Dragonflies

Welcome back for the Summer term! 

 

There is great excitement in the air in Dragonflies class this term as the children look forward to the residential trip to The Isle of Wight after half-term. 

 

The Summer term also brings with it more opportunities to learn outside the classroom. On Monday afternoons P.E. specialist Mrs. Jackson will be joining us for orienteering sessions, when we combine being physically active with maths problem solving. Mr Lloyd will continue to take the class for P.E. lessons on Thursday afternoons. Last week, the children were practising their athletics skills. 

 

Our topic this term is All the World’s A Stage. We will be considering the geography of Shakespeare’s plays and life: researching where some of his plays were set and how the map of the world and has changed since then. We will compare Stratford-Upon-Avon and London, both now and during Shakespeare’s life-time. We will think about modes of transport and how Shakespeare would have known about distant countries. Later in the term, we will also be looking at extracts of Shakespeare’s work and learning about the conventions of writing plays. 

 

Our current topic in English is the language of persuasion. The children will be learning about the techniques and vocabulary of persuasive writing and debate. In maths our focus will be shape and space, as well as carrying out maths investigations. 

 

In R.E, the children will be learning about Sikhism. In particular, they will be developing an understanding of the principles of Sikhism and the symbolism of the 5 Ks. We will consider the importance of the Guru Granth Sahib for the Sikh community. 

 

A reminder that mental maths homework is due in on Thursdays and the spelling quiz takes place on Fridays. Children are expected to know their times-tables up to and including 12 x 12. I would encourage them to practise in readiness for our class times-tables tournament before half-term. The year 6 SATS take place 13th – 16th May. 

 

If you do wish to speak with me, please feel free to catch up at the end of the day or make an appointment via the office. 

 

Mrs Corbett

 
 
 
Welcome to the Spring Term in Dragonflies with Mrs. Corbett and Mrs. Walker.
 
What a lovely start to the term with our Lost Words topic. Our class focussed on the glorious Kingfisher. The children were inspired to produce some impressive artwork and used their descriptive talents to write Kingfisher poems. The poems are on display in our cloakroom should you wish to pop in to read them. Our topic this term is Rivers. We start by learning about the geographical features of rivers from source to sea along with the processes involved in the water cycle. Later in the term, we will consider the history of rivers and will be investigating the Bronze Age settlement of the Indus Valley. We will be comparing it to the discoveries at Must Farm, the huge archaeological dig at Flag Fen. The children have been busy practising their mental maths skills daily. We would encourage them to practise at home by accessing their Mathletics accounts. They have their log in details. Mental maths books will be sent home each Friday with homework for the following Thursday. However, children will also need to bring their mental maths books to school each day as we will be using them regularly in class. In addition to the mental maths homework, there will be a spelling list each Friday with a short spelling quiz on the following Friday. Groups are currently reading books written by Michael Morpurgo in our daily guided reading sessions. The children will be heard to read by an adult twice each week. The guided reading sessions are also an opportunity to develop comprehension skills and an understanding of grammar. Our class book at the moment is Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. Mr Lloyd continues to take the class on a Thursday with an energetic afternoon of P.E. So, P.E. kits and water bottles are needed. Our R.E. focus is to think about What Jesus Would Do. We will be developing our understanding of His message and how it relates to our lives. I am enjoying getting to know the children in Dragonfly’s class and look forward to meeting you during the term.
 
Kind regards,
 
Mrs Corbett
 
 
 
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