Citrine Class – Summer Term 2016 Parents can help their children at home by giving them opportunities to discuss articles in magazines or newspapers and offer their own thoughts on statements. The Secret Garden English: In English the content will continue to extend and challenge the children’s knowledge across the strands as outlined in the New National Curriculum (2014). These are; Transcription Composition Punctuation and Grammar Spelling and Handwriting The children will continue to focus on sentence construction and use different writing skills in their work. They will continue to develop their awareness of spelling, punctuation and grammar skills throughout this term at an age appropriate level. The children will be asked to apply these skills across a range of genres to ensure they understand which form or writing to use in which text and which features are appropriate. Our focus session this term will be on handwriting, making sure that letters are correctly formed and joined in a fluent style. Reading: The children will continue to use a range of books and texts through individual, guided and whole class reading. They will be encouraged to read a longer reading book both at home and at school. As some of these books have a number of chapters they will only be changed when completed. Children may choose this reading book either from home or school. Parents are encouraged to support reading daily at home by reading with your child. As the children become more confident readers please use the support questions on the bookmark given out last year to develop the child’s understanding of the text and their ability to infer and deduce from the text. PTA library books will be changed once a week You could also encourage them to write in different styles of writing ensuring that their own writing is cursive and joined up. In reading parents can help by using the statements and questions on the reading bookmark to further develop their child’s understanding of text and how authors use text to interest and influence the reader. Mathematics: This term the children will be expected to apply the knowledge they have to problem solving. They will be applying the four basic skills (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) through time, fractions, decimal and negative numbers as well as real life and worded problems. We are continuing to place a large emphasis on mental calculation strategies, this will involve a mental maths test on a Friday where the children will apply the skills learnt throughout the year so far, and daily practice of multiplication or division facts. The strands we will focus on in mathematics this term will be: The four operations. Fractions Geometry and measure Number and Place Value Alongside learning new skills the children will be asked to show their understanding of these areas by using and applying the skills in different contexts and across the curriculum. You can help by encouraging your child to talk about the mathematics we have been completing in school and if appropriate demonstrate how you use mathematics in your own daily life. You could also support them by helping them learn their multiplication tables and division facts for up to 12 x 12. Science and Outdoor Learning Parental Contribution: Our Outdoor learning day will be led by Mrs Taylor and this term will focus on plants and animals. The children will look closely at habitats, adaptation and evolution. This will directly link to curriculum being taught within class with a focus on humans. We will also study the circulatory system. They will plan, analyse and draw conclusions about their own experiments to improve their scientific enquiry skills. If you feel you can contribute to any of our curriculum areas, please do not hesitate to contact us, as your support is greatly appreciated. We also have community assemblies on a Thursday afternoon at 3pm. If you feel as though you have something to contribute and would like to come in and talk to the children about somewhere you have visited, or the job that you do (in keeping with our topic theme ‘The Secret Garden) please come in and speak to your child’s class teacher and they can give you some more information. Computing: The children will continue to use the computers, IPads, laptops and the interactive whiteboard, as an integral part of our classroom. They will use it across the curriculum to develop their knowledge, skills and understanding in Computing and other areas of the curriculum. They will continue to use laptops and use a range of programmes involving all areas of learning either independently or within groups. They will also be writing and using code to perform actions and create outcomes. They will be using electronic devices to record sound and images and blend these together. Thematic Study In History the children will use different sources to research Ancient Egypt. They will look at different civilisations and compare and contrast their way of life to their own. In DT they will investigate designing and making an object for a specific purpose. They will also design and make prototypes and suggest improvements (asking themselves questions like: How do I build this? and What has to be in place to ensure the item is fit for purpose?. In art the children will look at the work of an artist and use sculpture to create artefacts from different periods in history and different cultures. In Music Year 4 children will continue to learn the ukulele and Year 5 children will learn the violin with Miss Sixsmith and learn abut composition. Other Information: P.E. – These sessions are on a Tuesday and Thursday. Year 4’s PE session on a Thursday will be swimming. Please ensure your child’s P.E. kit is in school all week (with trainers or pumps). Reading Books Children will be encouraged to choose a longer reading book, so they will only be changed when completed. Parents are encouraged to support reading daily at home by reading with your child. Please make sure that reading books are kept in book bags and returned to school each day. Outdoor Learning and Environmental Science – This will now be a whole day every other week and children will know in advance which day it will be. Please ensure your child has their wellies and waterproof clothes as we will be learning outside, whatever the weather. On a Tuesday the children will have the opportunity to change their library book. Please ensure books are returned on a weekly basis. Books may be kept longer if required, just let us know. Homework books will be sent home each Friday and needs to be returned by the following Wednesday. This can also be downloaded from the schools website www.emleyschool.co.uk Please remember that a homework club is held on a Thursday lunchtime for children who have not had chance to complete their homework at home. Please help your child by ensuring all clothing, lunchboxes, bookbags etc. are clearly labelled with your child’s full name.