Year 5 & 6 - Acacia, Maple and Oak classes
Dear Parents and Children,
Welcome to Term 2 at Borough Green Primary School.
What a fantastic first term we have had. We opened with our first experience ‘The Mysterious Maya’. It was such great fun – the children took part in a Mayan workshop and learnt many facts about this ancient civilisation.
In our second experience ‘Life, the Universe and Everything’ we carried out numerous experiments including: Alka Seltza rockets, blowing up balloons by filling them with different materials and milk magic. The children studied our solar system in detail and saw a Planetarium Land at the school. They have created some amazing posters over half term which are now on display through the school. We finished the experience looking at life cycles and studied Sir Isaac Newton as our famous scientist.
Experiences in Term 2…
‘Who wins, you decide?’ offers pupils the opportunity to be budding entrepreneurs. They will plan, produce and sell Christmas products at the Christmas Fair on 18th November. What each class is making is top secret as the winning class will get to keep their profits. All the products will be made using different shapes (maths focus) and each class will have to organise their products working in teams - including: marketing their products through posters, leaflets and/or banners; planning and arranging rotas so that the stall is covered all day; and finally sell their products on the day of the Fair. They will then have to add up their costs and the money they made on the day, working out the profit they have made for the class, using a spreadsheet. We also ask that they attend the fair as they have to work all their stalls and it needs staffing all day from 11.30am (setting up time) – 3.00pm.
‘We’re on a Pilgrimage’ sees us study Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales when we will hopefully visit the much loved Canterbury Tales visitor attraction. We will also focus on RE when we look at the pilgrimage taken by Mary and Joseph in the Christian religion on their journey to Bethlehem.
We will continue to set homework for maths and literacy each Wednesday. Homework must be completed and handed in on Monday. As homework is a crucial part in consolidating learning any child in Year 5/6 who does not have their homework completed on the hand in date will be requested to stay in during lunch to complete it on this day.
In order for us to check your child’s understanding of the topic that we are currently learning, please identify where input was required as this will ensure accurate, formative assessment. In addition, every week children can complete a ‘MyMaths’ task to consolidate the week’s learning.
Spellings will also be issued on a Wednesday in preparation for our weekly spelling test that will now take place on the following Tuesday.
This term there is to be a big push on reading so we are introducing a big reading session on a Friday that will run from lunch time until assembly in the afternoon. This will be organised on a carousel basis when children will complete activities such as: dictionary skills, comprehension exercises, guided reading in groups, whole class reading and individual reading.
Please ensure that your child reads to you every day. Reading out loud builds their confidence and extends their vocabulary. Accelerated Reader which gives your child the opportunity to read books at an appropriate level and to be tested on them before they move on to a new book.
This is to politely remind you of our school uniform as stated on the school website.
Boys – Winter Uniform
White shirt/polo shirt
School tie (juniors only,optional)
School bottle green round neck/v-neck sweatshirt
Girls – Winter Uniform
Grey skirt, pinafore dress or tailored trousers
White blouse/polo shirt
White or grey socks
Grey, black, green or white tights
School tie (juniors only, optional)
School bottle green round neck/v-neck sweatshirt or sweatshirt fabric cardigan
Please ensure that your child wears sensible black shoes to school, NOT TRAINERS or BOOTS.
It is essential that children have a full P.E. kit in school at all times for our timetabled P.E. sessions and any impromptu sessions we are lucky enough to add in. Children need to be responsible not just for having the kit in school, but also for putting it away after sessions and knowing where it is at all times. If a child does not have a P.E. kit they will still have to come outside to the lesson and contribute to the learning and assessment of skills. Pupils with long hair should have their hair tied back at all times and earrings must be taken out or protected with tape during P.E. lessons.
In year 5/6 everyone must please bring a BLUE ink handwriting pen and a reserve that works for them – they should choose one that ensures their writing looks neat and does not smudge too much.
In addition all Year 5/6 pupils must have a pencil, ruler, rubber and if possible a glue stick. Lots of learning time is wasted looking for equipment when children do not have these items. Year 5 and 6 should check they have these packed every day before leaving for school in the morning.
We hope to have lots of opportunities for outdoor learning so please make sure your children have suitable footwear and waterproof jackets in school every day. This is really essential as we move into the winter months.
At BGPS we are very lucky to have so many clubs during lunchtimes, before and after school run voluntarily. Children must remember to tell the adult in charge if they cannot attend for an important reason.
Year 6 Literacy and Maths Clubs
Children are invited to attend these clubs that run from 3.30pm to 4.30pm on a Monday (Literacy) and Tuesday (Maths). There will be more children invited this term to help support them in their learning. However, if your child is in Year 6 and would like to attend one or both of these clubs, please let anyone of the Year 5/6 teachers know.
Important Dates for Year 5/6 in Term 2
Please find below some very important dates for Year 5 and 6 during term 2:
Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th November – Parent Consultations
Friday 17th November – Own Clothes Day/Bring a Bottle Day
Saturday 18th November – School Christmas Fair
Friday 24th November – PTA Disco
Thursday 14th December – Christmas Dinner/Red and Green Jumper Day
Thursday 14th December – Extra Play for those children who have not attended ‘Reflection Time’.
Monday 18th December – Family Trust Pantomime at 2.00pm
Tuesday 19th December – Year 5/6 Carol Service at COGS at 2.00pm
Wednesday 20st December – End of Term
Mrs Davis, Mrs Hemsley, Mrs Quantick and Mrs Watson