe the movement of Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in our Solar System. They will describe the movement of the Moon relative to Earth and describe the Sun, Earth and the Moon as approximately spherical bodies. Pupils will use the idea of Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky. They will also have the opportunity to find out about how ideas about the solar system have developed and changed over time.
Topic- Why Is Liverpool Great?
In this unit we will be looking at:
The first settlement in Liverpool.
Liverpool's famous landmarks.
The docks in Liverpool.
Import and export through Liverpool and what continents goods went to.
The history of Liverpool and Everton football clubs.
To create a famous sculpture from Liverpool.
Lessons take place on Monday with Mr. Beck and Wednesday morning with the sports coach.
Please ensure FULL PE kit including suitable footwear is in school on these days, particularly if it has been home for washing or used in an after-school sports activity. No football kits.
Long hair should be tied back and earrings either removed or taped over for safety.
Programme of study:
Home Learning Challenge
See homework book- to be handed in on Monday 23rd March, linked to our science topic 'The Earth, Sun and Moon.'
At Christ Church, we believe it is extremely beneficial that children develop a love of books and of reading in addition to extending their reading skills.
From January, we are launching a new Reading Challenge throughout Key Stage 2 in which children can earn rewards and recognition by demonstrating that they are reading for at least 15 minutes a day. To ensure your child doesn't miss out, please sign their Reading Record each day when they have read and ensure it is returned to school. A separate letter will be sent home with full details very soon.
Please see the links below for the different online games focusing on multiplication and divisions and also your child is registered to Timetables Rockstar's.
Don't forget to check out the school's twitter page for regular updates and information.
Mr. Beck and Mrs Grundy