Kingfishers

Kingfishers

Welcome to Kingfishers Class!

We are an active and enthusiastic class which includes Year 5 and Year 6 pupils. The expectation of children is to always try their best, respect others and be role models for the younger children in the school. Children are given more roles and responsibilities at this stage in their Southery experience, supporting them to grow in resilience and learn how to be accomplished members of our school and wider community.

Meet the Team

Miss Hughes – Class Teacher, Key Stage 2 Lead, School SENDCO and Designated Safeguarding Person

Mrs Marsh – Class Teaching Assistant

Mrs Love – SEN Teaching Assistant

PE kit

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 Friday. 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! Please ensure that your child has the appropriate clothing for the weather conditions.

Homework

Homework is sent home half termly, with the children given an option of which homework to complete each week. These are based on a range of curriculum areas and encourage children to involve members of their family e.g. preparing a meal. Homework books are handed in on Wednesdays and returned on Fridays, with large project pieces being displayed in the classroom. Year 6 children may be given additional tasks to support their revision in preparation for SATs. Bespoke home learning activities are arranged for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) where appropriate, but most class homework tasks can be differentiated to their level with parental support.

Reading should be a daily activity, with the children reading with an adult a minimum of 3 days per week. Please discuss new or tricky vocabulary with your child and encourage them to read a range of materials. Reading books are sent home from school, however at this age most children will also be developing their own preferences in authors which you can be supporting at home. Reading records are provided for children and adults to update on a regular basis. Reading books are checked and changed on Wednesdays; please ensure that reading books are in school for this to happen.

If you are unsure on how to support your child with their reading at home, please come in for a chat with Miss Hughes.

Spellings

Spellings are sent out for weekly testing and are part of the new Spelling Shed scheme which allows children to practice their spelling skills using online games. Children requiring bespoke spellings work through their given spelling stage word lists more slowly, following a precision teaching style approach with a Teaching Assistant. Children in Kingfishers Class also need to learn the words from the Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and 6 expected word list (from the National Curriculum). These word lists have been sent home and are also listed at the back of the reading records. Children will be tested sporadically throughout the academic year – so please support your child to learn them!

Times Tables

Learning their times tables is a MUST for children in Kingfishers Class. By Year 5, children should know their multiplication and division facts up to 12×12, and be able to not only recite them in order, but complete the inverse and answer questions in random orders! So much of the Upper Key Stage 2 curriculum relies on your child having a solid understanding of these number facts – so please make this a learning priority at home. Children have been given personal login details for the PIXL times tables app, but there are so many websites, books, games and apps that you could use for this! Here is a brief list of websites you might find useful:

https://www.timestables.co.uk/

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/times-tables/coconut-multiples

https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/arithmetic

Curriculum

Kingfishers Class follows a two year rolling programme to ensure that all of the Year 5 and 6 curriculum objectives are covered. Please see the curriculum overviews attached below for details of this half term’s learning.

Autumn Term 2018 Curriculum overview for parents

SATs Booster Club

Y6 SATs booster club is on Wednesdays after school. This is run by Miss Hughes and Mr Rimmer.