Friday, 13 January 2017

Curriculum


Spring Communication


Dear Parents/Carers ,

Welcome back and happy New Year; I do hope you had a lovely holiday.  The Spring Term has got off to a brilliant start and I have been impressed with the children’s attitude towards their learning.  They are refreshed and ready to work hard during the busy term ahead!

For our topic this term we are travelling back over 1000 years to discover what life was like during Viking times. Attached is a Topic Web outlining some of the areas of learning that we will be covering in class during the next 6 weeks. Below is a more detailed overview of the Maths topics; this may be helpful when supporting your child with their Maths at home.

 

How can you help at home?

 

Homework:

Maths- This term children will be completing questions similar to those found on the arithmetic SATs papers. The arithmetic paper tests how quickly and accurately children can answer a range of procedural calculation questions using the four operations of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. Homework will continue to be set on a Friday and collected in on a Wednesday.

English- As in previous terms, children will be able to select from the bubble choices; a task which appeals to them that week. Work should be completed in their orange homework book. A checklist has been included to support their thinking. Please encourage them to proof-read their work and check for spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors. Homework will continue to be set on a Friday and collected in on a Wednesday.

 

Spelling- Children will continue to be given a list of spellings each week; these words are taken from the year 5/6 curriculum. These words will be sent home each Friday, enabling you to practise these words with your child. Spellings will be assessed both in isolation and in dictated sentences. Spelling scores will be recorded in homework planners for your information.

            Additionally, children should be learning and practicing the half-termly spellings which are included in this pack. These will be tested at the beginning and end of each half-term and scores will be sent home.

 

Reading- The benefits gained from reading at home each evening are great; it is suggested three times a week, this reading should be with an adult. Please continue to encourage your child to read at home and discuss books with you. Children should continue to make a record of what they are reading, which pages and give a brief summary of that section in their homework planner.

 

P.E. – Children will continue to have two P.E. sessions a week; Wednesday and Thursday. They will have an indoor session (dance) and an outdoor session (football). Ocassionally, our timetable may change so please ensure your child has their P.E. kit in school each day.  As the weather is unpredictable it would be useful for children to have both outdoor trainers and plimsolls (clean trainers) as part of their kit.

Mrs Seagers will continue to teach the class every Thursday and Mrs Kelsall will be providing support both in the class and in the way of intervention groups.

There will of course be a chance for parent/ teacher meetings in later in the term to discuss your child’s progress, but if there are any matters arising prior to this opportunity please feel free to arrange a time to meet with me.

I look forward to working closely with you.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Miss Helen Davey

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Year 6 Communication Letter

Friday 9th September 2016

Dear Parents/ Carers of Year 6 Pupils,

We hope that you have had a really enjoyable summer.  It is lovely to be back in school and I am delighted with how quickly the children have settled into Year 6.  We are busy working towards earning our School Captain status and I hope that your child is sharing some of the ways that we do this with you at home.  As a class we have written a list of the qualities that we believe a School Captain should demonstrate and you can see this in the back of your child’s planner.  It’s great to see how seriously they are taking their various Year 6 responsibilities already. We hope that you find this letter and pack of information useful.

Autumn Term Curriculum
Here is an outline of some of the areas of learning that we will be covering in class this term. 

Maths
Place value (reading, writing, ordering, scaling up and down, rounding) of whole numbers and decimal numbers to at least 3 decimal places.
Calculations (+ - x ÷). Written and mental methods.
Fractions, decimals and percentages.
Number sequences and types of number (e.g. prime, square).
Statistics
Measurement (area and perimeter, time, length conversions)
Shape (properties of 2D shapes, angles, position and direction)
Ratio and proportion
Algebra
English
Historical stories
Newspaper reports
Narrative poetry
Recounts/diary entries
Non-chronological reports
+ Guided reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar!
Reading- our class texts are Once and Goodnight Mister Tom.
Science
Electricity
Light
ICT
Presentation
Databases
R.E
Islam
Christmas
P.E
Gymnastics
Dance
Invasion games with sports coach (Football/ Tag Rugby)
Topic
(History, art, D.T, Music, Geography)
World War II


How you can help at home?


