Spring 1 Newsletter

Our new topic is "Awesome Egyptians" which has a History focus.

The children will have an input into what they would like to learn through our EPIC (Everyone Plans In Class) planning session.

We will be learning about:

~ the Ancient Egyptians,the Pharoahs, pyramids, burials and mummification in History

~ how to write recount texts in Literacy

~ fractions, time, times tables, number skills, 3D shapes in Maths

~ living things and materials in Science

~ Egyptian Gods in RE

~ Egyptian dancing in PE

~ designing their own miniature working Shaduf in DT

~ how to do'Green Screen' in ICT

Homework:

There are weekly spelling lists with additional English/ Maths when appropriate. Please use the new Spelling Menu in the homework book for different ideas. The children are all tested weekly (Friday).

Reading diaries

All of the children have been given a new home/school reading diary. Please could this be signed weekly by an adult so I know that the child has read at home. Each child has their own 'Reading Day' on which to return their diary and reading book. Please see me if they have forgotten.

Homework project:

Please choose ONE from the list to be returned by Monday 18th February

1. Make a mummy! Take a small doll and wrap it in cloth strips until it's completely covered. You may want to start at the feet and work your way up to the head. Insert amulets (special charms) between linen wrappings. You can use anything from pretend jewellery to coins. You could make a sarcophagus (coffin) out of a cardboard box and decorate it with hieroglyphics. Research what the Egyptians believed about what happened after you died.

2. Mummification Manual! Can you write an instruction guide describing how the Egyptians mummified a body?(Perhaps not for those children of a more sensitive nature!)

3. Build your own pyramid! Build it any way you like (Lego, junk modelling) OR follow these instructions as a guide:

You will need 220 sugar cubes! Glue one side of a sugar cube onto a big piece of cardboard. Make a square of 10 cubes across and 10 cubes down. Make a second layer of 9 cubes, but glue this row about two cm in from the first row. Continue these steps, using eight cubes, then seven and so on until you reach the top. Once you're done with the glue, you can paint your pyramid!

4. Create a written project about any part of Egyptian life that interests you eg. the Pharaohs,daily life, hieroglyphics, the pyramids at Giza, the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, Tutankhamun, the Rosetta Stone etc. Please include a contents page for your project and present it neatly in a folder. Visit a museum to learn more about the Egyptians, show what you have learned in paragraphs and pictures.

Please do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have.

Diolch, Mrs Evans