Welcome to Amethyst Class!
It’s the Summer Term- welcome back! We hope you had a lovely Easter break.
Mrs Symons and Mrs Halfpenny will be working with and helping the children in Amethyst with their learning this term. We are really looking forward to our topic- The Mayans!
We will be learning all about The Mayans. The children will learn who the ancient Maya people were and where and when they lived. We will use maps and atlases to locate Maya cities and identify countries in Mesoamerica. In addition to this, we will learn about the religious beliefs and rituals of the ancient Maya people and find out more about some of the many gods they worshipped. The children will also learn about the Maya number system and have the opportunity to read and write Maya numbers and solve number problems. We will learn about the Maya writing system too and practise writing words in the hieroglyphic style of the ancient Maya people. We will also learn about the types of food eaten by the ancient Maya people and will find out about the significance of corn and chocolate, arguing which was most important in a class debate.
In English, we will be linking our writing to our science topic ‘Forces’. We will be using a video called ‘Maybe One Morning’ as a stimulus for our work. We will write diary entries and exciting stories. While writing, we will apply skills we have been learning in spelling, grammar and punctuation. Keep an eye out on our webpage for some excellent examples of writing.
In Maths, we will continue to focus on our mental maths and arithmetic skills. It would be extremely useful if you could ensure your child knows their times tables and related division facts. We will be solving problems involving all areas of maths and will focus on mastery of the key skills. We will link our maths learning to science; we will be measuring forces using Newtons and will be presenting our investigation results in different types of graph.
Please can spellings (linked to the spelling challenges) and times tables be learnt and practised at home.
Children are expected to read at home regularly with an adult. It is an essential element of a child's development and has a positive impact on your child's progress in all areas of the curriculum.
PE kit needs to be in school at all times but will be sent home for washing at regular intervals. The requirement for kit is a white t-shirt (not polo shirt), black shorts and black daps.