A guide to your child’s learning this half term.
Spring 2 – Year 5 and 6
Class 3 – Elder
Mr Beahan, Mr Heynes, Mrs Callard and Miss Grant
The main focus of learning (Light Fantastic) this term relates to our science, design and technology and computing aspects of the curriculum. The theme will link to as much of our learning as possible.
In reading and writing, we will be looking at:
Grammar and punctuation work includes: selecting language that shows good awareness of the reader, describing settings, characters and atmosphere; integrating dialogue in narratives to convey character and advance the action, using a range of devices to build cohesion (e.g. conjunctions, adverbials of time and place, pronouns, synonyms) within and across paragraphs and maintaining legibility in joined handwriting when writing at speed.
Reading: 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 – Light – Pupils will design and make a periscope and use the idea that light travels in straight lines to explain how it works. They will investigate the relationship between light sources, objects and shadows. They will look at a range of phenomena including rainbows, colours on soap bubbles, objects looking bent in water and coloured filters.
PE/Games – Striking and Fielding games and swimming.
RE – Children will study the bible story of Jonah and the whale before learning why Easter is important to Christians?
PSHE – Difference and diversity.
Music – Children will learn the skills of music appreciation using Camille Saint-Saëns ‘Carnival of the Animals’.
French – ‘Carnaval des animaux’ – linked to the music curriculum, children will learn the names of some animals in French and describe the noises they make, how they move, their appearance and their habitats in French.
Computing – Use the software ‘Flowol’ to control and sequence events using algorithms and flow charts. (E.g. traffic lights)
Design and Technology – Pupils will design, make and evaluate products using electrical systems in their products [for example, series circuits incorporating switches, bulbs, buzzers and motors]
Mr Doar, our STEM ambassador, will also be supporting the children’s D&T and computing learning this half term.
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 30 March 2020.
Y6s will also be receiving weekly English and Maths booster homework in their CGP books.
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zbssgk7 – light and dark
www.primarygames.co.uk – Try Hi Lo Fractions, Power Pods, Fraction Run
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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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