Our focus book for this term is Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson. This book will work as a stimulus for many writing and reading activities.
– Firstly, we are focusing on the setting of the novel, and the children will write reports on the Amazon Rainforest. Children will use features such as headings, subheadings, parenthesis and technical vocabulary.
– Once we have become more familiar with the characters, we will write a diary entry from the protagonist’s point of view, writing in the first person and including a recount of events from the book with descriptions, feelings and thoughts.
– As we enter the climax of our novel, a conflict will arise. Children will be given the opportunity to write persuasively, convincing a character to make a certain decision. Features that will be included are using evidence to support points, using cohesion to create links between arguments and use of persuasive and emotive language.
– With the action winding up, the children will next write a formal letter from an authority to a central character in the story. This letter will include complex sentences, formal conjunctions, conclusive statements and a summary, as well as following the structure of any formal written letter.
– At times throughout our adventure through this book, children will be given many opportunities to write descriptions and narratives of the action throughout the story. These pieces will create atmosphere, include dialogue, and make use of the ambitious verbs and adjectives we will come across when reading.
Along with Writing, children will be looking at features of spelling, punctuation and grammar. These will be applied in their writing as key features to a successful piece.
Term 1 will involve the fine-tuning of the children’s number and arithmetic skills.
– Working with numbers of up to 10,000,000 children will be comparing, ordering and rounding these numbers, as well as making estimates to help them in working with such large values. Having worked solely with positive numbers, these same concepts will then be applied to negative numbers.
– The four operations will continue to be developed, and children will follow formal methods for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
– Patterns within numbers will be studies, including prime numbers, factors and common multiples. Children will also learn to calculate and identify squared and cubed numbers.
– Using their sound knowledge of all four operations, children will then work with number sentences containing more than one operation, and think about the order of importance when it comes to working with more than one operation.