The overall plan for topics for the school year is as follows:
Autumn 1 – European study/Greece
Autumn 2 – Ancient Greece
Spring 1 – Space
Spring 2 – Science Fiction
Summer 1 – Ancient Egypt
Summer 2 – Mountains and Habitats
You will be notified of trips for the year when these are finalised. However, it is planned that children will go on one topic-related visit in each term (3 for the year).
PE will take place twice a week, on two of the following three afternoons: Monday, Thursday and Friday. Please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school on all three days, so that we are able to choose days dependent on the weather. Autumn Term 1 PE will be predominantly gymnastics, however we may go outside for games on some occasions.
English/Maths – Homework will be given out every Friday, to be returned the following Friday. Children who do not return homework on Friday will have until the following Monday. If homework is not handed in by this Monday, the child will complete the homework at lunchtime. Where possible, homework will be available on the website page.
Spelling – each week your child will be given 10 spellings to learn. These will be words belonging to a pattern we are learning in school, along with words from the Year 5/6 spelling list. Spellings will be given out on Monday, with the test on the Friday. There will be no spelling homework to hand in, however I encourage you to support your child to learn their spellings. A list of strategies that may be useful can be found on the Class 5 homepage – every child learns spellings differently, and thus it is important that they find a way (or ways) to practise that suit them. Children will practise spelling in school daily. Weekly spellings will be available on the website page.
Children who score 7 or below will retake the test on Monday.
Times Tables – each Friday, your child will take a personalised times tables test. Please look at the Times Tables page on the Class 5 homepage. Children will repeat the test until they pass it by scoring full marks. This system is designed to provide children with appropriate challenge for their individual level, with the ‘Level 3’ tests providing additional challenge. All pupils should know times tables up to 12x12 by heart by the end of Year 4.
Reading at home – in accordance with school policy, all children are required to read at least 4 times weekly, with this recorded in their reading diary. There is much research to suggest that children who read and discuss books with their parents not only make better progress in school, but experience better relationships with their parents. I encourage all parents to spend time listening to their child read as often as possible, with lots of discussion about the book. Children who are on banded books will bring home two books – one from their book band, and one free choice. Free choice readers are permitted to read any book of their choosing from the class bookshelf, or books from home that have been discussed with the teacher. Reading diaries will be checked in school weekly.
Project homework – periodically, children will be set creative homework tasks that will last for a number of weeks. In these instances, English and Maths homework will be suspended, with times tables and spelling homework continuing as normal.
Mr Wells will teach the class every morning and on Monday, Thursday and Friday afternoons.
Mrs Travell will teach the class on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.
Mrs Bates will support learning in class during some morning lessons, and will run intervention and booster groups during the afternoon. Mrs Bates’ time is shared between Year 5 and 6.
School will provide all stationery to be used in lessons, however children are of course welcome to bring their own pencil cases, with this stationery to be used during afternoon lessons at the teacher’s discretion. This is so as to avoid distraction during English and Maths lessons.
Each week, Class 5 will have a Values Champion. This child (or children) will be responsible for awarding Value Points linked to our whole-school Value of the Week. At the end of the week, the Values Champion may select a child to choose a reward from the Rewards board. Star of the Week will similarly choose their own reward, and will be awarded by the teacher on merit rather than on rotation. Class 5 will also work together to earn whole class rewards.