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SUMMER 2 - PLANTS, HABITATS AND THE AMAZON! 

Welcome back. 

I hope you have all had a good half term break and are ready for another busy and exciting final half term! This term our topic is Plants, Habitats and the Amazon Rainforest! This half term, in preparation for transition, we will be encouraging the children to become more independent. Therefore, as of Monday 12th of June, we will be asking parents not to come in the cloakroom when bring the children to school in the morning.

 

GEOGRAPHY

Our geography sessions will be based around the Amazon Rainforest. We will be looking at where the Amazon is located and the different habitats you might find there. We will look at the different animals we might find and think about why the Amazon is important. We will be comparing the environment and habitat of the Amazon to the the area surrounding Walesby. 

 

PE

Our PE sessions continue to be on a Monday and Wednesday so please make sure you have your outdoor and indoor PE kit in school and have a named water bottle everyday. Now that the weather has improved most of our PE sessions will be outdoors. 

 

SCIENCE

Our topic science will focus on 'Plants and Habitats'.  We will be looking at thee different habitats around our school and think about the types of animals that might live there. We will also be thinking about plants and how they are the source and start of food chains. 

 

HOMEWORK

Homework tasks will continue to be set on a Thursday each week, so please make sure homework folders are in school on this day. Spelling tests will also be completed in school on a Thursday using the previous weeks spellings and score will be recorded the following Friday in the dairies. Homework this half-term will consist of weekly spellings, weekly maths task (on Mathletics or given as sheets in the homework folder) and we will also have Creative Homework. 

 

READING

Remember to try and read as many times as possible during the week and make sure you record your reads in your school dairy! The more reads you have the better! Hopefully we can all go for gold in our half-term reading challenge!

 

I hope you all have a great final half term!

Mr Mackenzie 

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SUMMER 1 - PIRATES!

Welcome back. 

I hope you have all had a good Easter break and are ready for another busy and exciting half term! This term our topic is Pirates!

 

GEOGRAPHY

Our geography sessions will be linked to our topic of pirates as we take journey across the seas of discovery. We will be looking at maps and learning how to read maps and even create our own treasure maps. We will earn how to use and read a compass and create keys for our maps. We will have a go at a simple orienteering task around the school grounds.  

 

PE

Our PE sessions continue to be on a Monday and Wednesday so please make sure you have your outdoor and indoor PE kit in school and have a named water bottle everyday. Some of these sessions will be outdoor and some will be indoor.

 

SCIENCE

Our topic is 'The water cycle'. We will be investigating the water cycle and answering questions such as 'What happens to a puddle of water?' and 'Where does rain come from?'. We will be conducting different investigations to solve these questions. 

 

HOMEWORK

Homework tasks will continue to be set on a Thursday each week, so please make sure homework folders are in school on this day. Spelling tests will also be completed in school on a Thursday using the previous weeks spellings and score will be recorded the following Friday in the dairies. Homework this half-term will consist of weekly spellings, weekly maths task (on Mathletics or given as sheets in the homework folder) and reading comprehension. 

 

READING

Remember to try and read as many times as possible during the week and make sure you record your reads in your school dairy! The more reads you have the better! Hopefully we can all go for gold in our half-term reading challenge!

 

I hope you all have a great half term!

Mr Mackenzie 

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SPRING 2 - CASTLES AND DRAGONS

Welcome back. 

I hope you have all had a good break and are ready for another busy and exciting half term! This term our topic is Castles and Dragons!

 

HISTORY/GEOGRAPHY

We will be answering the Questions: Why build a castle on a hill? What was a castle like? Who worked in the castle? What was life like for the children of the lord? What happened when the castle was attacked? How did people celebrate their victory? What was it like for the rich and the poor? We will also be visiting Conisbrough Castle as part of the topic.

 

PE

Our PE sessions continue to be on a Monday and Wednesday so please make sure you have your PE kit in school and have a named water bottle everyday. Some of these sessions will be outdoor and some will be indoor.

 

SCIENCE

Our topic is 'Light and Shadows'. We will be looking at the different sources of light, such as the sun, flames and torches. Looking at how darkness is the absence of light, how shiny objects reflect the light and how we can block light to create a shadow.

 

HOMEWORK

Homework tasks will continue to be set on a Thursday each week, so please make sure homework folders are in school on this day. Spelling tests will also be completed in school on a Thursday using the previous weeks spellings and score will be recorded the following Friday in the dairies. Homework this half-term will consist of weekly spellings, weekly maths task (on Mathletics or given as sheets in the homework folder) and reading comprehension.

 

READING

Remember to try and read as many times as possible during the week and make sure you record your reads in your school dairy! The more reads you have the better! Hopefully we can all go for gold in our half-term reading challenge!

 

I hope you all have a great half term!

Mr Mackenzie 

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Trip to Conisbrough Castle

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SPRING 1 - MIGHTY METALS

Welcome back. 

I hope you have all had a fantastic festive break over the past couple of weeks and enjoyed the Christmas celebrations! This term our topic is Mighty Metals.

 

ART

In art this half term, we will be looking at sculpture and having a go at designing and creating our own sculptures. We will look at the artist Henry Moore and some of the work he has created to help inspire us.

 

PE

Our PE sessions continue to be on a Monday and Wednesday so please make sure you have your PE kit in school and have a named water bottle everyday.

 

SCIENCE

This half term, our science lessons will be focused on materials and their properties. We will be looking at a range of properties  materials might have, from magnetic to water-proof. We will conduct a number experiments to test these properties and sort them into categories.  We will investigate how mighty metals really are.

