Welcome to Year 5 and 6

Year 5/6 is taught by Miss Brown, Mrs Buckley, Miss Hancox, Mr Humphrey, Mrs Jenks, Mrs Simpson and Mr Sykes.  They are assisted in the class room by Mrs Allcock, Mrs D'Andilly, Mrs Booth, Ms Holt, Mrs Drury, Miss Johnston and Miss Smith.

Topics

Much of the work in the autumn term is based on the residential visit to Robin Hood’s Bay in September. It will cover all curriculum areas. We also study a number of science topics including Brighter & Brighter, and later in the year a historical topic based on Ancient Greeks and Early Islamic Civilization. Much of the writing in Year 5/6 is embedded in these topics, and is often facilitated through the use of ICT.

English

In Year 5/6 we will be doing lots of exciting things in English lessons, including writing persuasive brochures, descriptive poems, stories and conducting balanced debates. Much of this will be based around work in other curriculum areas such as history or PSHCE. There will be spelling patterns to learn, as well as an increased focus on grammar activities and vocabulary work in line with the new National Curriculum.

Maths

In Year 5/6 we expect pupils to know all their tables and number bonds. In our classroom lessons we will be focussing on accurate arithmetic skills using the strategies from our mathematical toolkit, as well as applying these skills in many different contexts. The other main areas of learning that we will explore are geometry, measurement and the presentation of statistics.

Please provide opportunities at home for your child to use time/tell the time in everyday situations, e.g. reading the TV times. Also, Opportunities at home to handle money, calculate total cost and change from a given amount, including conversions of pounds to pence and different measures e.g. during baking. There are many free websites now available to support this and make learning fun, including Mathletics.

Mathletics (www.mathletics.co.uk) is a British based internationally renowned web-resource filled with games and challenges.  Each Crosby child has their unique username and password which enables them to access this site from home.

Reading

It is expected that your child will read at home at least 3 times a week. Please take the time to talk to your child about the book they bring home—what they have read, what has happened and whether they enjoyed the book.

Guided reading lessons will continue to be held every day from 9.00—9.30am, so please make every effort to get your child to school before 8.55am.

PE

Please make sure that your child has black shorts and a white T-shirt to wear for P.E. lessons, which will take place on Tuesday.  PE kit should be in a bag that will hang on their peg under their coat. Please ensure all items are labelled with your child’s name and class.

Swimming - Please make sure that your child has a suitable swimming costume or trunks and a towel. Swimming kit is needed on a Tuesday and should come home on a Tuesday night for washing. Please ensure all items are labelled with your child's name and class.

Uniform and Jewellery

Children should wear a white or yellow polo shirt with a green jumper and black or grey skirt or  trousers. Black shoes should be worn, not trainers or boots of any sort. Please ensure that your child does not wear jewellery.  Long hair MUST be tied back throughout the day for hygiene reasons. Nail polish and make-up are not allowed. Headscarves or coverings may be worn for religious purposes, but they must be a plain school colour (black, white, grey, yellow or green).

Home Learning

The blue home learning book will be sent home every Friday. Please ensure your child returns their book by Friday of the following week. Home learning will include number bonds, tables, spelling, key words  and topic related activities as appropriate. 

Additional Information

Water bottles should be taken home for washing daily. Children should not bring electronic/valuable items such as tablets, Smartphones or hand held games consoles into school for Golden Time. Please ensure your child comes to school on time every day. Attendance certificates will be given out for each half term. Classes  that beat their attendance target will be rewarded with a party.

For information about the curriculum, please visit the curriculum page.

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