Dunkirk - Defeat or Victory?
Our topic this half term is ‘Dunkirk - Defeat or Victory?'
In history, we will be learning all about the battle of Dunkirk and debating whether or not it was a defeat or a victory. We will be looking at the key events of the battle and the propaganda surrounding it.
In English, we will be continuing our orangutan theme as our passion for saving the world's rain forests has inspired us to want to write to various companies to try and prevent their use of conflict palm oil.
Palm oil is in nearly everything – it’s in close to 50% of the packaged products we find in supermarkets.
Palm oil has been and continues to be a major driver of deforestation of some of the world’s most biodiverse forests, destroying the habitat of already endangered species. This forest loss coupled with the conversion of carbon rich peat soils are throwing out millions of tonnes of greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere and contributing to climate change. There also remains some exploitation of workers and child labour. These are serious issues that companies need to start addressing!
In order to enhance the children's love for reading and the impact reading has on our writing, we encourage regular reading at home. Topic links are really useful for the children to be able to dive into another world and develop an in depth understanding. We will also be writing: instructions, non-chronological reports and letters. Reading a range of these really supports our interest and engagement in writing along with development of vocabulary and text type features.
Maths Revision and activities
Homework will be given out every Friday. There will be two pieces (maths and English/topic) as well as spellings mostly from the Year 5/6 spelling list. These are to be returned on Monday.
Reading records are checked every Monday with a minimum expectation that the children have read three times over the course of the previous week.
If your child accesses Reading Plus, it is beneficial for them to complete these at home also.
Times Tables Rock Stars is a website which supports the learning of times tables - an underlying necessity for many math strategies. Practicing these greatly enhances our ability to solve more complex mathematical concepts.
Children also have the opportunity to do extra work at home to win monsters points. Points mean prizes and the children are really motivated to achieve these!