Dear parent/carer, I’m so excited! Another whole year with this amazing class… I can’t tell you how lucky I feel to get this opportunity. It’s Autumn (was there a summer?) and the history topic to begin with is ‘The Mayan Civilization’ but, at the same time, we start an English topic, which is ‘Heroes.’ 2 topics at once – didn’t somebody say men can’t multi-task? Robinwood is fast approaching and I’ll send out a letter in the next few days, inviting you in to a meeting to discuss final details and fill in some important forms. ENGLISH: We will be looking in our ‘rear-view mirrors’ at the ‘8 writing points’ and heading straight into ’25 exciting sentences.’ No time to stand still, there’s figurative language to be accessing here! We’ll be using our new skills to write to our heroes and while we await their responses, we’ll be compiling reports in a variety of media then writing a comprehensive biography. Alongside this I’ll be reading Carl Hiaasen’s ‘Hoot,’ as the class story, to get the year off to a fun start. After ‘Heroes’ we’ll be entering the eerie, magical world of ‘Dark Horse,’ using visualization and drama to work towards (what I anticipate will be) some incredible story-writing. Following Robinwood, we’ll be working on journalistic reports, recounts and poetry, which (I hope) we’ll share with you all, along with photos, early in November. Finally, this term, we will write playscripts to the ‘Christmas Miracle of Jonathon Toomey.’ MATHS: A new year, another new curriculum. I have been re-visiting long-multiplication and longdivision (which you may all remember from your school days) and will be bringing these into lessons early on. We’ll continue with Speed Tables, but the challenge will keep being raised. Your child should be comfortable with ALL of their times tables by now. This will be more and more important as the year goes on. As with last year, the invitation is there. Any parents, who would like to join the honour roll, alongside Mr Hirst and Mr Stead are more than welcome to join us on Wednesday mornings. Maths homework will be from the Schofield and Sims homework books, which have proved to be so successful, and will go out each Friday to be handed in by Wednesday please. Any questions that prove confusing can be ‘asterisked’ and we will go through these with the child. I will take these issues, along with my ongoing lesson assessment as a basis for providing focused small group and one to one sessions where necessary. SCIENCE: Will be FUN and practical wherever possible with key scientific facts being taught alongside investigations. This term we will be covering ‘Classifying Critters’ and ‘Staying Alive.’ PE: On Monday (with Mr Crouch!) and Tuesday this year. Children will need a full labelled PE kit – including correct footwear – in school for these days in order to participate. As per the school policy, long hair must be tied up and ear-rings removed or taped up during PE. HISTORY: I’m planning a history project which will run over the whole year, based on ancient civilizations and culminating in some kind of show in the hall during the Summer. This might change during the year but will definitely begin with the Mayan civilization. GEOGRAPHY: We’ll be looking at UK cities and regions during Autumn, and revisiting OS maps and grid references. D&T: We will begin the year with a joint Y5/6 Modrock day (which kept getting put off last year) so please send in any old shirts. Following this, Mrs Barker will be teaching mechanical systems. Below you will see a complete table of the plan for the Autumn term. Do not hesitate to get in contact with us with any questions or concerns. Subject Literacy Autumn 1 Heroes – letter writing, biography, reports. Darks Horse – Flashback Autumn 2 Robinwood – Journalistic text, recount, poetry. Jonathon Toomey – story writing, authors Playscript, descriptive and texts. writing. Maths Number, Calculations, Fractions, Geometry, Measurement, Ratio and Proportion, Algebra, Statistics Science Classifying Critters Staying Alve History/Geography/Topic Mayan Civilization Cities & regions of the UK, OS Maps Art/D&T Modrock Mayan Art – Window Creatures Project Painting Languages French and Japanese French and Italian Computing We are APP Planners We are Project Managers R.E. What does it mean to be Can charity change the a Sikh? world? Music Cyclic Patterns and in Roundabout and Xmas class singing. Performance. PSHCE Democracy Responsibilities PE Gymnastics/Netball Dance/Football It’s all going to be fantastic, I just hope it doesn’t fly by as quickly as last year did otherwise we’ll all be at Crickstock before you know it and this year I’m planning to get parents on stage!! Be afraid… be very afraid. As usual, any time you want to come in to class, get involved somehow or are simply looking for a way of helping, then feel free to come in and see me. Any questions, you can pop in, via the office any time. Mr Clayton and Mrs Johnson.