Thank you to all parents and family members who attended the summer performance. The children performed excellently as usual and it was great to see so many of you there.
Revision sessions are now being run on both Monday and Wednesdays after school so please ensure your child can attend these if they are planning on sitting entrance exams.
Year 5 have been practising their timetables this week and solving all manner of 2 by 3 digit multiplication word problems. Whilst all Year 5’s are confident in their use of the formal written method, some children are at times making avoidable errors with their carrying or addition. The homework will focus on this and eliminating these slight mistakes. Year 6 have been converting between fractions, decimals and percentages. This has allowed them to compare, order and find equivalences. We also found time to practise percentage problems as these are common questions which appear in most of the tests we have looked at recently.
In English we have continued to write our individual stories. Children should be aiming for over 1,000 words before we leave for the summer. They have now designed and created their front and back covers which they are very proud of. The class will be asked to add more chapters to their stories over the summer break as they are enjoying the challenge so far. This is a chance for children to show off all of the skills they have acquired over the past year and apply them to one project that involves English, art and computing.
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 Summer 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…
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 Tuesday this term (weather permitting) so please ensure children have their kits in school on Monday as usual just in case we need to change our P.E. day due to the weekly weather forecast. 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 – The power of imagery, fantasy stories and chronological reports.
Maths – Algebra, Fractions, Percentages, Properties of Shapes and Volume and Capacity.
In the afternoon sessions:
History – Ancient Greece – Who were the Ancient Greeks, Ancient Greek democracy, Ancient Greek Olympics, The Battle of Marathon, Gods and Goddesses and The Trojan War.
Science – Animals and their habitats – Plant reproduction, mammals, Jane Goodall, metamorphosis and comparing life cycles.
Computing – Excel
PE – Athletics and Rounders/Cricket
Art – Wildlife (Birds)
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.