Practice for the Christmas production is well under way now. With the new date of Friday November 30th we certainly do not have long to get things perfect.
Maths lessons this week have seen Year 5/6 using numbers with decimals. This has included tenths, hundredths and thousandths. We will look to use what we have learned this week in the upcoming lessons on money and measurement (mass, length, etc.)
During English we have started a new story called Goth Girl which is set in a stately home (hence the homework). Children produced some excellent character descriptions and have worked hard to include relative clauses in their work. I will be setting a writing assessment towards the end of next week which will be based loosely on Goth Girl.
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 Autumn 1 2018
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 – Classic fiction (The Jungle Book), Recounts, Observational Poetry, Biographies and Autobiographies and Instructions and Explanations
Maths – Number and place value, Addition and subtraction, Properties of shapes, Multiplication and division, Fractions and Position and direction.
In the afternoon sessions:
History – The Maya Civilisation
Science – Earth and Space
Computing – Scratch (Developing Games)
PE – Basketball
Spanish- Greetings, colours, numbers, days of the week, months, weather and classroom items.
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.