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Welcome to Class SS

Mrs Sheldon has been teaching at Writtle for many years. She loves reading, particularly reading aloud to the class doing silly voices for all of the different characters. She enjoys getting involved with school plays, especially the singing. She plays netball in the local league and has recently started learning to play the ukulele.

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Mrs Sheldon has been teaching at Writtle for many years. She loves reading, particularly reading aloud to the class doing silly voices for all of the different characters. She enjoys getting involved with school plays, especially the singing. She plays netball in the local league and has recently started learning to play the ukulele.

Class SS

Our topic this term will be The Iron Giant. We will begin by reading the story of The Iron Man by Ted Hughes and use this story to lead our learning.

Our first English unit will see the children write their own fantasy stories based on Ted Hughes’ Iron Man. They will begin the unit by reading and exploring the features of his writing, they will look closely as his use of descriptive language and build a success criteria for writing. They will create their own ‘Robot Characters’ and use these characters within their own stories. Before beginning the writing stage, the children will carefully plan and draft their stories. When the children have finished editing their work they will become ‘authors’ and publish their work ready to share with one another. 

Alongside creating our own books, the children will also create their own book trailers to promote The Iron Man. We will learn about camera angles and use this to help sketch the still frames we need for our trailer. We will also choose some figurative language from the text to help sell the book!

Our next unit of writing will focus on performance poetry. The children will explore the features of different types of poetry such as; Narrative, Free Verse, Haiku and Kennings. The children will generate their own success criteria for writing and create an ‘Iron Man’ themed free verse poem. They will rehearse their poems concentrating on developing their volume, tone and expression. To add to the performance element, the children will combine their poetry with percussion instruments and sound effects. They will then go onto perform these to the rest of the class.

In Maths we will be working on our time telling skills learning to read, write and convert time between analogue and digital 12 and 24 hour clocks. We will also learn to convert between different units of time, and solve problems involving converting from hours to minutes; minutes to seconds; years to months; weeks to days. 

We will also develop our understanding of fractions by recognising and showing, using diagrams, families of common equivalent fractions. We will count up and down in hundredths and recognise that hundredths arise when dividing an object by one hundred and dividing tenths by ten. We will learn to add and subtract fractions with the same denominator and solve problems involving increasingly harder fractions to calculate quantities, and fractions to divide quantities, including non-unit fractions where the answer is a whole number. 

 

Important Information

Please remember to bring your PE kit into school on the first day back. Girls, you will need to tie long hair back and remove earrings. We will hopefully be going outside this half term if the weather allows so please have an outdoor kit too.

All homework, ( Maths and Topic) to be handed in on a Tuesday morning. Your spellings will be set on a Monday and tested the following week. Your Topic and Maths homework is set on a Thursday.