Parents Information Sheet Class 5P Spring Term 1 Welcome back and Happy New Year! Our new topic is called ‘Justice and Freedom.’ Justice and Freedom The main focus of this topic is R.E. but it will also cover lots of other subjects including Science, History, and PSHCE. R.E: Children will learn about how different religions can provide a code for people to live by. They will learn about the lives of famous people such as Martin Luther King, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Mother Teresa and how their beliefs influenced their fight for justice and freedom. Science: This term the children will be learning about electrical circuits. They will learn to construct circuits using different components such as switches and buzzers. They will use this knowledge to design and make a useful circuit such as a set of traffic lights or a burglar alarm. History: The historical focus for this term is Crime and Punishment through the ages. The children will learn about how crime and punishment has changed through the ages and how changes in our society have affected the types of crimes that are committed, as well as how they are punished. PSHCE: The children will explore the issue of human rights and why it is important to protect our human rights. They will learn about how human rights are not respected in some countries and the consequences of this. PE KIT Pupils need trainers, navy shorts, tracksuit trousers, jacket and a white T-shirt for all PE lessons. Our PE sessions will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. Children need to bring their indoor and outdoor PE kit to both lessons. Please bring PE kit in on Monday. Children will be allowed to take their kit home on Wednesday as it will not be needed for the rest of the week. HOMEWORK This year children will be bringing home a Homework Book every Monday to be returned to school, with work completed, on Friday. Spelling and Times table homework will be sent on a weekly basis, plus English and Maths on alternate weeks. There will also be activities from ‘The Tree of Knowledge’ to be completed when children have finished their reading book (only when they are asked to do so). READING BOOKS Children are now expected to read part of their school reading book most nights of the week as part of their homework. Please listen to your child read at least twice a week and sign their Reading Record to indicate that they have been heard. Children are ideally expected to finish one book per week if possible, unless they are reading very thick books. TIMES TABLES We are continuing our push on times tables this year. To make sure children are learning them, we have a times table ladder for children to work their way up in the classroom. Children will be tasked with learning a set times table (sent home in the Homework Book) and will be tested individually on this times table the next week. If they can recite it confidently and answer questions, they will move up the ladder on to the next times table. If not, they will be expected to continue learning it until they can recite it and answer questions. Hopefully, this will help motivate children to learn their tables throughout the year! In addition to this the children will have a times tables record to help them to keep track of their progress in learning their times tables. Any support you can give them at home would be greatly appreciated. Library Our library day is Friday. Please make sure your child brings their library book to school for changing on this day. They may keep a library book for no more than 2 weeks. Thank you for your support. Miss R Dwyer.