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Welcome to Year 5 and 6

Year 5/6 is taught by Mr Sykes, Miss Shah, Mrs Tong, Miss Hancox, Mrs Jenks, Mrs Matthews, Miss Potton, Mrs Martin, Miss Norden and Mrs Buckley.

They are assisted in the class room by Mrs Drury, Mrs Kaur, Mrs Hart, Mrs Alcock, Mrs Smith and Mrs Johnston-Taylor.

Topics

Our main themes throughout Yr 5/6 this year will be:

  • Justice and Freedom - Crime and Punishment
  • Ancient Egyptians
  • Growing up and Growing Old
  • Shaky Ground - Earthquakes & Volcanoes
  • Rainforests

Our educational visits include a visit to Robin Hood's Bay (Residential) and also, we hope, Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

English

In Year 5/6 we …..

  • Study information texts, stories and poems
  • Practice and extend our knowledge of grammar and punctuation
  • Write a range of fiction and non-fiction texts
  • Are learning to peer and self assess our writing
  • Develop strategies for spelling, especially with prefixes and suffixes

For Spelling children are taught in their respective year groups.

Maths

Children work in year groups for their maths lessons. In Year 5/6 we...

  • Develop our arithmetic skills
  • Look at a range of methods to solve calculations mentally and using formal written methods
  • Extend our knowledge and understanding of fractions, percentages and decimals (to 3 digits)
  • Investigate measures, geometry and statistics
  • Apply all above skills reason and solve problems.

Reading

It is expected that your child reads 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 groups are held every day from 9—9.45am, so please make every effort to get your child to school before 8.55am.

PE

Each class takes part in swimming lessons at different times of the year on a Tuesday morning at The Pods. They travel by coach. Swimming kit consists of trunks/full swimming costume and a towel. Caps are encouraged so that children’s hair is not as wet when returning to school. Goggles are allowed, but not essential.  Nothing else should be brought. If for any reason, your child is unable to go swimming, you must send a letter to school stating the reason.

PE is on Tuesday mornings when the children are not swimming. Please make sure that your child has black shorts and a white T-shirt to wear for P.E. lessons.

Children should bring their PE kit on a Monday and take it home the following Friday.  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.

Uniform and Jewellery

Children should wear a white or yellow polo shirt with a green jumper or cardigan 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 including earings which should not be worn to school.  Watches may be worn. Long hair MUST be tied back throughout the day. 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) and must be removed for PE.

Home Learning

The blue home learning book is sent home every Friday to be returned the following week.

Home learning includes learning tables, spelling, key words and English (reading), maths and topic related activities as appropriate. Children have their own Mathletics usernames and passwords so they can access this from home too.

Reading is an important skill in year 5/6 and should be practised regularly.

Additional Information

Water bottles should be taken home for washing daily. Water bottles can be purchased from the office for £1.20. Toys should not be brought to school, including collectors’ cards, except for Golden Time. Children should not bring electronic/valuable items into school, even 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 certificates and a party.

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

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