Monday 17th December
Carols - St. Giles Church 6pm
Friday 21st December
Christmas Party & Party Lunch (NO hot meals)
Term finishes at 1:30pm
Owl Class - Year 5 and 6
Welcome back to a new school year. I hope you had an enjoyable summer. We have lots of things to keep us busy and look forward to this term. I’d like to welcome Mrs Lucy Eatwell, who brings a wealth of experience for the children in our class.
For parents of Year 6 children – I will be holding a SAT’s Information Meeting toward the end of September (keep an eye out on Parent Mail) which will be a chance for you to understand what the assessments demand of your child and be brought up to date with the latest government changes. I strongly recommend your attendance so that we can work together to make the experience as stress free as possible for your child.
Here’s what we’ll be getting up to this term -
English: We will be studying the poem ‘Beowulf’ which was written in Anglo Saxon times and therefore fits in very nicely with our topic for this term. In addition we will be reading ‘The Hobbit’ by JRR Tolkien. The book was written in 1937 for children and is quite different from the series of three films which was brought out a couple of years ago. As the book was written almost 80 years ago the syntax will be very different to perhaps anything the children may have read before; therefore I ask for your support in assisting your child when they read the required chapters for homework.
Maths: We will be covering Numbers and the Number System – place value, sequences, rounding, estimating, number patterns and relationships, square numbers, prime numbers, and mental strategies. We will look at all the Operations – and addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, word problems and brackets.
National expectation is that pupils will know all their tables up to 12x12 by the end of Year Four. This is something we will continue to look at as I am aware that not all the class have reached that goal post yet. Therefore your continued support will be invaluable.
Science: We will be studying Earth and Space where children will describe the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun, describe the movement of the moon, explain day and night and study a significant astronomer.
History and Geography/Topic: This term we will be studying the Anglo Saxons. We will investigate how they got to Britain, their way of life and how their religion changed from Paganism to Christianity.
RE: This term the whole school will be investigating The Big Question ‘How do people care?’
Art/DT: We will be studying dragons and after half term will be baking Christmas cakes – please see attached letter.
PE: This year PE will be a combination of ‘Real PE’, which focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning and PE taught by Stuart Wells and Club Energy.
I would like to ask that the children bring their PE kits in draw string bags (opposed to ruck sack type bags) as we are a large class and space in the cloakroom is at a premium. Please ensure that your child has named kit (school PE top, black/navy shorts and trainers) in school AT ALL TIMES.
As the weather becomes colder it is advisable for your child to have jogging bottoms and a spare sweatshirt too. Please can the girls remember to have socks in their kit as they are not permitted to do PE in tights. Children with pierced ears are required to either take their earrings out for PE or have them covered with plasters which should be supplied from home.
French: We will initially focus on ‘greetings’ and ‘all about me’.
P4C (Philosophy for children) /PSCHE: Our focus this term will be ‘Taking responsibility for our learning and our choices’. Our class novel will also provide stimulus for our P4C/PSCHE.
Computing: We will revisit internet safety and creating films.
It is sometimes assumed that children in year 5 and 6 can be left to their own devices when it comes to reading. However they still need parental support to read at home for 20 minutes at least five times a week; even if they don’t read to you it is important to talk to them about their book, this will extend and strengthen their understanding and instil the value we all place on reading and foster a joy of reading.
Children should also practise their Spellings and times tables daily bringing the total time spent on homework to roughly half an hour per day.
In addition to daily reading, spelling and times tables, weekly homework will be handed out on a Wednesday to be returned on a Monday. I also require the children’s reading diary to be handed in everyday so that I can ensure their diary is being used efficiently. I would be grateful if you could sign their diary before it is handed in on a Monday. Spellings will run Friday to Friday and times table tests (Beat it! Maths) will happen twice a week.