Even though it is half term I will still be posting Maths and Verbal Reasoning problems aimed at the Year 6’s on Google Classroom in preparation for entrance exams. It is not compulsory but highly recommended you engage in most challenges set. I will post challenges and teachings on how to solve these each weekday with answers following the next day.
Our main focus this week has been on creative writing and our entries for the Halloween writing competition. Children are welcome to write other entries whilst at home for half term. We will be starting a new book by Philip Pullman after the half term break, ‘Clockwork’.
In mathematics students have been working on their addition and algebra skills. Year 6 have become incredibly confident when taking on new problems and have gone from strength to strength as the week went on. Everything from writing formulae to working out the nth term should now be well within Year 6’s capabilities. Year 5 have been consolidating on their addition skills (both mental and formal) and using estimation and checking with the inverse to ensure accuracy.
I have asked that all children spend time this week on TTRockstars and SpellingShed in order to get back up to speed with the basics.
Homework will be set daily on Google Classroom and is to be completed for the following day. The work set will vary from maths, English and even afternoon topic work. This week has been about successfully getting all students logged on and able to view and submit homework.
It is recommended that children read for a minimum of 15 minutes daily, which can be written in to your child’s reading record. Reading regularly can not only improve word recognition and fluency, but can also assist children in their writing during class. Therefore, children will be expected to read at least 2 stage books per week (1 if they are on the thicker books from later stages). Reading books (and reading records) should be the only things going home and returning to school along with water bottles.
P.E. will be on Friday this year so please ensure children attend school wearing their P.E. kits. For P.E. children need to bring suitable clothing for the British weather as we will attempt to be outside providing it is not raining heavily. Tracksuit bottoms and fleeces can be worn. Please refer to the school email for a full list of clothing options. Can I please also ask that children bring suitable footwear in for sports. A simple pair of pumps can be a good choice, which can also help reduce the risk of injury.
Early morning work begins at 08:30 each day and will be spent on tasks that the children have needed further support with. This could be arithmetic or grammar related. Therefore, I would encourage the children getting in to school on time, to ensure they do not miss any learning.
If you have any questions, please feel free to see me at 8:30 or at home time. Alternatively, you can contact me via an email to school.
Curriculum Autumn Term 1
English – Historical stories, recounts an narrative poems
Maths – Place value, Addition and subtraction, Properties of shapes, Multiplication and division, Fractions, and Position and direction.
In the afternoon sessions:
Topic – Enough for Everyone
Art – Seaside
Science – Properties and changes of materials
Computing – Online safety
PE – Hockey
Spanish- Questions, numbers, time and pronunciation.
PSHE – Aiming High