Summer Term 2023
In RE this half term, we will be continuing to prepare for the celebration of First Holy Communion by deepening our understanding of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. We will think about why this is such an important event in the life and worship of Catholic Christians and understand Christ’s presence in the form of the bread and wine. In the later half of the half term, we will be building upon our learning from Key Stage 1 about Pentecost, by developing our understanding about the gift of the Holy Spirit and the change it brought to the lives of the Apostles.
For our final topic of the year, we will be learning about the country of Egypt in Africa. We will begin with a geographical study into both the human and physical features of the desert environment before learning more about its history. Through this unit, we will be continuing to develop our chronological knowledge and understanding of world history. We will begin by finding out who the Ancient Egyptians were and what life was like in Ancient Egypt, before moving on to learning about some of the most well known Pharaohs. We will delve deep into the gory details of the mummification process and learn about the beliefs and values of the Ancient Egyptians, before finally learning to write like an Egyptian using hieroglyphs.
In maths this half term, we will be continuing to revise our understanding of using formal written methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
To begin our maths learning this term we will be continuing to learn about fractions, adding and subtracting within a whole and comparing and ordering fractions.
Following this, our final maths topics of the year include money, statistics, measurement and geometry. We will be comparing amounts of money, adding and subtracting money to give change, interpreting data which has been presented in a range of ways before beginning to present our own data in pictograms, tally charts and bar charts.
We will as always continue to practise our times tables daily - make sure you are practising at home!
Our new text this term links to our topic of Egypt, as we follow Mr Penguin to the Tomb of Doom! We will be developing our writing skills through narratives, descriptive writing, playscripts, fact files, brochures, explanations, mythology and linking some of our writing to our topic learning.
We will continue to have a new spelling focus each week, so please ensure your child is logging on to Google classroom weekly to practise.
All children are expected to read at home three times a week, discussing what they have read with an adult. Being able to understand texts recommended for their age range and ability is essential for your child's success and progression across the curriculum.
In addition to reading their school reading book three times a week, children are also expected to complete a minimum of two bedrock activities each week. Once their log ins are live, we will show children how to log in in school so they can access their accounts at home. If you have any problems, please let school know.
Reading records must be signed by an adult to reflect the activity children have completed each evening, whether that is reading or Bedrock. When recording reading from a reading book, please include page numbers or make it clear that your child has finished their book so we know when they are ready for a new one!
In Science this term, we will be learning about light. We will complete a series of investigations involving reflective materials, mirrors and shadows. We will also learn about the significance of sunlight for life on earth, before considering the ways in which it can sometimes be dangerous and think about the steps we should take to keep ourselves safe in the sun – just in time for the holidays!
Each week, children will be set a spelling task and a times tables task for home learning on Google Classroom. Please let school know as soon as possible if you are unsure of your log in details to access this. The purpose of tasks set for home learning is to practise and consolidate skills taught in school, so children should be able to complete tasks with little support.
All home learning should be completed to a high standard - if you are in need of lined paper and a pencil for this please let me know.
Support from home
If you have any fiction or non-fiction texts about Egypt at home, please do encourage your children to read them in addition to their school reading book! Additionally, the local library is a wonderful resource, which is free for children to use.
I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that collection for our class fund continues in throughout the year. Our class fund is used to provide additional resources to support your child’s learning and weekly donations of £2 will go a long way to enrich the learning opportunities we can share as a class.
Alternatively, if you are able to, it would be great if you could purchase one or two of the items from our Amazon Wishlist using the link below to access this.
Important things to remember
- Read 3 times per week
- Complete 2 Bedrock activities a week
- Continue to practise your 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 10 times tables
- Make sure your PE kit is in school each week
- Access our class Wish List to purchase resources to enhance our learning in school
- A contribution of £2 per week towards our Class Fund will go a long way towards providing learning experiences and resources for our class