Welcome back to Term 6!
We hope you had a holiday and feel refreshed for the final summer term! We have an exciting and fun filled term ahead!
This term our topic is ‘The world and space’ Our two texts for the term are ‘The man on the moon’ and ‘Whatever next’. These fiction books are both centred around space and introduce our topic brilliantly. For more information on our topic, please see the topic web here.
As part of our topic we will be learning about significant events and people from the past that have made an impact on the world today. Children will be learning about the first animals in space, the first man on the moon, the first women on the moon and how they got there. Children will be learning about features of the moon and where it is in relation to the earth. We will briefly look at the planets so children have an understanding of the solar system. We will also be looking at the rockets that go into space. From this, children will be designing and making their own rocket. Children will think about the materials that are best fit for a rocket and decide what they are going to use. Children will make the rocket over a couple of weeks before testing their rocket to see how far their rocket can fly. We will use our understanding of measurement to measure the distance each rocket travels.
As part of English we will be looking at the story ‘Man on the moon’. Initially, we will spend some time getting to know the story. Children will read it, answers questions about it, act it out and respond to the text with letters and diary entries. Children will be retelling the story before writing it themselves. They will be innovating the story so that they make the story their own. Later on in the term we will be looking at a story called Whatever next. Children will be writing recounts from this text, imagining they are the characters in the book. We will continue to focus on using capital letters, full stops, finger spaces and using conjunctions such as ‘and’ and ‘because’ to join their ideas. Within the book there are fantastic adjectives so children will be revisiting this term and using them in their response writing and story writing.
In Maths, we will begin the term by looking at weight and volume. Children will be comparing, descriving and solving practical problems around weight and volume. Following this, children will be weighing objects themselves using cubes as a unit and applying their understanding of comparing with what they measure. Children will be measuring volume with cups before moving on to millilitres and litres. Children will be solving a range of addition and subtraction problems with these areas of measure using the methods they know. The latter part of the term we will be revisiting addition and subtraction looking at missing number problems such as 7 = ___ - 9. Children will also be solving word problems around these operations too. If you have a chance to practise the 2, 5 and 10 x table at home with your child this would be great for their learning in school.
If you have any questions about our learning, please don’t hesitate to come and ask or if you are interested in volunteering in class, please come and see me after school.