Owl Class - Years 4/5/6
OWL CLASS APRIL 12TH GALLERY
Welcome back to the summer term. This term our topic is ‘What were Dinosaurs?’ We will be finding out all about how fossil-hunters were the first to come upon the idea that these creatures had existed, long before humans. We will look at some of the fossils that tell us so much about these ancient creatures, including some of the most recent and exciting finds. We will in depth at the different epochs of the dinosaur age, and find out which species were living in each, and where they were to be found. We will also learn about the way that dinosaurs are now classified into separate groups, and how this reveals the way in which they evolved. We will also have a Zoom visit with one of Britain’s most well-known and inspiring palaeontologists.
In literacy, we will be looking at the work of Mary Anning, one of the world’s first fossil-hunters, from Dorset (now known as the Jurassic coast, for its wealth of fossil specimens). We will find out about her life and her importance in the story of palaeontology; we will then write a newspaper article from her time, celebrating her achievements. Later in the term, we will look at writing instructions, and write our own, informing our reader on how to hunt for fossils and then prepare them for show. We will also cover the range of punctuation and grammar required.
In group reading, we will continue with our texts, practising the skills we need to infer and retrieve information.
In maths, we will work through the broader curriculum, covering every topic this term and making sure everyone is where they should be, after this disjointed year.
In science, we will be looking at Evolution and Inheritance, and how Charles Darwin’s idea revolutionised our understanding of life on Earth. After half-term, we will look at Human Reproduction and Relationships.
Homework this term will continue to be focussing on the maths skills taught each week, and for some pupils there will continue to be an emphasis on knowing the times tables. Homework will be given out on Fridays, and books must be handed back in on Thursdays at the latest. Times tables and spellings tests will be on Thursday mornings.
Brass instruments should be brought in on Mondays, and PE kits on Thursdays. There is no swimming this term.
Class teacher: Mr Haynes