Dear [NAME] It is only a few weeks until the end of term and there will be many activities planned such as Sports Day, School Plays and Parents' Evenings. We wish all students taking examinations every success - we have included in this newsletter new papers to help with revision and to reinforce learning. As usual there are lots of books to be won and remember that reading, crosswords and quizzes help to reinforce learning and can be enjoyed as a family at home or on holiday.
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KS1 mathsIt is important that all children can quickly see the pattern between different numbers and use this to understand tables, sequences and number facts.
KS2 maths It is always a good idea to practice Mental Maths in everyday situations...such as buying a comic, paying a bus fare and telling the time of the bus from a timetable. Using maths in everyday situations is good practice for life.
KS3 mathsIn this section you will find a selection of topics which will often appear in examinations. Revising these will be useful and reinforce learning. On the site there are examples of examination papers which will be helpful for revision.
KS1 English Many children in this age group do need to be encouraged to read. When they read for themselves they increase their vocabulary and develop their imagination. It also helps with spelling and the use of language.
KS2 EnglishMany children find comprehension difficult. It sometimes helps if after reading a story you discuss the outline of the plot with the children. Non fiction passages and reports do need to be practised to ensure that pupils achieve good results.
KS3 EnglishMany pupils find writing easy but others do need instructions to ensure that their writing is complete, easily understood and literate. Comprehensions enable children to think both about the questions and their answers therefore dissecting the passage and gaining more understanding.
Science Science covers a variety of topics from animals, plants, sounds and colours to the seaons of the year. It is fun doing an investigation so why not try some at home eg the effect of atmospheric pressure on an empty plastic bottle!
Lesson Plans These lesson plans cover the main subjects and could be adapted for other age groups. I have always found it useful to have a spare lesson available in case I was asked to cover a lesson for a colleague.
Take a look at our super Giveawaysfor this month. Usborne have the KnowHow Book of Spycraft. There's some great fiction - Petticoat Pirates and Joe and the Hidden Horseshoe. Young children will enjoy books in the Jump Up and Join In series. There's Everything's Rosie for the Nintendo and Curious George on DVD. And for lovers of trivia, Off With Their Heads and Thirty Days Have September.