Year 5 & 6 - Acacia, Maple and Oak classes
Dear Parents and Children,
Welcome to Term 4 at Borough Green Primary School.
Term 4 Experiences
This term our experiences include: ‘There Be Dragons’ and ‘Raiders and Settlers’
‘There Be Dragons’ Writing a Diary Entry about a dragon egg hatching, an Explanation Text about how to capture and look after a dragon, a descriptive dragon Fact File and an Argument for and against keeping a dragon at school.
Reading excerpts from The Hobbit, How to Train a Dragon, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
‘Raiders and Settlers’ Building from previous learning about the Anglo-Saxons, we will learn about the Viking way of life, trade, settlements – who they were and why they were successful, mythology, art and culture.
In order to ensure that Year 6 pupils are ‘secondary ready’ in Maths and Literacy at the end of Year 6, we will have a mock SATS week at the end of this term. This will take place during the week commencing 19th March when pupils will sit the tests in the format that they will follow during the actual SATS week of 14th May. We want to ensure that they are relaxed for the actual tests and we feel that the more they are exposed to the format, the more confident they will become. A SATs information evening is planned for the 22nd March providing parents with all the information needed to ensure their children demonstrate how much they have progressed.
We will continue to set homework for maths and literacy each Wednesday. Homework must be completed and handed in on the following Monday. As homework is a crucial part of consolidating learning, any child in Year 5/6 who does not complete their homework by the hand-in date will be requested to stay in during lunchtime 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’ lesson to consolidate the week’s learning in maths.
Spellings will also be issued on a Wednesday in preparation for our weekly spelling test that takes place the following Tuesday.
Again, during Term 4, we would like you to continue to listen to your child read every evening and sign their reading card as a record of this. In class, children will do a carousel of guided reading activities on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. In this way, the children are improving their dictionary skills, comprehension skills and guided reading in groups.
Please remind your child to take an Accelerated Reader test at school when the finish their home reader; you are welcome to sit in our library at the end of the day with your child while they complete the test.
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 find one that makes their writing look neat and does not smudge too much.
In addition all Year 5/6 pupils must have a pencil, ruler, rubber and 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.
At BGPS we are very lucky to have so many clubs during lunchtimes, before and after school run voluntarily. A register is taken at each club, so please remember to tell the adult in charge if you cannot attend for an important reason.
Year 6 Literacy and Maths Clubs
Children have been invited to attend these clubs that run from 3.30pm to 4.30pm on a Monday (Literacy) and Tuesday (Maths).
Isle of Wight
The next instalment of £100 is due for the Isle of Wight on Monday 26th February. The final instalment is due on Friday 18th May £100.
World Book Day
Thursday, 1st March: Every child is invited to dress up as their favourite book character.
Mrs Quantick, Mrs Davis, Mrs Hemsley and Mrs Magee
Year 5/6 teachers