Dragonflies

Autumn Term: Dragonflies Class

Welcome to Dragonflies Class with Mr Lewis and Mrs Walker!

 

Our Topic

Our topic for this term is, ‘The Marvellous Monarchy?’ We will be taking a close look at how the monarchy has changed over hundreds of years and we’ll be looking to answer the question of whether the monarchy truly was and is, a ‘marvellous’ institution. During our investigation, we’ll be examining various kings and queens throughout history and comparing their roles, actions and popularity amongst their people. Needless to say, some were much more benevolent than others and we’ll be finding out exactly who is fully deserving of this label (and who isn’t!). Whilst this topic may seem heavily history focused, it will also give us lots of opportunities for cross-curricular learning throughout different periods in history. We’ll be looking at fashion, culture, art, music and a personal favourite of mine: food!

The main focus for the second half of term will be the Tudors and our class book is, ‘VIII’ by Harriet Castor. We will be using this book as a stimulus to write our own exciting historical fiction. ‘VIII’ will be one of our ‘Reading Challenge’ books and so this is one with which all children will be familiar.

 

 English 

Dragonflies will have lots of opportunities to experiment with different writing styles which will allow them to explore their imagination as much as possible! This term we will be taking a look at both non-fiction texts and fictional narratives. The children will be starting with explanation texts, having designed their own inventions (with a little help from Wallace and Gromit). I am particularly looking forward to our weekly spelling rap challenge which will be commencing very shortly.

 

 Reading

Each child will get a chance to read independently every day. There will also be weekly guided reading sessions with myself and Mrs Walker. Please ensure your child has their reading book and reading record in school every day. 

I’m very much looking forward to revealing Dragonflies’ ‘Reading Countdown Challenge’ very soon. This a list of books which each child can aim to have read by the end of the year. It is a mixture of classic texts, new fiction, non-fiction and picture books.

 

Dragonflies’ Countdown Book Challenge

Henry VIII – Harriet Castor

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl – Ed. Otto H. Frank

Framed – Frank Cottrell Boyce

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick – Chris Van Allsburg

The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ - Sue Townsend

Private Peaceful – Michael Morpurgo

When Hitler Stole the Pink Rabbit – Judith Kerr

Framed – RJ Palacio

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain

Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens

Alex Rider Series – Anthony Horowitz

The Borrowers – M Norton

Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson

Mortal Engines – Phillip Reeve

Pig Heart Boy – Malorie Blackman

Tom’s Midnight Garden – Philippa Pearce

Silverfin – Charlie Higson

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase – Joan Aiken

Holes  - Louis Sachar

Once – Morris Gleitzman

 

Handwriting

Whilst many Dragonflies have pen licences, children will start their year writing in pencil. It is a curriculum requirement that all children should write in a joined-up style which is legible, fluent and consistent in its presentation. When this standard is reached, the children will be able to use pen. We do handwriting practice every day in school to reach this point as quickly as possible.

 

 Maths

 The main focus for this first term will be place value, the basic four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and fractions. A big focus this term is on children’s ability to explain their reasoning when tackling maths problems.

We will be doing mental maths weekly.

 

Homework

Homework will go out on a Friday and will, at least initially, consist of a set of 10 spellings. These spellings are targeted towards each child’s ability in accordance with the curriculum and there will be a small test on these spellings every Thursday.

As the term progresses, Dragonflies will be taking home their Mental Maths books to complete a small section to be returned on Thursday.

 

P.E.

P.E. will be taught on Thursday afternoons by Mr Lloyd. Please make sure your child has appropriate footwear, shorts and a t-shirt. As it gets colder, they may wish to wear a sweatshirt and/or tracksuit bottoms. 

 

If you have any questions or concerns about your child, please do not hesitate to come and see me.

Kind regards,

 Mr Lewis

 

18 Countdown Books
 
Skellig
The Ghost of Thomas Kemp
Harriet The Spy
VIII
Coram Boy
The Dark is Rising
Sputnik's Guide to the Earth
Tom's Midnight Garden
Matilda
A Monster Calls
Goth Girl
Once
I am David
Hero on  a Bicycle
The Phoenix and the Carpet
The Weird Stone of Brisingamen
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
Railhead
Spring Term 2018
 
This term our topic is 'Monarchy'. We will be visiting Hampton Court Palace and exploring the history of our monarchs and investigating the institution and history of monarchy in our country and around the world.
 
Our class reader will be VIII by H.M.Castor - this is one of our 18 Countdown books so most children will be already familiar with it.
 
English
 
We will focus on poetry and play scripts this term. We will continue to explore Macbeth and also read extracts from a range of modern and historical plays. We have started to explore the poetry of some of our poet Laureates- including Tennyson . The children will continue with the 18 Countdown Challenge as well as reading a wide range of different texts including myths and legends this term.
 
Maths 
 
We will continue with our exploration of reasoning questions with a focus on shape, algebra, percentages, ratio and proportion.
 
