Year 5 & 6
Teachers: Mrs Clare Kirkham (Tuesday – Friday) and Mrs Anne Smilie (Monday)
Teaching Assistants: Rachel Darby, Lisa Howard, Abigail Strange, Gemma Moyes and Connor Gilogley
Homework for this term will be given out on a Wednesday to be returned the following Tuesday. Each week there will be Maths and English along with a topic based activity.
The children will all be split into different spelling groups this term – from these groups they will receive spellings each Monday which will be in a Spelling Book – they can bring this book home with them during the week and will need to practise the spellings daily. On a Friday they need to bring the book back to school so that they can be tested on their spellings for the week. It is really important that the children parctise these spellings each day as this will support the learning within their groups.
Please keep reading regularly and sharing and discussing books with your child at home; even though they are now free readers and older they will still love being read to and sharing a book. Not only does this improve their reading and the comprehension of the texts that they share with you but it is a great time to s hare together as well.
It is essential that children are able to recall at speed all their times tables facts including the related division facts as this supports their ability to solve calculations accurately and quickly. The children will be given opportunity in class to practise their times tables but this needs to be complemented by further practise at home. Take a look at the times table page of the website where there are lots of videos to support your child’s learning, along with these they can use Times Table Rockstars which all children have a login for.
PE will take place on a Thursday this term and the children should come to school in their PE kits on this day. Their second session this term is made up of all the dance routines that the children are learning for our musical performance.
PE kits MUST include plimsolls or trainers – all PE lessons will be outside, so please also make sure that your child has a t-shirt, shorts and/or jog bottoms and a jumper for PE along with hair tied back if your child has long hair. If your child has earrings they must either put tape (which you should provide) over their earrings for the PE session or be able to take out their own earrings.
At the end of year 6, there are Standard Assessment Tests (SATS) in English and Maths which the children will sit. The children will be supported throughout the year in preparing for these so they are not worried or anxious about sitting them. Dates of the tests will be given to parents in advance along with advice about how to support your children’s well being ahead of them.
In Maple class, the children have the opportunity to take part in a 5 day residential at an outdoor activity centre. The next trip will be in June 2024 when we will be going to Woodlands Outdoor Education Centre.