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Summer Term Topic Map 2019

Vist by the children of Ecole Saint Georges du Vievres

Wolf trying the traditional Chinese National Sport of Jianzi

More Beaumanor Hall World War II Evacuee Day pictures

This half term, we start our new topic 'A Child's War' which looks at the events of World War II from a child's perspective. This shall include a visit to Beaumanor Hall which, during the war, was instrumental in the effort to break the German Enigma code. The day draws heavily upon this rich history to enhance the children’s experience of matters such as; home front rationing, radio room decoding and a replica air-raid shelter. Photos will, of course, be added after the visit.


The Year 6 children have started their preparations for the forthcoming SATs - they shall be receiving practise papers for homework and any help, support or encouragement that you can give to your child will be extremely valuable. Many of them shall also be involved in 'booster groups' which will act as a revision session for areas which the children feel need additional attention or practise. If you have any questions or concerns about the SATs, please do not hesitate to pop in and have a chat with me.


Firstly, on behalf of the teaching staff in Wolf, may I take this opportunity to wish you a very healthy, happy and prosperous new year.


This half term, we shall be continuing with our topic 'Blood Heart' which studies the human circulatory system and how to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle. As part of this, myself and the children shall be taking part in a scheme called the 'Daily Mile' in which we run/walk for a 15 minute period each day. In addition to the health benefits, there is evidence which suggests that this has additional classroom benefits such as increased concentration and improved self esteem.


During the first week back, we were very lucky to have a parent donate a selection of animal organs for us to draw and dissect - please have a look at the photos below as you can clearly see how much the children enjoyed this learning experience. 


For our Year 6 children in the class, this term also means that we start to turn our attention towards preparing for the SATs in May. Many of the children will be participating in 'booster' groups to help further their understanding of areas of learning they find tricky and to further improve their confidence. This will mean that they will also be asked to complete practise papers or online activities as part of their homework. Should you have any questions about this, then please come and speak to one of us in the class.



Blood Heart - hearts and lungs



Wow, I can't believe that we have already had more than three full weeks back at school!


All of the children have settled really well into our new class and are working hard across all areas of the curriculum. Last week, they produced some absolutely amazing writing based on the story of 'Akimbo and the Crocodile Man' which makes me really excited to see just how good they will become by the end of the year.


In Maths, we have been looking at some really BIG numbers, with the majority of the children being able to work confidently with 15 digit numbers!!! 


I have been very pleased with the standard of the children's homework, so far. If there is ever anything which I have asked them to do which is causing them some uncertainty, please encourage them to have a go and then I will address it with them afterwards.


Thank you as always for your support.



Welcome back to school and I hope that you have all had a fabulous summer break.


It is wonderful to be teaching the Year 6 children again this year and I am really looking forward to working with the Year 5 children who have joined us - I know that we are going to have a hard-working, high-achieving and fun year in Wolf!


This half term, we start the project 'Darwin's Delights' where we shall be following the expedition of scientist Charles Darwin aboard HMS Beagle. The children shall be learning about some of the discoveries that Darwin made and of course, his theory of evolution. Children will also be considering how animals need to adapt to their environment in order to survive and shall be creating their own animals to exist in a given habitat.