This term children will be working very hard at revising in Maths, SPaG (Spelling Grammar and Punctuation) and reading for SATs examinations. Testing week will start on Monday May 13th 2019. It is extremely important that your child is not absent during this week.
In English, children will be revisiting persuasive writing, making sure that they are able to articulate and justify their opinions whilst providing well-structured explanations for their persuasive writing. One crucial focus will be on children being able to identify how language, structure and presentation contribute to meaning in their writing. Our class reader this term will be Emma Carroll's Letters from the Lighthouse. Children will be using this book as stimulus for a variety of genre writing outcomes.
In science this term we will be learning about electricity. Children will be exploring different components of circuits; as well as, investigating how and what makes them work. This year, we are also very excited to launch our new whole school Science Fair Project! Children will be able to put all their scientific skills into action. More information about this fair will soon follow.
We know that a child’s ability to read is the key to their achievement in all curriculum areas. DfE analysis suggests that if all pupils in England read for enjoyment every day or almost every day, the boost to their academic performance would be huge! But did you know that reading also has a wider impact on mental health and wellbeing? Alongside the educational benefits, research suggests that reading helps you sleep better, improves social awareness, increases levels of creativity and can decrease levels of stress by more than two thirds!
The level of parental participation has a huge effect on a child’s literacy development, not just when they have started to read written words, but way before this too. A child’s literacy experiences before they start school have a significant effect on their educational success.
So in a nutshell: Good literacy skills support wellbeing, accelerate performance at school and throughout life. Children are most likely to acquire good literacy skills through being taught the skills of reading at school and having regular opportunities to practice at home. So please work with us to promote reading as a valuable and worthwhile activity. Please ensure that your child, no matter what age is being read to, or reading themselves, regularly at home.
In doing this we will support our children to understand the importance of reading and strengthening the culture of reading for pleasure at Featherstone Wood!
SATs WEEK 2019: 13th - 17th May 2019
Visit National History Museum, look at classicisation of animals
Visit Imperial War Museum
Research and create an Anderson Shelter (What was it far, how was it used, who was it for, etc.)
Devise and investigate ideas for science fair
Spelling Grammar and Punctuation (SPaG)
Perimeter/ Area/Volumes (Revise, Activity & Test)
Measurement (Revise, Activity & Test)
Trigonometry (Revise, Activity & Test)
Angles and Triangles (Revise, Activity & Test)
Time (Revise, Activity & Test)
Science Fair Ideas