Year 5 & 6 - Acacia, Maple and Oak classes
Welcome to Terms 1 and 2
Year 5 and 6
Dear Parents and Children,
Welcome to a new year at Borough Green Primary School. We are very excited to welcome our new Year 5s to the year group and our new pupils who have settled in so well.
Learning Experiences This Term
We have launched our first Learning Experience - “Heartbeats” – which explores heart-stopping moments in writing when authors create tension as well as aspects of the body including how the heart and lungs work. We are reading the extremely creepy picture book “The Watertower” by Gary Crew and will be writing in his style. High quality picture books and graphic novels are a fantastic way to reintroduce reluctant readers to the joy of reading.
Later in Term 1 we will be joining a community project which aims to remember the First World War and will culminate in a display in the Church of the Good Shepherd. Our work will form part of this commemorative display in the church.
In Term 2 we will study the novel “Street Child” using this as a vehicle for learning more about the Victorian period in particular Crime and Punishment.
Although we will not be running the enterprise project in the same way as previously, we will sell our handiworks at the Christmas Fair so save your pennies and visit our stall in December. We are hoping to link our craft to the Victorians learning experience so expect some nostalgic cross-stitch, hand sewing or Christmas cards.
We will continue to set MyMaths tasks for Maths homework, occasionally supplemented by a worksheet. If accessing MyMaths is difficult for you at home, you are welcome to help your child complete their homework on a school laptop in the library after school.
Spelling: we are trialling an online programme ‘Spellingframe’ which enables your child to practise and complete fun spelling tests at home on a computer or laptop. It is free to use and we will show your children how to practise and play the games using it. Spelling tests in school will be based on the words which follow the rules listed on the website. Year 5/6 rules start with Number 37- endings which are spelt –cious or –tious. If your child struggles with spelling you can direct them to start at an earlier rule (you will notice that the rules for Year 5/6 are quite advanced). In school we differentiate tests according to your child’s needs; we will tell you if your child needs to start in the Year 2 or 3/4 section of rules. If pupils maintain high scores from the Year 2 or 3/4 lists we will move them up to the very challenging Year 5/6 words. Children will be given their list of words with instructions for using Spellingframe on Tuesdays.
We will be re-launching 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. Please keep encouraging your child to read at home and to complete the tests in school as most books are now on the system. Your child has a green card for recording how many pages they have read each night; please sign this daily – it is really motivating for the children to have daily proof of their efforts.
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. We will be starting swimming this term so please check whether your child’s swimming kit still fits them and is labelled. A separate letter or e-mail will provide information about days and times for swimming which starts on the 19th September.
In year 5/6 everyone writes in BLUE ink even if they didn’t achieve their pen license in year 4. Please bring a blue handwriting pen that works for you – find one that makes your writing look neat and doesn’t smudge too much! The pen should not be a biro. Handwriting pens can be purchased from the Second-hand Uniform Shop which is open on a Wednesday from 3 pm (look out for new times and days that may be added). We will give you a pencil and ruler.
We hope to have lots of opportunities for outdoors learning so please make sure your children have suitable footwear and waterproof jackets in school every day.
At BGPS we are very lucky to have so many clubs during lunchtimes and before and after school run voluntarily by teachers. These will be starting again soon so look out for posters and information during assemblies. Please remember to tell the member of staff if you can’t attend for an important reason. This terms sports clubs include netball, football and athletics; all suitable for both girls and boys.
Literacy Club which offers extra support for reading including at Greater Depth Levels will start again next week. Although we invite a number of your children to attend, you are very welcome to enquire about spaces for children who have not been invited. The club runs from 3.30 until 4.30 on Mondays.
As always, thank you for your support as parents and guardians. Should you need to speak to us about any matter please make an appointment via the school office.
Mrs Martin Mrs Lewis Mrs Hemsley Mrs Quantick