Year 5 & 6 - Acacia, Maple and Oak classes
Dear Parents and Children,
Welcome to a slightly different Term 1 at Borough Green Primary School.
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! Despite the current challenges, 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 and 2 Experiences
Over the coming two terms our experiences include: The Arrival, Heartbeats, World War Poetry, The Polar Express and a whole school RE week.
The Arrival – Inspired by Shaun Tan’s beautiful picture book, The Arrival, the children will explore human migration and the experiences and emotions it can entail – including the plight of modern migrants and refugees and their place as global citizens. Supported by the literary teaching framework of The Write Stuff and the sentence stacking method, the children will produce their own take on this evocative story, full of rich language and imagery. In art, they will experiment with shading for 3 dimensional effect as well as imagining and creating their own alien, companion creature.
Heartbeats – In this experience, we will be learning about the human heart and circulatory system to see how water and nutrients are transported around the animal body. We may have the opportunity to view the dissection of a heart to look in detail at its chambers and vessels (more information will come out on this nearer the time). The children will also create ‘blood’ to learn about its constituent parts and the different role that each has. We will carefully consider how our own hearts operate by noting the effect of PE lessons and activities on our heartbeat and linking these to our individual fitness levels. In literacy, the children will encounter heart stopping moments in Gary Crew’s intriguing picture book, The Water Tower and learn how to emulate this tension in their own writing.
Whole School RE Experience, Treating Others – Children will propose and discuss their own ideas about the values they live by and the importance of these in their lives and the lives of others. They will consider how these fundamental tenets compare to or link with, the principles adopted by different religions and faiths. We will think about how best to demonstrate these views by considering the key question, ‘Is it better to express your religion in art and architecture or in charity and generosity?’
World War Poetry – Every year we honour our forefathers and encourage the children to consider the debt we owe to those who fought for our freedom. This year we will do this through an exploration of poetry created during and inspired by the world wars. We will also look at literary extracts from Private Peaceful and War Horse – books by Michael Morpurgo’s who’s portrayals of this period are both vivid and child sensitive.
The Polar Express – Our final experience in term 2 will transport us to snow-covered wonderlands where the children will be absorbed in detailed descriptive writing. We will look at the specifics of freezing, melting and insulating through investigation and careful observation of the scientific principles at play. We will also consider some of the ethical questions that present themselves at this time of the year, such as generosity and greed. At present it is unclear if our traditional Christmas performance in the Church of the Good Shepherd will be able to good ahead but we will release further details as soon as we are able to.
BGPS Roles and Responsibilities
Applications for House Captains and Sports Captains were requested at the end of last term as part of the Year 6’s home learning and we look forward to announcing our new school ambassadors soon. All student roles and responsibilities will be slightly different, for the time being but they remain a key part of our school and we are looking at how best to utilise them in the current climate.
We will not be setting additional homework for the time being. In the wake of the lock-down, it is important for us to see exactly how and at what level your child is working and we are best placed to do this in class. Going forwards, any homework set will most likely be via remote access platforms such as MyMaths, Times Table Rockstars or SpellingFrame.
Reading remains a crucial component of your child’s learning and all classes will have daily guided reading and individual reading sessions with teachers and TAs. A vital support to this is their home reading – each child should read aloud with an adult for a minimum of 20 minutes every day. This lays the ground work to allow them to access all their other learning going forwards. Children may bring a book to and from home and school but if you prefer, they may choose to have a book that is read in school and another that they read at home. The reading record card will not be in used for the time being but we would stress the importance of daily reading for all children.
Secondary Transfer and Year 6 Information
An information presentation for Year 6 parents will be released in due course. The exact format of this has yet to be finalised but it will be as timely as possible to communicate all the most current information from the Department of Education as soon as it is available. Our intention is for it to give all Year 6 parents vital information about their child’s transfer to secondary school as well as the latest information about the SATs (that historically have taken place in May) and how you can work with us to best support your child in the build up to these. If feasible, we will also take the opportunity on this occasion to discuss the possibilities around our annual Year 6 residential trip.
Equipment and Uniform
Children should keep items being moved between school and home to an absolute minimum. As per previous communications, all children require a standard stationery set (available from the PTA) and this can then be kept in their classroom. With this in mind, your child may decide that they do not need to bring a school bag in each day – that is absolutely fine and will help reduce congestion in the classrooms and cloakrooms. If they do bring a bag, we would be grateful if this could be kept as small as possible, for the same reason.
This is to politely remind you of our school uniform as stated on the school website. All items should be clearly named.
Boys – Winter Uniform
White shirt/polo shirt
School tie (juniors only, optional)
School bottle green round neck/v-neck sweatshirt
A suitable waterproof, winter coat
Girls – Winter Uniform
Grey skirt, pinafore dress or tailored trousers
White blouse/polo shirt
White or grey knee socks
Grey, black, green or white tights
School tie (juniors only, optional)
School bottle green round neck/v-neck sweatshirt or sweatshirt fabric cardigan
A suitable waterproof, winter coat
Please ensure that your child wears sensible black shoes to school, NOT TRAINERS or BOOTS. They should also be smartly presented at all times with their shirts tucked in.
This term, children should travel to school in appropriate, fully named P.E. kit on the days that they have PE. For term 1 and 2 this will be Wednesday. Children should bring in their school uniform in a small bag which they can change into if it is necessary.
If a child does not have 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.
In addition, Year 5/6 will have swimming this term, starting in week 2 (wc 07.09.2020). 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 and towel, all in a named bag. A separate e-mail has been sent with full details. If you have not already paid for swimming lessons, please do so prior to the lessons starting. This can be done via ParentPay.
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 an erasable 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.
In line with current guidance, we are sad to say that we are not able to offer any of our usual array of clubs, at present. We will be monitoring this situation closely and will revise our position as soon as we are able to.
End of the Day
As you know safeguarding your children is paramount at BGPS and now more than ever, it is essential for all that this continues at each end of the school day. We ask for your support to help ensure that your children arrive on site in a timely fashion and that we are sending them off the school site in a safe manner.
- 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. Please remind them of the need to follow the current one-way system as they leave the school site.
- If an older sibling is collecting your child in year 5 or 6, please can you confirm this in advance, in writing so that we have this on our records.
- If children are leaving school with anyone other than a parent or carer that we have on record, 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.
Please find below some very important dates for Year 5 and 6 during term 1 and 2:
15th October – Kent test
23rd October – End of Term 1
31st October – Deadline for application for secondary school
2nd November – Start of Term 2
26th November – Kent Test results to parents via email (tbc)
Mrs Martin, Mrs Quantick, Miss Wood, Mrs Lewis