Y5/6: Mrs Mitchell's & Mrs Hughes' Class 2018 - 2019
Welcome to the Spring Term
Happy New Year! We hope you had a lovely Christmas break and are feeling refreshed. There are lots of exciting activities planned to keep you busy this term.
What’s happening this term
During the Spring Term, we will be learning about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. This is a really engaging History/Geography topic, looking at both sets of Invaders and how they attacked, settled and affected our country today. We will become archaeologists investigating the findings from the Sutton Hoo and spend a day in the life of a Viking.
Science will be a study of Light: exploring how light travels; investigating how we see things through light entering the eye; looking at how light can be reflected and change direction and investigating reflections from a variety of surfaces.
In Geography, after half term, we will be studying the Arctic Biome. We will locate where this biome can be found, identify the climate and investigate how humans and animals adapt to survive in such a unique habitat.
Spellings for the first half term will focus on ough, tial, cial, homophones and Year 5/6 common exception words. We will also be giving a few extra spellings to revise some of the most common spelling errors.
New words are introduced on a Monday and the children are tested the following Monday afternoon. Lots of time is given throughout the week to learn and apply these words. It is also part of the children's weekly homework to practise these at home.
After meeting as a class and a lengthy discussion, we have devised the following rules that we aim to abide by.
* Respect the classroom and equipment.
* Treat others how you like to be treated.
* Hand up to speak and listen to others.
* Listen to others, especially those talking.
* Behave sensibly in the classroom.
* Try your best
We have all signed to say we will work as hard as we can to follow these rules every day!!
Homework will be given out every Wednesday for Literacy for all groups but will be group specific for Numeracy (see your child's planner for details).
We will be having a particular focus on Timestables each week, using Timestable Rockstars to make this a fun and engaging activity. This can be done at home any time and support in encouraging your child would be appreciated.
Learning spellings should also be part of your weekly homework routine.
All homework will be recorded by the children in their planners and should be ticked off as each task is completed.
Every pupil has been given a Reading Record that is to be used in school and taken home with their chosen reading book. The expectation is that they will read at least three times to themselves out of school and record this in the book. Ideally, at least one of these sessions will be to an adult at home. This encourages your child to read and also gives you chance to see what progress they are making.
Reading Records will be collected in every Friday to be checked by the class teacher and rewards are given out to encourage this to be done each week.
PE lessons will be indoor on a Tuesday afternoon (Fitness and Indoor Athletics) and outdoor on a Thursday afternoon (Games). There is an expectation that the correct PE kit will be in school on a Monday ready for the week ahead.
Children not in the correct PE kit will not be allowed to take part in the lesson and therefore not fulfilling the requirement for this aspect of the curriculum.
Year 5 will be swimming every Tuesday afternoon during the Autumn Term.