Class 6 - Year 5 & 6
Teacher – Mrs Gething, Mrs Duggan (Tuesday afternoon)
Teaching Assistants – Mrs Burniston, Mrs Chesworth and Mrs Lindsay
Welcome back to School. We have lots of exciting events and activities planned for the Summer term and I hope that all the children will continue to enjoy their time in Years 5 and 6 whilst the Year 6 pupils prepare for their transition to High School.
Your support is hugely appreciated and a major part of the success your child will experience in school. Please feel free to contact me at any time.
We have excellent TA support in school all working to enrich each child’s education. They deliver a wide range of activities from one-to-one support and intervention programmes to leading groups within the classroom. Our class are supported by three experienced members of staff this year who are already familiar with the children.
Our text this term is Gangsta Granny by David Walliams. We will be using this text to develop different styles of writing, as well as looking at related non-fiction. Children will also be undertaking weekly comprehension, often linked to current affairs, spelling, grammar and punctuation lessons as well as our Big Write and Extended Writing sessions. This is where the children complete a given writing task completely independently, in silence within a specific genre or text type.
Our literacy targets focus on spelling, word, sentence, text, comprehension, punctuation and handwriting. For example, for word we will be learning about a range of different prefixes and suffixes. Sentence will look at developing sentences using a variety of pronouns and prepositions, using sentences with different forms in their writing, using different tenses and ways to link clauses and phrases. Text will be looking at a variety of punctuation including different forms of parenthesis, the different parts of a story and the range of ways to organise related ideas in sections or paragraphs. We will review previously studied aspects of ‘SpaG’ (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and ensure all children are familiar with the range of different ways they can enhance their writing. Children will be encouraged to demonstrate these through writing narratives, writing about real events, writing poetry and writing for different purposes. We will also continue developing our handwriting so all children can work towards a neat, legible cursive style.
In Maths our targets will focus upon problem solving, including one, two and multi-step problems and orders of operations. Fast, accurate mental arithmetic and a solid knowledge of inverse operations are at the heart of much of the work we will be covering in the early part of the term whilst the Year 6 children prepare for the mid-May SATs. Our mini Maths topics usually cover one or two weeks and homework tasks will be set to reinforce this at home.
In the afternoons, our topics are taught separately. In science the children will be looking at Living Things and their Habitats, including food chains and webs, life cycles and adapation to the environment. Our geography topic is the Tropical Rainforests. We will examine the diversity of flora and fauna, the differences between climate and weather as well as considering the sustainability of the rainforest when linked to Man’s need for resources. Geographical skills will be include looking at maps, map reading, surveys and different countries around the world, particularly linked to the countries along the Equator and within the Tropics. We will be exploring a range of media in our representations of Landscapes, as well as developing our construction skills of sculpture (particularly relating to the village’s Whitsun Art Installation). In DT we will be considering the construction of shelters and how to make them weatherproof as well as ensuring the materials are sustainably sourced and the buildings are suited to a particular climate. Music focuses on composing and performing whilst in PE we will enjoying the better weather and developing personal skills in Athletics and Tennis and through team games such as Rounders and Cricket. PSHE and RE will be covered by Mrs Duggan as will the continuing development of the children’s Spanish.
Homework (grammar/punctuation or writing, spellings and maths activities) will be given out on a Friday and needs to be returned by Wednesday. This term the spelling test will be held on Friday mornings. Children will be given year group specific spellings that include 3 Tricky/Red words and a number of highlighted words of the weekly pattern. Your child will be sent home with a sheet each Friday for them to keep at home so they can then practise their spelling. Your help and support with spellings and times tables is invaluable in helping the children to continue making good progress.
Any opportunities you can use to help your child to tell the time and calculate time periods e.g. how long will it be until we have tea at 6pm, would be greatly appreciated. Homework is something that can cause stress to both children and parents! If you find that there are any issues, please let me know so that we can address them.
It is really important that the children read and record this every day. Once children have grasped the ‘mechanics’ of accessing a text discussing with you their reading matter is of great help to broaden their reading skills. We are working hard in school to promote Reading for Meaning. Whilst it is important for children to be heard read as much as possible, to develop your child's understanding we need to question them about what they are reading too. For example, talking about the plot, characters, what they think will happen in the book, etc. There are lots of ideas for this and some interesting websites they can access that promote that love of reading (please see the bottom of the page). Most popular children's authors have their own websites with some great activities for the children to do.
This term our school-based P.E. will take place during the whole of Friday afternoon. The children will need T-shirt and shorts as well as properly fitting trainers. Getting changed for P.E. can be very busy and clothes can often get mixed up so please ensure that all kit, including footwear is clearly named. Should your child have borrowed school kit and brought it home for laundering, please could you return it so it is available for others.
A Helping Hand
Our School may be small in number, but we all know that it is often that little extra help and attention that can make a difference to a child’s progress. Here at Ewyas Harold we are very fortunate to have so many volunteers who make a difference Should you or a relative have a little spare time to come into school on a regular basis to lend a hand, or if you may be available to support the class on our excursions and events, please let me know. The more the merrier is a well used phrase in schools, but is very true nonetheless. Mrs Mailes has the relevant paperwork in her Office.
The Year 6 children will be sitting their end of Key Stage 2 assessments in mid-May. I appreciate that the idea of these tests can be unnerving; please rest assured that we do everything possible to prepare the children for the tests including examining questions and some practice papers during the year. Infact they often don’t even realize they are taking a test, leaving all the stress and worry to the adults around them!
If there is ever anything that concerns you or your child, or questions you would like to ask, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. There are several ways you can do this; you can either pop into the office to arrange a meeting time, give me a ring, see me on the playground at the end of the day or e-mail me at email@example.com.
I look forward to working with you over the coming year.
P.S. Something to be thinking about – In June, the Year 6 children are offered the opportunity to undertake the Bikeability programme that supports safety on the roads. Please can you check that your child’s bike is roadworthy and that they have a properly fitting safety helmet.