Information and Reminders
Happy 2017 and welcome back to school! Three weeks is a long break from school, so it’s normal for students to take some time to get back up to speed. However, most children arrived refreshed and raring to go, and we have had a very busy week.
We have started our new Topic unit, which is about Investigators. Children have already used scientific methods to investigate the properties of black ink, which can be used to compare the origin of exhibits.
Although this half-term is very short, we are packing a lot in, and will culminate with the finale of a crime scene investigation, followed by presenting evidence to Chief of Police.
Mr. Lowery is attending a Nord Anglia leadership course from Monday to Wednesday, so his lessons will be ably covered by colleagues from the Secondary school. Students in 6B and Mr. Lowery’s maths class will have chance to make a good first impression on their potential teachers in Year 7.
We look forward to meeting parents at the Academic Review Evenings on Tuesday and Thursday.
Monday 16th January – CCAs begin
Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th January – Primary Academic Review Evenings, 5pm to 8pm
Sunday 22nd January - Chinese New Year Temple Fair
Monday 23rd – Thursday 26th January – Chinese New Year Celebration Week
Thursday 26th January – Chinese New Year Dress-Up Day
Friday 27th January – School closed for Chinese New Year holiday
Monday 6th February – First day of school
Wednesday 15th February – Early Years and Primary Coffee Morning, 9am to 10.30am
Week beginning 20th March - Shakespeare week
Stars of the Week
6A – Sebastiano Castelletti- for improved focus in English and Guided Reading
6B – Eleanor Gatenby – for settling so quickly into her new class and making a good first impression
6C – Cheryl Lee – for being especially helpful and mature towards other students and staff
In English, we will continue to look at life stories through the medium of biographies and autobiographies. Students will analyse key features and practice writing their own. We will introduce more editorial content like profiles and factfiles, and encourage students to find similarities and differences. Among the subjects are musicians John Lennon and Bob Marley.
In maths we are looking at proportional reasoning, which involves the increase or decrease of amounts using ratio and proportion. We will apply this to recipes which serve certain amounts of people, and enlarging shapes by scale factors. It is important that students know the difference between ‘for every’ (ratio) and ‘in every’ (proportion) when describing relationships between numbers, shares and amounts. You could check your child’s understanding at home by asking about the ratio of objects on a shelf, for example.
We will continue our ‘Investigators’ unit by designing fair tests to find out about paper absorbency and paper strength. Students will also practice improving reliability and reporting on their findings. Children will also build up towards their final murder mystery investigation, where they will analyse elements of a crime scene to build a case of evidence against a murder suspect. Subsequently, students will compile a case which will be presented to the Chief of Police…