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Welcome to the Key Stage 2 Page of the Armley Primary School Website
 
Below is an overview of the things the children will be covering in Reading, Writing, Maths and other areas of the curriculum this half-term.

Year 3
 

Guided Reading 
 

Children will use levelled narrative texts to support their work in improving word and phonics skills, but also to learn about how we can understand a character’s feelings, thoughts and motives based upon their actions. Children will also continue to improve their use of dictionaries to investigate new vocabulary and their meaning.
 

Writing
 

Children will use texts ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ and ‘Vanishing Rainforest’ to explore the presentation of speech and punctuation to present dialogue, which will also support their work in Science on ‘Helping Plants Grow Well’. These texts will also support learning about our planet and protecting the environment.

The children will also continue to learn how and when to use paragraphs to present writing so it easier for the reader to follow longer texts.


Science
 

Children will learn about the stages of a flowering plant’s life cycle, the names and functions of different parts of a plant, and describe the different needs plants have in order to survive in different environments.
 

Maths
 

Children will continue to work on times tables, with some children working with 2, 5 and 10’s, while others have moved on to 3, 4 and even 8’s. Number work will include addition and subtraction problems involving three-digit numbers, and measuring mass using kg and g. we will finish the half-term looking at angles, especially right angles.
 

Other areas
 

PE continues with swimming, and some parents continue to support the class by walking up to Armley Sports Centre every week - thank you, it is appreciated. Mr Barker teaches rugby skills on a Thursday, outside in the ball area while the weather stays dry and bright, if cold.

In ICT we are using the last Learning Log - My Favourite Wild Animal - to create a leaflet, so children are demonstrating their skills with selecting and adding images from the internet and changing formatting for text.

Work to support Armistice Day and Remembrance, including the visit by Hilary Robinson - where she will discuss her children’s books ‘Where The Poppies Now Grow’ and ‘Flo of the Somme’ - will be used to make a display in the Hall.


Events
 

Tuesday 7th November - children’s author Hilary Robinson in school;

Friday 10th November - walk to Armley Cenotaph - Remembrance and laying of the wreath;

Saturday 2nd December - Christmas Fayre;

Tuesday 19th December - Christmas Party Day;

Wednesday 20th December - Spelling Bee;

Friday 22nd December - end of term - 2pm.


Year 4
Guided reading

Children will use levelled narrative texts to support their work in improving word and phonics skills, but also to learn about how we can understand a character’s feelings, thoughts and motives based upon their actions. Children will also continue to improve their use of dictionaries to investigate new vocabulary and their meaning.

Writing

Children will use texts ‘The Great Kapok Tree’ and ‘Vanishing Rainforest’ to explore the presentation of speech and punctuation to present dialogue, which will also support their work in Science on ‘Helping Plants Grow Well’. These texts will also support learning about our planet and protecting the environment.

The children will also continue to learn how and when to use paragraphs to present writing so it easier for the reader to follow longer texts.

Maths

Children will continue to work on times tables, with some children working with 2, 5 and 10’s, while others have moved on to 3, 4 and even 8’s. Number work will include addition and subtraction problems involving three-digit numbers, and measuring mass using kg and g. we will finish the half-term looking at angles, especially right angles.

Other areas

PE continues with swimming, and some parents continue to support the class by walking up to Armley Sports Centre every week - thank you, it is appreciated. Mr Barker teaches rugby skills on a Thursday, outside in the ball area while the weather stays dry and bright, if cold.

In ICT we are using the last Learning Log - My Favourite Wild Animal - to create a leaflet, so children are demonstrating their skills with selecting and adding images from the internet and changing formatting for text.

Work to support Armistice Day and Remembrance, including the visit by Hilary Robinson - where she will discuss her children’s books ‘Where The Poppies Now Grow’ and ‘Flo of the Somme’ - will be used to make a display in the Hall.

Events

Tuesday 7th November - children’s author Hilary Robinson in school;

Friday 10th November - walk to Armley Cenotaph - Remembrance and laying of the wreath;

Saturday 2nd December - Christmas Fayre;

Tuesday 19th December - Christmas Party Day;

Wednesday 20th December - Spelling Bee;

 

Year 5


Literacy

During our Literacy sessions, we have been reading the book Room 13, a ghost story set in Whitby.  We are using this as a basis for our reading comprehension, looking at inferring and explaining the reasons for our answers.  We have also been working on relative clauses in grammar, where we can give additional information within a sentence, such as:

Fliss, who was terrified from her nightmare, hardly dare open the door.

We wil be moving on to the story of the Iron Man laster in the half term.

Maths

In Maths, the children will start their half-term working with tesselation of shapes, and then moving on to consolidating their written methods for adding and subtracting whole numbers and decimals.

Other areas

In P.E the children are developing their rugby and gymnastics skills.  In Science our topic is changing materials which will involve some fun Science experiments along the way.

Events

Tuesday 7th November - Visit from author - Hillary Wilson
Friday 10th Novmber - Remembrance event
Saturday 2nd December - Christmas Fair 
Wednesday 20th December - KS2 Spelling Bee

(Some of these dates may be subject to change but we will inform you if they are.)

 
Year 6
 
Reading

During our reading sessions, the children will be working on the EXPLAIN aspect of reading. This involves the children being really clear when answering questions so they can clearly define words in different contexts. Below are some handy question starters you could use to support this learning at home. 

Which word tells you that…? Which word tells you about how big/small …?
What does the word…..mean? in this sentence?
Find a few words/ phrases/sentences that tell you about … (character, setting, atmosphere). What does (a particular phrase) mean?
What do the words… tell you about the…?
What is the definition of…? Are there any other words that could be used instead? (use dictionaries and thesauruses)
Which word in the text describes…..?
Find and copy one word which tells you….
Find and copy one word that means the same as….
In this sentence, the word…..is closest in meaning to…
Explain two things that the words…..suggest about the/(character) feels…..
Find and copy two words that show that….

Writing

The children produced some amazing tension stories last half-term which will be coming home for you to ready very soon. We want to build on their hard work this half term by firstly writing some instructions. Year 5 have been finiding column multiplication a little tricky so Year 6 have decided to write some instructions to help them. Once these are complete, we will be luck enough to be visited by Northern Ballet company for a workshop based around their upcoming show 'The Little Mermaid.' We will use the myth of 'The Little Mermaid' as a base to create our own myths and legends in class based aound a bionic creature. 

Maths

In Maths, the children will start their half-term working with long division. We will then move onto a few weeks of fraction work (they're all very excited!!) and then finish the half-term with percentages and decimals.

Within the curriculum, there is a big drive for children to have solid, quick times table knowledge. The expectation is that they can recall their times tables, including the divivision facts, up to 12 by the end of Year 4. Any work you can do on this at home would be greatly appreciated. 

Other areas

In P.E the children are creating their own dances, based on our work with the Northern Ballet. The children will be creating the dances around the theme of 'The Little Mermaid' and will be performing them to Key Stage 2 later in the half-term. In Grammar we are focusing on punctuation this half-term and how we can accurately use all punctuation within our writing. 

Events

Tuesday 7th November - Visit from author - Hillary Wilson
Wednesday 8th November - Year 6 Maths Competition
Friday 10th Novmber - Remembrance event
Wednesday 15th November - Year 6 Northern Ballet Workshop
Saturday 2nd December - Christmas Fair 
Thursday 7th December - Year 6 trip to 'The Little Mermaid'
Wednesday 20th December - KS2 Spelling Bee

(Some of these dates may be subject to change but we will inform you if they are.)