Teacher: Miss Morris
Support Staff: Mrs Hudson
All students must bring their full PE kits in on a Monday.
This term we will be exploring and discussing themes within the novel ‘Wonder’, written by R.J. Palacio. The text has already encouraged the class to discuss opinions on acceptance and what normality actually is. The power to move hearts and change minds about social issues is what this book seeks to influence among young students.
The publisher’s description:
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?
Spelling is a major focus this year as students will be introduced to new vocabulary in preparation for 11+ and SATS testing. Spelling is tested every Friday; all students will learn their spelling when completing daily homework tasks.
The ability to read and comprehend confidently are important for students to be able to identify and discuss themes and conventions in their writing. I encourage all parents to read weekly with their child and devise higher order thinking questions to ask before, during and after they have read.
The following maths concepts are currently a key focus:
- Time – Analogue, Digital and 24-Hour. Problem Solving.
- Geometry – Angles
- Multiplication and Halving
- Fractions and Decimals
- Measurement – Length and Distances
- Problem Solving
MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU, is the title of our Science topic this term. Students will be expected to achieve the following content:
i. explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object.
ii. identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces.
iii. recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.