Y5/6 2020 - 2021
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Summer Term 2021
Welcome back! I hope everyone has had a lovely restful Easter break and enjoyed some return to ‘normal’ life over the last week. We are looking forward to a busy, complete term with the children.
Our topic for this term will be Freedom. We will be learning about the Geography of North America and how it compares with the UK. We will also be looking at Slavery throughout British history and the impact it has had on North America. Please find attached a topic web with an overview of the areas we will be covering this term. If you have any resources that may help with this topic, we would love to see them!
As part of our topic we'll be using Toto by Michael Morpurgo as a stimulus for our creative writing. Read the blurb below for further information about this amazing book!
From master storyteller MICHAEL MORPURGO, and illustrated in stunning colour by the award-winning EMMA CHICHESTER CLARK, comes a surprising, charming and uplifting twist on The Wizard of Oz, told by a very special and unforgettable character: Dorothy’s pet dog, Toto. A perfect, collectible gift for all children (and children at heart).
“I was there,” Papa Toto said, and those magic words sent shivers down my spine. It was going to be the Wizard story. “Dorothy and me were both there.”
We were all silent, snuggled up together, waiting, waiting.
Then Papa Toto began…
When a twister descends on their Kansas farm, Toto and his owner Dorothy hide in the house – only to be plucked into the air and whisked away!
Coming down with a crash in the mysterious land of Oz, the pair meet a series of extraordinary characters: a scarecrow who believes he has no brains, a tin man without a heart, and a cowardly lion who may not be as cowardly as he thinks he is.
But Toto and Dorothy are desperate to return home – after all, home is home, and home is best! So they set off with their new friends on a journey down the yellow brick road to find the only person who might be able to help them: the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
But what they find might surprise them. And on the way, all of them will learn that what they think they are missing might have been there, all along…
As you are aware, Mrs Morgan has now begun her maternity leave and we still await the arrival of Baby Morgan any day now. Mr Parry will now be teaching Class 3 for the remainder of the school year. Mr Rogers is beginning his return to work after his illness and will be teaching Class 1 for some of the day. Mr Read and Mrs Foster will also be teaching Class 1 in support of Mr Rogers.
PE sessions will continue to take place for children in Year 5 and 6 on a Thursday with Mrs Wilson, Mr Read and Ms Roberts. Children will need appropriate outdoor PE kit in school on Thursdays as they will be outside for the afternoon. Please refer to our PE uniform for more information.
As a minimum, all children are asked to read at least 3 times a week as part of their weekly homework and have it signed in their planner by an adult. These will be checked by their teacher on their Guided reading day. Children should tell their teacher when they need to change their book and they will complete an Accelerated Reader quiz on an iPad before changing it.
Homework continues to follow the same pattern as last term.
|Subject||Day set||Completed by|
|Spelling||Start of half term||Last week of half term|
|Reading||At least 3 times a week|
As usual, we would ask for one piece of topic homework about the topic of North America which can be related to any area of the topic.
There will be no Statutory Attainment tests for Year 6 children this year; assessments will be completed informally by your child’s teacher. All other arrangements for the end of Year 6 are still very much dependent on Covid restrictions and we will keep you informed as the term progresses of any events that we are able to hold.
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