A Message from the Class Teacher, Mrs Flanagan
2019 -20 Term 2
Welcome back to Otter Class! We hope you had a relaxing half term and look forward to hearing all about your adventures! We're sure you had a marvellous time and that you are looking forward to the new challenges and learning our second term will bring.
Here is an overview of what we will be learning about this term:
This half term we will be exploring the adventure story The Firework Maker's Daughter to write our own stories set in Ancient China. We shall also be exploring the story of the Willow Tree pattern to write recounts. As we are reading we will be thinking about the descriptive devices the author uses (expanded noun phrases, adverbs and adventurous vocabulary) and then applying them in our own writing. We shall also be exploring spelling strategies to help us learn different spelling patterns each week which will be sent home.
This half term we will be using rehearsing and applying our multiplication and division facts. We will start with using Dienes and counters to represent group of numbers, then drawing them using arrays moving on to applying them to solve word problems.
Our topic for this half term is still The Shang Dynasty, however our Big Question has changed slightly to: What did Ancient China do for us? We will be using artefacts and secondary sources to find out about how people lived in the Shang Dynasty, how this has changed our lives and why the dynasty ended.
In RE we will be exploring the question "What is the Trinity?" We will think about Christians' belief in the Trinity: God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and exploring what it means to their lives. We will also make connections with our own ideas and asking Christian visitors what the Trinity means to them. We are also hoping to visit the cathedral to find symbols of the Trinity.
In addition, we will continue to have Music on a Wednesday with Ms Wilmott and PE on a Monday with Andy Booker. However, please ensure that PE kits are in school at all times.
Homework will be set on a Friday (alternating between English and Maths) to be returned the following Wednesday. Spellings will also be set weekly and tested on a Thursday.
I am sure we are going to have a jam packed term with lots of fun, laughter and learning!
Please do not hesitate to talk with me or make an appointment to see me if you have any concerns or questions at any point.
Thank you for your continued support,
Mrs Flanagan and Mrs McGrath.