Welcome back for your final year at primary school! Let's make it a good one...
Welcome back! We hope your child had a fantastic summer break and that they are looking forward to all the things we have planned for them this year.
If you need to send any homework to the class please use the following email address:
Hello from Mrs Watts...
Welcome back to Year 5/6!
We hope your child had a great Summer and is ready for the new school year. This leaflet serves as a brief overview of the term – more detail will be given at our Meet The Teacher Curriculum meeting on Wednesday 20th September at 3.45pm in Willow Class.
Start of the Day: Please escort your child to the playground by 8:55am where they will be collected by their teacher. Please do not wait on the patio.
End of Day: KS2 children finish at 3.30pm. Parents should wait outside the class door as usual but KS2 children are expected to be responsible for coming to you. Teachers will be available to make sure everyone is collected. Please do come up to the patio rather than waiting outside the fence or in your car as we need to be able to see that children are leaving with the correct adult.
- If you want your child to leave the premises unaccompanied, please put this in writing for us.
- If you are sending someone else to pick up your child, please call us in advance to let us know.
Water bottles: Please make sure your child has a named water bottle in school. They are £1 from the office.
YEAR 5 & 6 History Topic focus for the Autumn term:
Conflict and Cooperation: Britain since 1930. This topic ‘drives’ much of our learning. Other learning foci are:
Science – Animals including humans; evolution and inheritance
Geography – Countries and Capitals of Europe
Music – Playing Instruments & Performance
Art & Design – Propaganda posters; sewing and fabric craft
I.C.T. – Internet safety; coding
RE – What will make our community more tolerant and respectful?
PHSCE – New beginnings
French – My Family; The Cafe
English: Reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are taught and practised in all areas of the curriculum as well as having a discrete focus in English lessons. Good quality fiction informs and inspires much of our teaching and learning and is often related to our topic. All children will have an appropriate reading book in school, and this may be brought home each evening. We encourage children to read widely at home as well – don’t forget non-fiction and poetry books, magazines and newspapers are all good reading!
Maths: The focus this term is very much on developing and extending children’s understanding of place value and the number system and using the four operations – both calculating using formal methods and the ability to fluently reason and apply their understanding to a variety of contexts.
As part of preparation for secondary school, children will be expected to spend some time at home practising what they have learned in the classroom. This is a good opportunity for parents to ask their children what they have been learning and support them in improving in fluency and recall of knowledge. Our expectations are as follows:
Daily: 10 minutes reading (minimum) – this may include being read to or listening to an audio book; 10 minutes (minimum) word-level work – this may include practising spelling patterns, investigating a spelling pattern or finding meanings / synonyms / antonyms for new vocabulary.
Weekly: 20 minutes (minimum) Maths – this may be an investigation of further practise of skills from the previous week; 20 minutes (minimum) Topic homework – this will be an activity chosen from the Topic Homework grid. This may mean that one piece of Topic homework takes 2/3 weeks to complete.
Your child will be given a Planner to record their reading, homework and spellings each week. The planner should be signed by someone at home each week and it is also one way of communicating with your child’s class teacher. Children will also use their planners in lesson as they contain valuable reference material such as multiplication grids and maths vocabulary.
PE Days: Please make sure your child has full kit for the whole week. They need indoor and outdoor kit please – T-shirt, shorts, tracksuit and trainers are essential items. Without the correct kit your child may not be able to participate. PE Days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays for both classes.
We are teaching the children thinking and learning skills through a system called Empowering Learning”. Hopefully you will hear your child talking about how they learn this term. There are 6 areas we will cover over the year – Self-managers, Effective Participators, Resourceful thinkers, Reflective Learners, Independent Enquirers and Team Workers. We talk about all areas but this term we are focussing on Self-managers.
Internet Safety Reminders and Playing Violent Games
Please be aware of what your child is doing online. Remember it is illegal for year 5/6 children to have Facebook and other social media accounts. We recently had some online safety training and it is really terrifying how quickly predators can locate your children through their online activity, even when you think they may be safe.
Also, please don’t let your children play video games rated 12 or above. The violent and offensive content is coming out at school. It is a serious issue that affects both behaviour and learning.
Class teachers are always happy to meet and discuss anything that you feel may affect your child’s happiness or enjoyment of school. Please catch us at the end of the day or make an appointment through the office.
Class Email Account
NB These class accounts should only be used for sending photos/homework etc. All communication regarding attendance, requests for appointments and general enquiries should go through firstname.lastname@example.org
Essential Internet safety.
Brush up on your typing skills!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks2/maths/shape_space/shapes/read/1/ find out about shapes and their properties here.
http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks2/maths/3d/index.htm This is an excellent way to find out about 3d shapes. You can look at the shape, find out about its properties and find out what the net looks like.
Learn about finding the perimeter and area of shapes.
Use this web site to practise looking at numbers when you multiply or divide by 10, 100, 1000.
This is brilliant for understanding hopping between decimal numbers. You can see the hops and an explanation of the size of these hops too.
Use this to fully understand the order and size of numbers.
Use this site to become more familiar with the size of fractions, and to find equivalents.
Excellent geography pages.
Complete this with your parents. How many planets would we need if everyone in the world lived your lifestyle?