Year 5 & 6 - Acacia, Maple and Oak classes
Dear Parents and Children,
Welcome to Term 3 at Borough Green Primary School.
Term 3 and 4 Learning Experiences
We have a number of ‘tried and tested’ favourites in our selection of experiences this term as well as some new and exciting additions:
Watch Out- You May be Eaten! This experience is based on the comic pome “The Lion and Albert” by Marriott Edgar. It also includes a study of Lancashire – the poem is set in Blackpool Zoo – a contrasting U.K. region to Kent. Pupils will refine their map skills and learn about rivers, coastal erosion and how settlement and trade influence the way areas develop.
Star Gazing This science topic explores the solar system. We will visit Pandora – the fictional planet in the film Avatar – and describe this alien environment.
Burglar Bill Another science topic – this time very practical – which gives pupils the opportunity to respond to a series of fictional burglaries by designing circuits which will improve lighting and buzzer alarms.
Adventures on a Train (Book Week) The author of Beetle Boy, M.G. Leonard, will launch her new series of mystery stories set on trains. We will study the local rail network and station considering its impact on how Borough Green developed.
Stand and Deliver! Always a favourite – our exploration of Alfred Noyes’ famous poem “The Highwayman” will consider a dashing, bold but flawed hero who is outmatched in bravery by a young woman. History will reveal the more accurate, bloodthirsty and reprehensible picture of highway robbery and we will return to the theme of the railways as we develop our understanding of a key historical concept: change and continuity. Year 6s will be able to link this study to last year’s wider topic Crime and Punishment; Year 5 – don’t worry – you will study this fascinating topic next year.
If any parents have expertise in any of these areas (hopefully there are no highwaymen or burglars out there!) and would be willing to share their knowledge and experience with us, we are very keen to have relevant presentations. An example of this is that you may have a hobby associated with rivers – fishing or canoeing – and could talk to us about this; alternatively, your work may involve you in local environmental issues and you could talk to us about Kent as a region. In Adventures on a Train we would love to have a working model railway on display in the school library – perhaps you could help us with this?
Knowledge Organisers and How to Use them
Alongside our Medium Term Plans (which can also be found on the school website) we are now publishing Knowledge Organisers to document key concepts, vocabulary and images relevant to the curriculum areas studied in each experience. We would like you to look at these with your child; they provide many opportunities to reinforce new ideas and to help your child to talk to you about their learning. Each knowledge organiser includes definitions of key terms and words showing you the new knowledge we expect pupils to retain after an experience. They are the perfect way to ensure that a shrug of the shoulders is not the only response a parent is likely to receive after the “What did you do at school today?” question; you can now discuss new learning in detail.
Reading continues to be a priority for all pupils and we are delighted to report that many have already read more than 10 books and two pupils have read significantly more than one million words. Many pupils have worked their way through ALL of the Harry Potter novels during Terms 1 And 2 – what an amazing achievement! Reading at home is one of the most effective ways of ensuring your child makes progress in academic areas. Congratulations to all the pupils who have been completing their reading records on a daily basis including recording new vocabulary they have encountered in their books.
If your child is struggling to choose their next book please remind them that we have the Greater Depth Reading boxes in every classroom and that teachers and other pupils are keen to recommend their favourite novels; these book boxes are full of recently published novels many of which have won literary prizes. M.G. Leonard’s book “Beetle Boy” is available in every classroom and we are encouraging all pupils to read this before her visit to our school in Book Week.
Equipment and Uniform
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 named P.E. kit in school EVERY DAY 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 it tied up at all times and earrings must be taken out or protected with tape.
Many pupils have already achieved the first bronze level of the new Pen License. When pupils have achieved their pen license they need a handwriting pen that works for them – one that makes their writing look neat and does not smudge too much. This should be a blue ink pen. Please ensure that your child has a spare pen or ink for when they run out as we cannot provide these for them.
At BGPS we are very lucky to have so many clubs during lunchtimes, before and after school run voluntarily. The timetables will be issued shortly for these. Please remember that if your child signs up to a club they must tell the adult in charge if they cannot attend for an important reason.
Please find below some very important dates for Year 5 and 6 during term 3:
Monday 20th January pm Theatre ADAD performance
Week beginning 17th January 2020 Scholastic Book Fair
28th February 2020 deadline for second instalment of Isle of Wight residential payment
Week beginning 2nd March Year 5 Secondary Interviews
Wednesday 11th March and Thursday 12th March Year 6 Parent Consultation Evenings
Week beginning 2nd March 2020 Book Week
Mrs Martin, Mrs Quantick, Miss Wood, Mrs Lewis