Welcome to Year 5 & 6!

We are made up of 29 pupils and our teacher Mr Mark White.

Welcome back – Please find our spring term curriculum update here.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Reading Records must be signed by an appropriate adult each day – It is the responsibility of the children to write the date, book title and pages they have read before asking you to sign. It is also their responsibility to make sure they bring this, signed, book every day.

This is a positive learning step for the independence required at Secondary school.

 

Our padlet, for book reviews can be accessed here – please continue to add whenever you finish a book you’d like to share with everyone in our class!

Friday 9th February 2018

The final week of term already! Flashbacks have been our focus in English with the children captivated by a short animation called The Piano, in which an elderly man plays the piano and reflects on his life. We produced some fantastic flashback writing based on this using key features. These were further enhanced when we spent time proofreading and editing our work. We will use this learning to link back to our narrative writing when we return from our break.

We have also continued to deepen our understanding of equivalent fractions (in maths) and how we can represent the changes visually as well as understanding the patterns that we see when looking abstractly at a written fraction. When we return we will delve into improper and mixed fractions, as well as addition and subtraction of fractions. Children should use their Mathletics homework tasks, and any other opportunity, to have a go at some of these before we learn more next week.

Have a wonderful break with you families. We look forward to seeing you all again on 19th February.

Thursday 1st February 2018

We had a great time with our Victorian craft session today – the children enjoyed creating their own spinning toy, silhouette portraits and completing the tricky task of making a ‘Penny Black’. A huge thank you to the parents that were able to attend; they were a great help and in the spirit of the day.

Friday 26th January 2018

First of all, well done to all of those children that have kept 100% attendance over these past two weeks – they are made of stern stuff! To those that had to succumb, we have missed you and hope you return fit and healthy next week, if you’ve not done so already.

We have enjoyed studying statistics in our maths lessons this week; using different data charts and graphs to represent information in a different way has been very interesting. We first looked at a great book called ‘ if the world were a village’ and used some of the information to build information based on the world being shrunk to a village of 100 people. We then used class birthday data to compile bar charts, pictograms, lists and line graphs. In addition, Year 6 learnt how to create an use pie charts accurately – see if your child can remember the formula we used.

In English, we have given our recent narrative learning a new context as we write stories for BBC Radio 2’s 500 word competition. We have had some success in the past which has really spurred the children and their ideas. I have been very impressed.

Everyone is still really enjoying our music lessons – we are close to perfection with our Bon Jovi lyrics after two sessions! In topic, we have used our Victorian schoolroom experience to think about the differences between then and now and even carried out some role play, with children in pairs. Child A had to act as a Victorian school child while Child B was a newcomer who needed to learn the ropes, or they were a modern child who needed to see what life was like. Next week, we will look at the different types of schools and find a little bit more about Queen Victoria herself.

 

Friday 12th January 2018

What a start to 2018! We have come back from the Christmas break ready to learn and jumped head first into our Victorian topic by learning when the period was and what key events happened in this time. Children have discovered all sorts of interesting facts from the first FA Cup Final being hosted to Jelly Babies being invented, as well as a whole host of other facts.

In Maths, Year 6 have sat a series of maths tests to assess their current knowledge and spot any gaps in learning that we can focus on to ensure they are ready for Secondary School, while Year 5 developed their use of the inverse operations for multiplication and division.

Our English sessions have seen the children engage with a wordless graphic novel text. We began by looking at the front cover, predicting what we think the book is about based on what we can see. We then looked carefully at part 1 of the text and thought about why the author chose to use a range of image sizes, as well as how we read such texts and break down what is happening. We then paused and focused on one particular image and spent time describing the setting, developing speech between the characters and combining the two to write the start of a narrative. A key focus was to use speech to advance the story, as we thinking about writing for the reader. 

 

HOMEWORKHomework is available from this site every Wednesday. Each child has been provided with a homework book in which to complete the work, by the following Tuesday, unless otherwise stated.

SATS REVISION: You can find a list of recommended texts here to further support your child in the build up to the assessments in May – Miss Roberts and I are particularly fond of the 10-minute ‘SAT Buster’ books – a quick and easy to use tool to build confidence and speed in your child’s thinking.

WRITING: In year 5/6 we learn lots of spelling, punctuation and grammar to support our writing, and it can be tricky to explain fully to our parents all of the things we have learned. So now, you can use the below ‘Writing Checklist’ documents to better understand and support your child with their writing.

Y5 Writing Self Assessment Sheet , Y6 Writing Self Assessment Sheet

READING: Children have new Reading Records this year with room for entering details of words to learn as well as comment sections and spelling lists amongst other things. These should really support the children with their reading. We also have a brand new range of books in our new book corner that have been chosen based on feedback from the children and from my own reading – children are more than welcome to borrow these: they just have to let me know and I’ll make a note. Also, below are some other recommended reading lists for the children that will further develop and broaden their reading habits:

Year 5 Books Year 6 Books

If you’d like other recommendations based on your child’s preferences, let me know and I will recommend suitable book for them.

MATHS: Children are encouraged to use their Mathletics access as often as possible to challenge themselves in different areas, on top of the work set as homework. They should also continually practise their times tables at home – the Top Marks website has some great challenges, which the children are used to in class. Additionally, they also have a smart phone app called ‘Hit the Button’ (at a cost of £2.29) which I highly recommend to support mental strategies.

We will use our class page to keep you updated on activities and news throughout the school year…so watch this space!

How you can help your child at home this term:

  • Reading – Predict events and their effects at different points throughout a narrative. Spend time looking at key words and author decisions.

  • Writing – Collect ideas and vocabulary from reading to bring and use in a meaningful way to writing

  • Maths – Quick recall of multiplication facts to 12 x 12 and corresponding division facts

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