Homework

Maths
Weekly task- either to be completed on My Maths website (lunchtime provision for those who are without access to this at home) or in maths homework book. In addition, children should continue to work on fast recall of number facts. There will be a times table test weekly on Thursdays; this is to prepare pupils for the arithmetic SATs text.
Set: Friday
Due: Wednesday
We anticipate these weekly tasks will take approximately 30 minutes. So if it is taking longer, please ask your child to come and see me. I’m more than happy to help.

English
Weekly tasks- Children will be able to select from the bubble choices, a task which appeals to them that week.  This will be completed in their orange homework book.
Set: Friday
Due: Wednesday
We anticipate these tasks take approximately 45minutes (including planning time).

Spelling
Children will be set a list of spellings each week, these works are taken from the year 5/6 curriculum. Spellings will be tested in a dictated sentence, where pupils will be expected to write a complete sentence.  Again, this is to support your child in preparation for the SATs. Spelling scores will be recorded in the homework planner for your information.
Set: Thursday
Due: Following Thursday, to be tested in class.

Additionally, children should be learning and practising the half termly spellings which are included in this pack.  These will be tested at the beginning and end of each half term and scores will be sent home.

Reading
As you know children hugely benefit from reading regularly, every night where possible. It is still important for Year 6 children to be reading with an adult on a regular basis too.  It is suggested that pupils read with an adult three times a week. Reading records must be completed in your child’s planner. The reading record should include the book, page numbers read and a bit about what happened. Pupils can explain if they are enjoying and why. Of course this is a guide and if you wish to do more reading with your child, then that’s great.

For many children comprehension based discussion is the most valuable use of shared reading time and we have attached some example questions that you could use if you wish. It is also important that children read a range of books. I have attached a suggested reading list for Year 6 children; it is by no means an exhaustive list and children are not expected to make their way through each book. I will discuss reading a lot in class and help anyone who isn’t sure what to read next! Children should ensure their reading book is in school every day. Their book ought to be to be a school book banded book, but if your children would like to read a book not in school please ensure they check it with me.


A list of standards that Year 6 have written in order to ensure homework is completed to a high standard are included inside the homework books.  Children will be given time in class to record the homework task in their planner and to ensure that they understand what it is they are being asked to do.

The amount of homework given in Year 6 aims to help make the transition to secondary school a smooth one. Homework set is generally revision rather than new learning but if your child has any trouble with homework, all they need do is come and ask me (before the due date please).  It is also appreciated if you could help encourage children to take responsibility for their own homework- if it is not going to be handed in on the due date then children should tell us themselves- I really am very reasonable!



Planners
We hope that you find the planners useful in helping your child organise themselves.  The children are using their planners to record homework tasks but can also use it as a personal diary and write in any of their social engagements! Please could you check your child’s planner at the end of each week and sign in the weekend section- please feel free to use this as an additional way to communicate with me.  Your child should take responsibility for asking you to check and sign- it shouldn’t become another thing for you to remember and please let me know if it becomes so!  I will check and sign planners on Thursdays.  Children should ensure that planners are in school every day.

Times Tables
Please keep practising speedy times table recall with your child- these facts are so useful.  Children will be entering the ‘Times Table Olympics’ where each Thursday they will compete to produce a personal best under timed conditions and move up through increasingly difficult levels.  You will be able to track their progress in the homework planner and help them ‘train’ ready for their next ‘race’!

P.E
Children will have two P.E sessions a week; Wednesday and Thursday.  They will have one indoor session (gymnastics) and one outdoor session (tag rugby).  Sometimes our timetable has to change so P.E kit should be in school each day please.  It would be useful for the children to have both outdoor trainers and plimsolls (or clean trainers) as part of their kit so that we can use both the hall and outdoors.  When it starts to get colder, joggers and jumpers may also be needed. Please ensure that full school PE kits are provided.


