Year 5 & 6 - Acacia, Maple and Oak classes
Dear Parents and Children,
A very warm welcome back to the new Year 5s and 6s. It feels like a terribly long time since we have seen you; we hope you have had some lovely family time and are ready to learn lots of fantastic new things! This year we will continue with our Experience Curriculum as it is a wonderfully immersive and exciting way to cover a wide range of topics with the children. Please refer to the Year 5/6 pages on the website to see our long-term plan for the year and an individual plan for each experience this term. We are very excited about the topics we will be exploring this year.
Term 1 Experiences
This term our experiences include: ‘The Mysterious Maya’, ‘Star Gazing’ and a Whole School Maths Experience.
‘Mysterious Maya’ - The children will learn about this ancient civilisation: who the ancient Maya people were and where and when they lived, their religious beliefs and rituals, their number and writing systems and the types of food eaten. In addition to this they will make Mayan masks and cook Mayan food.
‘Star Gazing ‘ - The children will explore worlds beyond our own: how many planets are there, do they have anything in common, how do they move in relation to each other, how is night and day made? They will then go on to explore the fictional world of Pandora with its floating mountains and majestic creatures.
Whole School Maths Experience – We will use the book 365 Penguins to immerse the children in the world of multiplication. They will consolidate their times table knowledge through images and anecdotes, writing tales for younger children lower down in the school.
BGPS Job Centre
Our Job Centre is again open. Children will be made aware of the positions available on Friday 3rd September and applications must be completed and returned by Wednesday 8th September. Everyone should be aware that their application forms should not be rushed: they should write in their best handwriting and pay close attention to grammar and spelling in order to complete a strong application. Our BGPS Job Centre will include our sought after positions of Sports Captain and School Council etc.
All those children wishing to apply for this position must consider the job description. They should then complete an application form that should be returned on Wednesday 8thth September. Once an application form is received by the year 5/6 teachers, the promotional campaigns can then be launched with the election taking place on Friday 17th September. All KS2 will be invited to watch the videos and/or Powerpoint presentations. This will be followed by a secret ballot – every child can vote for one person in their house.
Again, any child wanting to apply for this position must read the job description thoroughly, it’s more than just being good at sport. Successful children would be expected to attend at least one sports club at school.
Year 6 pupils can apply to be their house librarian. The role will involve organising the school library, helping younger children to choose books and learning the basics of the school library computer system.
A school council is group of students who are elected to represent the views of all pupils with an aim of improving their school. Each class has two representatives voted into position by their class. Ideally this will be children who have not yet held the position. They are in their positions for the year and will meet regularly. The elections for school council will take place w/c 13th September.
Please ensure that your child reads to you every day for a minimum of 20 minutes and a comment is then made in their Reading Record. Reading Records should be taken home and returned to school every day. Reading out loud builds their confidence and extends their vocabulary. Accelerated Reader will continue as it 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. Look out for your child’s quiz scores in their Reading Record. The school library is up and running so children can borrow additional books for pleasure.
This is to politely remind you of our school uniform as stated on the school website.
Boys – Winter Uniform
Girls – Winter Uniform
White shirt/polo shirt
School tie (juniors only, optional)
School bottle green round neck/v-neck sweatshirt
Grey skirt, pinafore dress or tailored trousers
White blouse/polo shirt
White or grey socks
Grey, black or green tights
School tie (juniors only, optional)
School bottle green round neck/v-neck sweatshirt or sweatshirt fabric cardigan
Please note jewellery (other than stud earrings) should not be worn to school, as with nail polish.
Children will be expected to wear their school approved PE kit to school on Wednesdays for timetabled PE. This does not include black leggings. If children wish to wear leggings, they must be under school PE shorts. Please feel free to send your child with a spare pair of trainers and socks in case of soggy feet. PE will take place in all weathers so please ensure that your child is sent to school with a waterproof coat and hat and gloves further into the winter months. Earrings must not be worn to school on PE days. If your child has an asthma pump please make sure that this has been sent into the school office.
In addition, Year 5/6 will have swimming this term, starting the week commencing 06.09.2021. Acacia will swim on a Thursday; Maple will swim on a Friday. Oak will swim on Thursday or Friday depending on the group they are in – they will be advised of this in advance. Children will require a named swimming costume, swimming hat, goggles and towel, all in a named bag.
If your child has a pen license, they may bring a blue ink pen to school. We highly recommend the friction pens that can be rubbed out. Pencils, sharpeners, rulers, glue sticks and scissors will be provided by the school. Please do not send your child to school with large pencil cases.
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. We now have a welly rack in each classroom so please send in a pair of named wellies that can stay in school. Walks and outdoor activities will take place in all weathers.
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 via parent mail. Please remember if your child signs up to a club they must tell the adult in charge if they cannot attend for an important reason.
End of the Day
As you know safeguarding your children is paramount at BGPS and it is essential for all that this continues at the end of the school day. We ask for your support to help ensure that we are sending your children off the school site in the manner that you expect us to.
- If children are not leaving school with a parent and carer that we have on record, then you must advise us of this as otherwise we have to ensure that a phone call is made to confirm that you are happy for this to happen.
- If you have a child in Year 6 who you are happy to walk home from school on their own, please inform us in writing so we are aware of this. This is only for Year 6 children at this stage of the academic year.
If your child has a phone, due to walking home alone, these must be turned off and handed in to the class teacher first thing. They will be kept in the office during the school day and returned to them at the end of the day.
Please find below some very important dates for Year 5 and 6 during term 1:
Thursday 9th September – Kent Test
Friday 10th September – Own clothes day
Saturday 11th September – Summer Fair
Wednesday 8th September - Job applications due
Friday 17th September -House Captains Election
To be confirmed – Year 6 Information Evening (Isle of Wight and Secondary School Applications)
Friday 22nd October – Last day of term
Mrs Martin, Mrs Lewis, Mrs Quantick and Miss Wood