Hello, and Welcome to Mars Class!
We are looking forward to the new academic year ahead. The children have settled in really well and have returned from their summer break keen to learn!
Our Topic: we will be learning about the Great Fire of London. We will be looking back at key events, exploring the past and present of London, looking at sources of evidence and rebuilding London. For literacy we will become reporters and create newspaper reports as well as exploring a significant figure of that time - Samuel Peyps. We will look at some of his work and write our own diary entries. For geography we will use google earth to explore London, what is looks like today compared with 350years ago and navigating around Pudding Lane. We will be also be creating our own simple maps of London. For further information regarding our learning for terms 1 and 2 please click here to see our Learning and Topic web.
PE: Until half term, we will have gymnastics for our PE lessons with Future Stars on a Monday afternoon. This will focus on jumps, balance, movement, body holds and sequences. After half term PE days will be Wednesday and Thursday. As we are coming into the colder and wetter seasons, it is important that children have tracksuit bottoms, jumpers and sensible footwear. Please can long hair be tied back and jewellery removed. PE kits should remain in school, as at all times, in case we do PE on a different day because of events happening in school.
Homework: Homework will be handed out on a Friday afternoon and is due in the following Wednesday - 12 days later. There will be a maths challenge, a topic based task or English task. This year, 40 spellings will be sent at the start of each term. These should be learnt throughout the term in preparation for a spelling test before the end of the term. You can help your children by encouraging them to read regularly, listening to their reading and discuss anything that is read. Reading is not restricted to school reading books. Children should read a variety of genres including magazines, newspapers, instructions, information books and comics.
How you can help: Please listen to your child read regularly and ensure that they are getting plenty of sleep. Help your child to live an active life-style and try to make sure they bring a bottle of water to school to keep them hydrated.
If you have any questions or queries regarding your childs learning then please do come and speak with me.