We hope you are all well and have had a restful break with your children and family. We were all pleased to welcome back the children following the extended break this Summer. We have followed government guidelines in terms of keeping your children safe when they return to school. I have attached the letter we emailed you in July as to the safety procedures we have put in place, taking into account our risk assessment. We have also taken into account the amount of time children have been away so there will be a period of catch up where the curriculum will be tailored to meet the needs of the children.
On their return to school we have reminded the children about our school values of Respect, Good Manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty. We will use our reward system 'Brookhouse Monster's University' to recognise good behaviour and attitudes. If your child is in the winning University team, they will be rewarded with a party at the end of term. PSHE will also play a key role, daily sessions will take place due to the extended abscence from school and because of Covid-19. Homework will be given out on a Friday and we will expect the children to hand it in on a Wednesday so it can be marked. There will also be some online homework which will be through a variety of online platforms. Our topic we will be exploring for this half term is 'Survival'.
Our main focus for English will be using the ‘Talk for Writing’ strategy of imitate, innovate and invent during our study of the class text Holes by Louis Sachar. As well as this, we will be focusing on the skills needed to invent our own piece of writing and look at writing cross-curricular through other subject areas. Whole class reading will continue to take place every day where we will be encouraging the children to focus on new voxabulary in the text and comprehension of the text. The school is trialing a new online Reading resource called Reading Plus, which improves pupils reading age but it relies on the children to use this resource on a daily basis so please make sure they are using it at home. Please support your children in their reading at home for ten minutes every day. Learning their weekly spellings will continue to take place, handed out every Friday and tested on a Wednesday. We will also constantly encourage children to improve their Oracy skills through their English lessons.
Our Math's lessons will provide pupils with the opportunity to learn using concrete, pictorial and abstract models. They will then learn to apply this knowledge to reasoning and problem solving. We will be starting with Place Value and calculations through the four operations. There will also be opportunity for online learning via MyMaths, which will use both during class teaching and encourage home practice. Please encourage your child to also practice their timetables at home. In order to aid them with this, your child can use the online program 'Times Table Rockstars'.
This term we are learning more about Evolution: to recognise that living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago; recognise that living things produce offspring of the same kind, but normally offspring vary and are not identical to their parents; identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution. There will be weekly quizzes so it is important they learn their knowledge organisers on a weekly basis.
Our topic is called Survival - which means that children will improve their Locational Knowledge /Human and Physical Geography. Pupils will contrast the human and physical geographical features of Greece with those of Chile. Just like Science, there will be weekly quizzes so they need to learn the facts on their knowledge organiser.
In Year 6 P.E will take place every Monday so please make sure your children have a full kit in school - Yellow P.E shirt with the school's logo, black joggers or shorts or leggings and a sweatshirt as we will be trying to do P.E outside weather permitting. In our P.E lessons we will focus on our Athletic skills which will look at the fundamental movement skills of running, throwing and jumping.
Any queries feel free to talk to us in the morning or at the end of the day or arrange an appointment through the school office.
Finally, during these uncertain times - we wish you the best of health!
Mr G Owen, Mrs S Sharif and Mrs S Momoniat