Welcome to Class 8!
'How do you walk like an Egyptian?'
Within our thematic learning, we will marvel at the ingenuity of this ancient civilisation. Is it possible that the ancient Egyptians were more technologically advanced than we might have thought? The children will be developing an understanding of how geographical features played a part in where these fascinating people settled.
In Literacy we will begin our new class text – ‘Holes’. We will be focusing on inference, retrieval, link, summarising and prediction skills - looking at how language, structure and presentation contribute towards meaning. Within grammar lessons we will review all levels of punctuation and have a specific focus on: past and present progressive; active and passive voice; determiners; tenses and word classes.We will also be writing for a range of purposes in relation to our class texts and theme.
We will continue to practise our cursive joined up writing every week.
Our next unit in maths will focus on co-ordinates on two and four quadrant graphs and then drawing and translating simple shapes onto graphs. We will then interpret and construct pie charts and line graphs and use these to solve problems. Also, we will complete, read and interpret information in tables, including timetables.
Times Tables Rockstars is a fantastic online resource that is used in school, and can also be used at home, to support your child’s rapid recall of multiplication and division facts. Please remember that all children should know their multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12. We appreciate your continued support to encourage your child to practise these.
In Science we will be learning about human anatomy. The key question for the unit will be - ‘What would a journey through your body look like?’ We will be building our understanding of how our circulatory system works. We will also be learning about the impact diet, exercise and lifestyle has on the way our bodies function.
In other areas of the curriculum we will be studying the following:
RE – In RE we will be building on our knowledge of places of worship to then consider the similarities and differences between religious buildings within the same religion. We will then also be focusing on the Easter story and its significance in our lives today.
PE - We will have both indoor and outdoor P.E. lessons each week, weather permitting. Please ensure that your child has a full P.E. kit, labelled with their name, in school each week to ensure that they can participate in all P.E. lessons.
Computing - In Computing we will be completing the unit ‘We are artists’. In this unit we will be using vector and turtle graphics to explore geometric art, taking inspiration from other famous artists including Escher and Riley. We will then be creating our own pieces of geometric art.
PSHE - In P.S.H.E we will be discussing and learning about the changes that we will experience in our lives through our teenage years and beyond. We will be focusing on how our roles and responsibilities will develop, including thinking about the significance of the roles of parents and carers.
Music - ‘You’ve got a friend’ by Carole King will be the focus of music lessons this half term. We will listen and appraise other pop songs with a similar theme, as well as perform the song accompanied by musical instruments.
Homework supports the teaching and learning that takes place in school. We appreciate your support at home and if you have any questions or problems, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you in advance.
Homework books will be sent home on a Wednesday. Please ensure that your child completes and returns the books on a Monday morning. Homework club will continue to run on a Thursday at lunchtime if any homework support is required.
Spelling words will be sent home on a Friday and the spelling test will be the following Friday.
Reading – please encourage your child to read at home each night and put a brief comment in their reading record books.
Theme Homework – One activity per half term
In a recent parent and pupil questionnaire both parents and pupils expressed an overall preference for the homework book format for homework. However, most responses noted that online activities were enjoyable and provided an alternative learning style. Please find below a list of suggested links for your child to use:
Things to remember!
Bring reading book/bag into school everyday.
Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit (including a white t-shirt, burgundy shorts or leggings for girls and black pumps) in school. Also, it is important that the kit is labelled to avoid mix ups/loss. Please ensure all kits are in compact string PE bags. It is also essential for your child to have an outdoor PE kit in school including appropriate footwear e.g. trainers.
Thank you in advance for all of your support at home with reading and homework. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!