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Welcome to Tolkien Class

 

During the Spring term in Tolkien Class, we will be learning about The British Empire. We will be looking at how Britain impacted the rest of the world during this time.  In addition to this, we will be investigating the pros and cons to being in or out of the British Empire. The trade of textiles was prominent during the time when Britain ruled over many countries.  With fabric and clothing being imported from various locations, this term’s topic will be closely linked to our Art and D&T work. We will be designing and making our own clothes for a fashion show.  Our starting point here is to explore patterns and textiles around the home.  Our artist focus for this will be William Morris.

 

Maths in Tolkien class will be taught following the national curriculum which encourages both a depth and breadth in understanding.   If you want to support your child at home then the topics we will be covering are:

  • Order and compare numbers up to 8 digits
  • Fraction and percentages of amounts
  • Multi-step problem solving involving 2 or more operations.
  • Properties of shape
  • Area and perimeter of regular and irregular shapes

 

In literacy, we will be exploring fiction that contains multiple genres.  We will be using a range of texts, audio and visual stimuli throughout.  The 4 main texts we will be using are:

  • Skellig by David Almond ("David Almond is a very special writer." according to Michael Morpurgo)
  • Look into my eyes by Lauren Child ("What more could adventure loving girls want?" The Sunday Times
  • The Messenger Bird by Ruth Eastham ("Beautifully told...moving" tBk Magazine
  • Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror by Chris Priestley ("Not for the faint-hearted!" Sunday Express

 

In PE we will continue to be supported by Premier Sports where the children will be given high quality teaching from sports professionals.  We will be developing our attacking and defensive skills during football and tag rugby.

 

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school office to book a meeting. I look forward to an exciting term, full of creative learning. Keep checking our page and twitter account to keep up with what we have been doing!

 

Kind regards,

 

Mr Sutch and Tolkien class

Homework 

Homework is given out on a Tuesday and a Friday.

 

Tuesday's homework is a reading/grammar based activity and a creative task and is due the following Monday.

 

Friday's homework is maths and spelling and is due the following Thursday.

 

Children may receive additional projects to complete at home for which they will be advised of the expected return date.

 

Remember:

We have high aspirations for homework.

Children must present their work neatly using joined up cursive handwriting.

Support if needed but encourage independent learning.

Children must seek clarification before the homework is due.

Alan Pete Sentence Types

Alan Pete's different sentence types can help the your child to open sentences in different ways.  Please have a look at the file when your child is completing any writing based homework to ensure high standard are achieved at home as well as at school.

 

I have used these before with varying ages of children and seen great outcomes.  It allows the children to experiment with variety and fresh ways to write sentences.  They go hand in hand with all the other skills and techniques that they have been exposed to throughout their journey through education.

 

Click the picture to view the document.

 

 

'Post it' Poems by Tolkien Class

 

This week we have been looking at poetry by Joseph Coelho.  We used his technique of using the outdoors to inspire word creation.  On Monday we played with words and phrases inspired by our forest area.  When returning to the class we wrote sentences using 6 post it notes.  This created some interesting examples of poems.  On Wednesday we edited these by adding figurative language to make our poems more interesting and detailed.  We aimed to write 3 stanzas and use a range of figurative language.  The outcomes were fab! The pictures below are of the children performing these poems back outdoors where our poems began. Keep your eyes peeled for photos of the children's poems later on today or early next week.

 

View the poems using the link below. 

 

Thank you 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzLg_84WLscWZTEyUGl4X1JBQ3M

 

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