Long-eared Owls Class (Yr5 & 6)
Class Teachers: Mrs Fogarty (4 days) & Mrs Tate 5 (1 day)
Teaching Assistants: Mrs Clark, Mrs Woolley and Mrs Hiller.
Long-eared owls, (or L.E.O.s) have made an excellent start to the Autumn Term and are coping well with new classmates, a new teacher and new routines. They are particularly enjoying ‘The Boy who swam with piranhas’ in English, which will be the focus of creative writing, writing in role, diary recounts, roleplay, non-chronological reports, and grammar-related tasks. In the second half of the term, we will be exploring play scripts, poetry and presenting a drama production at Christmas.
During Guided Reading sessions, pupils will be exploring a variety of texts, please help your child make progress by listening to them read - every night for ten minutes if possible. Spellings will be tested weekly, LEOs will practise these every morning, during one guided reading session and for homework.
In Maths, the focus this term will be on place value, deepening pupils’ understanding of operations, and calculation strategies. Their knowledge of times tables up to 12 x 12 underpins all new learning; please help your child practise their focus times table. Later this term, we will investigate fractions, shape, and measurement. Each week, LEOs will be tested on their times tables to speed up their mental agility.
In History, we will be investigating the impact of the Benin Empire, through role play and research. This ties in with our Art topic of Journeys, and Music. During the first half term, pupils will design a fairground ride in D&T, which links in with our first Science theme of Electricity. After half term, LEOs will investigate Light. Pupils will learn through practical investigations (some modelled, some independent) and by researching famous scientists.
The initial focus in Music is Performance, this will be followed by the theme of Journeys after half term. In French, pupils will explore the vocabulary for the classroom environment then move onto the topic of food. In R.E., our first topic will be Creation. This will be followed by a focus on the Gospel and Prophecies. Important religious dates and celebrations in in the calendar will also be observed and dwelt upon, such as Harvest, and Christmas!
In P.S.H.E, we start with ‘New Beginnings’ then move on to ‘Getting on and falling out.’ IT deals first with E-safety, basic computer skills then Augmented Reality.
P.E. sessions are usually on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Football and Dance this term, Tag Rugby and Dodgeball next term. Please ensure pupils have a PE kit in school at the start of the week.