Year 5 & 6 - Acacia, Maple and Oak classes
Dear Parents and Children,
Welcome to Term 1 at Borough Green Primary School.
A big welcome to the new Year 5s and 6s. We hope you had a lovely break and that you are feeling refreshed and ready to learn lots of fantastic new things!
This year, we will continue with our Experience Curriculum. 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 and 2 Experiences
This term our experiences include: ‘The Mysterious Maya’, Frozen Kingdom and Elementary, My dear Watson.
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. They will make Mayan masks, cook Mayan food and enjoy a visit from an expert in Mexican cuisine. Thank you for providing supplies for our masks – they are already looking fantastic; we will invite you to come in to our classrooms to see the final products later in the term.
Frozen Kingdom – in this experience we will be learning about Arctic life cycles and reversible and irreversible changes. As our contribution to the Christmas Fair, we will use our knowledge of irreversible changes and producing solutions by making, marketing and packaging bath bombs. If any of you have bath bomb moulds we could borrow or perhaps half bottles of essential oils lurking in your cupboards, these will be gratefully received and put to good use in what we hope is a product made from natural materials. If you have any concerns about allergies in this project, please let us know.
Elementary, my dear Watson – our popular crime fiction unit is back! We love this fascinating experience which includes a forensic investigation and writing a crime story in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Also in this unit we will be joining with the rest of the school in a Whole School Maths week about logical thinking and codes. We are hoping to run an Escape Room event – more details to follow.
Blinded by Grace – Our final experience in Term 2 focuses on grace and Ahimsa – a religious word which means respect for all living things and avoidance of violence – and other related religious and humanist values. This experience will include our rehearsals for our Christmas performance in the Church of the Good Shepherd.
If any parents have expertise in any of these areas and would be willing to share their knowledge and experience with us, we are very keen to have relevant presentations.
BGPS Roles and Responsibilities
Our House Captains and Sports Captains were raring to go in our first week of term which made such an impact on the smooth running of everyday routines. Even our technicians who run the P.A. system in assemblies have taken over the role flawlessly and seamlessly – not an easy task! Thank you also to all our Year 6s who have important roles this year.
We are excited about a new approach to teaching spelling this year and will send home an email with more details about this soon. A Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation homework task will go home weekly and should be a fun opportunity for you to work with your child to explore the fascinating range of spelling rules, patterns, origin and roots of words in the English language.
We will continue to set homework for maths each Wednesday and this may be on paper or a MyMaths task. Homework must be completed and handed in on Monday and should be brought to school in the cardboard folder all pupils have been given this week. The school laptops are always available in the school library where you may supervise your child to complete homework after school.
The new reading record has more room for comment and interaction between your child and their teacher. We have included boxes for weekday evenings; if there are not enough spaces please use the margins to add extra reading completed at home. Each classroom has a reading display and a visual record of the books your child has read and completed Accelerated Reader quizzes on. Hopefully many pupils will enjoy the competitive element of reading as many of the recommended books as possible. Reading Records should be taken home every evening and brought to school every day. They will be monitored and pupils will earn house points for reading at home.
Later in the year we will hold a Scholastic Book Fair (the week beginning the 17th January 2020) and meet an author in Book Week (the week beginning 2nd March 2020).
An information evening for Year 6 parents will take place on Thursday 3rd October 2019. This will give all Year 6 parents vital information about their child’s transfer to secondary school.
We will also take the opportunity on this evening to discuss our annual trip to the Isle of Wight which will take place in term 6 next year. The dates provisionally booked are Monday 6th July – Friday 10th July 2020.
This evening will give you interesting information about the SATs that take place in May and identify how you can support your child in the build up to these.
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. Children should take a pride in their uniform, shirts tucked in etc.
It is essential that children have a full named 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 will need to tie it up for lessons and earrings must be taken out or protected with tape.
Swimming starts this week with lessons being on a Wednesday or Thursday. A separate e-mail has been sent with more details. Earrings must be removed prior to swimming.
This year we are continuing the Pen License system which requires pupils to achieve a consistent standard of joined handwriting before they are allowed to write in ink. 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.
Children will again be invited to attend the Literacy clubs that run from 3.30pm to 4.30pm on a Thursday: Greater Depth Writing (Apple Classroom) and Reading (Acacia Classroom).
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 been informed of can you please 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 are happy for your child to walk home from school on their own, please inform us in writing that you are taking complete responsibility for this.
- If an older sibling is collecting your child in year 5 or 6, please can you also confirm this in writing so that we have this on our records.
Please find below some very important dates for Year 5 and 6 during term 1:
Thursday 14th September – PESE test took place
Saturday 14th September – Inflatables Day
Thursday 3rd October – Year 6 Information Evening
Bikeability 1.11.19 – 8.1.19
Thursday 17th October – PESE results to parents via email
Friday 18th October – End of Term 1
31st October – Deadline for application for secondary school
Mrs Martin, Mrs Quantick, Miss Wood, Mrs Lewis