Class 6 – Years 5 and 6
Teachers – Mrs Gething, Mrs Adjei (Monday afternoons)
Teaching Assistants – Mrs Chesworth, Mrs Cole (Mondays)
Welcome back to School after the Christmas break. We have lots of exciting events and activities planned this Spring term and we will be kickstarting the year with our trip to the NEC for our Young Voices concert at the beginning of week 3.
We are a happy and enthusiastic group of 31 children who all get along very well together as each individual strives to reach their potential.
Your support is hugely appreciated and a major part of the success your child will experience in school. If you or your child have any concerns at all, please feel free to contact me at any time.
Over the coming weeks the Year 6 children will be receiving their confirmation letters about High School places. There will be more Open Days and transition events as everyone works together to make this next step as smooth and stress-free as possible.
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 our topics or current affairs. There will also be spelling, grammar and punctuation lessons as well as our Big Write and Extended Writing sessions. This is where the children get to showcase their literary skills and talents 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 silent letters and Tricky Words. Sentence will look at developing sentences using a variety of word classes, 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 the use of parenthesis, the different ways to move a story forwards 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 and earn (or re-earn) their Pen Licence.
In Maths our targets will focus upon Fractions, Decimals and Percentages as well as 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 year and your support in helping the children to speed up with their tables and number bonds is invaluable. Our mini Maths topics usually cover one or two weeks and homework tasks will be set to reinforce this at home in the form of SATs-like questions.
In the afternoons, our topics are taught separately, with the first half looking at Crime and Punishment and how it has changed in the UK over the past 2000 years. and the. In science the children will be looking at Electricity and Materials & their Properties. Our geography topic will consider the Geography of the UK, looking at major cities, counties, rivers and roads. We will examine the reasons for settlements being located where they are and the transportation links and how the landscape impacts upon human geography.
We will be exploring a range of media in our representations of Street Art, linking the graffiti of artists such as Banksy to our Crime & Punishment topic, as well as developing our modelling skills with our electrical projects designing and making working electrical models. Music focuses on learning some of the many songs in preparation for our Young Voices concert followed by the eagerly anticipated return of the Wider Opportunities instrumental team. PSHE considers why it is Good to be Me and how we can all aim high and work at Going for Goals.
Monday afternoon RE lessons with Mrs Adjei will consider why people need to visit sacred places if God is all around us, with a focus on Islam and her conversational Spanish lessons will develop the children’s vocabulary and pronunciation.
In the first Half Term, Mrs Adjei will be leading the class in a series of Forest Schools activities on Monday afternoons. The programme aims to encourage Team Building and leadership skills, combining fun and personal development in a wonderful woodland environment. We look forward to watching the children flourish in these alternative surroundings, but they will need to bring warm and waterproof clothing to wear outside – it may well get muddy.
End of Key STage SATs
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!
Homework (grammar/punctuation, reading comprehension, 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 a series of words that follow the weekly pattern or rule and should consider both their meaning as well as 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 use timetables (TV schedules, bus timetables, etc) and clocks ('how long until the TV programme starts?') 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 Forest School provides part of our outdoor activity whilst the Paces Sports Coach will be working with the class on outdoor team games on Wednesday afternoons. The children will need T-shirt and shorts and 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. Please try to keep a kit in school at all times, so we can make the best of the fine weather. In the colder weather, joggers/leggings and a long sleeved sweatshirt should be added to the bag.
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. Maybe just 10 or 15 minutes at the start of the day? 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
I look forward to continuing working with you, and your children, here at Ewyas Harold Primary School.