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Lilac Class

Teaching Team: Dr. Charles and Ms Swannell

lilac@st-barnabas.kent.sch.uk

Dear Parent/Carer,
 

Summer Term Letter to Parents 2022

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome to the Summer term!   This term our topic is entitled ‘Life on Earth’ and is predominately a geographical study.   In English, we will be writing poems about the sea using personification and for inspiration Lilac Class will be reading Poems by the Sea by JD McClatchy and Under the Moon and Over the Sea by Gaby Morgan.  We will be studying facts about the sinking of the Titanic and writing a newspaper article about the disaster.  Our exciting Whole Class Guided Reading text is entitled Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill.  It tells the story of William Shackleton’s 1914 trip to the Antarctic on the ship Endurance. The story is not only told through text but also through beautiful illustrations.  To complement this text, we will also read Ice Trap! Shackleton’s Incredible Expedition by Meredith Hooper.  These texts will also serve as a basis for dual narrative and story writing about this historical event.  We will also be involved in explanatory report writing about conservation issues related to plastic pollution.  Lilac Class will be focusing on Henderson Island, ‘the ocean’s biggest rubbish dump’ and finding out why it needs to be saved and what is being done about this situation.  

In Maths, we will be learning how to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers and find fractions of numbers.  Lilac Class will then work with decimals and explore the relationship between decimals, fractions and percentages.  This will be followed by geometry work about shape and space.

In Science, our topics are ‘Living things and their Habitats’ and ‘Animals, including humans’.  We will be studying the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird.  We will also be describing the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals. 

In Time and place, we will be looking at seas, rivers and oceans and the water cycle.  We will be learning about the journey of a river and how it is formed.  We will also be studying the key aspects of mountains.   This term Lilac Class are going to learn about climate zones and different vegetation belts, focusing on India.  We will also be finding out India’s natural resources and why it was colonised by Great Britain. This will then lead us onto learning about Britain’s natural resources and how natural resources are used to produce energy.   In Design and the Arts, Lilac Class will be creating seascapes using a range of different materials to create contrasting effects.  We will be learning about the lino print designs of Annie Soudain and using these to inspire our own painting.  We are developing our observation and sketching skills by drawing pictures of the cross section of cauliflowers and cabbages using pastels and sketching an area of Hilbert Park.  In Music, Lilac Class will be listening to music about the sea and nature, leading to us creating our own group compositions using the same musical ideas.  We will listen to such works as Debussy’s ‘La Mer’, Britten’s ‘Sea Interludes’ and Vaughan Williams’s ‘The Lark Ascending’ for inspiration and stimulus.  We will be learning about traditional musical notation and terminology. On Tuesday June 21st Lilac Class and Singing Club are to take part in the Tunbridge Wells Singing Festival held at the Tunbridge Wells Assembly Halls. 

In RE this term, Lilac Class are learning about Islam.  Our ‘Big Question’ is ‘What do Muslims believe about the way they should live their lives and why?’  We will be finding out about the Five Pillars of Islam and the part the Mosque plays in the Muslim community.  We will also be learning about how and why Muslim people show that the Qur’an is important to them.   PE will now be on Wednesdays and Thursdays and this term Lilac Class will be involved in improving and developing their field sports and athletic skills.

Homework will be set on a Wednesday and needs to be completed in the Homework Book by the following Tuesday.  You will also find it on the Lilac Class Blog at the beginning of the week.  The spellings that the children will be given to learn will also be covered in class time.  The children will be given weekly Classroom Secrets Kids and Purple Mash activities. 

Please can you ensure that an adult at home hears your child read at least three times a week and that the reading record is signed and dated.  Reading records need to come into school on Monday, Wednesday and Friday to be signed and checked by my TAs Miss Swannell and Miss Edmed.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any worries, concerns or questions via the Lilac Class email lilac@st-barnabas.kent.sch.uk. 

Kind regards,

Dr Charles