Welcome to Year 4/5/6

The mixed Year 4/5 classes all continue to work hard. In English, the children are finishing off their unit on “The Highway Man” by writing their own newspaper report about the story. They are learning the skills of editing and will then ‘publish’ their reports for display – look out for them if you are in the school building!  They will then move on to a unit of work where they will write detailed setting descriptions. In Maths, the children are in the thick of fractions – adding, subtracting and identifying equivalent fractions before they move on to solving problems.

After their exciting  trip to Mountfitchet Castle, the children are now learning about the battles that led up to the Norman Conquest ( The Battle of Fulford, The Battle of Stamford Bridge and the Battle of Hastings). In Geography, they have been looking at how the Grand Canyon was formed by erosion over time and will soon be learning about population distribution in the US and the reasons for it. Following on from watching the heart and lung dissection, their Science work is moving on to learning about the dangers of smoking and the impact that exercise has on the body. In Art, they have started a unit of work focussing on Andy Warhol and the Pop Art movement.

In Year 6, the children have made a good return to school after half term and are busily helping to sell poppies across the school for the Royal British Legion as well as plan their remembrance banners for House Day.

In Maths, the children have recently learnt how to find the mean average of a set of numbers and they are now focussed on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. Having finished a unit of work in English on diary writing, they have made a start on their recount text with their own writing to be linked to their History unit about World War Two and the local area.

Following their successful visits to Duxford last half term, the children are continuing to deepen their knowledge about the impact of the war on the lives of people in Britain. They have looked in some detail about the roles of both men and women to support the war effort. In Geography, they are continuing their unit of work about Globalisation and have learnt about trade, the dominance of TNCs and the impact of globalisation on the fashion industry. They will shortly be looking at the negative impacts of globalisation and how we can be responsible citizens to minimise these.

Reading, Spellings and Homework:
· Reading – we recommend every child should read at home each day. Children are welcome to bring a suitable reading book from home. Books are also available to read in class, but these should not be taken home.

· Class Homework is set every week on your child’s Teams and MathsWatch account. It is usually linked to what is being covered in class at the time or may be work to consolidate prior learning. Children should spend no more than 30 minutes on Maths and no more than 30 minutes on the English/other curriculum work.

Each piece of homework will be read and acknowledged by the class teacher and if there are misconceptions and inaccuracies to address in your child’s understanding of the work, this will be done in class time. Similarly, house points will be awarded for effort and good quality pieces of work.

By regular reading practice and completing homework, we believe that children consolidate and develop their understanding. Whilst we do not expect, or even desire, large time-consuming pieces of work, we do ask that children do their work in a suitable place and to the best of their ability. Clear presentation, basic punctuation and good effort are essential. Unless otherwise stated, homework should be done on Teams. If your child claims to have not had homework set for several weeks running, please check with your child’s teacher!

Key Dates for your Diary:

10th November: House Day- Remembrance Day

7th December: Christmas Jumper Day

13th and 14th December: Year 6 Production

20th December 2pm: School Finishes for Christmas Holidays

Should you need to contact me, please feel free to either email the Office or me directly on: rcole@cottenham.cambs.sch.uk

Rebecca Cole

Deputy Headteacher

Year 456 Team Leader