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Avocets - Mr Danes

Dear Parents/Carers of Avocet class,

I hope you had a fantastic Easter holiday, even if the weather was perhaps wasn’t as lovely as we would have liked!

This term our overall theme is ‘Water’. Throughout this term, we will be exploring our learning that is linked to this topic as the pupils explore the main question – Why is water important and how can we save it? 

In English, we will be improving and developing English skills through a ‘message in a bottle’ stimulus piece of creative writing. Pupils will be focusing on expanding their vocabulary to add more adjectives to their writing and in turn giving it more description and detail. Additionally, pupils will continue practising using their reading skills, from the reading dogs TAP program, to help them understand a variety of pieces of text in more detail and be able to reason why they have come to their conclusions based on what they have read. Please continue practising using these reading skills, using the bookmark given to you, at home as this will help the pupils become more accustomed to the types of questions being asked and also further their own ability to breakdown their understanding of the piece of text. Furthermore, by practising writing at home will help the children investigate their ideas in further detail whilst giving them further opportunities to practice their cursive writing, an expected aspect of their writing by the end of the term.

In maths, pupils will be studying statistics and the various ways these can be presented as well as being able to extract information from the presentations of data. Pupils will also be looking at algebra, using their knowledge of addition and multiplication and their inverses, subtraction and division, to solve a variety of algebraic problems. Finally, pupils will also investigate measurement, as this seems to be an area where there is less confidence. This will range from measurements of lengths, time, weight and volume. Please continue working on the pupils times table rockstars, available online and as an app, as it is of great benefit to pupils in their confidence of times tables but also their maths work in general. Additionally, homework will look to cover the childrens learning from the week and any further practice of this learning at home will only further their confidence and understanding of the mathematical concept being taught.

As mentioned, homework will be set on Tuesdays and if this can be returned on the following Monday then this gives time for the homework to be marked and for the new homework task to be set. Homework is a great opportunity for the pupils to practice their learning from the week and further their confidence and understanding of it, giving them a further boost in lessons as they have this deeper understanding.

In Science pupils will examine plant life, looking at the plant reproduction systems, the various features of the plant and the functions and growth of a plant. These areas will be explored through investigation. In topic, we will be focusing on trade and travel, linking our trade learning to our previous Ancient Egyptian and Stone Age to Iron Age topics and our travel to using a directional compass and exploring the local area using this.

As usual PE will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday so please make sure PE kits are labelled along with shoes. If you ever have anything you would like to ask or discuss please contact the school or speak to myself to arrange a time for this to take place.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Danes, Miss Bearton and Miss Parker