Welcome to our school
Above right - our Head Boy and Deputy Head Boy (with Head Girl & Deputy Head Girl from Class 9)
Welcome to the Summer Term!
**** Welcome Back! ****
Welcome back to school. I hope you all had an enjoyable and well earned break.
Our Summer Term will be a fun packed and busy time for everyone in Class Eight. At the start of term we will be revising and refining our skills in preparation for the annual Year 6 SATs, which begin on the week starting 14th May. If your child is in Year 6, please ensure that they attend school during this week.
During SATs Week, our Year 5 children will have an opportunity to
demonstrate their skills through a collaborative mini project.
Please do check on the web page & or click the Twitter link below where pictures of our work are regularly updated.
Key Dates to remember for this term
Monday 7th May: School closed for Bank Holiday.
Tuesday 8th May: School reopens after the bank holiday.
Monday 14th May: KS2 SATs this week.
Saturday 19th May: Summer Fair, 2pm-4pm.
Friday 25th May: School closes for half term, 3.30pm; Y5/6 Little Canada trip departs.
Monday 28th May: Little Canada trip returns.
Tuesday 5th June: School reopens for the 2nd half of the Summer Term.
Wednesday 13th June: Governors' meeting.
Thursday 14th June: Class & team photos (am).
Tuesday 26th June: High school induction day.
Wednesday 27th June: High school induction day.
Tuesday 10th July: Reports home to parents.
Wednesday 11th July: KS2 Production, 9.30am.
Thursday 12th July: KS2 Production, 1.30pm.
Monday - Wednesday 16th - 18th July: Parent's Evenings.
Tuesday 17th July: Class move-up day.
Thursday 19th July: Leavers' Party, 4.00pm.
Friday 20th July: Leavers' Assembly, 9.15am; End of term, 2.30pm.
Reading records: To be returned & signed every day - Your child can update the record, but we would be grateful if an adult provides a signature to approve the comments.
Outdoor PE: Wednesday pm - No shorts here please! We would advise during the winter months that your child wears trainers and warm clothing such as jogging bottoms and a sweater. Please be aware that there are times when we use the field which often has muddy patches.
Indoor PE: Friday pm - Please provide shorts & a t-Shirt for this session. Bare foot is acceptable but black pumps are preferred to avoid injury.
Spelling Test: New spellings are given on Friday and tested on the following Friday.
Homework: Daily Reading & spelling revision. There will be 1 other piece which is given on Friday and should be returned on the following Tuesday. In addition there are termly (and optional) home learning opportunities linked to our current , learning. These are rewarded with Dojo points or Wow Awards.
Our Summer Learning
Our class book this first half term will be ‘Flotsam' by David Wiesner which lends itself to a discussion of current affairs regarding plastic litter and how it is affecting villages, beaches and marine life. We will create character descriptions based on our inferences for items that have washed up upon the shore. Following this we will turn to the issue of plastic litter. We will debate the advantages and disadvantages of plastic and, combined with our experiences of the story we will create a variety of Non-Fiction writing including: newspaper writing, explanations, balanced arguments and persuasion.
Afterwards, we will continue with a Study of 'The Arrival' by Shaun Tan which is a migrant story told as a series of wordless images that might seem to come from a long forgotten time. This is a fantastic book which allows children to study current events and create meaningful fiction and non-fiction writing.
We will continue with our class read - 'Wonder' - and with our daily whole class reading sessions which provide an opportunity to access and analyse quality texts that are full with rich vocabulary and mature writing styles.
As part of your child's homework there is an expectation of 15-20 minutes daily reading (house points awarded). Please support your child's reading development by listening to them read and discussing it with them afterwards - check that they understand unfamiliar words or phrases that they are reading and ask them to summarise what they have read afterwards.
Please sign your child's log daily so that they can receive their reward.
Spelling and Grammar
There will be daily grammar and punctuation revision sessions focusing on the KS2 objectives. Spelling will be heavily focused on this term with daily reinforcement and a continued Friday test.
PLEASE ENSURE your child learns their spellings for the test.
Our Year Six children will be reinforcing a lot of the key objectives and revising, their arithmetic and reasoning skills in preparation for the SATs tests. Year 5 children will have a mini project which will involve solving problems with money - creating a trip to South America to a given budget. Throughout the term we will also be covering the following mathematical areas:
Calculation skills -
Long Division/Multiplication, Problem-solving using all four operations.
Properties of Number -
Rounding, Ordering, Multiples, Squares, Factors, Prime Numbers.
Ratio and Proportion -
Scale Factor of shapes, ratio notation, simplifying ratios, solving problems involving percentages and unequal sharing - using knowledge of fractions and multiples.
Nets of 3D shape
Solving problems using knowledge of angles and properties of shape.
Volume of 3D shape
Music and French lessons will be taught by Mrs Gorton and Mme Binns respectively.
You may find the following websites useful in supporting your child's learning:
Below - a few photos from the Autumn & Spring Terms