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Year 4/5/6

It’s incredible to think that we are over halfway to half term. The children have all settled back into our school routines and the work in their books is reflecting the high expectations we have for all of our children.

 

Year 4 are enjoying finding out all about Ancient Egypt. They have discovered why the River Nile was so important to the Ancient Civilisation and this has linked to their work in DT where they have looked at Shadufs and explored how levers work.

 

In Geography, the children have been learning about the Water Cycle and will be moving on to learn about the different sections of a river. Having learnt about classification in Science, the children will be moving on to learn about vertebrates and invertebrates and the specific features each have. All of the children have also been really enjoying learning the Haka in their indoor PE lessons.

 

Year 5 have learnt all about how the Pilgrims sailed to America on board the Mayflower and in DT they have made a model of the ship. Their Geography is closely aligned with their History work and they are learning about North America; they have started by learning the names of all 13 colonies.

 

In Science they are well on their way to qualifying as medical doctors as they deepen their understanding of not only how the heart works, but also the respiratory system. To consolidate all of their learning in English, the children will be writing their own diary entry based on their class reading book, “The Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom”.

 

Year 6 continue with their History unit on the Second World War and have learnt about how Britain prepared for war and the need for the mass evacuation of people to the countryside and overseas. They will be using their knowledge of discussion texts to write their own to answer the question, “Was the evacuation of children during World War II a good idea?”

 

In Science, the children have learnt about atoms and sub atomic particles. They will be moving on to learn about how atoms bond and the difference between molecules and compounds. Having planned a healthy and filling snack that could be eaten during World War II using rations and home grown food, the children are looking forward to cooking their creations and evaluating how successful they have been.

 

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 and is often linked to our English and other curriculum work. Maths Homework is also set every week. Children should spend no more than 30 minutes on Maths and no more than 30 minutes on the English/other curriculum work.

 

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!

 

The Curriculum

Please see the Knowledge Organisers (for Science, History, Geography, Art, Music and RE) for lots of information on the units of work that each year group will be covering this term. These will have been sent out to you and are also available on the website using the link below. These Knowledge Organisers are not only for your information, but also a means for you to support your child with their learning

 

Getting in Touch:

  • We realise that it is sometimes tricky for parents to be able to share information or ask quick questions so the best option is to write a note or email office@cottenham.cambs.sch.uk, marked for the attention of your child’s teacher. The class teacher will then reply by email or phone you at a convenient time.
  • However, if you want to discuss academic, social or family issues, it’s worth making the time to arrange an appointment - again please email the office or you can email me directly on rcole@cottenham.cambs.sch.uk

 

Key Dates for your Diary:

  • Week beginning 11th October: Parent Consultations - information about how we will run these will be sent out nearer the time.
  • Monday 25th  – Friday 29th  October: Half term
  • Thursday 4th November: Year 6 visiting Stibbington
  • Thursday 11th November: Flu vaccinations
  • Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th December: Year 6 productions of Aladdin- tickets must be purchased
  • Friday 10th  December: Christmas Jumper day
  • Friday 17th December 2pm: Finish for Christmas holidays

 

 

Rebecca Cole

Deputy Headteacher

456 Team Leader


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