Penguins Class (Years 5&6) is taught by Mrs Richards (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) and Mrs Weston (Monday and Tuesday) with Teaching Assistant support from Mrs Eltham and Ms Winterbourne.
Our topic this term is called ‘Revolution’, and we embark on an exciting journey of discovery about how dramatically life changed across the Victorian Period. We will share a summary of our learning journey through this topic with you on our website and we can provide you with a paper copy if you prefer. This will also outline reading books which complement the topic too.
Homework will be given out on Tuesdays and returned on Mondays. We appreciate that you and your children often have commitments out of school and hope that by providing almost a full week and a weekend this will help them to organise their own time to complete it. Maths homework will always be linked to work covered in class, and is designed to reinforce learning and extend and challenge their thinking. If your child cannot remember how to do something, please let us know and we can spend some time with them in school. For this term we will also be regularly testing children on the fluency of basic number skills including times tables facts up to 12 x 12. Little and often works best with this, and a questions on the way to and from school every day is an easy way to build this into a routine. We also give children daily opportunities in class to practice these facts.
English homework will vary between personal research, reading tasks and short independent pieces of writing. Again, these are designed to give children the opportunity to practice skills previously taught as well as develop their ability to organise and plan their thinking.
At the beginning of every week, we will look at a different spelling pattern for both year 5 and year 6. Children will then have follow up activities and investigations across the week before a test on Fridays. We do not expect children to learn lists of spelling words at home, however please click on the attachment below under Maths Skill Practice if you want to support your children with their spellings at home. Again, we can provide a paper copy if you would prefer.
Forest School continues this year and Penguins will attend on Monday afternoons, with year 6 going until October half term, then Year 5 up until Christmas. Thank you so much to those parents who have been able to volunteer their time last year to help with Forest School. To go ahead we always require a ratio of 1 adult to 5 children in KS2, so even using our teaching assistants we will need volunteers to help us run these sessions. Without them we will have no option but to cancel them. Please let me know if you are able to volunteer any time, or know someone in our local community who might be interested in supporting us with this fantastic enrichment opportunity. Children not only develop a better understanding of nature through experience, but skills such as resilience and self-confidence also flourish.
Swimming will begin on 18th September and will now be on Wednesday mornings from 11-12pm. They will return to school for lunch at 12.30pm. P.E will be on Tuesday afternoons.
Our new Classdojo has been set up and hopefully you will have received a message. Please let me know if you didn’t and I will resend login details. If I have done it correctly it should transfer your child’s information from last year across to this year. I would like to use this to share our Woodland adventures with you so please let me know if there are any problems.
Obviously, the thing the children are most looking forward most as we start the year, is our trip to Woodlands next week. It seems very early in the term to be going away, but it is the perfect time to enjoy the late summer weather and really bond again as a class. If you or your child have any concerns or questions about the trip please talk to either myself, or Mrs Folkman this week. I for one am most looking forward to challenging myself to do some of the activities on offer (especially caving!) as well as getting to know all your children just that little bit better. For those children who are not going, Mrs Westen will be working with them on Monday and Tuesday to start them off on a project related to our topic which they will then present to us on our return.
Finally we would both like to thank all of you who generously donated to our class funds at the end of last year. The children (and us) now have a pot of money we can use to enhance their curriculum and we will share those spending decisions with you as they arise. With school budgets in the state that they are, as teachers we are increasingly buying resources out of our own money and your contributions are really appreciated.