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Welcome to Class 5/6 - Miss Critchley

Reading: In class 5/6, children are expected to read at least 3 times a week to support them with expanding their vocabulary through exposure to a variety of text genres such as stories, plays, poetry, non-fiction and textbooks. Like we do at school, please try to encourage children to read books and other writing that they have not come across before – hearing and learning new vocabulary and grammatical structures, and discussing this with them will greatly improve their reading (and writing!) skills. Please initial where your child has read in their school planner.

Writing: This half term we will commence ‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson, as our class novel. We will learn to recognise the structure of this adventure story, analysing the main themes and characters, exploring these as a stimulus for our own writing. The children will be exploring ‘pirates’ as a hook for learning, creating their own heroic or villainous pirate characters. As usual, we will continue to focus on sentence structure, technical vocabulary, handwriting and the use of punctuation and grammar. At the end of this unit we will all be writing our own adventure story, so you can look forward to reading your child’s version!

Spelling: The children are expected to know how to spell the statutory year 5/6 words by the end of year 6, and to use them as frequently as possible in their independent writing. The main spelling pattern focus for year 5/6 are as follows:

-Endings which sound like /ʃəs/ spelt –cious or –tious e.g. vicious, spacious

-Endings which sound like /ʃəl/ -cial or –tial e.g. special, initial

-Words ending in –ant, –ance/–ancy, –ent, –ence/–ency e.g. innocent, assistant

-Words ending in –able and –ible Words ending in –ably and –ibly e.g adorable, legible

-Words with the /i:/ sound spelt ei after c e.g. receive, ceiling

-Words containing the letter-string ough e.g. bought, cough, bough

-Homophones continues to be a focus as children need to be secure in not just the spelling of these words, but the correct context to use them in.

We will focus on these words and spelling patterns, as well as reinforcing others in our spelling sessions.

Maths: As a class, we will focus on place value initially this half term, working through numbers up to 1,000,000 for year 5 and 10,000,000 for year 6. Year 5’s will start with rounding numbers up to the nearest 10, 100, 1000 and 10,000. Additionally, later in this half term, the children will carry out further work on time and reading 24-hour timetables and clocks. The children will continue to receive a regular input of both problem solving/reasoning questions, as well as mental arithmetic strategies as we continue to work through our ‘Daily 5’ arithmetic questions in class.

For year 6, we will be recapping all the main objectives from right across the KS2 curriculum and doing plenty of SAT-style practice questions so that each pupil achieves the SATs score they deserve after 4 years hard work in the Juniors.  Please take the time to work through any homework with your child and encourage them to speak to us if there are any areas they are finding particularly tricky.

Also, please take every opportunity to revise times tables (including related division facts) and simple addition/subtraction questions.  This can be done in the car, when washing up or at any time you have a spare few minutes. Please see the ‘How you can Help your Child at Home’ PowerPoint on our website, under Curriculum, Maths, for further ideas to support your child with maths.

Science: This term, we will focus on Electricity as our science unit. This will involve a variety of hands-on science lessons, as children work scientifically to investigate the brightness of lamps or volumes of buzzers, and explore how these are affected by the voltage of cells in a circuit. Children will construct different circuits, both practically and through diagram representation. The children will be taught how to recognise and use symbols in order to support them with their representation of different elements in a circuit within diagrams. Furthermore, the children will learn how electricity has changed over time, describe which variables to control while planning an investigation, make predictions and decide how to record their results.

PE: Class 5/6 will continue to have PE on a Tuesday and Friday.  PE kits will be sent home to be washed at half term.  One session per week is provided by an outside agency where the children will participate in athletic activities. The second session will focus on the key skills that can be applied in a variety of different sports/activities.

R.E: This term, our RE lessons will be based on: ‘How should we live our lives?’ In this unit, children are given the opportunity to look at many different artists impressions of Jesus. The children will consider how Jesus is portrayed in different pieces of art and the reasons behind this. Children will link this to how they could live their lives as Jesus would want them to.

Art: This half term, we will focus on the life and work of Yann Arthus Bertrand, an aerial photographer. We will be studying his work and using it as a stimulus for our own art work. We will look at developing a variety of art skills such as: using line to create an accurate but simple drawing of a photo, mixing and matching colours using oil pastels and creating tone and texture using oil pastels.

History and Geography: Our topic this term is ‘The Local Area’ where we will study the history and geographical features of Warrington. This unit will provide an array of opportunities for fieldwork and mapwork as children develop their geographical skills and identify physical and human features of Warrington. Additionally, we will look at how Warrington has changed over time.

Music: This term, we will be linking our music lessons into ‘The Carnival of the Animals.’ Children will identify character traits represented in musical examples and evaluate a composer’s portrayal of animals in music, as well as creating their own animal music, where they will depict an animal of their choice.

Homework: Homework will be handed out on a Friday and due the following Friday. We mark the homework as a class (year 5 and 6 separately) to give the children opportunities to go over any questions they have and to support them with the answering of questions on their homework. The children are asked to take this marked homework back home with them so parents can see how well they have done.

If you require to speak to me, please don’t hesitate to contact school or write a note in your child’s planner, which I will always respond to. I look forward to the rest of the year and all the exciting things ahead with your children.


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