Welcome back to Term 5.
We hope you are having a lovely Easter break and taking care of each other. We wanted to give you some information before the children return to school in just over a week's time.
We will be starting this with a text called 'Who let the Gods Out?' I will attach a copy of the first chapter below for those that might like to read it in advance of the lesson.
We will be using knowledge organisers in most subjects and publishing these on our blog so that you can use them at home, too.
What is a ‘Knowledge Organiser’?
A Knowledge Organiser is a go-to document for a topic/unit of work: each one identifies the key information that children need to have learned by the end of a topic. It also acts as a tool to support children in retaining and retrieving knowledge for life-long learning.
• Key dates
• key people
• key events
• Key vocabulary and definitions, and key concepts- in ‘child-friendly’ language
How do they help children?
They provide the essential knowledge that children need to cover in the unit shared at the beginning so children know what they are going to be learning.
Knowledge Organisers help them to remember key dates, key people, key events, vocabulary and definitions and key concepts.
They can be used as a fun assessment tool to help remember the units.
They improve their ability to remember. Regular retrieval of knowledge helps us remember more effectively. It helps us store knowledge in, and recall it from, the long-term memory and frees up space in the working memory to take on new knowledge.
Knowledge Organisers help them to develop other skills- e.g. when writing a nonfiction report, if they already have the knowledge they can focus on the writing skills.
How do they help parents?
Parents will have a better understanding of what the children need to know.
They will allow parents to build on their knowledge at home and provide an easy tool for parents to quiz children at home (and children to quiz parents!)
Some dates for your diary
Our PE days will be changing to Mondays and Tuesdays for 5 weeks because we have been lucky enough to have a course with Northampton Saints on Tackling Character.
Evacuation day - The children may have already spoken about this. We would like to hold a WW2 day on Friday 23rd April. We will send out a letter on the first day back. On this day, the children may come to school in clothes from that era (if they would like to).