Year 5 & 6 - Acacia, Maple and Oak classes
Dear Parents and Children,
Welcome to Term 5 and 6
Learning Experiences This Term
We have launched our first Learning Experience—“Letters”— an in-depth study of a novel set in World War II: “Letters from the Lighthouse” by Emma Carroll. We are also learning about being a Muslim in modern Britain and have already enjoyed sessions run by our resident experts from Years 5 and 6 who have answered our questions about prayer.
In Term 6 our Learning Experience will be “Raiders, Traders or Settlers?” an enquiry study of the Vikings. Our enquiry question will help pupils to develop their skills as historians as they research, question and evaluate evidence. We will also write a story from the perspective of an Anglo Saxon child watching the Viking raid on Lindisfarne.
Alternative to the Isle of Wight Week
Sadly, our annual trip to the Isle of Wight with Year 6s is unable to go ahead for the second year due to the pandemic. We know our current Year 6s have been really sad about this and our Year 5s have been disappointed that they have missed out on British Military Fitness week. However, the week beginning Monday 28th June will be our ‘alternative to the Isle of Wight week’ and we are busy planning some fun events and opportunities similar to the things we usually do when on our residential. You will have already received information about our day out to Kent Life – please complete the permission slip and payment for this by the deadline. Other exciting activities will take place in school and we will give you a timetable for the week nearer the time. Year 5s and 6s will take part in this week together. Next year’s Isle of Wight residential has been booked for May 2022 and we will give Year 5 parents more information about this in September.
Transition to Secondary School
We do believe that it is important for Year 6 to have some opportunities to be a year group on their own, particularly as they prepare for leaving BGPS and moving on to their secondary schools. We have organised for some transition workshops to take place in term 6. These will help Year 6 to think about how different secondary school will be and to feel confident that they are ready for this big change. As teachers, we feel very proud of this year group who have experienced the restrictions of several lockdowns and have then settled back in to school routines and hard work. We know they ARE ready for secondary school and believe that the workshop activities, as well as other related work we do in school, will help the year 6s to feel confident in themselves. We also hope that as restrictions ease, our Year 6s will be able to pick up more of the usual responsibilities they have as Sports Captains, House Captains and Play Leaders.
Please keep encouraging your child to read their accelerated reading books at home and to complete the tests in school as most books are now on the system. It is wonderful to see pupils developing their personal reading tastes – some of our most popular series are the Alex Rider spy adventures, the Thirteen-storey Treehouse comic adventures, the Murder Most Unladylike detective novels and the Lemony Snicket thrillers. Recommended book lists are available should you want to encourage your child to try something new; contact your class teacher for a copy.
Equipment and P.E.
Essential: ink pens must be BLUE; please ensure that children who have achieved their pen licence have at least one working blue handwriting pen in school. The pen should not be a biro—find one that makes your handwriting look neat and doesn’t smudge too much!
Please ensure that children come to school in a full P.E. kit on Thursdays and Fridays for our timetabled P.E. sessions. Black leggings or skins are allowed but their white school uniform PE shorts must be worn over the top. Please check that your child has a school jumper and/or coat because PE and outdoor learning continues whatever the weather!
This term (Term 5) we have launched our tennis unit and pupils are really enjoying developing their racquet skills.
As social distancing rules slowly relax, we are opening up clubs again. These have been much-missed and so it is very exciting that Athletics and Gardening club has already started and netball is due to start on Monday. We will let you know when other clubs start again.
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 Quantick, Miss Wood