Badgers (Years 5/6) 2019 - 2020
Welcome to Year 5 and 6
Welcome back! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break and are feeling ready to dive back in! Our topic for the Spring term is based on the book 'Timeline' and we will be using this to begin our learning about the Tudor dynasty and society, including looking at crime and punishment.
- English - Timeline is our whole school text for this term. In year 5/6 we will also be reading Spy Master, by Jan Burchett and Sara Vogler
- Maths - revision of fractions, before moving onto decimals and percentages
- History - exploration of the Tudor dynasty and it's impact on society
- Science - later in the term, we will be developing our understanding of the human body, focusing on the circulatory system and how we can keep healthy
- RE - our theme for this half term is The Kingdom of God and we will later move on to exploring the theme of forgiveness
- PSHE - our theme this term is The Right to Learn. Within this, we well develop our understanding of democracy and articles 28, 29 and 31.
- Music - Love Music Trust will continue instument tutition on Monday afternoons. Please ensure instruments are in school for these sessions
- PE - will continue with Sports Coaching North West and Sam Dooley. Sessions will usually be on Monday and Thursday afternoons. Please ensure children have the correct PE kit in school.
Home learning has a huge impact on your child's learning and will benefit them significantly. Please try to read with your child every day at home and help practise their times tables and spellings. Little and often is usually best.
As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Reading is a vitally important skill for your child to practise regularly. Now we are in Year 5 and 6, the emphasis when reading at home should be on your child's comprehension and understanding of the text. Reading may be from a fiction book, information text, newspaper or a magazine. I am always interested to find out what you have been reading and your recommendations are gratefully recieved as we encourage children to develop their preferences, interests and enthusiasm. Please try to read at home and question your child's understanding at least 3 times a week.
All children have a yellow homework journal which can be used to suit children's learning styles when practising spelling and times tables. The journal contains the spelling rules we will be learning each week in school and a 'knowledge organiser' for this term's topic. This helps to enable children to gather facts, information and vocabulary which we can then use in school. Knowledge organisers complement our connected approach to our curriculum at Warmingham. These have been developed to provide key facts, information and vocabulary which the children will learn and discuss within their topic sessions. Included in the journal will also be a take away homework grid. This is designed to encourage extracurricular activities linked to the topic. It is expected that children will choose at least one of these tasks to complete each half term. They will then be able to bring the outcome into school on the final week of each half term where we will showcase homework projects in each class.
Another vitally important part of our learning in school is the recall of times tables up to 12 x 12, including the related division facts. There is also a list of words which children should be able to spell by the end of year 6 in order to meet the required standard. We aim for children to accurately spell at least 50% of these by the end of year 5 and 100% by the end of year 6. This list will be sent home in September with children's homework books. We would greatly appreciate your help at home with practising these spellings and times tables.
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