Welcome to St Teresa and St Cyprian classes.
The teachers are Mr Earley, Mrs Crook and Mrs De Souza. Ms Amoa is a special needs assistant in St Teresa.
Important information and reminders
Homework will be given out on Fridays and is expected back on Wednesday.
St Teresa will have their spelling test on Mondays.
St Cyprian will have their spelling test on Fridays.
Reading books will be changed weekly and children are expected to read to a grown up everyday. We welcome parents'/carers'comments in the reading record book.
P.E. kits should be brought in on Mondays and left in school until Friday. P.E. is timetabled for Wednesday and Thursday.
All uniform should be labelled with the child's name and class as it is very difficult to trace misplaced uniform.
The children can bring in a healthy snack to eat at morning playtime.
In English, the unit is based on the text Escape from Pompeii. Work will include describing historical settings, recounts in first and third person and factual non-chronological reports. The grammar work done during the year on fronted adverbials, extended noun phrases, variation in sentence structure and paragraphing will be consolidated. Children will learn to use the relative pronouns appropriately and use similes for effect.
In spelling, focus will be on using prefixes (sub, inter, super) and suffixes (-ation, -cian). They will continue to learn the spelling of high frequency words to facilitate fluency in writing.
In handwriting, the children will practise correct letter formation and learn to use the four basic letter joins correctly in all their writing.
The Big Read text is The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Children will develop their reading skills and strategies including pattern seeking, choice of vocabulary, using background knowledge to understand new vocabulary, visualization, making connections, making predictions and using inference.
In Maths, the children will learn about number and the four operations.
- Compare and order numbers up to 1000 showing a firm understanding of place value.
- Add and subtract numbers with up to 3-digits, using the column method with carrying and exchanging.
- Estimate the answer to a calculation by rounding to the nearest 10 and 100.
- Multiply numbers with up to 3-digits by a single digit using a simple grid.
- Divide numbers with up to 3-digits using the chunking method on an empty number line.
- Solve maths problems involving the four operations.
The topic in Science is Forces and Magnets.
- Compare how things move on different surfaces
- Notice that some forces need contact between surfaces but magnetic forces can act at a distance
- Observe how magnets attract and repel each other and attract some materials but not others
- Describe magnets as having two poles
- Investigate with magnets
Children will continue to have access to the online Science program, Developing Experts so that they could revise lessons and complete a quiz for each one.
In IPC, our topic this half term is called ‘Explorers and Adventurers’. Explorers are people who travel to new places in the world and discover new things that they didn’t know existed. So much of what we know today about our world is because we have been explorers in the past. Being an explorer is exciting but challenging at the same time.
In Geography we’ll be ﬁnding out:
- How to use geographical terms
- How to use world maps to identify continents, seas and countries
- How to look for geographical information
- How to compare different locations in the world
In History, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
- About explorers and adventurers in the past
- How to gather information from maps, pictures and books
- How to answer simple questions about exploration
- How explorers navigated at sea
In Art, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
- About the artwork of explorer artists
- How to draw plants and animals with accuracy
In Society, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
- If we think exploration is a good thing
- About female explorers in the past
In International, we’ll be ﬁnding out:
- How exploration has changed the world
The Religious Education unit is What is the Bible’s ‘big story’ and what does it reveal about having faith in God?
- How The Bible came into being. How we got The Bible we use today.
- Whether The Bible has many plots or one plot. What the term ‘metanarrative’ means.
- Why The Bible is sometimes referred to as a map for Christian life.
- What The Bible teaches about faith, reflection of what faith means to us.
- What makes a person of faith in The Bible?
- How Christians demonstrate faith today in spreading the ‘Good News’.
In Music, we use the Charanga scheme of work. This term the unit of work is focused around a song called The Dragon Song.
Children will learn to:
- Listen and appraise
- Identify the themes in the song (friendship, happiness, the environment etc.)
- Learn to sing the song
- Play instruments with the song
- Improvise while listening to the song, using voices and instruments
- Create their own performance of the song
Black History Month
We studied the Nigerian fashion designer Lisa Lisa Folawiyo. In English, we wrote non-chronological reports about her life and work. In maths, we looked at her fabric designs and created our own symmetrical patterns based on her work.
Being safe around animals
We were visited by a representative from the Wood Green Animal Shelter. We learned how to read a dog's body language and to understand when a dog is safe to be near. We practised how to greet a dog safely and how to react when approached by a dog without it's owner.