Upper Juniors - 2019/20
Autumn Term 2019
Welcome back to a brand-new term! We hope you all had an enjoyable summer break. During this first term, the Upper Juniors will be learning about WW2, with our theme titled ‘Back to the Blitz’. This is always a fascinating and exciting theme, which the pupils’ thoroughly enjoy learning about. If you have anything WW2 related or know of anyone that would be willing to talk to the children about life in WW2 then please do get in contact. This week, pupils have been thinking about what they want to learn and find out during this theme.
This term we will be covering the following areas:
- Geography- Maps of Europe, locating cities, drawing maps and landmark features of the U.K
- History- Overview of WW2, key leaders, The Blitz, the role women played in the war effort, rationing, evacuees and D-Day
- Science (Year 6)- Electricity and Light
- Science (Year 5)- Materials and their properties
- Music- Listening, comparing and evaluating a range of musical genres (including WW2)
- Design and Technology- Making food with rations & a wartime radio with a bag
- P.S.H.E- Me and my relationships and valuing differences
- Computing (Year 6)- Spreadsheets, online safety and blogging
- Computing (Year 5)- 3D modelling, online safety and databases
- R.E (year 6)- The Christian creation story and whether science compliments or conflicts this view as well as studying creation stories from around the world
- R.E (Year 5)- Understanding Christianity: God and sacred writing in different religions
- P.E (Year 6) Real P.E and netball
- P.E- (Year 5) Real P.E, hockey and football
- Trip to the Royal Gunpowder Mills learning about: rationing, evacuees, school-life & air raids
READING: Children are expected to read at home five times a week. All the children benefit from reading to an adult and reading is to be recorded (5 times a week) and signed in the relevant section of the student planner. Pupils will be rewarded with a house point when they meet this target for three weeks in a row. The benefits of regular reading are proven to have a big impact on a child’s spelling and writing. We continue to appreciate your support in this area.
SPELLING: As always, we are putting a big emphasis on promoting the learning of spellings. To support this, pupils will be set 5-10 spellings each week on a Friday to learn for a test on the following Friday. These spellings will follow the National Curriculum words set for pupils to learn in Year 5 and 6.
MATHS: All maths groups will have times tables to practise and learn. In each maths group/class, teachers will make it clear to pupils what they should be practising each week. Pupils also have access to Times Table Rockstars. This is an online website that allows pupils to practise and reinforce their times tables. The login for these can be found in pupil’s diaries.
Year 6 pupils will be set a weekly piece of maths and GPS homework to reinforce what they have been learning in class.
Additional Theme homework will be set when appropriate and recorded by the children in their student planner. Please can you encourage your child to take responsibility for their homework by handing it in on time and requesting it if they have been absent on the issue date. In the circumstance where a pupil is experiencing difficulty in completing their homework by the due date, please encourage them to speak to their class teacher as soon as possible (i.e. not on the date it is due in).
As a school, we encourage children to take pride in their uniform and to take responsibility for their uniform/belongings therefore, please can parents ensure that all items of uniform and PE kit are clearly named. In the event of a lost item, we would encourage children to search for their own belongings in our lost property cupboard (located in the corridor leading to year 6). Please note, it is compulsory for pupils to take out studded earrings for all P.E lessons. Pupils will be taking part in weekly outdoor P.E lessons so please make sure they always have an outdoor P.E kit in school, including trainers, to suit the ever-changing weather conditions.
As always, please do not hesitate to get in touch if there is anything we can do to support your child’s learning in class.
We look forward to working alongside you,
Mr Hassard, Miss Farrow, Mrs Best and Mr Turver