Welcome to Grasshopper Class!
Our topic this term is about the Ancient Greeks. In particular we will be focusing on the Trojan Horse. Was it a historical fact, legend or classical myth? The class will be looking at the Big Question – ‘What have the Ancient Greeks done for us?’
Please see the link below to our Curriculum Overview:
Please click here for a copy of the class timetable Class Timetable 19 20 1
The text we are exploring this term is called ‘The Adventures of Odysseus’ by Hugh Lupton. It is a retelling of Homer’s epic poem ‘The Odyssey’ and tells of Odysseus’s return to Ithica from fighting in the Trojan wars. His journey is beset by danger, challenges and tragedy. The stories cover good themes of good and evil, the nature of heroism, taking responsibility of our actions within a classic voyage and return narrative.. The children will produce their own myths and write explanations.
The term begins with a focus on fractions. The children will start finding equivalents and simplifying leading into calculating fractions. As a class, we will revisit the four calculations and apply them to solving problems. Year 6 will have a particular focus on revision in preparation for SATs.
This term Grasshopper class will be studying the Ancient Greeks, in particular the Trojan horse. During the enquiry pupils will have opportunities to describe and explain the main events in the siege of the city of Troy during the Trojan War in Ancient Greece. The children will also evaluate and critique the visual, written and archaeological evidence which presently exists regarding the Trojan Horse, and begin to formulate conclusions.
In Science, the children will explore changing materials, change of state and they will also study the properties and use of materials. Linking to our topic, we will look at the different types of metals that were used during the Ancient Greek period, for example, armour, jewellery and coins.
Grasshopper Class worked really hard on writing their own short stories based on the text ‘The Explorer’ by Katherine Rundell. The children learnt how to redraft and edit to improve their stories then they were able to publish them using the computers. See below pictures of the children sharing their stories with the younger children of Fletching. It is important to write for a purpose and this is what the children chose to do. Last Friday, Grasshopper class went on a trip to Wakehurst Place where they explored the biology of plants and the environment..
Homework Menu – ‘Ancient Greeks’. Children are required to complete one activity a week, to be handed in on Thursday so we can celebrate it in class. Click here for the Homework mat
Reading – Please encourage your child to read at minimum of 3 times a week. If they complete this they get a raffle ticket for the Big Draw incentive!
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Spellings – Every Thursday, the children will learn a new spelling pattern. They well be tested on this the following week and new spelling patterns taught. Please help your child to learn the spellings.
Times tables – We are using Times table Rockstars to practice our tables. The children will be given their logins again next week as it will be relaunched as a little healthy competition. https://ttrockstars.com/login