Was WW1 really the ‘Great War?’
We will be reading War Horse by Michael Morpugo. We are concentrating on improving our vocabulary and finding evidence in the text to prove our idea or answer. Whilst reading the novel, we will be writing some letters and diaries in character role and writing our own version of some scenes from the book. We will then be using War Horse to write our own war-based story. Afterwards, we will be looking at the work of famous war poets such as Wilfred Owen and having a go at writing our own poetry.
Maths:We are mainly looking at place value and the four operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing) this half term. Every Friday, we do an arithmetic quiz, on a range of maths skills from this year and last year, of which many of the children like to take home a copy and practice again at home.
Hit the Button and the Daily Challenge on Topmarks are useful games for practicing mental addition/subtraction, number bonds and times tables etc. It is especially important that all children practice their times tables at home. The ‘My Mini Maths’ website also offers free arithmetic tests and practice questions (with answer sheets, and some YouTube videos) for different areas of the curriculum.
Topic:We will be learning about how the war started and ended, women’s roles, the Battle of the Somme and trench life. With a history focus, we will also study the Christmas truce and medical developments. For geography, we will also look at the mapping of the countries involved and the movement of people between different countries following the war’s end.
PE:Please make sure your child has a clean PE kit in school: a red t-shirt, navy/black shorts or jogging bottoms and appropriate footwear. PE is on Thursdays and Fridays with Mr Hatton. This half term they will be concentrating on football. Y6 also take part in the wake up shake up assembly and the daily mile. If your child is chosen to take part in a competition, these are usually now on Thursday nights until 5pm.
The children will be taught by some other staff during the week. They have PHSE lessons with Miss Mallalieu on Thursdays and Fridays, RE by Mrs Fowles on Thursdays and Computing with Mr Smith on Fridays.
Morning readers with Mrs Schofield is on at 8.30 every morning, all children are welcome to come as often as they’d like.
Homework is due by Wednesday and given back on Friday. However, if your child is working on a larger piece of research/art/a model etc. then they may need to spend two or three weeks on this which is fine. The homework menu is a list of suggestions, and the children are encouraged to be creative, doing any homework relevant to the topic. I will not be giving out formal English/Maths homework at this point of the year.
It would be helpful if your child had a named water bottle in school.