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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 have a whole school writing week based on ‘The Tear Thief’ by Carol Ann Duffy. Class 5/6 will be writing their own story based on this concept and will describe their own tear thief character. Our second focus this half term will be on writing reports, which will be based on Rainforests. Children will learn how to present different information effectively and categorise it into paragraphs. As with every writing topic, they will reinforce using a variety of punctuation and learn about writing different sentence types, determining which are more appropriate for non-fiction texts. Additionally, children will learn to use description effectively in a report, noting how it is generally used for precision (using the language of comparison and contrast) rather than to create an emotional response (as they have seen in narrative) so imagery is not heavily used.

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: In Maths, we will continue to develop children’s arithmetic, fluency and mental maths skills as well as applying their understanding to a variety of problem solving contexts. Across the class, we will look at statistics, constructing and interpreting a variety of graphs, charts and diagrams. We will learn how to calculate the mode, median and range from a group of data, and year 6 children will also learn how to calculate the mean. Additionally, year 6 will be looking at ratio and proportion and delve further into algebra. We will all continue to work on achieving Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for times tables to reinforce children’s rapid recall skills.

Science: Science for the term focuses on ‘Living Things and Their Habitats’ where pupils will build on their learning about grouping living things by looking at the classification system in more detail. They will learn that broad groupings, such as micro-organisms, plants and animals can be subdivided. Pupils will classify animals into commonly found invertebrates (such as insects, spiders, snails, worms) and vertebrates (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals). We will discuss reasons why living things are placed in one group and not another. This unit will involve a visit to Chester Zoo to support the above objectives.

PE: Class 5/6 will 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 striking and fielding as well as net games. The second session focuses on developing the key skills in games such as throwing and catching.

R.E: This term, children will look at the different types of places of worship for different groups of Christians. We will investigate what denominations are, and the differences between them. Additionally, we will explore the events leading to the death and resurrection of Jesus and the meaning and significance of these events for Christians. We will learn to understand ideas of sacrifice and forgiveness.

Art: We will be using various pencil and paint techniques to complete our pictures of the old Warrington market for the PAN project.

DT: The children will be learning about pneumatic and hydraulic control systems. We will make a bridge using hydraulics to control the movement.  At the end of the project, children will evaluate their product and offer ways in which it could be improved if they were to do it again.

History: Our History topic will be 'Changes through Britain in Time' which will focus on the various battle and wars for the struggle of our Kingdom from 1066. Children will learn about The Battle of Hastings and take part in a historical election campaign, deciding which candidate was best to rule England at this time!

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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