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Amethyst Class Term 5 and 6 2011-2012 In Term 5 through our science theme Plants and animals in the environment children will explore the different habitats and conditions necessary for growth. Hopefully on Tuesday 15th May we will visit The History Museum in London to experience the Dinosaur and the Creepy Crawly Exhibitions. Children will learn about life cycles of both plants and animals and link this to their literacy work through explanation texts. During term 6 we will learn about Variation. Children will become aware that there is a huge variety of living things within our environment. They will learn that although living things are different there are also similarities. This term we will learn how the write our own riddle. We will learn about the different features of a good riddle such as varying sentence starters, descriptive vocabulary, clues and similes etc. The children will be encouraged to include these in their own riddles. We will also learn about explanation texts and link this to our Science Curriculum. Children will learn about the life cycle of a chicken and a plant. We will also read stories about Dinosaurs. We will look at the way the stories are written and discuss characters, setting and plot. We will develop a range of adventurous vocabulary to use in our work. We will use these stories as a stimulus to create our own Dinosaur stories and poems. In handwriting we will continue to develop the children’s understanding and ability to join letters. Your child will participate in weekly guided reading sessions and we will endeavour to hear your child read their home reader when possible. Can we remind you of the importance of dating, signing and possibly commenting in their reading records when you hear your child read at home? This term the children will continue to consolidate and extend their knowledge of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will use known number facts and place value to add and subtract mentally. Mental maths sessions will continue on a regular basis. The children will be encouraged to develop a range of methods to solve one and two step word problems and explain their reasoning. The children will also further their knowledge of multiplication and division, fractions and times tables. . We will collect a variety of data and using various computer programs we will represent it in lists, tables and different types of graphs In ICT this term we will collect data and create graphs such as bar graphs and Venn diagrams using Handy graph and Early essentials. We will also use the program To Investigate to create our own data base linked to the Olympics. We will continue to use a range of programs to consolidate our learning in Literacy, Numeracy and other subjects and also to enhance our I.C.T. skills Ways to help your child with reading: Make it a fun time for both of you. Remember when sharing a book with your child to discuss the author, illustrator, characters, plot and setting and to encourage them to read with expression. Discuss what is happening in the story and what they think will happen Look at different punctuation marks and why they are used, such as question marks, exclamation marks, speech marks etc. Visit the library to borrow books on plants and animals, Dinosaur stories and riddles. As ever, reading is a vital part of learning. Children should aim to read to an adult for at least 10 minutes every evening, at a time you can share a book together. This can be either a school reading book or a book from home; I would like to encourage the children to explore, and most importantly enjoy, a variety of reading materials, so please don’t feel that they must read the Reading Tree books day after day. We do endeavour to change the books regularly. Please remember that you can change your child's reading book for another of the same colour band if you feel they have read it well to you at home and have a good understanding of the story. Ways to help your child with writing: Keep a daily diary. . Encourage your child to write for different purposes, such as writing their own invitations, thank you letters, helping write shopping lists, postcards from holidays, weekend news diary etc. Practise handwriting by copying a page of text from their favourite book. Start a topic book in which they can write about the facts they discover, for example, eg plants, animals or Dinosaurs Ways to help your child with maths: Count anything and everything. Practise counting on and back in different steps of 2, 3s, 5s and 10,s Look at house numbers as you walk to school. Can they double or halve the number, or say the number that is 10 more or ten less than that number? Cook together, letting children weigh and measure the ingredients, i.e. litres, grams. Point out litres and grams when shopping Talk about different 2D and 3D shapes around them. Collect information using a tally. Let children experience real money when shopping, by counting the amount needed and working out how much change they should receive. Ways to help your child with I.C.T: Research topics on the Internet. Practise using the space bar, return key, full stop and shift key when writing text. Create text or pictures of what they have learnt at school that day. In Amethyst Class our door is always open; please feel free to pop in for a chat – no matter how small the problem, we are always here to listen and try to work with you to find a solution. A big thank you goes to those mums offering their time and support by hearing readers and helping with other classroom tasks, we really do appreciate all your efforts. If you are also able to help lighten the load, please do let me know.