Welcome to Year 5 & 6!

We are made up of 23 pupils and our teacher Mr Mark White with support from Miss Abi Davies.

Please find our Spring class update including everything we have in store for this term here.

Our class 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. 


  

SATS REVISION: If you would like to further support your child at home in the build up to the May assessments, there are a range or revision and ’10 minute test’ books that can be purchased here. Miss Roberts and I are particularly fond of the 10-minute ‘SAT Buster’ books as they are a quick and easy  tool to build confidence and speed in your child’s thinking with the answers supplied for checking afterwards.

Friday 21st December 2018

We have had a fantastic term learning about World War I and II with great application and interest from all of the children. They have worked incredibly hard right to the very end of term and are fully deserving of the Christmas break.

Have a wonderful Christmas and see you all in 2019!

Friday 14th December 2018

Thank you to all of the family and friends who attended our VE celebration this morning. The children were so very excited to make scones and to serve you all: They did a fantastic job of it, too! A quick apology that I didn’t get a chance to address you all and say thank you but tea and coffee orders took precedence and it looked like everyone was enjoying the indulgence as all 50 scones were eaten!

As a class, we have had a fantastic term: The children have been incredibly inquisitive about both WWI and WWII and have learned a great deal about the political developments as well as the major battles and characters. Most importantly, for me, they have learned how to empathise with others through works of poetry, role play and diary/ letter writing.

All of the children should be incredibly proud of how they handled the evacuation role play on Tuesday and I know it will be an experience that they’ll be able to reflect on and learn from throughout their life.

As well as all of this, we have also spent time developing our use of negative numbers, using addition and subtraction skills through problem solving and tackled short divison in a variety of ways.

In the final week of term we will be polishing our letter writing and putting our numeracy skills to the test with some mathematical problems. On top of this we will be learning a French Christmas song, and making periscopes in topic! It’s going to be a fun-packed end of term.

Below are a series of photos from across the term:

Negative numbers

   

The Great Year 5/6 Bake Off

   

VE scone making!

Friday 5th October 2018

These past two weeks have flown by; can you believe it was a week ago today that we spent the morning dissecting a pig’s heart!? It certainly was a day to remember for everyone and I’m sure we all learned something. The children were fantastic, if a little squeamish at times, and it was wonderful to have so many parent helpers, so thank you!

We have developed our computing and research skills this week whilst continuing our learning of the heart and blood. We are building our knowledge of the circulatory system through specific questions and searches online, as well as using information books to ensure we create detailed non-chronological reports about blood.

In other areas, we  have spent time learning about symmetry of shapes and figures and the difference between regular and irregular polygons, in maths. During our PSHE session we worked on our team work skills as we were given an object and then 10 minutes to come up with a game that included this object. We next had to describe our game and showcase it to another group before receiving feedback. Next week, we’ll think about rules and whether they are a good or a bad thing. Watch this space for some interesting discussions!

Friday 20th September 2018

Year 5 and 6 have had an event filled start to the school year, with more yet to come. Our trip to Bayer’s Baylab was fantastic, with the facilities and team at Bayer fantastic in providing learning and opportunities to the children. We had a snapshot of some of the images from the day on our school twitter page, so please check those out if you’ve not had a chance already.

On the back of this excellent experience, we have spent time writing instructions for making paint, in English, and dipped our toe into ratio with several days maths learning linked to trip, with some fantastic results.

Hopefully, today, all parents should receive an invitation from their child(ren) to join us in a special science lesson next Friday 28th September from 9:30 as we spend time dissecting a pigs heart and linking this to our learning of the human heart’s functionality. All parents are welcome to join us in this memorable experience, so please let the office know if you wish to attend!

 

 

HOMEWORKHomework is available from this site every Wednesday. Each child has been provided with a homework record book in which they are to make a note of homework as well as their daily Reading, as good preparation for expectations at secondary school.

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: We also have a great range of books in our 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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