Happy New Year Willow Class!
Hello from Miss Dodson...
Welcome back Willow class! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are ready for some excellent learning this term.
Start of the Day Please escort your child to the playground by 8:55, 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. A member of staff will be on the doors 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 someone else is picking up your child you must tell us, call school as soon as you can or send a note.
Please provide a named water bottle with a sports cap (so we don’t have any spillages) so your child can have a drink throughout the day. If you would like to purchase one from school, these can be bought from the office for £1.
We would request that reading is done daily and recorded as often as possible in your child's planner, this will really help them to develop their reading skills, especially if questions are asked about what they are reading. Spellings will be learned in school but extra work at home always helps! As always there is Times Table Rockstars to work on at home and the winners of this will be announced on a Friday during the Marvellous Me assembly.
What your child will be learning about in each subject this half term:
Frozen Kingdom: All about the Arctic and Antarctic regions. This topic ‘drives’ much of our learning, for example in English we are reading The Wolf Wilder to complement our topic and base our writing around.
Science – Animal adaptations/food chains/changes of matter/offspring-differences
Geography – Arctic and Antarctic regions and people who live there
Music – Music inspired by the Northern Lights
Art & Design – Inuit Artwork/Plastic in the ocean artwork
I.C.T. – Internet safety; deprogramming, researching from reliable sources
P.E. Invasion games; Orienteering
RE – What matters most to Christians, Humanists and me
Easter: redemption and renewal
French – Cher Zoo
PE kit- Please make sure your child has full P.E kit the whole week as PE will be on a variety of days. They need indoor and outdoor kit please – white or house colour plain T-shirt, blue/black shorts, blue/black tracksuit and trainers are essential items. If your child has a medical reason for not participating in PE, you must send a note in. As you can imagine, we do get children saying they are not allowed to do PE! It is impossible for us to know who is genuinely unable without your note.
If you would like to discuss anything with your child's class teacher, please speak with them on the playground at the beginning of the day or at the end of the school day when you collect your child. As we only have limited time at these times, please make an appointment with the teacher if you have something longer you wish to discuss.
These websites, https://www.theschoolrun.com/year-5-english-learning-journey / https://www.theschoolrun.com/year-5-maths-learning-journey can be used to help your child with their learning at home!
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.
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?