Mrs. Barker - Amethyst Class

Spring Term 2017

 Buckden House ~ May 2016

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Dear Parent/Carer,

Welcome to the Spring term in Amethyst class. The following is a brief overview of the curriculum which will be taught this term.   


English: We will listen to his stories, write our own chapters and focus on descriptions of characters and setting.

We will also be learning about aspects of Information texts linked with our work in Science and History.

We will also be listening to, enjoying and creating our own poetry.


Maths:  The children will be building their knowledge of number by counting, partitioning and using different calculation strategies. We will continue with our new Singapore Maths approach to teaching the National Curriculum and will be focusing on the Concrete (using practical equipment), Pictorial (drawing and using images) and Abstract (using number alone) methods.


Science: We are working on a unit of work around Rocks and Soils. The children will be identifying different types of rocks, comparing rocks and explaining similarities and differences. They will be investigating the permeability in rocks and also different soil types.


History/Geography: We will be visiting the Stone Age to find out what life was like and what the people at that time were famous for inventing. This unit of work will incorporate a visit to Cliffe Castle in Keighley.


Art: Amethyst class will be focusing of 3D clay work and using the method of 'pinching out' to create texture. We will also be learning about the methods used to create cave paintings.This work will be linked to our Stone Age topic.


 RE: The children will be investigating the unit of work from the North Yorkshire Agreed Syllabus for RE entitled: Beautiful World - Wonderful God. They will also take part in daily acts of collective worship, either in whole school/key stage assemblies or class prayers and reflections.


 PSHEe [Personal, Social and Health Education and e-safety]: The unit of work; 'Getting on and Falling out' deals with many issues facing the children in school as they learn to navigate friendships. They will learn how to articulate their feelings and how to approach and resolve disagreements.


French: Unit 7: Les Monstres; a focus on names of body parts. The children will learn the vocabulary through games and practical activities and will then create their own 'monster' with a variety of body parts!


Music: The children will be busy rehearsing their song for the forthcoming Harvest Festival. After this they will be following the Year Four curriculum for tuned and un-tuned instruments before once again taking part in the Wider Opportunities Program for music after February half-term.


Computing: 'We are animators'; creating a cartoon. Weekly coding sessions.  

We would really appreciatcome into Amethyst every week to listen to our children read and administer our weekly Times Table Challenge.  It really does make a difference!

Thank you

Mrs Barker

Children sorting objects into Solids, Liquids and Gases then showing how the particles in each state move using drama!



A reminder that children need to bring their PE kits into school on a weekly basis for lessons every Monday and Thursday (after February half term). For indoor PE children require shorts, a separate white round-necked white t-shirt, or their house t-shirt, and plimsolls. During the term children should bring in trainers as PE is scheduled to take place outside as long as the weather allows. Children are required to remove all their jewellery for PE and children with long hair should tie it back to ensure their safety.

If children are unable to remove their own earrings please ensure they are removed prior to coming to school as they present a Health and Safety risk.

It is also very useful if your child's clothing is clearly labelled to speed up the identification of misplaced clothing.

We will be focusing on invasion games and swimming this term.



Children will receive homework five nights a week, this will include times tables; spellings; numeracy; speaking tasks and/or topic work. Homework should take about half an hour to complete. Children are also encouraged to read to a parent every evening to improve their fluency and confidence and to extend their vocabulary. 

Please write down the pages your child reads and initial your child's reading record to show reading has taken place.  Thank you.

 Homework Schedule:

Monday: Times Table practice

Tuesday: Reading

Wednesday: Spellings

Thursday: English/Maths

Friday: Curriculum work.

Skipton Castle Visit Monday 25th April 2016


Ways to help your child at home:

  • Listen to your child read regularly, discussing and asking questions about the text.
  • Encourage your child to write for a variety of reasons e.g. writing lists, a postcard, a letter, keeping a diary etc
  • Help them to build their knowledge, understanding and recall of times tables.
  • Reinforce mathematical skills by involving them in real-life maths e.g. weighing ingredients, measuring things, counting money, telling the time.
  • Support your child with homework tasks and ensure they hand them in on time.



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