Welcome to the Spring Term!
In the Spring term in Mathematics we will be covering:
Place value - negative numbers , rounding , partitioning 5 digit numbers and ordering .
Addition and Subtraction - identifying the doubles of 2 digit numbers , mental addition and solving word problems . This involves lots of decimal fraction work!
Multiplication and Division - multiplying and dividing numbers by 10 , 100 and 1,000.
Reasoning about shape - classifying polygons , describing 2d and 3d shapes , making nets of common solids .
A large part of our time is spent on problem solving and worded/real life questions.
We continue to have a focus on times tables in Form IV and therefore continue to regularly practise of multiplication and division facts .We are hoping to continue to aim for accuracy and speed!
In literacy lessons we will be covering :
- Non-fiction : Information texts in a variety of subject areas.
- Fiction : poetry ~ reading and writing poetry based on personal or imagined experience looking at the work of famous poets
- Fantasy stories and settings
There will be weekly spelling and mental mathematics tests,some of which will be sent home to free valuable class time. in addition to this there will be opportunities given during the week for quiet reading and research as well as reading aloud . Each term there will be a class assembly when children will be given the chance to show their performance skills and parents are invited along to these on a regular basis .
Other areas of the curriculum are taught by specialist staff and homework assignments may , occasionally , be set by them . Otherwise homework will be set everyday and will be a balance of Maths and literacy tasks aimed at supporting the work undertaken in class . Independent research is strongly encouraged and whilst you might want to oversee your child's homework , please do not do it for them . Homework should take approximately 30 minutes per night plus reading time . Reading is to be monitored and children have a reading record which needs to be checked and signed.
The homework diary is a useful means of communication between home and school and should be checked regularly. Your child will be encouraged to fill it in on a daily basis and you will be able to keep track of your child's personal targets and weekly achievements by referring to it. You can add your own notes if you feel the information might be helpful please ask your child to hand it in if you need a response, I check them each Friday and a tasty prize is on offer for the best!
Please assist your child in their learning by ensuring they have the necessary equipment in school at all times and a quiet place at home with no obvious distractions so they can complete their homework successfully .
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.
Mr C Jagger