Welcome to Grasshopper Class

Welcome to Grasshopper Class!

This term our topic is called ‘Walking the Great Wall’ 

Grasshoppers will be looking at the history of China and the achievements of early civilization.They will understand where and when the first civilizations appeared and create a depth study on the Shang Dynasty of Ancient China. 

Image result for shang dynasty

 


Please see the link below to our Curriculum Overview:

Key Stage Two Curriculum Overview 18-19

 

English

Our focus text this term is called ‘The Kite Rider’ by Geraldine McCaughrean, which is set during Ancient China. Also as a stimulus for our writing, we will be using film clips.

From these sources, the children will be looking at and using more ambitious punctuation (such as semi-colons and brackets) They will also be working on building cohesion across their pargraphs using a range of devices.

 

 

Maths

During this term, Grasshopper class will continue to develop their approach to mastering Maths. They will always use resources, models and images to support their learning.

This term, we continue to develop our understanding of fractions. The children will multiply and divide fractions as well as find fractions of amounts.

The children are encouraged to continue using Times Table Rockstars to develop their confidence and knowledge of times tables. Remember your chance for a raffle ticket!

Topic

The topic for this term is all about Ancient China and in particular the Shang Dynaty. The Shang Dynasty was centred around the Yellow River in North East China but moved its capital on a number of occasions. The artistry of its craftsmen has made the dynasty famous for its bronze and jade work.

In Science this term, our topic is Light. The children will: recognise that light appears to travel in straight lines;  use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain that objects are seen because they give out or reflect light into the eye; explain that we see things because light travels from light sources to our eyes or from light sources to objects and then to our eyes and use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain why shadows have the same shape as the objects that cast them.

RECENT EVENTS……

Last week, Grasshopper class attended a Science workshop at Cumnor House. All the children obtained their bunsen burner licences by participating in several activities that taught them how to use the burners safely and get the best results from their experiments.

Grasshoppers have also undertaken a project to encourage the birds to use our school garden. With the help of Mr Lane, the children have designed and constructed a bird table. The children had to work together as a team and evaluate their ideas as they moved through the project.

This week, Grasshopper class enjoyed decoration morning. The children made snowman tree decorations, paper stars, wreaths, Christmas cards and not to mention gingerbread men/hearts/trees…… Thank you to all our fabulous parents who came and joined in on the fun not to mention lend a helping hand!!

BIG SING – Thursday 6th December at Glyndebourne

Here is the link for the children to practice. It has the backing tracks and song lyrics.

http://bit.ly/BigSing18Pupils-S

Home Learning

Grammar and spelling books – each week, a task from the books will be set on a Tuesday for them to be handed in the following Monday. Don’t forget your raffle ticket!!

Reading – Please encourage your child to read at least 5 times a week. If they complete this they get a raffle ticket for the Big Draw incentive!

Times tables – We are using Times table Rockstars to practice our tables. The children have been given their logins and the teacher will check they have been on every week.

https://ttrockstars.com/login

My Maths Children will be set a task using this website to support their learning in class. Each child has been given a letter with their individual logins on. The task might not be set each week but can also be set over a few weeks. Please check the date when the homework is to be completed by.

https://www.mymaths.co.uk/

 

 

 

Reading

Stuck for a good book to read? Below are 100 books to be read by the end of Year 6.

100 Books 5 and 6 1

100 Books 5 and 6 2

100 Books 5 and 6 3

100 Books 5 and 6 4

100 Books 5 and 6 5

 

Spellings

Please help your child to learn how to spell the words from the Year 5/6 spellings list attached below. Please also look at the Year 3/4 list too. It is important they can write these words when dictated in a sentence.

Spelling list year 5 and 6

Spelling list year 3 and 4