Welcome back! I hope you have had a lovely Easter.
We start this term with our local area topic ‘A sense of place’. This is a great opportunity for the children to discover more about the area they are growing up in and find out about how it has changed over time, the amenities available within the area and land use. They will also look at current local issues and conduct interviews to gain further understanding about the impact of these and possible solutions. This will include a visit from Natalie O’Dwyer who is the Communications Manager for the A21 dualling project. We are also looking to invite PCSO Simon Fuller in to talk about road safety around Five Oak Green and show us how to use speed indication devices to check the speed of traffic passing by the school. We hope to be out and about during this topic as much as possible and therefore plan to visit many places including Capel Orchard and the Hoppers’ Hospital – more to follow about these outings.
In Literacy this term we will be focusing on persuasive writing. We will begin by exploring the features of persuasion and various different types of persuasive writing. We will then write our own letters of persuasion to the local MP based on our topic work. As well as this, the children will be creating persuasive brochures and comparing the purpose and audience of both styles of persuasive writing.
Numeracy this term will focus on properties of shapes and measurements. The children will be applying their knowledge and understanding of these units to problem solving. As well as this, they will also be collecting, representing and interpreting statistical information about the local area.
Homework will continue to be set each Tuesday and due in the following Monday. This will typically involve a Mathletics task for numeracy, as well as either a topic or literacy task.
Our PE days will now be Wednesday and Friday. The children are required to have a clearly named PE kit in school for our Friday sessions. This includes a white t-shirt, blue shorts and trainers/plimsolls. As you are aware, we begin our swimming sessions at Somerhill on Wednesday mornings. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children and I know many of them are very excited! The children will need a swimming costume, towel and brush in their swimming bags every Wednesday. Please ensure that earrings are not worn for these PE sessions and that long hair is tied back.
Please also be reminded that the children are not entitled to free fruit at playtime. This means that you will need to give your child a healthy snack for them to have at morning break.
Thank you for your continued support.