Class 6 – Years 5 and 6
Teachers – Mrs Gething, Mrs Adjei (Monday afternoons)
Teaching Assistants – Mrs Chesworth, Mrs Cole (Mondays)
Hello Autumn Term!
Welcome back to School! We have lots of exciting events and activities planned this Autumn term and will be getting off to an incredible start with a two week intensive swimming course at the Hereford Pool.
We are a happy and enthusiastic group of 33 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 bringing home promotional materials for their potential High Schools in preparation for the application process. Some Open Days operate in the evenings and others during the working day. If you are taking your child to look around during School hours, please let us know.
Our text this term is The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. 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 and sentence level work, writing a range of genres, comprehension, grammar, punctuation and handwriting. For example, for word we will be learning about a range of prefixes and suffixes and how words change as tenses change. Sentence level work will look at developing sentences using a variety of different ways to link clauses and phrases. Text will be looking at a variety of punctuation including the use of colons and semi-colons, 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 Number and Place Value, including one, two and multi-step problems and orders of operations. Fast, accurate mental arithmetic, multiplication tables and a solid knowledge of inverse operations are at the heart of much of the work we will be covering this term and your support in helping the children to speed up with their tables and number bonds is invaluable.
In the afternoons, our topics are taught separately. We start the year by looking at the Shang Dynasty, a period in China’s ancient history before moving on to a project on Mountains after the Half Term break. In science the children will be looking at the Classification of Plants and Animals and Evolution & Inheritance.
We will be exploring a range of media in our representations of Landscapes and exploring Chinese Art as well as developing our pottery projects designing and making plates and figures. Music focuses on learning some of the many songs in preparation for our Young Voices concert in January (more details to follow soon) whilst PSHE considers Getting On and Falling Out, thinking about how we can all work together, consider each other’s opinions and feelings and support each other.
Monday afternoon RE lessons with Mrs Adjei will consider what helps us when times get hard and her conversational Spanish lessons will develop the children’s vocabulary and pronunciation.
The STAR Project
Aimed at Year 6 children, the STAR project is run by one of the experienced West Mercia Police team who discusses the issues around alcohol, smoking and drugs as well as peer pressure, internet safety and bullying and where to seek help. PC Anna will be confirming dates very soon and I will update you on specific dates as soon as I have 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. Sentences that use the words should be written in the red homework book. Your help and support with spellings and times tables is invaluable in helping the children to continue making good progress.
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 we will be travelling to the Halo Swimming Pool every afternoon for the first two weeks for an intensive course. Jewellery cannot be worn in the Pool, so please ensure children are not wearing ear-rings on those days. The swimming curriculum has been updated and now includes more activities including water safety, so as well as towel, costume and optional goggles (all long hair needs to be under a swimming hat) children may need to bring shorts, T-shirts and pyjama bottoms for some lessons.
After these two weeks, the Paces Sports Coach will be working with the class on outdoor team games on Thursday afternoons and we will endeavour to get outside whenever we can for our class-based activities on Friday 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. Once the weather starts to cool, 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 15minutes 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 as we all emerge from the restrictions we have operated under for so long.