During the Autumn terms, the pupils in Years 5 and 6 will learn about various aspects of Chinese life.  Topics include calligraphy, art, tai-chi, customs (such as using chopsticks), the terracotta warriors, the Shang Dynasty and more.  When you step into the classroom, you will find lanterns, Chinese symbols, fans and other themed objects.  We will make links with other subjects.  For example, in English, the pupils will write their own version of the Firework Maker's Daughter and in maths the pupils will learn how to use a Chinese abacus.


Pupils are expected to read at least three times a week at home.  Preferably more often to increase their vocabulary, extend their ability to imagine and visualise, increase their language skills amongst other important life skills.  Pupils in Class Three are also expected to practice their weekly spellings often enough during the week to get them all correct when tested on Fridays.  Pupils are expected to know what the words mean and to use them in conversation and in their independent writing.  Maths homework is also given out at least once a week.  It will either consolidate what has been covered in lessons or it may be to strengthen times table recall.