Welcome back and a happy 2017 to you all! This term our learning focus is turned towards the highest populated country in the world – China. With over 1.3 billion inhabitants, it makes up one fifth of the world’s population and is the world’s second biggest economy after the US.
In English, we will be reading and writing non-chronological reports, covering topics such as pandas and dragons to the Great Wall of China and Chinese cookery. We will also be looking at the legendary stories surrounding the animals of the Chinese Zodiac, starting of course with this year’s animal, The Rooster. From this, the children will choose their own animal to write a legend about.
For the first few weeks in maths, we will be focusing in on geometry, building 3D solids and using the standard geometry tools of a ruler and a protractor to become more familiar with measuring angles, looking at flight paths from the world’s airports to Beijing and designing dragons! From there, we return to number sense, looking at place value, using rounding skills and multiplying and dividing by factors of 10, 100 and 100.
In science, we will be looking at living things and their habitats, describing the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird and describing the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.
PE will be on a Thursday as before, and the children will be learning to play handball, dodgeball in the hall and hockey.
Please remember that we have a subscription to IXL for maths, which the children can access from home at any time to revise topics and strengthen new learning. Reading diaries need to be signed by parents so that we know children are having access to high quality reading texts. These can be from home or from school, it really doesn’t matter. Reading homework will continue to come from our class reader – Wolf Brother, and spelling homework has been set up to focus on spelling rules identified as needing support from our recent assessment.
As ever, if you are available to support the school in any way, please let me or the office know. For example, I would love to be able to just decide on a fine morning to go to the beach to do maths or generate some vocabulary to support literacy, but I m bound by the legal requirement to have sufficient adults.
I look forward to the arrival of Spring this term, in particular watching your children blossom and flourish with their learning.