Welcome to Galaxy Class
The class teachers are Mrs Clifton and Mrs Tee. Mrs Francis, Mrs Williamson and Mrs Hiscock also work with us.
Our learning experience is called Walk Like An Egyptian
On Monday 7th January, children will take part in a whole day of Egyptian themed activities, which will focus on:
- Making papyrus
- Mummifying tomatoes
- Creating collar necklaces
The children will create a class book containing information texts which will explain key aspects of Ancient Egyptian life.
Take home task:
Choose from one, or even more, of the following. Alternatively, choose something of your own – get creative!
- Create some art work based around Egyptian Gods/Goddesses
- Produce a PPT about an aspect of Egyptian life
- Create a poster about an Egyptian god
- Research an Ancient Egyptian achievement and present findings using method of your choice
Hand in date: Monday 4th February 2019
To inspire the children at the start of this Learning Experience, they will have an Egyptian themed day where they will explore mummification (and try out the process on a tomato), make their own papyrus paper – which they will later use to produce some Egyptian themed art – and make their Egyptian jewellery.
In History, the children will learn about the organisation of Ancient Egyptian society and the roles within it. This will focus particularly on the importance of the Pharaohs and the Egyptian Gods and Goddesses.
They will also investigate how the pyramids, tombs and burial sites alongside the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb can teach us about the past.
Geography this term will focus on the River Nile. Initially the children will learn about the natural features of the area around the Nile and the importance of this for the Ancient Egyptian civilisation. In contrast, they will then investigate the significance of modern-day human features of the Nile and the positive and negative impacts of this.
In Science, the children are going to be looking at Earth and Space. During these lessons, they will explore the movement of the Earth and how its rotation creates day and night. In addition to this, they will look at the Sun and Moon too and their relationship to Earth, as well as the other planets within our solar system. The children will be comparing the time of day around the world; creating simple models of the solar system; exploring sun dials and discussing Stonehenge as an astronomical clock.
English this term will link to our history work on Ancient Egypt. The children will use their knowledge of the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb, focusing on diary extracts of Howard Carter; this will show the tension prior to the discovery and the determination of Carter to succeed. Alongside this, the children will develop their understanding of the use of tone, through contrasting diary entries, before and after the discovery. They will explore techniques writers use to do this through their reading of engaging texts.
From this, they will then look at examples of non-fiction writing in order to create a class children’s information text on Ancient Egyptian life. The objective will be to inform the reader whilst also entertaining; developing the children’s ability to write in a variety of styles and for a range of purposes.
Following on from their work on fractions last half term, during these weeks the children will gain a better understanding of decimals and percentages. Initially they will consolidate their understanding of what a decimal number is and then they will multiply them by 10, 100 and 1000 and apply this to real life situations involving the conversion of units of measurement. Following this, they will learn how to solve problems which involve finding percentages of amounts and they will also explore the use of percentages to make comparisons. As they become more confident, the children will combine all of their learning as they recall and use equivalence between simple fractions, decimals and percentages and apply this understanding to a range of contexts. To end the half term, they will begin to explore algebra as they use simple formulae and express missing numbers problems algebraically.
How you can support your child at home:
- Find out about Ancient Egyptian life
- Learn tables facts up to 12 x 12 and associated division facts – quick recall is essential
- Ensure that your child reads at least 4 times a week and has the opportunity to discuss their reading with you. Please could you ensure this is recorded in their reading record.
- Help them to learn their weekly spellings and ensure they understand their meaning.
Support children in completing their Maths homework, encouraging independence where possible
This term our PE day will be on a Wednesday. Please ensure that the children have all of the correct kit in school on this day and that long hair is tied back. It would be appreciated if children can have both trainers and daps as part of their kit so they have the appropriate footwear for both indoor and outdoor PE. We do not allow the children to wear earrings for PE so please can they be removed on these days or taped over.
Numeracy homework is given out on a Friday and due in the following Wednesday. Your child should be able to complete this work independently as it will be based on work they have already done in class. Please do not hesitate to speak to us if you have any concerns. It is also beneficial if all children regularly practise their times tables facts in order to improve speed of recall. This remains a focus this year and children will be tested weekly through ‘Times Table Olympics’ to ensure that recall is quick and accurate. (No counting up on fingers allowed)
We are also encouraging all children to read to an adult at home; this needs to be recorded into the children's reading records. It is very important for the children to read regularly and understand their reading so that they can take the Accelerated Reader quizzes within school. When your child gets 85% or above in these quizzes, they are rewarded with a star which is put onto the class chart. We are aiming for 100 stars so that we can have a class treat!
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