Year 5 have been working on multiplication using a variety of different methods such as partitioning, grid method and formal method. It is important that children double check their working when using partitioning in particular. Year 6 have been using the expanded version of division which has enabled children to solve division problems that involve dividing by numbers bigger than 12 with greater ease. We have recapped remainders in fractions and decimals also.
During our English lessons this week we have been looking closely at the poet, Michael Rosen. Children were moved by his book ‘The Sad Book’ which was inspired by the death of his son, Eddie. We read a poem titled ‘Sad is a place’ and wrote our own versions using this as a template called ‘Happy is a place’.
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 2 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 – Arguments and debates, reports and reference texts, faraway fiction, poems on a theme.
Maths – Statistics, multiplication and division, perimeter and area, percentages, addition and subtraction, algebra and properties of shapes.
In the afternoon sessions:
Geography – Earth Matters – Water cycle, Coastlines, Coastal erosion, Human impact, Coastal features and processes.
Science – Forces – Balanced and unbalanced forces, Gravity, Air resistance, Water resistance, Friction and Mechanisms.
Computing – Internet research and webpage design
PE – Football
Spanish- Phrases, travel, restaurant, family and shopping.
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.