Information and Reminders
We’ve reached the end of a long and busy term, into which we’ve packed so many different activities. Highlights include the AD900 learning exhibition, baking muffins, learning Kung Fu and teaching students in Shaolin, making gliders, pylons and Christmas trees for STEAM days one and two.
The children deserve a well-earned break after their hard work, so they can return in January ready to face term two, their penultimate term of Primary School. Work in class will begin to incorporate more SATs preparation as we consider exam technique and look at some questions from previous years. We approach this sensitively as we know it can be stressful for children, and stress hinders learning.
Finally a big thank you to all parents who have been involved in their child’s learning and supported the school this year. It is truly appreciated by students and staff. We wish all families a very merry Christmas and prosperous new year.
Monday 9th January – First day of spring term
Monday 16th January - CCA’s start
Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th January - Academic Review Evening
Sunday 22nd January - Chinese New Year Temple Fair
Monday 23rd-Thursday 26th January - Chinese New Year Celebrations Week
Thursday 26th January - Chinese New Year Dress-up day
Thursday 26th January - Break up for Chinese New Year
Monday 6th February - Return to school
Wednesday 15th February- EY and Primary workshop and coffee morning.
Friday 24th February - STEAM Day
Wednesday 15th March - EY and Primary workshop and coffee morning.
Week beginning 20th March - Shakespeare Week
Stars of the Week
6A – Charlotte McCullough- For helping her fellow students in Library and working hard in all lessons.
6B – Danah Abdullah Alamri – for trying her best and showing confidence to present work to the class.
6C – Ken Takei – for enthusiastic attitude to learning throughout the term, in mathematics, topic and English.
In English, we will focus on a unit of non-fiction reading and writing. We’ll be identifying the similarities and differences of autobiographies and biographies, identifying language features, etc. Students will write a biographical version of an autobiographical text and will also plan and write an autobiography of a fictional character. Our new guided reading books will be ‘Eye of the Wolf’ and ‘The Firework Maker’s Daughter’. Please remind your child to return banded reading books so they can be exchanged for new books. Students who are on this reading scheme need extra help with reading practice; time invested in listening to them read is so valuable to them. Thank you to those who are able to support.
In mathematics we will begin to look at proportional reasoning. This will entail solving problems involving the relative sizes of two quantities where missing values can be found by using integer multiplication and division facts. We will also solve problems involving similar shapes where the scale factor is known or can be found, and also problems which involve unequal sharing and grouping using knowledge of fractions and multiples.
We will start a new unit of the IPC called ‘Investigators’, in which children will learn how to investigate scientifically in order to solve a crime. We will consider methods of testing materials fairly, using apparatus like thermometers, and scales. We will observe closely and record systematically in order to draw accurate conclusions. This unit will conclude with a CSI-style mystery which students will unravel by applying their learning as investigators.