Welcome to Class 5 with Miss Platts!
I am Warrior! I am strong, brave and powerful. Draw your sword, wield your axe and challenge me if you dare! Invade and attack, Romans versus the Celts, the fight is on…
Discover warring Britain: meet Claudius, Boudicca and Julius Caeser, and find out what the Romans did for us. We will be delving into the life of a gladiator, learning what it was like at gladiator school alongside some of the great warriors such as Spartacus, Commodus and Crixus and creating posters to showcase their powerful qualities. When all that battling makes you hungry, relax, lie back and learn all about the rotten foods the Romans use to devour. Have you got what it takes to become a Warrior? Or even a gladiator?
A big welcome back and I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas break. We are now in the spring term; I am looking forward to the term ahead with lots of exciting learning opportunities ahead of us.
During this spring term our topic will be I am Warrior which is all about the Romans. We will cover lots of different things: looking at the expansion of the Roman Empire, finding out similarities and differences between Italy and Britain and using maps to find the geographical features of Rome. We will also be finding out what the Romans did for us and how they came to invade Britain. We will also be using our art skills to create detailed sketches of Roman coins and famous figures (such as Boudicca).
In Maths, we will spend this term looking at timetables, multiplication, shapes as well as recapping place value, addition and subtraction. 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 soliloquy as a Roman Soldier, write a historical narrative, create a play script about how Rome was discovered as well as creating a setting description about the famous Mount Vesuvius.
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 of multiplication and division facts 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 days are on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please ensure correct kits are in school on these days. Kits should consist of a t-shirt, shorts/ jogging bottoms and trainers.
Homework: 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 types of questions and ensuring that all children have a good understanding 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. Reading will be checked on a Wednesday every week. We now have a competition where children can gain certificates for reading at home. Many children have already done fantastic and have got their first certificate. Well done!
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