Summer 1 Spelling Bee

Our half-termly Spelling Bee was held this week, and due to Key Stage One SAT's and the lovely weather, it became an open-air affair. This caused great joy and excitement within Years 3, 4, 5 and 6! After several fiercely-fought spelling battles, with both Upper and Lower Key Stage Two going into tie-break situations, winners were found... ...Lower Key Stage champions for Summer 1 are Year 3 - well done. Upper Key Stage Two winners were Year 6 this half-term. Everyone was amazed by the spellings they knew and the progress they could show in their understanding of spelling rules and 'Orange' words (ask your child what that means!?).

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

Voices by Anthony Browne,will be one of the texts we will use to develop reading and narrative writing. It will be used to develop the children's ability to use inference and deduction, understanding a character’s feelings, thoughts and motives based upon their actions. We will look at the choices a writer makes to affect the reader. We will use non-fiction to support cross-curricula learning. Children will also continue to improve their use of dictionaries to investigate new vocabulary and their meaning.Daily reading practise and weekly spelling lists will be part of the continued drive to develop literacy skills.

Writing

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.

Maths
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 practise mental math skills and regular practise of times tables will help children increase the pace of their work.

Other areas

In Computing, we will apply maths skills, develop programming skills, use the internet, for research and to revisit safe use of the internet. 
Art is the focus for this half term that will provide opportunities to research paintings and artists, develop techniques and use of a variety of materials within the theme of Growth. 
This  term we will be visiting Armley Leisure Centre for our weekly swimming lessons. Thank you to those parents who support our walk to the Leisure Centre each week. Other P.E. will include agility balance and co-ordination in dance.  


Events
Thursday 18th January - Performance poetry with Colin Trenholme;
Thursdat 8th February - Spelling Bee challenge for KS2

Friday 9th February - School closes for the half term holiday

 

Year 5


Welcome back to all our families after the Christmas break.   
Literacy

This half term will see us looking at the life of Shakespeare and his play Midsummers Night Dream in our literacy lessons.

Maths

We will continue with our Maths curriculum with a focus on reasoning and explaining our answers. 

Other areas

With Art week in the second week back and the theme of growing, we will enjoy a drama workshop from Moving Words and look at the book How To Live Forever, considering whether this is a good idea.  In PE we will have specialist dance coaches coming in, and be improving our hockey and netball skills when weather permits outdoor PE.

 
Year 6
 
Reading

During our reading sessions, the children will be working on the RETRIEVE aspect of reading. This involves the children retriving information from a text in order to answer a question. Below are some handy question starters you could use to support this learning at home. 

How would you describe this story/text etc? (E.g. is it a traditional tale?) How do you know this is a …? (E.g. recount/explanation) Do all recounts/explanations/stories have…?
What type of text is this paragraph/page? Give two features of the text that support this purpose.
What would be another good title for the story/poem/recount?
What do other people say about the character?
How did …? How often…? How many …?
Who had …? Who is/was …?
What happened to…? What does…? What could….? What did…? What was….? What had….? What are….? What is another name for …? What might….?
How old/big/heavy/strong etc. …?
Find two/three facts/reasons for ….
What did you learn about … from …?
Give one…. Give two….
Where did….? Why did….? When were…? Why can….?
Match the events….
Tick true or false for the following statements.
The story is told from the perspective of…..?


Writing

The children produced some amazing myths last half-term. The first week will be a week of finishing and publishing these myths. We will then be writing a newspaper report and then starting a discussion text based on the treatment of animals. 

Maths

In Maths, the children will start their half-term working on converting fractions, decimals and percentages. We will then move onto a few weeks work on measure and ratio problems as they feature frequently on the SAT's tests. 

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 will be doing dance.  In Grammar we are focusing on specific areas that the children struggles with in our recent practice papers. One are imparticular will be placing punctuation within sentences acurately. 


 

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