Welcome to Lowsonford Class. We are taught by Mrs Webb (Mondays and Tuesdays) and Ms Houlihan (Wednesday - Friday); Mr Bladon is our Learning Support Assistant and will be working with us most days.
A warm welcome back to what promises to be an exciting final term at Ferncumbe. We hope you had a wonderful Easter break - long may the Spring sunshine continue!
We will continue to encourage the children in Lowsonford Class to develop their independence, organisational skills and personal responsibility by allowing them to take on lots of extra roles such as supporting Reception Buddies, running School Council, managing school assemblies and carrying out a range of daily jobs which mean school runs smoothly.
The children will continue to work extremely hard in school, preparing for both the upcoming SATs (week beginning Monday 13th May) and the ‘big move’ to high school. We want all children to feel as relaxed and confident as possible when approaching the tests so we are continuing to revise and refine skills and knowledge.
All children are working hard and at a good standard so there is no need for anyone to feel under any pressure. However, if your child has any concerns regarding the SATs please do encourage them to talk to you or us… we are here to provide support and are more than willing to do so.
It is essential to keep absence to a minimum this term. Several early nights prior to SATs will help ensure your child is ‘raring to go’: we will provide Year 6 with a healthy and motivating breakfast on Monday – Thursday mornings during SATs week!
In more detail, our Summer term curriculum will include...
The term will cover all major areas of mathematics with opportunities for problem solving and number fluency. We will be covering topics including place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, fractions, and geometry.
Our popular ‘Big Maths’ investigation mornings will continue to take place fortnightly, on a Monday.
We will be regularly evaluating our writing techniques and focusing on ways of improving our skills. Our ‘Big Write’ activities will be of high priority!
Handwriting, grammar and spelling sessions will run early each morning, as the children come into school. In Lowsonford the children will have time to learn their spelling words and practice their handwriting words in preparation for a spelling activity every Friday.
After half term, we will be using the book Tales From The Arabian Nights to read the stories of Sinbad The Sailor and inspire some of our writing.
Our topics in RE this term will be the questions “What do religions say to us when life gets hard? ” and “What does it mean if God is Holy and loving?” We will experience reading prayers and bible stories and discuss how Christians interpret these for modern life. We will consider the genres of bible texts and the historical context of these passages.
Computing lessons culminate this term with a trip to King Edward VI School in Stratford-Upon-Avon. We are fortunate that the children will be able to spend the day working in the school’s brand new computer suite, and be taught for the day by Head of Computer Science, Mr Richard Barfoot. From past experience this has proved to be an extremely enjoyable and well worthwhile day!
Our science topics this term are Evolution and Animals, Including Humans. We will be learning about adaptation and inheritance; how living things have changed over time; comparing fossils and offspring with modern adult creatures; and discussing the circulatory system. We will discuss the impact of diet, exercise, drugs and lifestyle on how bodies function and learn more about the importance of nutrients and water.
Our topic this term is Arabian Nights. We will be looking at the “Golden Age” of the Islamic Civilisation and making comparisons between 900 AD in Britain and 900 AD in Baghdad. We will learn about the first universities and hospitals, and discover how reading and writing advanced cultures across the world.
Games and PE will take place on Monday and Friday afternoons. A group of students from Warwick School will lead Games sessions on a Friday and Steve Kiernan will take lessons on a Monday. Please ensure that your child has full, named kit in school on these days, and clothing is suitable for outdoor sessions. After half term, Friday PE sessions will move back to being taught on Thursday afternoons.
During our Enrichment hour on a Thursday afternoon all KS2 children will have had the chance of a 6 week taster of mini steel pans, led by our very own steel pan expert, Miss Forbes!
In addition to the weekly, online Maths task, homework will alternate each week between a formal grammar exercise and one of the creative tasks outlined in Homework Journals.
Please support your child in keeping up the quality of homework and in meeting deadlines – it’s great training for next year!
As always, homework tasks are set on a Wednesday to be completed by the following Monday.
During their final half-term, children will be asked to undertake a creative homework project of their choice. More details to follow in early June - please do look out for them.
We shall aim to do Guided Reading three times a week in school to develop key skills. In addition, children should read (at least three times a week for 20-30 minutes per session) other materials from a wide range of texts, both factual and fictional. The children are expected to record what they have read independently in their reading journal and we aim to check this regularly.
And finally, please do ensure you are signed up to follow learning highlights from Lowsonford Class via our private class twitter feed... www.twitter.com/LowsonfordClass
We will be undertaking lots of practical activities this term – if you are available and would like to come in and help or if you have any skills you think you could share with us that relate to our learning this term please don’t hesitate to let us know...it would be greatly appreciated!
Ms Houlihan, Mrs Webb and Mr Bladon
Recommended reading list
It’s important for children to read as much as possible; to enjoy reading; to want to share what they have read with someone else and to challenge themselves to read different authors from different periods of time. In this way the children will build a rich vocabulary and greater understanding of the techniques authors use in their work to be able to apply this in their own writing. Have a look at the document linked below for a list of recommended books for your child’s age group!