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Next half term in Key Stage Two

Year 3

As we reach the end of another half-term it is time think about what we have achieved and what we still have to do with just one more half-term to go before the children move into Year 4.

The children continue to be increasingly independent and organised. To further support this, we would ask you to say your “Goodbyes” at the outer cloakroom door leaving them to enter the building and begin their day. They also need to be prepared with pencils, planners and reading books to start the day. These are the next step towards independence the children need to take.

In Food Technology the children have been thinking about the kind of savoury item that they would like to make. As this half-term has been short and busy, children will have further opportunities to gain practical experience of preparing food in Term 3:2. This will link to work in Maths as they will be applying measuring skills and looking at cooking times.

In Geography we will be studying the local environment and building map making skills. Maths work on compass points, direction and co-ordinates will link to this.

As well as work on poetry, we will be looking at stories from other cultures in Literacy. A topic on Brazil, enhanced by visitors from Leeds Trinity University, will give children the opportunity to compare and contrast another country with ours.

In Science, we will continue to work on our plants topic during the term and again, there will be opportunities to use skills in measuring including length and capacity.

In Mathematics, we are continuing to work on times tables and the four related facts for x4 and x8. Children should, by now, be secure in x2, x3, x5 and x10. If not, some practice at home would help.

It promises to be a busy, but enjoyable, half-term again as children prepare to move into Year 4.

Year 4

As we come to the final half term in Year 4 Mathematics will continue to develop their understanding and use of multiplication, division, addition and subtraction, including measurement (capacity and volume). Geometry and statistics will be linked to our Geography topic in Spirit Alive-Greece using map skills, interpreting and creating charts. The children will also be expected to polish their use of mental strategies and their times table knowledge. We appreciate the continued support that is given for this at home.

In Literacy the children will be working with myths and legends, using reporting and narrative skills and extending word knowledge, referring to a dictionary and a thesaurus.

In Science we will investigate sound using practical activities to develop understanding.

Computing will support different aspects of the curriculum and continue the use of Coding.

The main P.E. focus will be Athletics, the children look forward to sharing some of these skills with their friends and family on Sports Day. Children will require their school P.E. kit: white T shirt, black shorts, suitable footwear pumps or trainers. This will need to be in school each week.

Year 5

For the last half term Year 5 will be studying Geography, looking at South America. The focus of the Aztec and Mayan cultures will present us with many opportunities for map skills and atlas work.

Maths will include coordinate and map skills to work alongside the Geography work. We will also be returning to fractions, money and volume, alongside work involving all four function signs.

Literacy will include report writing to support our learning about South America. We will be looking at stories from other cultures, and poetry. We will be studying ‘Living things and their habitats’ for Science, looking at the life cycles of different living things, both plants and animals.

French will continue several times a week – in short bursts of spoken and written work – and ICT will be looking at Digital Media, studying how and when people record different ideas.

We will return to Dance and Movement, but also will enjoy improving skills in Athletics, in time for Sports Day. Some work will be carried over from last half-term from Design and Technology, helping to create a full and busy end of Year 5, and progression to Year 6.

With the excitement of the end-of-year production rehearsals and performance as well, the last half-term of the year promises to also be the most exciting!

Year 6

During the half term there will be a focus in Literacy upon applying skills in a range of contexts: in fiction on places, landscapes and play scripts, and in non-fiction literacy work linked to the local environment and map skills, real events and activities related to Great Britain. In writing Year 6 will be given opportunities to produce texts which apply spelling, punctuation and grammar skills taught throughout the year.

In Mathematics Year 6 will use their knowledge of the order of operations to carry out multi-step problems in contexts, deciding which operations and methods to use and why. They will identify, calculate and apply equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages. To support geography work, pupils will investigate time zones and calculate time differences around the world. In measurement, they will use a formula in calculating the area and volume of shapes and will solve problems involving the conversion of measures.

In Geography Year 6 will be exploring the physical and human characteristics of the United Kingdom, its settlements and land use. They will be applying grid reference, compass, map and atlas skills to locate countries and the features studied. Great Britain will be the class focus for International Week.

