Summer 2 Newsletter 2017

Summer 2 Newsletter 2017

Welcome back! I hope everyone has had a great half term. We are looking forward to our new topic, Africa, and to spending some time in our new class.

In English, we will be reviewing what we have learnt over the year. In particular, we will be focusing on the use of apostrophes for singular possession and using complex sentences to make our writing more interesting. We will also be revisiting adverbs, particularly to start sentences. We will be reading a selection of traditional African poems and will be learning how to perform these in interesting ways. We will be looking closely at the language used in poetry and will be writing our own. We will be reading The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo and will be using this as a focus for some of our writing. We will also be looking at instructional writing and will be writing our own recipes for a traditional African dish.

In Maths, we will be learning all about measures where we will learning how to read a variety of scales and how to use these to measure length, capacity and mass. We will be using and applying what we learn to solve real life problems involving measures. We are looking forward to My Money Week where we will be having lots of fun using money in practical contexts, culminating in Enterprise Day where we hope to make lots of money! In addition to this, we will be revising perimeter and learning about different types of lines in Geometry.

In Science, our topic is light where we will be learning that we need light in order to see things and that dark is the absence of light. We will also be carrying out experiments to see how light is reflected from different surfaces. We will be exploring shadows and will be finding patterns in the way that the size of shadows change. Particularly important at this time of year, we will also be learning how light from the sun can be dangerous and that there are ways to protect our eyes from sun damage.

In Geography, we will be studying the continent of Africa and will be exploring the physical and human geography of this enormous continent. We will be creating fact files for some of the different countries of Africa, focusing on climate zones, biomes and vegetation belts, rivers and mountains. We will also be looking at the types of settlement and land use in these countries as well as economic activity including trade links (especially fair trade chocolate), and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water. 

In Art, we will be studying African Art and will be creating our own Tinga Tinga art. In Design and Technology, we will be making traditional African food and will make African masks.

In PE this term, the children will be doing athletics and are looking forward to taking part in the annual sports day. Please ensure that your child has the appropriate PE kit in school every day. This consists of a plain white t-shirt, black shorts, black plimsolls and plain trainers for outdoor PE.

In Computing, we will be communicators and will learn how to communicate safely on the internet. We will develop a basic understanding of how email works and will gain skills in safely using email to communicate effectively with others.

We will also be designing our own topic this term and are looking forward to working together to create our own curriculum for a whole week!

 Our Learning Leaps for this half term are:

 Maths: Measures

Writing: Review of previous leaps

Reading: Book review

Your child’s personalised targets can be found in their partnership books. Please continue to support your child at home with their spellings, reading and times tables.

As always, if you think you can support our Topic this term in any way, I would love to hear from you.

Best Wishes,

Mrs Kay


  • St. Paul's CE Primary School
  • Meadow Road
  • Woodhouse Eaves
  • Loughborough
  • LE12 8SA
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: 01509 890483
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