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Damascus Class Spring Term 2020 - Crime and Punishment 

 

Class teacher: Miss Flynn               Teaching assistant: Mrs Howard 

 

Dear Parents, 

 

This term our topic is Crime and Punishment. We will be reading 'High Rise Mystery' by Sharna Jackson and 'Brightstorm' by Vashti Hardy and learning about how crime, punishment and the justice system have evolved throughout history. We will be writing formal witness statements and our very own version of different fairy tales based on 'The True Story of the Three Little Pigs' by Jon Scieszka, before moving on to create our own murder mysteries! In art we will focus on Pop Art, using Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein as inspiration for forensic prints and self-portraits. Our science topics for the term will be electricity and light. 

 

Helping to Enrich our Topic

It is always fantastic to have items or visitors to support our topic - if anyone has any experience or items that may aid us with any of the work above that we could hear about or borrow, we would love to hear from you. 

 

SATs

This year the KS2 SATs will be administered from the 11th - 14th May. The children will sit one reading paper, one spelling and grammar (SPAG) paper, one arithmetic paper and two mathematical reasoning papers. To help prepare the children and ease any anxiety, revision club will be offered after school on Tuesdays. There is also a selection of practise papers available on the government website: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum-assessments-practice-materials 

 

 

 

Reading

 

Regular reading is essential for children to be able to develop their vocabulary and inference skills. It will also prepare them to tackle comprehension tasks across the curriculum. Children should read regularly at home and be encouraged to read a wide variety of texts and discuss these where possible - I am always on hand to provide book recommendations. 

 

Spellings

 

Spelling tests are every Wednesday, the day after homework books are expected in. This term's spellings are focused on the 'New Curriculum Spelling List' for Years 5 and 6. Additional spelling rules and patterns are also taught in our weekly SPAG sessions.  

 

Maths

 

It is imperative that each child in Year 6 knows their times tables up to 12x12 to enable them to access more complex multi-step problems. This prevents them from getting distracted trying to work out their times tables and forgetting the problem itself. 

 

Reminders

PE days are Wednesdays & Thursdays. Please ensure that your child has their full PE kit in school. All kits should be clearly labelled. Homework is set on a Wednesday and due in the following Tuesday - each week children will be set a maths task, spellings and a reading journal task. Please make sure your child brings a water bottle each day with fresh water; ensure all uniforms are labelled and bring a coat for wet weather.  All children also require HB pencils, a whiteboard pen, a short ruler, an eraser, a pencil sharpener and black handwriting pen in a small pencil case every day. 

 

Useful websites 

https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn  An invaluable resource that outlines the areas of the KS2 curriculum, with handy videos, examples and quizzes.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum-assessments-practice-materials Practise SATs papers for KS2. 

https://www.booksfortopics.com/year-6 Inspiration for reluctant (or avid!) readers.

 

Vocabulary we will learn this term

 

Victim Suspect Witness Judge Jury
Trial  Justice          Equality         Forensic       Imprisonment
Prosecution Defense Accusation Evidence     Criminal

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the school office or after school in the classroom. 

 

Thank you for your continued support, 

 

Miss Flynn 

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