In addition to Athletics, on Fridays Year 6 will be having swimming tuition at Armley Leisure Centre, before visiting Armley Library to change their library books.

In Computing, Year 6 will be applying word processing skills across the curriculum, using the Internet to access information, discerning and evaluating digital content.

Children in Year 6 will be involved in transition events with their high schools during this half term.

All classes

 

All classes in Key Stage Two will be rehearsing for their performance of, ‘Snow White’ and will be preparing for Leavers’ Assembly, both events scheduled for this half term.

 

PE kit needs to be in school throughout the week. All KS2 classes will be having an Athletics lesson (weather permitting), and will need trainers/pumps for outdoor activities.

 

Children are encouraged to use the two Homework Clubs at lunchtime on Tuesdays and Thursdays to ensure that they keep up to date with their learning. Please could parents and carers sign their child’s homework to indicate that they have seen it, to check that it is completed and that the presentation is to an acceptable standard.

 

Planners are checked every Monday in Key Stage Two. They should be filled in by your children and contain important information about homework, events in school and details such as when they need their PE kit. Each week there is a space for a Parent/Carer signature and for any comment or information that you may wish to note down for staff to see. If there is an urgent message, please ask your child to alert staff to it in their planner.

 

Thank you

The first half of the Summer Term in Key Stage Two

Year 3

In Term 3:1 Year 3 will be focusing on Design Technology and creating their own food products. This will allow them to apply skills learnt in maths and literacy. They will measure ingredients, set the cooker to the correct temperature and time the cooking process. They will read recipes, adapting them to improve their product as they use their skills to evaluate what they have made.

Literacy learning will include exploring poems by June Crebbin and James Carter. We will also be consolidating Year 3 grammar and spelling expectations so that children will be able to get off to a flying start as they enter Year 4.

In Mathematics we will continue to use the Busy Ants scheme. We will also pay particular attention to subtraction, division, time and fractions, as these are key areas in which many children need support. Where children are confident in these areas we will be providing challenge so that they can apply their learning across a wide range of contexts.

In Science we will be revisiting our “Growing” theme and will be growing flowers and vegetables. We are hoping to make the most of the spring weather and use areas around school for this. We will also be exploring “Light” in our science learning.

In Computing, children will be developing skills around data handling and using data-bases. This will link to learning in mathematics, science and design technology. Children will also have regular opportunities to continue accessing Mathletics.

Year 3 will not be going swimming during the summer term. They will resume in the Autumn term when they move into Year 4.

This promises to be a very busy half term with lots of new skills being learnt.
 

Year 4

Next half term, Design Technology will be our driver and the theme for Year 4 will be graphics. As a result the children will have a lovely P.E. bag by the end of the topic. In Literacy we will be creating explanations, appreciating poetry, developing persuasive and narrative writing skills through curriculum subjects.

In Mathematics we will be using data-handling skills, reading scales, calculating area and using measurement to solve word problems.

In Science we will investigate sound. Using our knowledge of e-safety, we will use computing skills to send e-mails and enhance graphics. We will review our understanding of the French from previous learning and begin to expand our vocabulary.

In PE we will continue small team games and to develop personal agility, balance and coordination. P.E. kit will need to be available each week and to include suitable footwear, pumps or trainers.

Times tables, division checks and spelling practice will still be a regular feature and we appreciate the support that is given at home.

Year 5

The focus for Year 5 after Easter is Design and Technology, and Resistant Materials. We will be looking at using clay and mod-roc to create a 3D gift for Father’s Day.

In narrative work we shall be considering Myths and Legends, with a deeper study of the legend of King Arthur and a brief look at the legend of England’s patron saint, Saint George. We shall also consider features of play scripts. For non-narrative writing we will be using persuasion and explanation texts to inform and convince peers to agree with our views on current social issues.

In Mathematics we will look at place value, multiplication and division. We will be returning to measures: capacity and volume, whilst for Geometry we will be reflecting with symmetry and coordinates, applying angles. Real mathematics problems will reinforce learning about money and percentages.

In Science we will be studying Forces, looking at gears, pulleys and levers. We will complete, evaluate and record practical activities involving air and water resistance, friction and gravity.

