Monday 12th April
Welcome back to school after the Easter break. I hope you all had a lovely time with your family, keeping safe and well.
We will continue to remind 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 given a reward at the end of the term. PSHE will also play a key role, daily sessions will take place. 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 such as My Maths, Purple Mash, SPAG, TTRS and Reading Plus.
Just to remind everyone that due to COVID restrictions school has decided that it is more feasible for children to come to school dressed for PE, rather than get changed in school. Please remember children need to be dressed in Brookhouse PE kit, which consists of a yellow PE top with the school's logo, black shorts or joggers or leggings and black pumps. Trainers and a sweatshirt are also advised as some of our sessions will be conducted outside, therefore children need to be dressed accordingly. Therefore your child will need to be dressed for PE on both Mondays (Tag Rugby) and Wednesdays (Boxing).
The letter to remind you of pick up/drop off of points and timings can be found in the useful documents section below. We have followed government guidelines to keep your children safe.
Our Topic in Summer 1 is: Oh I do like to be beside the seaside!
Our main focus for English will be using the ‘Talk for Writing’ strategy of imitate, innovate and invent during our completion of the study of the Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne. Through this text we will focus 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 vocabulary in the text and comprehension of the text.
The school has purchased a three year subscription with an online reading resource called Reading Plus, which improves pupil's reading age but it does rely on the children using this resource on a daily basis. So please make sure they are using it at home, regularly. Please support your children in their reading at home for ten minutes every day. Learning their weekly spellings will continue to take place and we will encourage children to improve their Oracy skills through participating in the project Voice 21.
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 start by looking at the breadth of Mathematics, focusing on various areas such as coordinates, shape, data handling and ratio. Progressing onto solving word problems of increasing complexity. 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 Biology: focusing on classification of animals and living things. We will be describe how living things are classified into broad groups according to common observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences, including microorganisms, plants and animals. We will give reasons for classifying plants and animals based on specific characteristics. Throughout children will be asked to conduct scientific experiments to answer both questions posed and that arise during scientific enquires. There will be weekly quizzes so it is important they learn their knowledge organisers on a weekly basis.
Linking to our study of the seaside, we will study its changing face over periods of English history. Developing our historical enquiry skills in studying closely the local seaside resort of Blackpool.
Design and Technology
This term we will challenge the children to research, design and then build their own fairground ride, using the materials available at school.
In P.E will take place every Monday so please make sure your children come to school in their full P.E kit - Yellow P.E shirt with the school's logo, black joggers or shorts or leggings and their school green sweatshirt, as we will be trying to do P.E outside weather permitting. In our P.E lessons we will focus on Tag Rugby. On a Wednesday we will continue to take part in Boxing on a Wednesday afternoon for half an hour.
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, I would just like to say thank you for sending your children into school during Spring - Year 6's attendance was fantastic! The Year 6 team wish all of you the best of health in these difficult times.
Mr G Owen, Mrs S Sharif, Mrs S Momoniat and Mrs H Sheikh