Year 5 & 6 - Acacia, Maple and Oak classes
Welcome to Terms 3 and 4
Year 5 and 6
Dear Parents and Children,
Welcome back after the holidays to a new term at Borough Green Primary School. A big thank you to all the children for getting stuck right back in, acquiring lots of new learning already.
Learning Experiences This Term
We have launched our first Learning Experience—“California Dreaming”—which explores the physical and human geography of California—one of the 50 states of the United States of America. The children will experience what it’s like to be an author and write an informative and exciting travel blog. Later in Term 3 we will be immersing ourselves in “A Victorian Scandal: Prisons, Punishment and Poverty!”—a topic focusing on Elizabeth Fry’s work promoting prison reform.
In Term 4 our Learning Experiences will be inspired by Science, Reading and Art. The children will begin the term with a Science investigation week called “Flying High” during which they will be conducting experiments in the school grounds. During Book Week we will learn about Abi Elphinstone’s novel, Sky Song, and she will be visiting us to talk about the process of researching and writing a novel. We recommend that keen readers get hold of a copy of Sky Song and read it – it’s an exciting adventure story set in an icy kingdom. In the following weeks, the children will be drawing in the style of Shaun Tan, the author/illustrator of “The Arrival”.
Now that we have a school licence for Times Tables Rock Stars, please encourage your children to access the site online frequently and practise their multiplication tables. We will continue to set MyMaths tasks for Maths homework, occasionally supplemented by a worksheet. If accessing MyMaths is difficult for you at home, you are welcome to help your child complete their homework on a school laptop in the library after school.
We will continue to use Spellingframe, an online programme which enables your child to practise and complete fun spelling tests at home on a computer or laptop. It is free to use and will show your children how to practise and play the games to help with their learning. Spelling tests in school will be based on the words which follow the rules listed on the website. In school we differentiate tests according to your child’s needs; we will tell you if your child needs to start in the Year 2 or 3/4 section of rules. If pupils maintain high scores from the Year 2 or 3/4 lists we will move them up to the very challenging Year 5/6 words. Children will be tested on a Tuesday morning and given their new list of words in the afternoon.
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. Your child has a card for recording how many pages they have read each night; please sign this daily – it is really motivating for the children to have daily proof of their efforts. The children are given dojo points by way of award. Some pupils have done as many as 18 quizzes this school year so far; others have done none. Please ask your children if they have completed quizzes on all the books they have read this academic year.
Essential: ink pens must be BLUE; please ensure that your children 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! Handwriting pens can be purchased from the Second-hand Uniform Shop which is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3 pm. The school will provide a pencil and ruler when needed.
Please ensure that children also have a full 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.
At BGPS we are very lucky to have so many clubs during lunchtimes and before and after school run voluntarily by teachers. Please remember to tell the member of staff if you cannot attend for an important reason.
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 Hemsley Mrs Quantick