We have new books to support French for this last term, which we are looking forward to using.

For PE and Sports we will be going swimming each Friday morning, which will provide the opportunity to call in at Armley Library and allow access to a greater range of reading books every week. Children know what is expected as far as suitable costumes and towels are concerned. We will also be playing and developing invasion games, so outdoor kit will be needed every week please.
 

Year 6

In Literacy comprehension opportunities will be provided for experience in a range of fiction and non-fiction contexts. Opportunities for applying spelling rules, grammar and punctuation remain a focus for written work in all areas of the curriculum. Year 6 will be encouraged to ask questions, explain ideas and give their opinions, comment on writers’ use of language as well as the grammatical features and structure of texts.

In Mathematics there will be a focus upon: multiplication and division, decimals, measurement, fractions, ratio and proportion, as well as statistics. There will be regular revisits of key skills, investigating word problems and opportunities to undertake timed activities in advance of their Sats in May. Learning will be supported through individual Mathletics tasks and weekly homework. Mathematics homework is set on Mondays and is due in school on Wednesdays. Booster classes next half term will run for the first three weeks, leading up to Sats.

In Computing, the children will be further developing their coding skills. In Real PE the focus will be upon health and fitness. Year 6 will also be following a course in introductory French.

The Design / Technology theme for the half term will be textiles. Year 6 will be visiting Armley Mills Industrial Museum to take part in a weaving workshop. The visit will be linked to the history of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and its importance for Armley Mills.During the half term the children will be involved in handcraft skills using fabrics and yarns. Writing opportunities will be taken to express design intentions and evaluations during this theme work.

Year 6 will be taking their Sats tests from 8th-11th May. They have a copy of this timetable in their planners.

Year 6 Key Stage Two Test Dates 2017

Date

Test

Monday 8th May 2017

English Reading

Tuesday 9th May 2017

English Grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1: questions

English Grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 2: spelling

Wednesday 10th May 2017

Mathematics Paper 1: Arithmetic

Mathematics Paper 2: Reasoning

Thursday 11th May 2017

Mathematics Paper 3: Reasoning

 

All classes

PE kit needs to be in school all week as times can vary with weather conditions. Please ensure that all items are named.

Children are encouraged to use the two Homework Clubs at lunchtime on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to ensure that they keep up to date with their learning. Please could parents and carers sign their child’s homework to indicate that they have seen it, to check that it is completed and that the presentation is to an acceptable standard.

Planners are checked every Monday in Key Stage Two. They should be filled in by your children and contain important information about homework, events in school and details such as when they need their PE kit. Each week there is a space for a Parent/Carer signature and for any comment or information that you may wish to note down for staff to see. If there is an urgent message, please ask your child to alert staff to it in their planner.

Thank you

 

 

The second half of the Spring Term in Key Stage Two

Year 3

Another busy half term has flown by. With each new day the children are becoming more independent and organised.

Next half term we will be focusing on history and in particular, the Egyptians. We are looking forward to a historical interpretations day which will bring the topic to life.

Reading and writing will be linked to diaries, dialogue and plays and historical fiction. In Science we will be exploring rocks and soil. As the weather improves (hopefully) we will be continuing our growing topic. We will also be enjoying a range of poetry.

In maths we will be looking at patterns, symmetry and inverse operations. We will continue our big push on telling the time using analogue clocks. Please encourage your children to practise telling the time as much as possible.

Work in computing will focus on using search engines to support communication and publishing.Thank you for continuing to support your children with home learning. If your child needs help (or just a quiet space to work) they are welcome to attend homework club on Tuesday or Wednesday lunchtime.

We are looking forward to another enjoyable, productive and busy half-term.

Year 4

History will be our driver for the next half term, and we will be asking, ‘What were the achievements of the Ancient Egyptians?’ This will provide opportunities in Literacy for a variety of writing, narrative and non-fiction. In addition, the children will continue to build knowledge of spelling patterns and gain further grammar skills. Regular reading in school and at home will support the learning across the curriculum.

In Mathematics we will use formal written methods of columnar addition and subtraction, use inverse operations to check answers to a calculation and solve two-step problems in context. We will continue to develop times table and division knowledge in school but home practice is useful and appreciated.