We are delighted that Mrs Emma Seagers will be teaching the class every Thursday; I will be in school if you need to discuss anything with me.

We have an exciting trip planned for Wednesday 14th September 2016. Please ensure your child’s permission slip has been returned.

I look forward to working closely with you.  Please don’t hesitate to come and see me if you have any questions.

Yours sincerely,





Mrs Charlotte Hughes


Friday, 9 September 2016

Year 6 Communication Letter

Dear Parents/ Carers of Year 6 Pupils,

We hope that you have had a really enjoyable summer.  It is lovely to be back in school and I am delighted with how quickly the children have settled into Year 6.  We are busy working towards earning our School Captain status and I hope that your child is sharing some of the ways that we do this with you at home.  As a class we have written a list of the qualities that we believe a School Captain should demonstrate and you can see this in the back of your child’s planner.  It’s great to see how seriously they are taking their various Year 6 responsibilities already. We hope that you find this letter and pack of information useful.

Autumn Term Curriculum
Here is an outline of some of the areas of learning that we will be covering in class this term.  

Maths Place value (reading, writing, ordering, scaling up and down, rounding) of whole numbers and decimal numbers to at least 3 decimal places. Calculations (+ - x ÷). Written and mental methods. Fractions, decimals and percentages. Number sequences and types of number (e.g. prime, square). Statistics Measurement (area and perimeter, time, length conversions) Shape (properties of 2D shapes, angles, position and direction) Ratio and proportion Algebra

English Historical stories Newspaper reports Narrative poetry Recounts/diary entries Non-chronological reports + Guided reading, spelling, punctuation and grammar! Reading- our class texts are Once and Goodnight Mister Tom.

Science Electricity Light
ICT Presentation Databases
R.E Islam Christmas 
P.E Gymnastics Dance Invasion games with sports coach (Football/ Tag Rugby)
Topic (History, art, D.T, Music, Geography) World War II


How you can help at home?

Homework

Maths
Weekly task- either to be completed on My Maths website (lunchtime provision for those who are without access to this at home) or in maths homework book. In addition, children should continue to work on fast recall of number facts. There will be a times table test weekly on Thursdays; this is to prepare pupils for the arithmetic SATs text. 
Set: Friday
Due: Wednesday
We anticipate these weekly tasks will take approximately 30 minutes. So if it is taking longer, please ask your child to come and see me. I’m more than happy to help.

English
Weekly tasks- Children will be able to select from the bubble choices, a task which appeals to them that week.  This will be completed in their orange homework book.
Set: Friday
Due: Wednesday
We anticipate these tasks take approximately 45minutes (including planning time). 

Spelling
Children will be set a list of spellings each week, these works are taken from the year 5/6 curriculum. Spellings will be tested in a dictated sentence, where pupils will be expected to write a complete sentence.  Again, this is to support your child in preparation for the SATs. Spelling scores will be recorded in the homework planner for your information.
Set: Thursday
Due: Following Thursday, to be tested in class. 

Additionally, children should be learning and practising the half termly spellings which are included in this pack.  These will be tested at the beginning and end of each half term and scores will be sent home.

Reading
As you know children hugely benefit from reading regularly, every night where possible. It is still important for Year 6 children to be reading with an adult on a regular basis too.  It is suggested that pupils read with an adult three times a week. Reading records must be completed in your child’s planner. The reading record should include the book, page numbers read and a bit about what happened. Pupils can explain if they are enjoying and why. Of course this is a guide and if you wish to do more reading with your child, then that’s great. 