We are starting our science this term looking at fossils and evolution. We shall look at the findings of Charles Darwin. We will also explore why the offspring of living things are similar but not identical to their parents.
 
In French we continue to learn new vocabulary and use it in whole sentences. We will start the term looking at pets and other animals . We will also revise our question words.
Autumn Term 2017 
 
Welcome back!
 
Highlights of the term: -
 
  • Harvest Festival, Story Telling Assembly, Decoration Day, Christmas Service...
 
Please note the following:-
  • remember a fresh water bottle each day
  • P.E kit to be in school at all times- our main lesson will still be on a Thursday
  • a small pencil case is needed with a black handwriting pen/ gel pen, a glue stick , short ruler and maybe some coloured pencils, rubber, pencil sharpener, pencils etc. - not too much!!
  • pupils are welcome to bring in a book from home

note that the additional outside door may be in use in fair weather

 

Maths :- We will start the term with place value and calculations. This will include numbers up to ten million, negative numbers and decimal numbers. Over the first few weeks the children will take the 2017 SATS papers in order to assess individual needs. I will share findings during the first Parents Evening. As a whole school we are moving to a 'Maths Mastery' approach to the teaching of Maths. This simply means that we are working towards a deeper understanding of math's concepts through the use of talk, construction, drawing and writing. The children so far are enjoying it !

English:- Our class reader this term will be 'Wonder' by R J Palacio. Children are encouraged to read daily both at home and in school. This year I have selected 18 special books for all the children to read during their time in Year 6. Spellings will happen in school and follow the curriculum guidelines- we are starting with a focus on the Year 5/6 spelling list , which each child has a copy of.

Science:- Our focus this term is Biology. This includes humans, plants and animals.

 

 
 
 
 
Summer term 2017
 
Highlights of the term:-
 
Year 5 Day , Poetry Recital, Hautbois Residential Visit, Sports Day and Key Stage 2 Summer Production. Also Year 6 Activity Week and Leavers Assembly.
 
 English
 
This term we will focus on longer pieces of writing across a range of genres. We will continue to work on our year group spelling patterns and grammatical structures. We will focus on play scripts as we work towards our production.
 
Maths
 
This term we will work on mathematical investigations and problem solving.
 
Topic
 
Our topic this term is Light and it includes Science, Computing, History ,Geography, Art ,R.E. and DT subjects.
 
 
Spring Term 2017
 
Highlights of the term:-
 
Bikeability , Visit to The Globe Theatre, Year 5 Talks, Science Competition, Year 6 visit to Cambridge University Chemistry Department , World Book Day and History Off the Page.
 
English
 
We will focus on Greek Myths and write our own versions. We will write in a range of non-fiction forms linked to our topic including; biographies, recounts, diary entries and newspaper reports. Spelling , punctuation and grammar continues. Year 6 receive additional homework , due in on a Friday. Please ensure that your child continues to read daily at home and has a suitable book to read in school. This term year 5 will be planning and delivering a talk to another year group.
 
Maths
 
We continue to calculate in increasingly complex contexts and ensure that we have a secure written method for long multiplication and long division.
 
We will be learning to work out percentages and converting fractions to decimals and percentages. We will explore ratio and proportion word problems.
 
We continue to explore shape, time, angles , perimeter and area. We will work on non- verbal reasoning sequences.
 
Mental Maths continues on a Friday morning. Please have your book in school during the week if you need help with any particular questions.
 
Science
 
This term we are exploring chemistry . We will investigate materials and their properties. We will examine changes in materials. We will also introduce the periodic table and begin to learn some of the key elements.
 
 
History and Geography
 
We will explore the country of Greece. We will investigate the world of Ancient Greece.
 
R.E
 
To explore the teaching of Buddhism.
 
To explore what Easter means to Christians.
 
Computing
 
To explore the history of computing.
To know how to keep safe on the internet
To use Scratch to explore simple programmes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Autumn Term 2016
Meet The Teacher - Thursday 8th September
Notes from the meeting: -
  • Please ensure that your child has a water bottle in school daily
  • Please ensure that your child has a reading book in school daily - this may be a book from home or school
  • Children may filter into the classroom from 9:50 and are registered at 9:00
  • Full P.E kit needs to be in school each day- sorts, tee shirt, tracksuit and trainers.
  • Pencil cases should be flat enough to fit into drawers or returned to school bags. All children need a black writing pen and a glue- stick. These need to be checked and replaced as needed. A few coloured pencil crayons, some fine liners and a short ruler are also useful. Please avoid anything sparkly or neon. A black and a purple fine liner are the most useful. Please name items and avoid lots of expensive stationary!
  • Homework- Mental Maths is due in every Friday. Reading and spelling daily. Please ensure that Spelling Book is in school every day as we use it in class. Spelling Tests will be on a Thursday. Year 6 will get additional homework later in the year
  • Please pop in to see me if you have any concerns or important information to pass on
Please pop in if you have any questions.