In Science we will investigate habitats of living creatures, learn about the interdependence of living things and how the environment and living things need to be protected. We will use observation and research skills to answer scientific questions.

Computing will involve sharing e-mails, research and using the internet safely. P.E. will include gymnastics and small team games. R.E. will involve the story of the crucifixion as we approach Easter.

Year 5

The focus within school next half term is History, where we will be looking at the achievements of the Ancient Egyptians, with a focus on the pyramids and the mummification process. The history focus will be supported within Literacy by our writing and reading of historical fiction.

Literacy will continue with IPEEL, this time supporting our writing for diary entries, dialogues and play

scripts, as well as historical fiction. Narrative writing will be set in Ancient Egypt and will describe a day in the life of an archaeologist!

Year 5 are looking forward to continuing our work with Opera North, in fact we will be going to see, ‘Hansel and Gretel’ at the Grand Theatre on the first Wednesday of the new half term. We will also continue to work in school for several sessions before we go to Leeds and meet the other schools to perform our own opera!

Mathematics will continue to use Busy Ants to support our learning involving fractions, length, decimals and data handling. This is as well as our continuing work with basic numeracy skills of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, and learning all the times tables before moving into Year 6.

We will be enjoying invasion games for PE, with rules being a major focus of the sessions. In addition, we will be discussing and demonstrating the importance of following rules in team games, and moving on to inventing our own games with rules to play.

Easter will have a part to play in Computing, where we will create a Powerpoint to tell the story, but we will also be creating and publishing our own leaflets and information pages to supplement our work in History and help create a class book – please feel free to come and look at it nearer to Easter.

We continue to encourage independence and organization, especially for lessons and homework, making sure that we have stationery and books as required, and that we return work on time.

Year 6

In Literacy the children will undertake historical research and will also be aiming to write clear explanatory writing in this and in their science work. Comprehension opportunities will be provided for experience in a range of fiction and non-fiction contexts. Spellings, grammar and punctuation will also be taught each week.

In Mathematics there will be a focus upon: multiplication and division, decimals, measurement (mass), fractions, ratio and proportion, as well as statistics. There will be regular revisits of key skills, investigating word problems and opportunities to undertake timed activities in advance of their Sats in May. Learning will be supported through individual Mathletics tasks and weekly homework. Mathematics homework is set on Mondays and is due in school on Wednesdays. Booster classes next half term will focus upon fractions, decimals and percentages.

In Computing, the children will be investigating programmes to support their data handling skills. PE lessons will also aim to develop and challenge physical skills.

In Science, Year 6 will be learning about evolution and inheritance. The children will consider how the Earth has changed over time, how animals and plants are adapted to their environment and to explain evolution, linking adaptation over time.

The History theme for the half term will be to ask, ‘What were the achievements of the Ancient Egyptians?’ Historical Interpretations will be in school for an Ancient Egypt day, with all the children in KS2 involved in workshops to support their learning.

 

All classes

PE kit needs to be in school all week as times can vary with weather conditions. Please ensure that all items are named.

Children are encouraged to use the two Homework Clubs at lunchtime on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to ensure that they keep up to date with their learning. Please could parents and carers sign their child’s homework to indicate that they have seen it, to check that it is completed and that the presentation is to an acceptable standard.

Planners are checked every Monday in Key Stage Two. They should be filled in by your children and contain important information about homework, events in school and details such as when they need their PE kit. Each week there is a space for a Parent/Carer signature and for any comment or information that you may wish to note down for staff to see. If there is an urgent message, please ask your child to alert staff to it in their planner.

