Mrs Dyde's Class 2021 - 2022
Welcome back and welcome to our Autumn Term!
Welcome back everyone. I really hope that you have all had a lovely time over the summer; have been able to relax and enjoyed time together. I am so much looking forward to getting to know everyone in our class and cannot wait to begin all the exciting and different learning opportunities we have planned for our new school year. Hopefully this page will keep you well informed of our plans for not only the year, but also the current term and keep you up-to-date with our weekly adventures. Of course for Year 6 it is their last year at Highfields and so the aim is to make it as memorable as possible, working hard for our SAT's but also having fun along the way.
Our class curriculum - Below, or by clicking on the links, you will be able to see our Annual Curriculum Plan which will highlight for you our learning intentions across the year. You will also see our Autumn Term Planner which will give you much more information on the range of exciting learning activities we have planned across all areas of the curriculum.
English - What is planned?
We will be reading a marvellous, unforgettable story; one about pursuing your dreams and never ignoring a possible.
Joining the adventure we meet Sophie who is told by everyone that she was orphaned in a shipwreck but Sophie is convinced her mother also survived. Despite no-one believing in her, she sets out on an adventure to prove them wrong. On the run from the authorities, Sophie finds Matteo - a boy who walks tightropes and lives in the sky. In a race across the rooftops of Paris, will they be able to find her mother before it's too late?
We have so many lovely writing activities planned, using this book as inspiration, I am sure that it will be a story everyone will love and enjoy.
As we read this book we will also be using Paris as an area to study within our Geography and explore the work of French artists, hoping to imitate their style. More information can be found on our Autumn Term Planner.
What else is there?
We will be also linking our English and some Art to our topic on Ancient Egypt, as well as Rooftoppers. We will begin by exploring who the Ancient Egyptians were and how they became famous. We will also be looking at where and when they lived; what their life was like and what was important to them. Along the way we will also read about the famous Tutankhamun, the process of mummification and their belief in different Gods. We won't be mummifying anyone or anything, don't worry, but we may make our own designs for a sarcophagus and a death mask!
Keeping you up to date with our Weekly Learning Journey:
Week Beginning 13th September 2021
English - We will be continuing to write, edit and publish a non-chronological report on the River Nile.
Guided reading will commence this week and continue as before in small groups within the class. The children have their own book to read and after each Guided Reading Session answer questions on what they have read, building on their understanding and comprehension. The children still have the opportunity to read at least three times a week in class, having ERIC - Enjoyable Reading in Class. Our Star Reading Test is complete and the children have their reading levels in their reading diaries.
Maths - We will begin working on our number, including place value, using MNP. We will also be working hard to imporve our fluency in our arithmetic skills each day. In Y5 we will be reading, writing and comparing numbers to a million. In Y6 we will be rounding numbers, and then complete a review of our work on place value so far this term. We will then continue our learning, using the order of operations to carry out calculations involving the four operations.
Science - We will continue to explore the planets in our Solar System with a visit from Wonderdome - an inflatable planetarium.
History - We will unwrap the mysteries of mummification.
ICT - We will be revisiting on-line safety as begin the new year.
RE - We will begin to look at Hindu beliefs. We will start by studying the Puja tray and learn about what happens during Puja and what is used on the tray.
Art - We begin our art work which is related to the River Nile. We will be painting backgrounds for our River Nile scene and then painting pyramids with sand and paint.
Music - We will continue to explore our songs on the theme of 'Being Happy'. We will listen to and appraise another song, and contiune to learn 'Happy'.
French - We will be exploring adjectives to describe someone's personality.
PE- Our PE changes and will be on a Wednesday and a Thursday this half term. We will look at both the individual and different skills used for different sports. This term focuses on invasion games, such as basketball, tag rugby along with fitness activities.
Reading Record Diaries
Please continue to encourage your child to read at home at least 4 times a week. It is lovely to see that we already have two reading millionaires in our class and I know that some are really class to achieving this remarkable standard. I wonder how many more can achieve it. In Year 5 and Year 6 we encourage the children to be more independent and record their own reading in their reading diaries, however we would like you to sign or comment in your child's diary at the end of the week so we know that this is happening - this is greatly appreciated. Reading diaries will be checked weekly when your child has their Guided Reading Session. Reading so often, every day, should enable your child to take a book quiz within two weeks - sometimes perhaps three.
This will be sent home every week on a Friday but is expected to be completed by the following Thursday. It can be found outlined on our Brain Builder and will be added to our class page weekly. It will consist of spellings and times tables, both of which will be tested on Friday. Maths is set online using MyMaths or Purple Mash; Grammar skills can be completed in the book sent home or on sheets sent home that week and can also be checked and marked at home. If your child is finding it difficult to complete the homework or experiencing difficulty in accessing online homework then please do let me know.
Please click on the Homework Pencil to find our brainbuilder: 17.9.21
PE and PPA
This term we will be having PE on a Wednesday and a Thursday so please remember to come to school in your correct PE kit. Our PE kit has recently changed and now consists of a t-shirt in the house colour along with the school logo, green shorts or skort and black trainers; if it is cold, green joggers are allowed. (The current Y6 children can wear old PE kit whilst they are outgrowing it.) During PPA the children will also be having ICT.
Please ensure your child brings their water bottle to school every day and that it is clearly identifiable. The children should bring in sufficient water to ensure that they have access to refreshment during the day which keeps them hydrated.
Please make sure your child only brings in what is necessary for school. The children no longer require pencil cases as equipment will be provided for them in class. They will need to bring in their reading diary and reading book daily; lunch boxes if required and water bottles. All of these will be returned home each day and where possible should be cleaned before coming back to school the following day.
If you have any questions relating to any aspect of school life, please do not hesitate in contacting me. I can be contacted through the school office using the email address below or by phone. I will then endeavour to reply within 48 hours.
Meanwhile please do make use of the website links and other information below.
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