Class 6 Autumn Newsletter
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 ancient 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, 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 and I hope you have all had a lovely summer break. I am looking forwards to getting back into routine and starting our new topic. We are in the autumn term; I am looking forward to the term ahead with lots of exciting learning opportunities ahead of us.
During this autumn term our topic will be Pharaohs which is all about the Ancient Egyptians. We will cover lots of different things: looking at the key landmarks of Egypt, looking at what the Egyptian’s beliefs were. We will be carrying out lots of art and DT work including creating canopic jars and we will be exploring the life of the most famous pharaoh ‘Tutankhamun’.
In Maths, we will spend this term looking at place value and the four operations. We will also start work on algebra and fractions. The children will have chance to use TT Rockstars and Numbots 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 chronological report about discovering the tomb of Tutankhamun, fact files, mystery stories and a play script.
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 Tuesday’s and Thursday’s. Please ensure children come to school in the correct school PE kit with appropriate footwear. On Tuesday’s children will be going swimming. Children will need to bring to school with them: swimming costume/shorts, swimming cap and towel.
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. Any child who does not complete and hand in their homework will spend a break time completing it in class.
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. In school, children do Guided Reading daily, sometimes with an adult but sometimes accessing some independent learning. Myself or Mrs Hales will listen to every child read at least once a week during school time and this will be recorded in their school diaries. Children need to have their school diaries with them every day. Any child who has not read at home will spend some of their break time reading with an adult.
This term we will be starting some boost sessions during the afternoons to help children recap learning from last year and new concepts from this year. These will either be carried out by myself or Mrs Hales. Each booster group will last for about 20 minutes so children can still enjoy the afternoon lessons.
I am very much looking forward to the term ahead and I know Class 6 will work hard. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to call school and arrange a phone call or meeting or send me a message on Class Dojo and I will reply as soon as possible.
Kind regards, Miss Platts
Below is the link to home learning ideas for this term. Children have been given a copy at school too.
Links for home learning:
Active Learn: https://www.activelearnprimary.co.uk/login?e=-1&c=0#abacus
TT Rockstars: https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student/undefined/password
Read Theory: https://readtheory.org/auth/login
Class 6 Egyptian Work