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Class 3 Curriculum Letter Summer Term 2017

Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a great Easter and you are looking forward to a very busy Summer term; including our very exciting residential to Bewerley Park (3rd-7th July 2017) and the KS2 School production – details to follow shortly. This is a very important term for Year 6 children in particular with SATs getting closer by the minute but I’m really looking forward to enjoying the last term with this class! Outlined below is a summary of the areas of learning that Class 3 will be covering this term. 

Our topic for this term is ‘Illuminations’. Throughout this topic the children will have an opportunity to delve into the history of illuminations, looking closely at how and why light and lighting is used in different religions and why it has religious meaning. Children will also have the opportunity to investigate and research natural light sources such as an eclipse or the Northern Lights as well as looking at more man made sources such as fireworks and light bulbs. We as a class will investigate electricity and gain a deeper understanding of circuits whilst also highlighting and researching to find out how much household power bills are and what drives up electrical costs.

We will be studying about lighting options in a range of room interiors, eventually creating a room in a box, fully furnished, with a ‘revolutionary new’ decorative lighting effect for it. Throughout this topic the children will be developing their knowledge and understanding about shadows; from this we will investigate how shadow puppets work and then create our own shadow puppet show. We also have support from the art team at Norton College who will provide the opportunity to develop skills through our topic theme.

In Maths, the children will use steps to solve word problems, look at number equations and be able to use their multiplication skills to work on all Maths based activities. They will also learn about algebra, graphs, space and measurement whilst also producing 2D work based on the properties of shape. We will continually use the online system, MyMaths, and our maths resource, Abacus, throughout maths lessons so that children can learn in a variety of ways.

In Science this term our topic is ‘Light’ in which the children will be able to discuss the importance of the Sun as the main light source on Earth & list other sources of light. We will demonstrate how we can show that light travels in straight lines, organising and carrying out an investigation to support this. The children will investigate the formation of shadows and study sight, understanding that objects are seen because they give out (light source) or reflect light into our eyes. They also find out how to care for their eyes & that sometimes eyes can even play tricks on us! In RE this half term, pupils will learn about Islam with a local focus concentrating on teaching and authority, worship, pilgrimage and sacred places. We will find out about the local growth of Islamic communities in Yorkshire over the last 50 years (there is a link to history) and develop their understanding of the importance of places of worship to believers and the particular features and significance of the Mosque in Islam. As a class, we will question and respond to ideas about living together in a multi-religious society, focussing on developing learners understanding of worship and community life, making links to the experience of every child.

In Computing the children will learn to organise, store, retrieve and manipulate data, to recognise the use of IT outside of school and to understand the use of algorithms. Children will also have the opportunity to design and create websites, looking at the importance of key information and being able to make presentations through a variety of methods. Throughout computing lessons, continued emphasis on the importance of internet safety will allow children to be able to gain an understanding of such an important issue.

PSHCE – Our theme for this term focuses on developing children's skills of empathy, self-awareness, social skills and motivation. Our work towards achieving the Young Leaders award will support this. Year 6 children will also be attending the Crucial Crew event on Wednesday 14th June supported by our emergency services which is always a useful and enjoyable day for the children.

P.E. – The children will be working outside, whenever possible, to continue to develop their already excellent skills such as running, jumping, throwing, catching, balance, agility and co-ordination. As well as the P.E. lessons we also have lots of school competitions coming up in the not too distant future including cricket and gymnastics.

P.E. will be on Wednesday and Friday afternoons; your child will need suitable clothing and shoes for outdoor activities. P.E. kits can be brought in on a Monday and then taken home on Friday if necessary.

I will be happy to help at any time so if you do have any questions please let me know.

With kind regards

 

Mr Robert Woods