Team 5 2020 - 2021

Mr
Thomas
Mrs
Parker

 

Our 2020 - 2021 Autumn term's theme is: 

Trailblazers 

Part One: The USA

From the natural wonders of Niagara Falls and the Grand Canyon to the technical wonders of Hoover Dam and Mount Rushmore, our first theme will focus on the USA and North America.  Throughout this topic we will try to collect evidence to answer the question:  Is the USA the Land of Opportunity?  To do this, we will examine the lives of 13 significant Americans through Barack Obama’s book: Of Thee I sing. We will learn of their stories: the challenges they faced and the obstacles they overcame.

This book will form the basis for our first writing unit, and will end with the children writing a magazine article to celebrate ‘Black Heroes’ and raise awareness about some of the issues around racial discrimination.  

Our second book is Queen of the Falls, a beautifully illustrated historical journey story written by Chris Van Allsburg.   Set at Niagara Falls, it tells the story of an amazing woman who dared to attempt what no-one had previously even dreamed to be possible: to go over Niagara Falls in a simple barrel.  This writing unit will end with us writing a diary entry as the main character, Annie Taylor, as she contemplates, plans and executes her fateful adventure.  

In Maths, we will begin with a recap of the four operation:  addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.  Once any gaps in these key skills have been identified, we will move onto Place Value, again checking for and closing any gaps due to lost learning at the end of last year.  

In RE, we will examine some of the different religious and non-religious views held in the USA over the course of its history and compare the key beliefs these different groups hold.  

In Music, we will use the Charanga website to help us learn the song The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.  In French, we will continue building our French grammar and vocabulary, beginning with items of clothing and moving onto the days of the week with basic prepositions.  

In Art, we will focus on Walt Disney, charting the evolution of American illustration and animation through the seminal works of Disney and his teams of artists.  

Science will see us consider how forces shape and affect our world, from gravity to air and water resistance.  We will investigate Hoover Dam and see how harnessing the awesome power of nature transformed an entire region.  We will also learn about the mechanisms and machines that enabled these monumental achievements.  

In DT, we will learn about the rise of processed and fast foods and delve into their nutritional and chemical compositions.  We will end with creating our own healthy burgers using ingredients we will grow in school.  

PE will begin with lessons from Coach Craig focusing on key football skills, incorporating team defensive and attacking tactics as well as ball skills.  

Our first class novel will be Holes, a book set in the scorching heat of Texas.  Some of the themes that the book considers include racism, homelessness, illiteracy and the aims and impact of the juvenile justice system.   

 

Daily Routines

8:40 Door open for morning challenges
8:50 Register
8:55 Morning Mental Maths challenges

9:05 English - whole class Guided Reading
9:50 Snack break


10:00 English - SPaG and writing
11:00 Morning break
11:15 Happy Breathing

11:20 Maths
12:00 Lunchtime


13:00 Register and Happy Breathing
13:05 Afternoon learning (History, Geography, Art, Music, DT, PE and Science)
15:05 Home time

Please note: ensure children are wearing sensible school shoes at all times as the Daily Mile will occur whenever possible.

Please note: PE for this term is on Mondays. To ensure your child can take a full and active part in these lessons, please make sure they have a full kit of t-shirt, shorts and trainers or pumps in school, especially if after school clubs are attended. 

 

The way we implement homework here at Horn’s Mill has changed. We value the vital importance reading has on a child’s life and education. With that in mind, we are having a huge reading campaign this year and we need your help to ensure your child is reading at home too. Children in Team 5 are expected to read for a minimum of 15 minutes per day from Sunday through to Thursday. Ideally, this would be done with another person but if this is not possible reading alone for this time is still very impactful. Please initial your child's Reading Record after they have recorded their home reading.  We are doing a wide range of things in school to help inspire your child to read more and regularly update the class library with books that are current and interesting for your child to read in school and take home.  If you think of any books that your child might like us to order, please let any staff member in Team 5 know. 

 

Times Tables

By the time they reach Team 5, children are expected to know their times tables and related division acts up to 12x12.   As part of their homework, children are expected to be practising their tables on a daily basis until they can quickly recall all of their tables facts.  To aid this practise your child has been given a FREE subscription to Times Tables RockStars.  Tables have been individally set for each child.  If you find that you child's tables are either too easy or too difficult, please let a staff member in Team 5 know.  

Please note: When set, Home Learning challenges can be found in the link on this page.  

 

Don't forget to practise the spellings and times tables listed in your home learning!

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Team 5 wb 7.9.20, by Mr Thomas