Spring is here and the lighter evenings have made a very welcome return. The Summer Term is about to begin after the holidays and it is going to be a busy one.
In our Topic lessons we are starting a new topic. It is called Ancient Greece. This is a fantastic history based topic which really draws the children in as it is full of interesting learning including the beginning of democracy, education in Athens and Sparta, Greek thinkers, trade and the history of the Olympic Games. It is a wonderfully engaging topic so please keep your copy of our topic web somewhere accessible at home so that you can discuss with your child what they have been doing in class.
We will be having an assessment week in the last week of April and the results the children achieve in Maths, Reading, Spelling and Grammar and writing will be used to inform our learning over the summer term as we prepare for Year 6.
In our guided reading sessions we have been encouraging the children to dig deeper into texts and thus become more competent at understanding what they have read. Examples of our guided reading tasks include asking the children to summarise a text in a few sentences, act as an interviewer of a character in a text, become a word detective (dictionary skills) and find links to their own life experiences. We have also spent a great deal of time improving our inference skills - we have done this by focusing on questions that are not directly answered by the text. We spend time looking for clues in the text that will help us answer the question, as a class, we have called this being 'reading detectives' and the children have responded well. All these measures have resulted in a significant improvement in comprehension skills across the board. We will continue this work in the summer term.
Thank you for your continued support. It makes such a difference to each child, knowing that their family is there to encourage and praise them for all the hard work they put into their learning.