Autumn Term: Dragonflies Class
Welcome to Dragonflies Class with Mr Lewis and Mrs Walker!
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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. 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.
- Harvest Festival, Story Telling Assembly, Decoration Day, Christmas Service...
- 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.
- 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