Good afternoon,


Class Attenborough have had a busy start to this half term; we have already been on two school visits, which the children have thoroughly enjoyed. The first one was to Norton College, where the children took part in a range of activities in Science, French, Drama and Music. Then they visited York Minster, where they learnt how Christians worshipped.


Our line of enquiry this half term is, ‘What did the Mayas do for us?’ We are using the knowledge that we learnt last term in History and also conducting our own research to create a non-chronological report about the Mayas in Literacy. We are also concentrating on presentation and spellings in our writing.


In Maths we are carrying on with our investigation of fractions; we have been adding and subtracting fractions with the same denominator, adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators, adding mixed numbers with the same and different denominators and currently we are subtracting mixed numbers with different denominators. We are using pictures to help us solve these problems. After we have secured the knowledge of subtracting mixed numbers, we will be moving on to multiplying fractions by whole numbers, finding fractions of an amount and then we will move on to decimals and percentages.


In Science, we are investigating mixtures and how they are separated. So far we have looked at how to sieve a mixture using different gradients of sieve to separate mixtures. We have also looked at how a substance can dissolve to make a solution and we will investigate how we can recover the substance. The other methods we will investigate are filtering and evaporation.


This half-term the children are working with Miss Anderson to study R.E, Music and French.


Homework will continue to be sent out with spellings on a Friday, to be completed by the following Friday. Unfortunately, not everyone in class is completing their homework which is a shame as it is to consolidate what they have been learning that week.


As I have said before, Class Attenborough are extremely lucky that school has purchased a programme called Doodle Maths; it is important that the children are using this as it does develop their mathematical skills - they only need to use it 10 minutes a day, 5 days a week. TT Rock Stars is another website school has purchased for the children to speed up their recall of times table facts. The children who use this regularly are increasing the speed they answer questions which in turn decreases the length of time it takes to answer a question. Times tables are an important part to mathematics and if children have a secure knowledge of their times tables it stands them in good stead for the rest of their maths education.


P.E. will continue to be on Friday this half-term, so can you please ensure that your child is prepared with a full P.E. Kit.


Also just a gentle reminder about indoor shoes, some children do need theirs replacing as they are broken.


Thank you for your support.


Miss Davis