Welcome to Y5/6. We have three Year 5/6 classes: Maple, Rowan and Chestnut. These classes will work very closely together throughout the year and share many activities. To start with we will also build the identity of each class to help the children from both year groups bond and belong. We aim to develop a stronger sense of independence with a clear view on making positive choices so that Y5/6 is a time filled with both enjoyment and challenge. We hope that the curriculum newsletter and this webpage will help you to support your child in settling into a new class and new routines. The Y6 will be given the opportunity to share their expertise and become peer support buddies for the new Y5.
We will be creating strong links between the three classes and will have lots of opportunities to work together each week. We will be covering the same topics together, these topics are on a two year rolling programme so that when your Y4 child starts as Y5 they will have new experiences to develop.
Throughout the year there will be many opportunities for you to participate in school life and we are always grateful for your help, without which some of our school activities would not be possible. Please let us know if you are able to come in and hear readers, support the learning of spellings or play maths games with small groups of children.
Years 5 and 6 also bring with them wider responsibilities across the school; For year 6 children - House captains, vice captains, Prayer Ambassadors, school councillors, roles in assembly as well as leading tours for visitors and for year 5 children – School council, eco warriors and supporting year 6 children in their roles when they cannot fulfil them e.g. during SATs and the Isle of Wight week.
Each Week your child will be given a list of conversation starters based on what they have been learning in class that week. We invite you to talk to your children about their learning and then to develop it further in any way you choose e.g. reading some books together about the subject areas, researching online together, making models, writing stories or reports, keeping diaries or trying
The children should also be encouraged to read and discuss their reading with you, as often as possible.
At key points in the school year there will be no homework set, particularly when normal school routines are suspended to allow for other activities. Equally it may be necessary to set more homework for year 6 children in the run up to the SATS.
The children are permitted to bring a pencil case with equipment in if they wish to. However, all necessary equipment is provided in school so please could extra equipment / size of pencil cases be limited. The children are encouraged to take care of their own property and that of others, but loss of equipment does often occur, so it may be advisable to keep favourite items at home for homework.
We encourage work of a high standard - and an important part of that is presenting work well. Please could the children write only in a blue Stabilo or Berol handwriting pen or a fountain pen with blue ink, both in school and when completing homework. All maths work should be completed in pencil. The use of ink eraser pens or Tippex is not permitted.
Teachers:- Mrs Flood and Mrs Courquin
Teaching Assistant:- Mrs Randall.
Teacher:- Mr Barnden
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Dembinski
Teacher:- Mr Flaxbeard
Teaching Assistant:- Mr Orrell.
And finally . . .
If you have any queries or wish to discuss a matter, please do not hesitate to arrange a time. As the mornings are busy, it is better to make appointments for after school, or catch us in the playground.
We hope this has answered any questions you may have and look forward to meeting you all as the year progresses.
Mrs Flood, Mrs Courquin, Mr Barnden and Mr Flaxbeard
The children will be given the opportunity to visit the South Downs Planetarium to find out all about our Solar System. This will take place on Friday 22nd November 2019.
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