A guide to your child’s learning this half term.
Spring 1 – Year 5 and 6
Class 3 – Elder
Mr Beahan, Mr Heynes and Mrs Callard
The main focus this term relates to the Viking invasion of England. This will link to as many of our lessons as possible, including instructions (How to carry out a Viking raid!) and a non-chronological report (about their very own dragon!) in English, observational drawing in art and designing and building a model of a Viking raid.
In reading and writing, we will be looking at:
Grammar and punctuation work includes:
You can help your child at home by:
Help your child to practise and learn their spellings from the Year 5 and 6 list by asking them to:
Look at the word. Say the word. Cover the word. Write the word. Check the word. Ask your child to think of a strategy to help them learn this spelling. E.g. hidden words, saying the word phonetically, breaking them down into syllables etc.
Science – Properties and changes of materials.
French – Growing things – in this unit children will learn the names of some garden vegetables and how to say which they like and dislike. They learn how to describe the life cycle of a plant in French and work on the story of ‘Jack and the beanstalk’.
PSHE – Exploring emotions.
Computing – to explore online safety networks and the internet.
RE – How do people express their faith through the arts?
Music – Aspects of the music curriculum will be taught whist your child learns the songs for the Young Voices concert in January 2020.
Design and Technology – Designing and building a model of the Lindisfarne raid in 793AD by the Vikings.
PE – Invasion Games (Netball/Hockey) and swimming.
For online safety:
Children will be given one piece of English and Maths homework that will either develop, consolidate (or even extend!) our learning in class. They should spend at least 20-30 minutes on each piece, completing it to the best of their ability. Children will also receive weekly spellings to learn.
Mr Heynes will hand out English homework and spellings on a Monday, to be completed and tested by the following Monday. In a separate book, Mr Beahan will hand out Maths homework every Thursday, to be handed in by the following Thursday.
As well as weekly homework connected with the week’s objectives, children will also be asked to complete a termly project. Please see the separate sheet with further information. This needs to be completed by the week beginning the 10 February at the latest.
Please do not hesitate to contact staff at school if you have any questions regarding your child’s learning. Thank you for your continued support.
Please do not hesitate to contact staff at school if you have any questions regarding your child’s learning. Thank you for your support.
Your child will be taking their end of key stage SATs in May 2020. We hope the information below will help you understand your child’s SATs tests in a little more detail.
What are SAT’s?
SATs (Standard Attainment Tests) take place at the end of year 6 and are designed to test pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the key stage 2 programme of study. All year 6 children across the country are tested in English and Maths and this gives the government a clear picture of what standards look like. It also helps parents compare their child’s progress with children of the same age nationally. This is the third year that a year 6 cohort has been tested on the new curriculum that was introduced in September 2014. Consequently, the testing process has been changed to previous years to account for this.
What will my child have to do?
English grammar, punctuation and spelling test (SPAG)
Paper 1 – short answers (45 minutes)
Paper 2 – spelling (15 minutes)
Reading test (60 minutes)
Paper 1 – arithmetic (30 minutes)
Paper 2 – reasoning (40 minutes)
Paper 3 – reasoning (40 minutes)
What happens to the tests?
Tests are sent for external marking. Schools usually receive the results in July. Parents will be given a copy of their child’s test results and teacher assessments. The results of the school are used to inform school ‘performance tables’.
What do the results mean?
It is important to understand that children cannot ‘fail’ SATs. The information is used as a snapshot of where children across the country are currently working. Since the removal of the ‘old’ levels, the government has had to think of a new way of measuring attainment. From 2016 onwards, the raw score from each test will be converted into a scaled score and each child will receive an overall result indicating whether or not they have achieved the required standard on the test.
What is meant by ‘scaled scores’?
It is planned that 100 will represent the ‘national standard’. Each pupil’s raw test score will therefore be converted into a score on the scale, either at, above or below 100. The scale will have a lower end point somewhere below 100 and an upper end point above 100. A child who achieves the ‘national standard’ will be judged to have demonstrated sufficient knowledge in the areas assessed by the tests.
In July 2020 for publication of test results, each pupil will receive:
How can I help them at home?
In school, we feel that we will support the children for them to achieve the very best results that they can. We have every confidence in them!
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Mr Beahan and Mr Heynes
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