Westmere Primary School

Welcome to Canada class

Class Teacher: Miss Pooley

Teaching Assistants: Miss Crane and Mrs Hodge

P.E.

Our P.E. days are Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure your child comes to school in their P.E. kit, which is suitable for outdoors (including appropriate footwear). Your child must also wear their blue federation hooded jumper. Children with long hair need to have this tied up for these lessons and any jewellery, including earrings, need to be removed.

Homework

Homework is sent out every Friday, and is due back in school on the following Wednesday.

Every week, children are expected to complete a Reading Scrapbook activity, which can be based around their current reading books, alternatively it can be a book of their own choosing. They also have a piece of English homework, which is punctuation and grammar based, linked to their current learning. Additionally, children are expected to complete a piece of Maths homework, linked to their current learning and they also have the option of practising their times tables using Times Table Rock Stars (online or a paper version) in order to improve their mental recall.

Please ensure your child reads at home daily (either independently or adult-led), as this is vital for developing their comprehension skills, widening their vocabulary and supporting them with their writing. The children will have two reading books – an ability book and a challenge book. Books will be changed regularly at school and should be brought in every day to be checked by an adult. Children who read more than three times per week, will gain extra playtime as a reward.

If your child is struggling with any aspect of their homework, we are always available to support them: they just need to ask.

Topic

This term’s topics are: Water, Water Everywhere and The Americas.

Water, Water Everywhere

Grab your wetsuit! We’re going deep into an underwater world of incredible coral and mysterious sea creatures. Head to your local aquarium and learn about life in the ocean. Can you pick a favourite fish, plant or animal? Time to go a little deeper into our seas. Make a model deep-sea submarine that can withstand great pressure and travel to the deepest, darkest places on Earth. Make sure you test it first! What are those bright lights in the distance? It’s a group of bioluminescent sea creatures! Look closely and create a colourful, 3D art exhibition when you rise to the surface.

Flippers on? Snorkel ready? Let’s head into the blue abyss…

The Americas

Buckle up, sunglasses on – we’re going on a road trip across the good old US of A!

Meet many Native Americans – the Chickasaws, the Cherokees, the Creeks, the Choctaws… Learn about their traditions, customs and lifestyles. Are any of their customs similar to those we’ve learned before? Tuck in and taste some delicious Mexican food – you might even make your own! Delve deep into the nation’s rainforests and create unimaginable collages and watercolour landscapes.

It’s going to be a long ride, put the roof down and let the wind blow through your hair – we’re off!

If you have any questions or queries throughout the term, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at: canada@griffinfederation.co.uk