Welcome to Lions Class!
We are an active class which includes Year 5 & 6 pupils.
Here are a few things that might be helpful for you to know in regard to what happens in our class:
Please ensure that your child brings their PE kit on a Monday and it remains in school for the whole week. PE should take place on Monday and Thursday however due to the good old British weather and the time constraints on hall space this can change at a moment’s notice! If your child is unable to take part in PE for whatever reason, please provide the school with a note that explains the situation. Without a note the expectation is that your child is fit, able to take part, will have their kit and be ready to join in!
Homework, if it is given, will be handed out on a Thursday or Friday and is expected to be returned the following Tuesday allowing 5 days for them to complete it. This then allows us to mark and organise the next set of homework in time to be handed out again on Thursday. Pupils who have not handed in homework on time, may forfeit their lunch hour to complete unfinished work. Homework may involve number, writing, topic, science or fun work! The expectation for Lions Class children is that they are developing independence and an ability to think, organise and develop ideas, whilst being responsible for their own actions. Homework may include creating ideas, solving problems or performing mini investigations. It is very important to remember, not all homework is based on writing, so the absence of a homework sheet does not mean that homework hasn’t been set! Practice of basics is considered an on-going process, in the absence of set homework these can be emphasised but should be practiced regularly and often anyway.
- place value (the value of whole numbers and value of digits within a number)
- times-tables, multiplication facts
- division facts
- multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000, 10000
- Reading for fluency, expression and comprehension (as often as possible)
Times Tables and Number Bonds:
It is extremely important that your child strives to learn their times tables (multiplication and division facts) and number bonds! The children know which tables they need to learn and it is really important that you encourage and help them to learn their times tables off-by-heart. This makes more complicated aspects of numeracy easier to teach and certainly easier to learn. Good times-table and number bond knowledge increases response times as your child will not have to waste time working them out, as well as the problem they are trying to solve. Working quickly is particularly important for Y6 children who will be sitting SATs next year. Many of the methods we teach as written methods rely on your child having a sound knowledge of the basics. I cannot emphasise enough just how important it is to practice tables and number bonds with your child, the new curriculum is very demanding and it is expected that your child should know all their tables by the end of Year 4!
Reading at Home:
The Y6 reading SAT is in-depth and challenging. You can really help to prepare your child for this by taking any opportunity to read with them. You should not just listen to them read aloud to improve fluency and take the time to look at what they are reading. Comprehension forms the basis of reading assessment therefore making sure your child understands what they have read is vital. Once a difficult word has been decoded and understood the sentence should be re-read to ensure meaning is not lost. It is often more productive to give an explanation of a word within the context of the text to the child rather than for children to figure it out from a dictionary. Please take at least 5-10 minutes every day to read with your child, you cannot under estimate the boost this will give to their confidence and ability, no matter what level you think they are at. The children have vocabulary books in which to put unknown or interesting words and their definitions. Please encourage them to use these even at home.
Each child has been given Sum Dog identification and should be able to access the maths reading and writing challenges that are present from devices at home. I will set challenges from time to time and would like to think that your children will have access to the internet in order to make use of this fantastic resource. Limited access at school is possible but this is affected by shared use of the equipment and most likely to be in your child’s free time.
A whole school approach to spelling, phonics, grammar, word, sentence work and handwriting is being implemented. Spellings should be given out one week and then tested the following week. Children may be asked to write out incorrect spellings in their spelling books a number of times. Spellings and phonic work within class will be given in line with your child’s capabilities. The spellings that are set involve whole class concepts and topic words. Some of the words are obviously designed to take children outside their comfort zone and stretch their ability. The idea of placing the learned words in a sentence is to encourage dictionary and vocabulary skills and hopefully stimulate a discussion between parents and children on how to use the words. Should children find this difficult, it is not a problem as long as they have had a go. They might just surprise themselves and you by how quickly they can pick up and use an unfamiliar word.
Name Tags and Labels:
PLEASE LABEL EVERYTHING! This stops you having to replace lost clothing unnecessarily and stops arguments in class! I repeat please label everything, do not expect your child to come home with or be able to find their clothes if not labelled! Involve your child in the process and have some fun ensuring the safety of their clothes and kit.
Topics will be interesting and diverse and will hopefully allow us to take external visits and learning opportunities that are appropriate. Anything you can do to support this or encourage your children to find out about topics is much appreciated and the more interest you show, the more interested your children will be.
Suggested Home Activities:
Please take advantage of any opportunities to visit museums and historic sites if possible. There are many interesting television programmes that can link with topic work. Any aspect is worth looking at to help to immerse children in the fascinating world around them.
Obviously in the modern age access to the internet and social media is a regular part of life but please consider carefully your position as parents the concept of online safety. If you do not know how to use your internet safety settings please find out. Monitor your children’s access and use of the internet and please don’t be frightened of asking your child exactly what and who they have been in contact with. The school will be ensuring that your children have current information on e-safety and you are a vital part of that process. Also please do not let your child use your social media account. Sites such as Facebook have a minimum age to be allowed to use it. Your child is not of that age and any issue with your account can get you banned from having an account in the future. Please be careful how you use social media, not only are your comments logged for anyone to find if there is a problem, it has been proven many times that you can never fully control who reads what you write. The police take matters of abuse and internet bullying seriously so please teach your child to use social media responsibly.
Your Attitude is Vital to Success:
Please be positive regarding all school subjects, homework and teaching. Even if you feel that you were terrible at subjects (for example maths) and that you couldn’t do it, please be positive. Never tell your children that you were bad at something, so they will be bad at it too. This is not true, but you will make it true and make your child feel like they cannot succeed if you are not careful. Rather than “I can’t”, it is better to say “I would like to get better at” or “I find this difficult”. The best approach is to say “I cannot do this yet”. We expect a positive attitude from our children so it would be helpful if you presented yourself with a ‘have a go’ attitude too. Don’t be frightened of failure and your children won’t, they can then learn far more from correcting their mistakes in a positive way.
Please feel free to come and talk with me directly or arrange a time to come and talk with me if you have any concerns or questions. You can write a note if time does not permit or telephone the school.
I am always willing to discuss any aspect of the curriculum or any concerns that may arise throughout the term so please do not hesitate to contact me. The school welcomes any offers of help, if you have any talents, skills, knowledge or useful contacts, please let us know!
Miss A Hughes
SATs Booster Club
Booster Clubs before SATs! Y6 make sure you use all your revision materials and have questions ready to ask Miss Hughes or Mr Goodrum during your Booster Club sessions. Ask a teacher urgent questions as soon as possible!