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**Half Term Monday 17th to Friday 21st February 2020**

September 2019
Dear Parents/Guardians
Welcome back to a new school year, I hope you had a wonderful summer. This letter will give you an insight into what your child will be studying this term.

Focused Topic Work:

A study of technological advancements including the charting of the space race and subsequent space missions, including British Astronauts.

Our school is adopting a focused/creative curriculum approach to our learning. This means that through our topic we will cover history, science, computing, art and DT.

Humanity's interest in the heavens has been universal and enduring. Humans are driven to explore the unknown, discover new worlds, push the boundaries of our scientific and technical limits, and then push further. The intangible desire to explore and challenge the boundaries of what we know and where we have been has provided benefits to our society for centuries. In this topic, we are going to look at creation of the first reflecting telescope, and the concept of light with a focus on Newton. We will explore the invention first aeroplane, all the way to the rocket that put man on the moon! We will look at how humans have communicated over time and learn about the invention of the telephone, the mobile, the internet and the apps we know and love today. We will also look at the risks and benefits of social media, as well as how to use online platforms safely.

We are going on a technological journey through time!

R.E

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P.E.
GAMES

On Monday, the children will take part in games. This will involve football, netball and hockey, on a rotation basis. Please remember to provide your child with the appropriate kit. They will need to be prepared for the colder weather (tracksuit/ jumper) and are allowed trainers/ football boots.

Swimming will be taking place this term on Thursdays. It is also important to check if your child has a verruca as they will need a verruca sock.

Maths

This term children will be focusing on place value, the four rules (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), fractions and factors – this will include ordering fractions and adding/subtracting fractions. We will be covering coordinates: plotting shapes in the four quadrants, translating a shape and reflecting a shape. Lastly, we will move onto decimals. Throughout the term, children will be solving word problems.

English

This term we are going to be reading and studying the text ‘Cosmic’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Children will have the opportunity to take part in role-play and drama, drawing and annotating. They will produce poetry, newspaper reports and other forms of writing centred on this key text. Children will also have a weekly comprehension lesson where we will focus on basic retrieval of information, inference and personal response. At home, children should be reading constantly and would benefit from access to a wide range of texts – this will be highly beneficial for their writing.

I am happy to answer any questions if you would like to pop in and see me.
Yours sincerely,
Miss C Crafter