Westmere Primary School

Portugal

Welcome to Portugal class

Class Teacher: Miss Taylor.

Teaching Assistants: Miss Cawthorne and Mr Woodward.

P.E.

Our P.E. days this term are Tuesday and Friday. 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. Earrings may be taped but this should be done before coming to school.

Homework

Homework is sent out every Thursday and is due back in school on the following Thursday. It is important that these are in school, so the spellings in the back of the book can be updated weekly.

Every week, children are expected to complete 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, based on improving their basic mathematical understanding and they also have the option of practising their times tables using Times Table Rock Stars to improve their mental recall. It would also be beneficial for their spellings to be learnt which are in the back of their homework book. EdShed.com is also available for extra spelling practise through games. The logins for this should be in their reading record, but I can email these if necessary.

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. Children who read more than three times per week, will gain extra playtime as a reward. For each day your child reads, their name will be entered into the Reading Raffle, where they have the opportunity to win a book each half term.

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

History and Geography

This term’s topics are: Water, Water Everywhere and Local Area and Census.

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…

Local Area and Census

Have you ever wondered what a census is and what it is used for? Well, step right in and investigate the past.

Come and identify the information that the census gives about people and use this to note changes between periods of time. Take on the role of a Victorian child working in a textile mill and identify key events, thoughts and feelings during that era.

Want to know about life in our local area? Well, let’s look at the census from our locality to recreate the lives of people who lived in close by.

Are you ready for to take a step back in time? Come on, let’s go!

Other subjects

Science – Living Things and their Habitats

Computing – 3D Modelling

Art – Locality painting and Collage

D&T – Sausage making

R.E. – Expressing Beliefs through the Arts

Music – Reflect, rewind and replay

M.F.L. – French

P.S.H.E. – Changing Me

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