What are Year Six doing this term?

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to school. We have an exciting and busy autumn term ahead. Find out what’s happening in Year 5 and Year 6 below.

Homework:

The children will be given homework periodically which will need to be returned by the date given. It would be useful if each child could have a decent-sized homework folder in order to carry their work safely to and from school.

English

The children need to bring their reading book and reading-record book to school with them on their allocated day. They (generally) will not be reading these books to an adult in school as we will be hearing them read their Group Guided Reading book so we rely on parents to make sure they do read these books. Please set aside some time to listen to your child read regularly. Even the most able readers benefit from this.

   They will have weekly spellings to learn which are tailored to meet the individual needs of the children and curriculum. Spelling tests are on a Friday and they will need to have their spelling books with them every Friday. We advise the children to practise their spellings for five minutes every day.

In addition to reading and spelling there will be other pieces of English to be completed at home, periodically. These usually reinforce work that we have covered in school.

Maths

The most important thing you can do to help your child with their Maths is to ensure that they know their tables inside-out, upside-down and back-to-front!! Don’t listen to a child who says, ‘I know my 7 x tables’! Accuracy and speed are of the essence! (They can always learn their 13-20 x tables!) Additionally, we will be sending home maths homework every Tuesday to reinforce work covered in school. This needs to be returned on a Wednesday.

P.E Kits: P.E will be on a Friday this year. When it’s cold the children may wear track-suit bottoms and a sweat-shirt. They will also need trainers – a change of footwear is advisable for these sessions. As the term progresses, we will be doing indoor and outdoor PE so they need to be fully equipped for both these sessions every Friday. Year 5 will be going swimming every Thursday up until half term in February. The cost of this is £2 per week to cover transport.

Other curriculum areas:

Our topic this half term is ‘More than Mods and Rockers’ which is all about the 1960s! After half term we will be studying a topic called ‘Heroes and Villains’ which will focus on real life heroes and villains such as Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana, Bob Geldof, Hitler, Osama Bin Laden etc. Both these topics are history based. If you or a member of your family have any games, clothes, toys, memorabilia from the 1960s, we’d love to have a look at them.

Sometimes your child will be asked to produce a project or piece of research at home which they may need your help/guidance with.

Residential Trips

Year 5 will be going to Morfa bay in the Summer Term (dates/forms to follow) and Year 6 will also be going on a residential trip (date/place to be confirmed.)

   Please call in to see us at any time if you feel your child has a problem. If we work together, your child will have a happy, successful year.

Thank you for your time and patience!

Mrs. T. Pugh and Mr. G. Langdon

Years 5 & 6 teachers