This term, our text to support DR is 'The Jamie Drake Equation' - a space adventure written by Christopher Edge. During reading sessions, we will discuss the vocabulary used and will clarify anything we do not understand. The children will read with a partner and will work together to answer comprehension questions about the text in the Friday 'Big Picture' session.
We will continue to develop our reading fluency by practicing reading out loud like an author, not a robot! The children will read a short extract from the text each day, building up to being able to read with expression and understanding.
The children are still all working towards collecting 4 signatures a week in their reading record so they can be entered into the termly reward activity. Your support with reading at home is greatly appreciated. Children can also earn a signature in DR lessons by demonstrating excellent learning behaviours and for showing a good understanding of the text.
Using our key text, the children will complete three writing cycles over the course of the term. Initially, they will focus on writing a biography, researching information about an astronaut to include in a biographical piece. They will then move on to creating a balanced argument for and against space exploration, weighing up the pros and cons before participating in a class debate. Finally, they will write a narrative piece about an encounter with an alien and the communication between the characters, which will require them to combine written description with dialogue.
Our focus in maths this term will be on decimals and looking at their equivalent fractions.
The children are also working weekly on times table practice and arithmetic papers. The children should be accessing Times Tables Rock Star to consolidate their rapid recall of their multiplication facts up to 12 x 12.
Geography - Rainforest Realms:
This term we are looking at how the modern world impacts rainforests. We will be using atlases to locate rainforests and identify countries and continents where they can be found, introducing equatorial regions. The children will begin to understand the impact of trade on rainforests and also investigate sustainability.
P.E - Gymnastics: (taught by Sportitude coaches)
The focus this term is on gymnastics and the children will work on the following areas: travelling, making shapes, rolling, group balances and finally putting together a sequence to demonstrate these skills.
Music - Ukulele: (taught by Miss Dalton, Director of Music)
The children will continue with learning to play the ukulele. Alongside this, they will be studying the music of Mexico with the focus on the song 'La Bamba'.