Welcome to Class 5 with Miss Platts!
Grab your wetsuit! We’re going into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures. Can you pick your favourite fish plant or animal?
What are those bright lights in the distance? It’s a group of bioluminescent sea creatures! We will be creating a fishy story about exploring the amazing underwater world.
Time to go a little deeper into our seas. We will work creatively to make a model deep- sea submarine that can withstand great pressure and travel to the deepest, darkest places on Earth. Make sure you test it first!
Exploring the depths of the oceans is one of the most fascinating adventures there is. There is so much that is still unknown. Will we discover a new species?
Flippers on? Snorkel ready? Let’s head into the Blue Abyss…
A big welcome back to school and I hope you have all had a lovely break. We are now approaching the Summer term and I cannot believe how fast this year has gone, but I am looking forward to the new term, with lots of exciting learning opportunities ahead of us.
During this Summer term our topic will be Blue Abyss which is all about the world’s seas and oceans. We will cover lots of different things: food chains and webs, designing and creating a submarine, the different levels of the oceans and creating short documentaries about the 1872 Royal Navy ship. The children will learn about Cornelius Drebbel and look at different artists and their work.
In Maths, we will spend this term looking at timetables, graphs and shape as well as revising the four main operations (addition, subtraction, division and multiplication). The children will have chance to use TT Rockstars and Reflex maths to practise and master their multiplication and division skills. Please ask your child what they have been learning and encourage them to share this with you. In Literacy, we will be writing a dilemma story, creating a balanced argument and create a ballad about Keiko the Whale.
Don’t forget that the children can access Active Learn at home where they can play games and complete activities on Bug Club, Spelling and Grammar bug, and Abacus! They can also access ‘Times Table Rockstars’ from home to practice and improve upon their times table knowledge. This is a really good tool to use if your child doesn’t yet have quick recall and can be played for just a couple of minutes each day. I will give DoJo points out in class when children have accessed this home learning.
Our PE days this term. PE will now be on Wednsdays and Fridays. Please ensure correct kits are in school on these days. Kits should consist of a t-shirt, shorts/ jogging bottoms and trainers. I will lead the sessions on a Tuesday and Mr Rutherford will lead the sessions on a Friday. Please send children with outdoor clothing, as if the weather is good we will be doing our PE lessons on the field. Y4 will continue to have swimming lessons on Wednesdays so please ensure they bring their swimming kits.
Maths and spelling homework will go out on a Friday and is due in the following Friday. This will generally be focussed on times tables or revising what we have been doing in class that week. Concentrating on these arithmetic type of questions and ensuring that all children have a good understand of the methods. I would encourage that the children have a go at it as soon as possible and then come to see me if they have any concerns.
Ideally, children should be listened to read 3 times a week. Please write a comment in your child's reading diary where they can earn DoJo points in class.
I am very much looking forward to the term ahead. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to come in and see me. I look forward to meeting you all.
Kind regards, Miss Platts