 

HOMEWORK

Homework tasks will continue to be set on a Thursday each week, so please make sure homework folders are in school on this day. Spelling tests will also be completed in school on a Thursday using the previous weeks spellings and score will be recorded the following Friday in the dairies. Homework this half-term will consist of weekly spellings, weekly maths task (on Mathletics or given as sheets in the homework folder) and there will also be topic related homework tasks set at the beginning of the half term. 

 

READING

Remember to try and read as many times as possible during the week and make sure you record your reads in your school dairy! The more reads you have the better! Hopefully we can all go for gold in our half-term reading challenge!!

 

I hope you all have a great start to the New Year!

Mr Mackenzie 

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AUTUMN 2 - TOYS

Welcome back. 

I hope you have all had a good half term break and are ready to start this half terms topic of toys.

 

We will be looking at all aspects of toys this half term and thinking about some key questions such as: How have toys changed? How do our toys work? What different types of toys do we play with? During the half term we will also be visiting Weston Park Museum in Sheffield where we will learn more about toys from the past. Children will also be able to bring in their own toys from home as part of our science and history lessons.

 

PE

Our PE sessions continue to be on a Monday and Wednesday so please make sure you have your PE kit in school and have a named water bottle everyday.

 

HISTORY

In history this term we will be looking at toys from the past and exploring how they have changed over time. Children will have the chance to bring in their own toys as part of this learning. 

 

SCIENCE

May the force be with you… this half term our science topic will be all about forces. We will be exploring the forces of push and pull. We will be bringing in our own toys and exploring what forces we use to play with them and looking more into how our toys work.

 

NATIVITY

As you may be aware, in Class Horse Chestnut and Class Silver Birch, we are practicing and preparing for our ‘Baubles’ nativity. Children have received the script and the parts they will performing. It is important that children practice these parts both in school and at home. Our performances will be on the afternoon of the 5th of December and the evening of the 6th of December. Please show your support for these performances as the children and staff have put in a lot of hard work to make them a success.

 

READING

Remember to try and read as many times as possible during the week and make sure you record your reads in your school dairy! The more reads you have the better! Hopefully we can all be reading superheroes this term.

 

I hope you all have an enjoyable and festive half term!

Mr Mackenzie 

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Autumn 1 - The Great Fire of London!

 

Welcome back! I hope you all had a fabulous summer break and are looking forward to another fun filled half term! 

 

This half term we will be looking at The Great Fire of London which happened around 350 years ago and destroyed large parts of London, our capital city. Will will be looking at how the fire was caused. How long did the fire last for? How did they put the fire out? What happened after the fire? We will also  be looking at Samuel Pepys and his perception of what happened.

 

We start off the term with a visit from Partake, who will be doing some drama work and giving Horse Chestnut class and Silver Birch class an insight into the story of The Great fire of London. We will also be having a visit from the fire brigade and a real life fire engine later in the half term!

 

PE

Our PE sessions this year will be on a Monday morning and a Wednesday morning, please make sure that children have there PE kits in school for these days! We will be focussing on outdoor sports this half term. 

 

Music

This half term Mr Tryner will be teaching us how to play the ukulele.

 

Reading

Remember to try and read as many times as possible during the week and make sure you record your reads in your school dairy! The more reads you have the better! Hopefully we can all be reading superheroes this term.

 

Science

In science we are looking at changing materials, starting off with observing some different changes. We will then be investigating properties of materials. Do they stretch? Bend? Twist? Squash? These are questions we will find out!

 

I hope you all have an enjoyable half term!

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Summer 2 - Class Horse Chestnut

 

Welcome back to an exciting and busy half term in Class Horse Chestnut.

Our learning journey begins over 2700 years ago in Ancient Greece. We take our Olympic torches back in time to discover which events were in the very first Olympic Games, there may be a few surprises along the way! We will answer important questions such as Do you know what the Olympic Games are? What do you know about the games? As History detectives we will use different types of evidence to help us find out what life was really like for children and their parents in Ancient Greece.

 

Our Olympic theme continues in our Science topic this half term as we find out about how amazing our bodies really are. We will investigate questions such as 'Why do we have a skeleton? ', 'How do our muscles work?' and 'Do people with longer legs actually run faster?' We will learning some amazing and fun facts about how the Ancient Greek athletes trained their bodies to make them the strongest and fastest of all athletes.

 

We will use the important words of the Olympic creed "The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part" to help guide us in preparation for the Walesby School sports day on 22nd June. Please don't forget to bring your PE kit to school every Monday. This half term PE will take place every Monday and Wednesday morning when we will be developing our own athletic skills in a wide variety of field and track events. It is important to keep our bodies hydrated. Please don't forget to bring a named water bottle to school with you every day. Thank you.

 

We are going for gold with our times tables this half term and we will be holding regular times tables challenges. Will you achieve a bronze, silver or gold medal this half term?

 

Daily reading at home continues to be an important part of our learning journey. Try to read as often as you can and record it in your diary. Don't forget that reading 6 times a week will make you a Golden Guzzler Reading Champion by the end of this half term. Go for it!

 

We look forward to our Time Travelling trip on 15th June at Southwell Minster and our residential visit to Sherwood Forest on 19th/20th July.

 

Thank you for all of your continued support. If you have any questions about any of our topics this half term or if you have any resources at home that your child could bring in to enhance our topics, please do not hesitate to contact me at the end of the school day. We look forward to welcoming you all back soon.

 

 

 

 

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