Thank you

 

 

The first half of the Spring Term, 2017

Year 3

Another busy half-term has flown by.  With each new day the children are becoming more independent and organised.  They have worked really hard and are beginning to come together as a class team supporting each other with learning and building friendships.  Children new to school have been welcomed and have settled quickly.
Next half-term we are looking forward to our art theme which will allow exploration of working with different media and evaluation of our own and others’ work.  In Art Week we will have visitors to school who will support our theme of Fabulous Beasts. 
In Science our topic will be Animals and Humans.  Children will use research skills and develop a range of skills in science investigation.  Through science and theme work, children will have the opportunity to develop and apply skills taught in English and Maths.
In maths we will continue to work on the Busy Ants maths scheme.  Basic skills such as number bonds and rapid recall of the four related facts for the multiplications tables we are learning remain a priority.  We will also be having a big push on telling the time using analogue clocks.  Please encourage your children to practise telling the time as much as possible.  By the end of Year 3 children should be able to tell the time to the nearest minute.
Swimming will continue during this half-term, but the session will be on Friday morning, leaving school at 9 a.m., with a visit to the library after.  If you are able to accompany the group, please let staff know.  It is greatly appreciated.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents who have been incredibly supportive and reliable during Term 1.
Thank you for continuing to support your children with home learning.  Maths home learning should be returned on Wednesday of the week it is given out.  English home learning should be returned on Thursday.  If your child needs help (or just a quiet space to work) they are welcome to attend homework club on Tuesday or Wednesday lunchtimes.

Year 4
In Literacy, Year 4 will use stories from other cultures to develop reading and narrative writing. We will use non-fiction to support cross-curricula learning. Daily reading practise and weekly spelling lists will be part of the continued drive to develop literacy skills.
In Mathematics, Year 4 will continue to develop mental and written methods for the four rules, using these to solve word problems, fractions, properties of shape and measures, involving length.  Mathletics use will provide opportunities to practice mental math skills and regular practice of times tables will help children increase the pace of their work.
In Computing, we will apply maths skills, develop programming skills, algorithms and use the Internet, for research and to send internal e-mails.
Art is a focus for this half term that will provide opportunities to research paintings and artists, develop techniques and use of a variety of 3D materials within the theme of Fabulous Beasts.
Science work will involve a study of teeth and the digestive system. While we have completed our swimming lessons for this year, P.E. will include agility balance and co-ordination in gymnastics and small team games.  
 
Year 5
Year 5 will have such an exciting half term to start the year, with our Art and Design topic. This is going to be based on the shared theme of Fabulous Beasts, which in Year 5 will have the focus of Dragons, and the Welsh dragon in particular. We will use IPEELL in Literacy to look at diary writing and instructions, planning, writing and scoring our work. We will continue to support each other by peer-marking and shared planning, building up to individual writing and editing to improve.
Maths will involve work on place value with numbers up to six-digits, rounding and negative numbers, addition and subtraction of decimals, and angles and protractor use, all while we continue improving our skills in addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. As we consolidate most children’s excellent work with knowing all the times tables up to 12X12 fluently, we will look at using them in practical situations. 
During Science lessons we will be researching ‘Humans and other animals’, studying humans and other mammals, insects, amphibians  and birds. Life cycles and life spans will be a strong focus for research, as will the differences and similarities between different animal types.
 PE is every Tuesday and Thursday, where the themes are ‘Dance and Movement’ and ‘Games’. Due to the time of year and the weather we will try to get out but it will not always be possible. Therefore we ask that children have outdoor kit and trainers just in case. 
ICT lessons will focus on ‘Modelling and simulation’ , with extensive work planned to study coding and different programmes within school.
Throughout all this learning we will continue to emphasise the basics of presentation, spellings and grammar for written work in all subjects, and the importance of clear, accurate recording within Mathematics and Science.
 
Year 6
In Literacy the children will be considering the features of biographies and autobiographies. In narrative writing they will be developing their descriptive skills linked, in particular, to the Art theme. They will also be aiming to write clear explanatory writing, applying this to their science work. Comprehension opportunities will be provided for experience in a range of fiction and non-fiction contexts. The key punctuation areas will be using and applying hyphens, semi colons and brackets. Weekly spellings and support for grammar and punctuation will continue, with after-school Booster classes on specified dates.
In Mathematics Year 6 will apply large numbers and mixed operations to mental calculations. Focus areas will be: multi-step problems, negative numbers, written division methods, estimation and the reading, writing and conversion between standard units of measure. Learning will be supported through individual Mathletics tasks and weekly homework.
In Computing, the children will be developing their programming skills, collaborating with partners. PE lessons will also aim to develop social skills in physical activity.
In Science, Year 6 will be investigating two units of work related to variation and classification and to electricity.
The theme for the half term will focus on Art and Design, with an Art Week focus entitled, Fabulous Beasts during which the children will be working with artists in school to develop their 3-dimensional skills. Year 6 will also be considering portraits, linked, in part, to their literacy work.
 
