Happy New Year! We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break. The children have come back to school refreshed and ready to learn. This is a shorter half term but it will be packed full of interesting and challenging activities which we hope the children will enjoy.
‘Darwin’s Delights’ is the title of our new topic this half term. Already, the children have immersed themselves in much discussion about Darwin, his travels and his theory of evolution. They have learnt about his early life and have even taken part in philosophical discussion, comparing the Genesis story to Darwin’s theory. We have also looked at Darwin’s detailed observational drawings and have used mark making to create light and shade.
In maths, we have completed our geometry learning for now by looking at 3d shapes and their nets.
In English, the focus will be on Darwin’s life story and the children will learn how to write an entertaining biography. Science will see the children become palaeontologists, learning about the formation and excavation of fossils and how this informed Darwin’s theory.
Fractions will be the focus of our maths lessons over the next few weeks.
Please ensure your child completes the following pages of their SAT Busters:
Arithmetic: pages 28-29
Geometry: pages 3-5
Grammar: pages 12-13
Spelling: pages 4-5
Punctuation: pages 20-21
Alongside this, please ensure that your child regularly reads for at least 10 minutes a day and continues to practice their times table on Times Table Rockstars.
In preparation for excavating our fossils, we are asking the children to bring in tools that they think are similar to or can be used like the real tools palaeontologists use. For example: brushes of various types, things for scraping like spoons, cocktail sticks, mini hammer.
Please don’t send anything sharp or dangerous.