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Dear Parents and Carers, 




We hope you all had a lovely, relaxing Easter with your families. This term we are doing the topic ‘Darwin’s Delights’ and will be reading the novel Sky Hawk by Gill Lewis as part of our learning. 


It all looks very exciting! 


Mrs Raison and Mrs Mitchell xx

Maths:  We will continue to use our maths curriculum called Abacus to support mathematical understanding and bridge any remaining gaps from the previous year, due to the interrupted learning:  


Week 1 focuses on the use of written algorithms in multiplying and dividing large numbers; both long and short versions of these methods are taught.  


Week 2 Algebra; ratio - focuses on the use of generalisations and simple formula, including to find the nth term in a sequence; then moves on to ratio.  


Revision weeks: place value and decimals -Week 3 focuses on revision of place value in large numbers and in decimal fractions. 


Revision -Week 4 focuses on revision of: mental and written strategies in addition and subtraction; finding percentages; order of operations; and finding unknowns in equations.  


Revision: multiplication and division - Weeks 5 and 6 focus on revision of: written algorithms for multiplication and division and mental strategies including the use of factors; finding fractions of amounts; and calculating mean average.  


Revision: fractions; ratio -Week 7 focuses on revision of: equivalence in fractions; and using this to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions; and solving ratio problems.  


Revision -Week 8 focuses on revision of: properties of 2D shapes; angle types and theorems; perimeter, area and volume; 24-hour clock time intervals; and tables, graphs and charts.  


Further mathematical ideas -Weeks 9 and 10 focus on exploration of a variety of interesting mathematical concepts and processes, including binary numbers and Napier’s bones; playing with numbers, discovering patterns and solving mathematical puzzles.  


We will also continue to challenge our learners with plenty of reasoning opportunities using STOPS: Working Backwards, Algebra (Step 5+)/Testbase, SATs papers / Nrich  

English: We shall begin with Narratives using dialogue- including completing the last chapter of our previous novel, Pig Heart Boy.


As mentioned above, we will be using our new class novel, Sky Hawk, by Gill Lewis as part of our curriculum. We will be writing letters of persuasion and attempting to persuade our local Member of Parliament, John Healey, to provide us with some more sports equipment. We will also be writing formal letters to Mrs Allard.  


We shall be writing diaries in role as characters from the novel. 


Linked to our work in science, we shall also be explaining: Why do birds of prey need sharp claws? 


As part of our transition to Y7, we shall be reminiscing and recounting our primary memories. 

Science: There will be three main areas studied this term: Evolution and inheritance; Living things and their habitats; Working scientifically.


Investigations - How have eyes evolved? How do birds fly? How many worms are underground? Where do wild plants grow best? Why do birds have different beaks? Why is holly prickly? How are things classified? (Mini topic)  

PE: Lessons will continue to be led by Mr Lyons and will feature Athletics this term. Our sessions will be Thursday afternoons for a double session – so it is even more important that you remember to come in your kit! 


After half term we move onto Games: Rounders (Striking and Fielding/Throwing & Catching) .


Due to COVID-19, for the time being, please send your child to school in their kit on PE day as we need to reduce the risk of cross contamination whilst changing and amount of clothing in school. 

Fortunately, our sessions are scheduled for the last session so they won’t need to sit in them for the rest of the day, having exercised. 


REWe will be considering plenty of thought-provoking questions to learn more about Religions in the local community What will make Rotherham a more tolerant and respectful place? 

Art and Design: We will be doing plenty of observational work focusing on birds and feathers linking to our work on science.  


Our artist focus this year is on Claude Monet, so we will continue to look at some of his more well-known masterpieces but also some of his more obscure works. The children will find out information about his life, as well as what was happening at the time of his painting. We will be finishing our projects for the Picture This display featuring artwork inspired by the local artist, Joe Scarborough.

ICT: We will continue to use Purple Mash materials. This term will begin with lessons on 6.5 Text adventures with (2Cas) and 6.6 Networks (2code).

French: Rigolo Unit 8: Quelle heure est-il?!’  

We will talk about free time activities and learn to tell the time. We shall say what activities we do at certain times.  


After half term, we will move onto Unit 9: Les Fetes!’  We will say the names and dates of several French festivals. We shall identify and ask for certain presents and festivals. We will use numbers 31-60 and give and understand more instructions.

PSCHE: We will be looking initially at the responsibility involved with growing up, along with a new scheme called Jigsaw with some interesting characters and activities. 

Geography: Maps; We will be looking at geographical similarities and differences and also at Islands of the World. We will be tracking the journey of the osprey (in the novel) as it migrates across the world. 

HistoryWe shall be looking at significant individuals relating to evolution and inheritance, particularly the lives and legacy of Charles Darwin and Mary Anning. 

Music: Using Charanga, our music scheme, we will be looking at Music and Identity. We will talk about the musical dimensions working together in the Unit songs. We shall talk about the music and how it makes you feel, using musical language to describe the music.  We will be listening carefully and respectfully to other people’s thoughts about the music.  We will know and talk about that fact that we each have a musical identity. 


After half term, we will move onto the next unit: Reflect, Rewind and Replay where we will be focusing on the history of music - look back and consolidate your learning, learn some of the language of music. 

Ways to help your child:

  • By talking about the topic and asking what they are learning about.
  • By discussing maths tasks and helping them with their targets on their passports.
  • By keeping a note of their passwords for the websites we use most often.
  • By supporting them with home learning – especially reading – there is an expectation that they read to an adult at home a minimum of 3 times a week – this needs to be recorded in their reading diary, please.
  • By helping them to learn their spellings – these are usually shared on a Monday ready for a quiz on Fridays.
  • By ensuring that they come to school to work hard and succeed.