 
All classes
 
PE kit needs to be in school all week as times can vary with weather conditions.  Please ensure that all items are named.
 
Children are encouraged to use the two Homework Clubs at lunchtime on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to ensure that they keep up to date with their learning. Please could parents and carers sign their child’s homework to indicate that they have seen it, to check that it is completed and that the presentation is to an acceptable standard.
 
Planners are checked every Monday in Key Stage Two. They should be filled in by your children and contain important information about homework, events in school and details such as when they need their PE kit. Each week there is a space for a Parent/Carer signature and for any comment or information that you may wish to note down for staff to see. If there is an urgent message, please ask your child to alert staff to it in their planner.
 
Thank you
 

 
 
Remembrance Day

On 11th November Years 2,3,4,5 and 6 went to pay their respects at the cenotaph in the park. It was an important occasion and the children wore their poppies with pride. We joined members of the Armley Fellowship who helped us with our remembrance service. They wore medals on their uniforms, carried flags and played the music for the Last Post, the Reveille and the National Anthem, which we sang. The eldest and the youngest children presented a card and bouquets of red roses at the cenotaph on behalf of our school. Other children from Christ Church Upper Armley Primary School joined us, as well as members of the public and one of our school governors. Mrs Burrill said that she was very proud of the respectful way that we all behaved.

The Wizard of Oz

On Thursday 10th November we all enjoyed a live production of, 'The Wizard of Oz'. Actors brought staging, music, effects and costumes into school to entertain and to excite us with ideas for our writing. Nursery sat with Year 6 at the back as some of the children weren't too sure about the wicked witch!

The second half of the Autumn Term in Key Stage Two
Year 3
We are looking forward to a very exciting half term leading up to Christmas. 
We will be using the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz as a stimulus for our learning and are delighted that M & M productions will be performing an adaptation of the story for the whole school.  During the first half-term, we made an excellent start on structuring our writing using IPEELL and we will be building on this.   We will also concentrate on learning spelling patterns to increase the number of words that children can spell independently using the Read, Write Inc spelling scheme.
In maths, we will continue to work hard using the Busy Ants Maths scheme (which really is keeping us busy!)  We also aim to secure number facts for addition and subtraction to 100 and build speed in recalling multiplication facts and their related division facts, paying particular attention to x3, x4, x8.
In Science we will begin a topic on plants and what they need to stay healthy, which will be ongoing through the spring and summer terms. This is linked to work in Sustainable Development.  Through this, we will seek opportunities to apply our skills in Maths, English and Computing to a range of activities.
Finally, in P.E, we will be continuing work on the ‘Real P.E’ scheme focusing on improving balance, stability and control.  We will continue our regular Wednesday afternoon swimming at Armley Leisure Centre.
Year 4
In Literacy Year 4 children will be using a selection of poetry and traditional tales for story settings, character studies and story-telling skills.  Non-fiction writing will involve writing explanations; relating to topic and science work.
 
Mathematics will continue to develop the children’s understanding of place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division with decimals, as well as measurement of mass and time. Times Tables, spelling and reading practice will still be a regular feature and we appreciate the support from home.
 
The children will be considering the states of matter in Science, this will also relate to our Sustainable Development topic,’ Where does water come from and how do we use it?’
 
In P.E. we will continue swimming lessons and to develop individual agility, balance and co-ordination. RE will involve the Nativity story, leading up to Christmas. Once again, a very busy half term.
 
