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Autumn 1

Maths

Maths is an integral part of the day in UKS2. All children take part in an hour maths lesson every day which is used to ensure every child has access to the National Curriculum. In order to enhance children’s understanding further, we have introduced maths meetings. These meetings are held for 10-15 minutes every afternoon and consist of chants, singing and the coverage of basic maths skills. We are already seeing a positive impact and hope this will continue as the year progresses. Below are the links to the some of the songs that we are currently using.

Prime number song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AikMFJRQ7TY

Fractions, decimals and percentages song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHq6fugetug

Parallel and perpendicular song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P3AOoLbA3us

Literacy – Writing

The children have a 1 hour literacy lesson every day. Within these lessons, the children are taught a range of genres in accordance with the National Curriculum. Children will also cover a range of grammar skills in order to prepare them for their end of school exams.

Literacy – Reading

Children take part in daily guided reading sessions. These give the children the chance to either work with an adult or independently to progress their reading skills. This term we will be focusing on the children’s ability to use inference.

Literacy – Spelling

Children are set weekly spellings which follow the advised patterns as outlined within the National Curriculum. Tests are conducted on a Friday as part of children’s Literacy lessons. New spellings are provided on the same day, so that children have a full week to learn them at home by using the look, say, cover, check method.

PE

Children take part in a range of indoor and outdoor activities in line with National Curriculum expectations. Children require an indoor and outdoor PE kit (as detailed in the school PE policy) every Thursday. It is important that they bring both, as at any time of year, the weather can be very changeable.

Topic

This half term we are learning about the Industrial Revolution. Children we learn about the effects of the revolution on a global, national and local level. They will have a chance to explore their local heritage by examining the history of steel making on Teesside and will be visiting our famous local landmark-The Transporter Bridge. As part of this topic, the children will be reading the narrative ‘Street Child’ which explores what life was like for children during the Victorian Era.

Last half term we learnt about the blood and heart. The children watched their class teacher dissect a real pig’s heart to help them learn how our hearts work in our own bodies, as well as investigating how their heart rate changes when they exercise.

Some Year B topics

Beast Creator
Arachnids, invertebrates, molluscs and myriapods….. What’s the difference? The children will investigate the life cycles of some of the planets more unusual wildlife. Life in a rock pool isn’t as simple as it may appear…

Scream Machine
In this topic, we will be focusing on the unique sights, smells and sounds of the fair. Children will learn about forces and electricity to discover how rides work, as well as perfecting the art of advertising by convincing others their Theme Park is the one to visit!

A Child’s War
The children will be learning all about World War II; particularly the impact of the war upon children such as evacuation, roles and responsibilities and the impact upon families when fathers and older siblings went away to fight for their country.

Some Year A topics

Frozen Kingdom

During this topic, the children spent time learning about the human and physical geography, different animal groups, adaptation and climate change. Take a look at some of the wonderful artwork the children produced.

Time Travellers

The children will be looking at what time travel means and linking it to research of different time periods. They have already had to decide what time period they would like to visit if time travel was possible. There have been lots of interesting ideas! The children have also explored the artist, Salvador Dali. They used ICT to research and then created their own painting based on his work.

Homework

The children will be given a set of challenges every two weeks and will need to complete at least two of them. Below are some pictures of our amazing homework from the first challenges that were set this year.  Alongside the challenges children are also expected to read, practise times table and learn their spellings every night.

 

To view our current homework on the Industrial Revolution which is due in on the 10th November, please click here.

Previous homework.

Transporter Bridge
Blood and Heart