Term: Autumn 2020
Maths home learning is set on Friday and must be completed by the following Friday.
Children focus on learning their rapid recall target, every other week they will also receive a mymaths task. Please also encourage your child to use their Times Tables Rockstars logins to practise at home. Children will also be sent home a review of each chapter we complete in maths, to consolidate their learning, with parental support.
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables - Great way to practise rapid recall targets!
Please encourage your child to read at home every night – research shows that children who read for pleasure are more likely to succeed in all areas of the curriculum.
Throughout the year, OLM focuses on different elements of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). Each month we look at a different value and discuss what each one means:
September- We are Called to Live as Family and Community
October- Rights and Responsibilities
November- Promotion of Peace
December- No CST- focus on Advent
February- An Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
March- The Dignity of the Human Person
April- No CST- focus on Lent
May- The Dignity and Rights of Workers
June- We are Called to Stewardship
For the time being we will be having two collective worship times a week in class that the children will be leading themselves.
We follow the ‘Come and See’ scheme of work. Each topic usually lasts for four weeks. We begin by exploring what each topic means to us before moving on to how it relates to religion and the gospels. During the year we also learn about other faiths. At OLM we focus on Judaism and Islam. This is a brilliant way to teach respect for our community as a whole, regardless of cultures and beliefs.
We will be using the text 'Here We Are' by Oliver Jeffers across the school to settle the children back. This is a beautiful picture book written by Jeffers for his newborn son. There are lots of writing opportunities for the children: a list poem, setting description, letter to our MP. The other texts we will be studying are Friend or Foe by Michael Morpurpgo and Shackleton's Journey by William Grill.
Destination Reader is a new approach to teaching reading in KS2 and is in its third year now at OLM. It involves three sessions per week incorporating whole class modelling of reading strategies prior to the children applying these skills through partner work and independent reading. Teachers and children will use a range of strategies to aid comprehension and encourage the teaching of reading with meaning and to support reading with pleasure. The book we are reading at the moment is 'Friend or Foe ' by Michael Morpurgo.
For the first two weeks back at school we will be revising number facts and some other topics before moving on. At OLM we use the Maths No Problem teaching scheme. This scheme focuses on mastery of different mathematical concepts.
We will be learning all about the amazing human body!
In the autumn term, we will be learning how to code using espresso.
At Our Lady of Muswell we believe children need to be digitally literate, resilient and safe online. This term we will understand the potential risks of providing personal information in an increasing range of online technologies both within and outside of school.
How to make ourselves SMART online.
SAFE - keep safe, do not give out personal information
MEET - don't meet someone you have met/spoken to online
ACCEPTING - don't accept messages from people you don't know
RELIABLE - information may not always be true
TELL - tell your parent/carer if something makes you feel uncomfortable or worried
A useful website for e-safety: http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/
We will be learning all about the Anglo Saxons and their place in British history.