Year 5
Year 5 will be settling straight into Literacy involving Narrative and Instruction writing around the focus of ‘The Wizard of Oz’, with a theatre group already booked to perform for the whole school in November to enhance our learning and stimulate our quality writing.
Maths will involve work on Decimals and Fractions, Mass and Measuring Time, as well as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, which we are always aiming to improve. Times tables will continue to be a daily focus, and as we build up to knowing all the tables up to 12X12 fluently, we will look at using them in practical situations, especially within Fractions and Decimals.
During Science lessons we will be researching ‘Where energy comes from’ and the benefits of sustainable energy sources.  As the focus for the half-term, we will look in-depth at how we are switching nationally to more renewable energy, and how it is changing to provide for a growing nation.
 With PE every Tuesday and Thursday as usual, ICT lessons continuing on the focus of using the Internet and using and writing coding and programming software, and Bonfire Night, Remembrance Sunday and Christmas, the end of this year promises to be busy but rewarding.
Throughout all this learning we will continue to emphasise the basics of presentation, spellings and grammar for written work in all subjects, and the importance of clear, accurate recording within Mathematics and Science.
 
Year 6
In Literacy the children will be reading the work of some Victorian authors and poets. They will be considering themes in war poetry and will be responding to, “The Wizard of Oz’ production performed in school, as well as identifying features of reports and leaflets.
Mathematics focus upon: measurement (length and time), knowledge and application of the four operations to calculate, solving multi-step problems in different contexts, algebra, the properties of shapes and fractions, decimals and percentages. Learning will be supported through individual Mathletics tasks. Data handling will be supporting computer skills work. Next half term Year 6 will work with Junior Jam to develop their programming skills.
Year Six will be exploring Living Things and Habitats in Science. In sustainable development theme work the children will be considering how they keep their bodies healthy.
The focus in Real PE will be upon developing creative skills which support physical challenges. In December, Northern Ballet will be working with the children in advance of their trip to see Beauty and the Beast at The Grand Theatre, at the end of term.
All classes
 
PE kit needs to be in school all week as times can vary with weather conditions.  Please ensure that all items are named.
 
Planners are checked every Monday in Key Stage Two. They should be filled in by your children and contain important information about homework, events in school and details such as when they need their PE kit. Each week there is a space for a Parent/Carer signature and for any comment or information that you may wish to note down for staff to see. If there is an urgent message, please ask your child to alert staff to it in their planner.
 
Thank you
 
 
Remembrance Day 2016
 
Children from Years 2,3,4,5 and 6 will be paying their respects at the Cenotaph on Friday 11th November. We shall assemble in the park at approximately 10.50am. You are very welcome to join us.



 
The first half of the Autumn term in Key Stage Two

Year 3
This is going to be an exciting time for both the staff and the children.  Mrs Callaghan will be teaching Year 3 with Mr Leaf and Mrs Campbell in support.  They will be supporting and encouraging the children to become independent and organised learners which is the expectation in Key Stage 2.  Please help your child by giving him/her responsibility to look after school things – planners, stationery, book bags and PE kit etc.  Please allow your children to enter the building independently. 
We suggest that PE kit is brought in on Monday and left in school until Friday, when it should be taken home for washing.  This allows some flexibility around PE times.
School has provided a small pencil case with basic stationery.  Your child will need to replace items when they are used up or if they get lost.  Inexpensive replacements are available at the Stationery Shop in school.
Learning in English will focus highly on spelling and grammar.   We are continuing to use Read, Write Inc Spelling. We will also be focusing on handwriting and presentation.  Another important aspect of literacy learning that the children will learn throughout Year 3 is proof-reading and checking writing. 
Learning in Mathematics will build on work in Year 2.  There will be a strong focus on learning times tables and number bonds and relating these to problems in words.  This half-term we will also be learning about patterns, symmetry and shape.
The theme for the half-term is stories from the Christian and Islam faiths.  We will be sharing a variety of stories to help us understand how these two major world religions are similar and how they are different.
In Science we will be exploring forces and magnets.  In computing, we will be using the Internet to find information.
Children will continue to go swimming and to the library on Wednesday afternoon.  Real PE will be the focus for their other weekly PE lesson.
It promises to be a very busy time!

