We were lucky to have been visited and trained by a former British and European champion this week. Ex-boxer, John Murray, spent the afternoon teaching children the basics of boxing like footwork and defensive guards.
In mathematics both Year 5 and 6 have been learning about angles. All children now need to know how to measure and draw all angle types. As a class, we find finding the missing angles easier to calculate using our knowledge of angle types compared to using protractors to measure so this is our target moving forward. Other properties of shapes such as symmetry are also important to revise.
Poetry has been our focus this week. We looked at rhyming patterns earlier in the week and have begun to put together our own poetry anthologies. After a grammar test on Monday we found our weakest areas to be those questions concerning word classes so the homework will look to address this problem.
In addition to the spellings being sent home on paper, each child has also received log in details for a website/app called spellingshed. This website/app allows children to practice their spellings through quick games which vary in difficulty. TTRockStars has had such a positive impact on every child’s ability to recall their times tables with greater speed and I hope that spellingshed is able to do the same with Year 5/6’s spelling. It enables me to set specific lists for homework and see what specific words individual children are struggling with so I believe this will be a really beneficial tool in improving our spelling across the class. If you have any questions or concerns then please do not hesitate to see me.
Half-termly Overview Spring 1 2019
As always, if you have any questions please feel free to pop in and see myself at 08:30 or at home time. You can also contact me via an email to school or leave a message for me to phone you at a time which is convenient.
A few friendly reminders…
For those children on the stage readers, I would like to continue to push them on as far as possible this year. This will ensure they are in the best possible position to meet the demands of year 5/6. As a general rule children should aim to read at least 2 books per week (1 if they are on the thicker books from the later stages). Times tables are of equal importance and I have suggested to the children they should be doing 10 minutes practice each day.
P.E. will be on Monday and Friday this year so please ensure children have their kits in school on these days. For P.E. children need to bring both indoor and outdoor kit and must have trainers / pumps.
Early morning work begins at 08:30 each day and is mainly spent working on SPaG or calculation work. Some children might be given specific work if there is a particular requirement or to go over a previous days work. I therefore feel it is beneficial if you are able to get the children here by this time.
Homework resumes this week (spellings, mathematics and English). Homework will be set on Friday (due in the following Monday) and Monday (due in for Friday same week).
English – Biographies and autobiographies, poetry, spooky short stories, faraway fiction, arguments and debates, reports and reference texts.
Maths – Algebra, Subtraction, Properties of shapes, Multiplication and division, Fractions, Measurement (length) and decimals.
In the afternoon sessions:
Geography – Earth Matters – Water cycle, Coastlines, Coastal erosion, Human impact, Coastal features and processes.
Science – Properties and changes of materials / Famous scientists
Computing – Flowcharts
PE – Gymnastics
Spanish- Food, essential phrases, weather, relations, transportation, household items, city, computers, clothes and sports.
We would welcome any resources you may have at home that you feel could enhance your child’s learning in any part of the curriculum that we are studying. This may be in the form of information books, guidebooks and leaflets collected on visits to places of interest that you have made with your family. Even better, if you feel that any experiences of your own are relevant to the curriculum, it would be wonderful if you could come and share them with the class.