Welcome back – 2016!
We hope that you have all had a lovely break and are raring to get back. This document outlines important information for Year 5/6. It contains a breakdown of the curriculum for the term and contains a weekly timetable. Our class continue to be shared between Mr Pearse and Mrs Parietti with Mrs Roff teaching science on a Wednesday. Please do not hesitate to contact either of us if there are any concerns about your child. Our PE will be on a Thursday and a Friday afternoon. However, the children need their kit in school every day in case of unexpected activities being scheduled at the last minute.
In English, we will be commencing the term by studying the book ‘The Hunger Games’. We will be reading and analysing the text and writing a variety of text types along the way. In particular, we will be writing an extended story based around one of the characters in the book. English homework will be given on Friday to be completed and returned by the following Wednesday. This will usually consist of a written activity, grammar task or a reading comprehension. Spelling will be given on a Wednesday to be tested the following Wednesday. It is vitally important that the children learn their weekly spellings and complete all homework tasks set. This is particularly important in the run up to SATs as the children will be regularly going through their work in class.
Big Writing –The children will continue to participate in these lessons every Friday. They will work on basic skills for the first part of the session followed by the extended writing session in the final part of the lesson. The talk homework, which the children will bring home on Mondays, will be crucial to the success of the Friday session, as this dialogue between parent and child will help to prepare them for whatever topic is presented in these sessions. All children in Year 6 are expected to complete their talk homework and come with notes so that they are ready to write.
Although the children are in the Upper Juniors, it is vitally important for them to continue to read on a regular basis at home. Discussing the content of the books is very important and taking a short time to talk about their books will help in many ways to improve comprehension and enjoyment of the texts. They will take part in weekly guided reading sessions in school but your child should still be reading at home. All children will have a reading record book and we would ask that you monitor this record. If your child is not bringing home a book each night, please remind them that this forms part of their homework commitment and let us know so that we can address the problem as soon as possible.
In Maths, we will continue to review all four operations as well as working on shape, space, measures and decimals. Mental Maths and times tables need to be rehearsed at home daily and there will be a mental maths test every Friday. Maths homework will be sent out every Wednesday to be returned the following Monday. It will be either paper or computer based. We will be sending regular arithmetic tasks home this term so please ensure that your child completes them on time.
During our Combined Studies sessions (History, Geography, Art, DT ICT and Music) this term, we will be learning about ecosystems.
Term Time Holiday
This is a particularly vital term for Year 6 as they will be revising all the work they have studied in preparation for the SATs tests. Therefore, please can you refrain from taking any term time holiday between now and May half-term. Any time out of the classroom is detrimental to your child’s learning and could mean that they are disadvantaged in their tests in May.
We look forward to a great term. Please do not hesitate to see either of us if there are any problems or queries about any aspect of your child’s school experience.
Richard Pearse and Kate Parietti