Year 4
Next half term in Literacy we will develop non-narrative writing; use note-making skills and create non chronological reports. In addition we will continue daily reading, review and extend grammar, punctuation and spelling skills.
In Mathematics, Year 4 will begin the autumn term by working with rounding, estimation and place value. Mental and written methods for addition and subtraction will be reviewed as well as solving problems involving money and length. We will continue to use Mathletics to practise mental math skills and regular practise of times tables will support the children with the pace of their work.
The topic theme for September will be Religious Education. In Year 4 we will study the New Testament parables and their interpretation. The children will also be visiting Armley Mills schoolroom to support their research of education in the past.
In Computing the children will use the internet, discuss e-safety, create and send e-mails within school. In Science we will investigate electricity and its safe use.
During the autumn term, Year 4 will continue to develop their swimming skills and other PE sessions will continue to develop agility, balance and co-ordination.
Staff in Year 4 are looking forward to a busy start with the new Year 4 class.

Year 5
Year 5 will be settling straight into Upper Key Stage with a new Literacy learning scheme, where children will learn and develop the feature of non-chronological reports and recounts,  relating to our Science topic of Earth and Space. Maths will include the basics of place value, all four function signs and fractions, but there will also be work on shape and coordinates to complement our Science topic.
During Science we will be researching the Earth and moon, the Solar System and then moving beyond, to study the universe. We will be studying the religion of Sikhism for our Religious Education focus, which will provide opportunities to learn about a different faith and also feature some Bollywood dancing in PE, alongside outdoor learning involving Ball Skills.
Lessons in ICT will look at reinforcing computer skills of opening and saving work, learning to type using both hands, and introducing the use of emails and working together on research projects. French helps round off a multi-cultural start to the year, where we will begin by recapping Greetings and simple conversational French.
Throughout all this learning we will also emphasise the basics of presentation, spellings and grammar for written work in all subjects, and the importance of clear, accurate recording within Mathematics and Science.
PE kit should be brought to school on a Monday and kept in a clearly-labelled bag in the cloakroom, while Planners and Reading Records should be brought into school every day and taken home at the end of day, so home reading, Golden Stamps and messages can be recorded daily.
Maths Homework will go home every Monday and will be due back on Wednesday, while Literacy Homework is given on a Tuesday and due back on Thursday.

Year 6
The Religious Education theme for this half term is centred upon the beliefs, practices and ways of life linked to Judaism and Christianity.
In Literacy, Year 6 will consider some of the stories of the Old Testament as well as stories from other world cultures and traditions. There will be a strong focus upon developing depth in comprehension responses, using the text to evidence answers. In spelling there will be a focus upon suffixes and in grammar and punctuation the children will be taught when and how to apply formal language. They will develop their skills of factual, explanatory writing and link these to their Science work related to animals and humans; the transportation of water and nutrients and the human circulatory system.
In Mathematics there will be a strong focus upon mental addition, subtraction and the use of estimation to check the accuracy of answers. In number work the class will build upon place value, the ordering and comparison of numbers, rounding and solving multi-step problems in context; deciding which operations and methods to use and why. The children will build three-dimensional shapes and investigate nets of cubes, cuboids and shapes with triangular faces. There will be a focus upon written methods of multiplication and division, fractions, factors, multiples and the position and direction of shapes.
Computing will begin with communication and collaboration work, with skills applied across the curriculum. In PE cognitive skills will be developed, with a focus upon coordination, reaction and response.
Maths Homework will go home every Monday and will be due back on Wednesday, while Literacy Homework is given on a Tuesday and due back on Thursday. Children will be given spellings in their planners on Mondays, which are tested on Wednesdays.

All classes
PE kit needs to be in school all week as times can vary with weather conditions.  Please ensure that all items are named.
There is a Homework Club at lunchtime in Year 5 on Tuesdays and in Year 4 on Wednesdays for any child who would prefer a quiet space to finish their homework.
Planners are checked every Monday in Key Stage Two. They should be filled in by your children and contain important information about homework, events in school and details such as when they need their PE kit. Each week there is a space for a Parent/Carer signature and for any comment or information that you may wish to note down for staff to see. If there is an urgent message, please ask your child to alert staff to it in their planner.
 

 
Homework Club in Key Stage Two
 
Tuesdays – with Mrs Wolstenholme in Year 5
Wednesdays – with Mrs Holden in Year 4