Skylarks 2020 - 2021
Welcome to Skylarks’ Class Page
Our class teacher is Miss Beattie and our teaching assistant is Mrs Hulse. We can’t wait to go on an exciting learning journey with you this year!
During the Spring Term, we will continue to explore our class theme 'identity'. We will be delving deeper into the history of our local area, building a better understanding of the significance of the Lion Salt Works, Roberts Bakery and the Anderton Boatlift to Northwich.
We will also use maps, historical accounts, websites and books to build our knowledge and understanding of the Anglo Saxon and Viking eras.
During the Spring Term, we will be focussing on two further books to influence and inspire our writing.
First, we will be reading ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ by Carol Ann Duffy and Jane Ray. We will use this enchanting story to help us write our own traditional tale. We will be focussing on developing characters and settings through selecting effective vocabulary and integrating speech to move the action along.
We will then read the thought-provoking story ‘The Hunter’ by Paul Geraghty. We will use this to help us write a narrative based on the same structure as ‘The Hunter’. We will focus on combining action, dialogue and description, as well as using powerful, evocative language to describe settings and characters.
During the Spring Term we will continue to revise and consolidate our knowledge of place value and the four operations. We will look at multiplication and division in more detail, as well as the relationship between fractions, decimals and percentages. We will also learn how to calculate the area and perimeter of various shapes.
During the Autumn Term we will embark on our whole school topic ‘All Together Now’ where we will share our experiences, worries and achievements from the Covid 19 pandemic and lockdown. We will also celebrate being back together as a school community.
During the second half of the Autumn Term, we will begin to explore our class theme ‘Identity’. We will be developing our inquiry skills by asking and answering historical questions about our local ancestors and will be completing a local history study on Lostock Gralam. We will be exploring questions about who we are, where we come from and how Lostock has changed.
This term we will be focusing on two lovely texts to inspire our writing. First, we will be working on producing a magazine article based on the text ‘Of Thee I Sing’ by Barack Obama. We will then be focusing on writing a series of diary entries based on the book ‘Queen of the Falls’ by Chris Van Allsburg.
During the Autumn Term will be working to consolidate our maths learning from Year 4 and introduce new Year 5 concepts. We will be focusing on Place Value, the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and statistics.
Children in Skylarks Class will be set a weekly maths homework to further support their understanding of the mathematical concepts we have covered in school. This homework will be set on a Friday and should be completed, marked and returned to school the following week.
If for any reason your child is unable to complete their homework at home, please send their book into school with them on a Wednesday as I will be running a homework club during lunchtime to give all children the opportunity to complete their work. This also applies to those who may be struggling on a specific question – please just bring your book along on Wednesday and I will be happy to help!
Times Tables will remain a big focus for us this year. It is very important that children are fluent in their times table facts as they form the basis of many other mathematical concepts. Children will be set a specific table to learn and will be tested on a weekly basis. We encourage all children to practice their times tables at home. A fun way to do this is on Times Tables Rock Stars. You will find your child’s login for TTRS stuck in their homework diary.
Reading and Spellings
Your child will bring home a lovely book from school to enjoy reading at home. When your child reads at home, either independently or with you, they should record this in their homework diary and have it signed by an adult.
Spellings will be set on a Friday and tested the following Friday. Please spend 5 minutes daily practicing your child’s spellings with them. Spellings will be posted on our Skylarks blog the week before the test where they can be accessed from home at any time.
Please note that PE for your child will be on a Monday this term. Your child may come to school dressed in their PE kit.