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Welcome to Class 6 with Mrs Cooper!

 

Let’s travel back 5000 years to the dusty realms of ancient Egypt.

 Cruise along the Nile, entering a world of mysteries and curses, mummies and kings.

Find out about life on the river’s fertile banks, discovering Egypt and its fascinating culture.

Unravel the secrets of ancient tombs, using historical sources and age-old artefacts.

Find out about powerful pharaohs and grandiose gods!

Make yourself a nemes and you’ll really look the part!

Become an apprentice and work for Ramose – he’s the chief embalmer at the Beautiful House. Help him prepare a body for its journey into the afterlife.

Now open the doorway to ancient Egypt – who knows what treasures you will find?

 

A big welcome back to school and I hope you have all had a lovely summer holiday. I am looking forward to a new year, in a brand new classroom, with lots of exciting learning opportunities ahead of us.

During this autumn term our topic is Pharaohs. We will cover lots of areas including Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, the process of mummification, what it meant to be a pharaoh, which gods the Egyptians worshipped and just how important the River Nile was. The children will create their own canopic jars, learn about the different social groups in Ancient Egypt and find out all there is to know about the curses which guarded ancient tombs.

In Maths, we will spend this term looking at place value and calculation. We will also look at fractions, decimals and percentages and focus on consolidating the links between them. The children will have chance to practise and master their addition, subtraction, 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 an adventure narrative, a non-chronological report about mummification, a diary entry from the perspective of Howard Carter and a letter to a Pharaoh.

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 will change for this year. PE will now be on Mondays and Fridays. Please ensure correct kits are in school on these days. Kits should consist of a t-shirt, shorts/ jogging bottoms and trainers or a change of shoes. I will lead PE on Monday and Miss Wilson will lead on Friday.

We will be continuing with our creative homework approach. Last year was a huge success with many pupils bringing in projects that they had completed at home and which were displayed in the school hall. Thank you for all your support with this.

 

Maths Fluency homework will go out on a Wednesday and is due in the following Wednesday. This will generally be focussed on times tables, knowing fraction, decimal and percentages equivalents, multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000 or converting between different measures (grams to kilograms, centimetres to metres etc.). Concentrating on these questions and ensuring that all children have a good understand of the methods will mean they will be better able to tackle other areas of maths. 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.

 

In school, children do Guided Reading daily. This is linked to their reading homework. Your child will have a homework task to read ‘X’ number of pages each week. It is essential they keep up with this reading in order to access the comprehension questions that they will subsequently be asked. Ideally, children should be listened to read every day. We ask that children read at least three times a week. Please write a comment in your child's reading diary where they can earn DoJo points in class. Any child who has not read at home will spend some of their break time reading with an adult.

This term we are also launching our Reading Rockets competition in school. Every time your child reads, it will go towards obtaining a reading certificate and reward.

 

I am very much looking forward to the term ahead and I would like to thank you all for your support and hard work thus far.

 

Kind regards, Mrs Cooper.

 

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