For many children comprehension based discussion is the most valuable use of shared reading time and we have attached some example questions that you could use if you wish. It is also important that children read a range of books. I have attached a suggested reading list for Year 6 children; it is by no means an exhaustive list and children are not expected to make their way through each book. I will discuss reading a lot in class and help anyone who isn’t sure what to read next! Children should ensure their reading book is in school every day. Their book ought to be to be a school book banded book, but if your children would like to read a book not in school please ensure they check it with me. 


A list of standards that Year 6 have written in order to ensure homework is completed to a high standard are included inside the homework books.  Children will be given time in class to record the homework task in their planner and to ensure that they understand what it is they are being asked to do. 

The amount of homework given in Year 6 aims to help make the transition to secondary school a smooth one. Homework set is generally revision rather than new learning but if your child has any trouble with homework, all they need do is come and ask me (before the due date please).  It is also appreciated if you could help encourage children to take responsibility for their own homework- if it is not going to be handed in on the due date then children should tell us themselves- I really am very reasonable!



Planners
We hope that you find the planners useful in helping your child organise themselves.  The children are using their planners to record homework tasks but can also use it as a personal diary and write in any of their social engagements! Please could you check your child’s planner at the end of each week and sign in the weekend section- please feel free to use this as an additional way to communicate with me.  Your child should take responsibility for asking you to check and sign- it shouldn’t become another thing for you to remember and please let me know if it becomes so!  I will check and sign planners on Thursdays.  Children should ensure that planners are in school every day.

Times Tables 
Please keep practising speedy times table recall with your child- these facts are so useful.  Children will be entering the ‘Times Table Olympics’ where each Thursday they will compete to produce a personal best under timed conditions and move up through increasingly difficult levels.  You will be able to track their progress in the homework planner and help them ‘train’ ready for their next ‘race’!

P.E
Children will have two P.E sessions a week; Wednesday and Thursday.  They will have one indoor session (gymnastics) and one outdoor session (tag rugby).  Sometimes our timetable has to change so P.E kit should be in school each day please.  It would be useful for the children to have both outdoor trainers and plimsolls (or clean trainers) as part of their kit so that we can use both the hall and outdoors.  When it starts to get colder, joggers and jumpers may also be needed. Please ensure that full school PE kits are provided. 


We are delighted that Mrs Emma Seagers will be teaching the class every Thursday; I will be in school if you need to discuss anything with me. 

We have an exciting trip planned for Wednesday 14th September 2016. Please ensure your child’s permission slip has been returned. 

I look forward to working closely with you.  Please don’t hesitate to come and see me if you have any questions. 

Yours sincerely, 
Mrs Charlotte Hughes 

Reading

Bloom's Taxonomy Guided Reading Question Ideas
REMEMBERING
1. Make a list of facts you learned from the story

2. List the characters and describe them

3. List five new words you learned in the book. Write down their dictionary pronunciation and

meaning.

4. If your book was a mystery, tell what the mystery was and how it was solved

5. List ten good words from the book. Put them into a word search

6. What problems does one of the characters have, and how does he or she solve it?

7. Where did the story take place?

8. List the places mentioned in the book.

9. What other books has this author written?

10. What is the time period in which the book happens?
UNDERSTANDING
11. What was the problem in the book, and how was it solved?

12. Did anyone in the book do something you did not like? Why?

13. What kind of book is this? List three evidences of this

14. What was the author's purpose or purposes in writing this book?

15. If you could continue the story, what events would you include? Why?

16. List the five major events in the story in the correct order.

17. Tell in your own words the beginning of the book

18. Describe what is happening in the first illustration in the book

19. How did the main character feel during the book? Give evidences of this.

20. What did the title have to do with the book?

21. Tell in your own words how the setting of the story made it more interesting.
APPLYING
23. Did this book remind you of anything that has happened to you? What? Why?

24. Did this book give you any new ideas about yourself? Why?

25. What would the main character be likely to do if s/he visited out classroom?

26. If you were in a problem situation like one in the book, how would you have acted? Be sure

to tell what the situation is.

27. What lesson did you learn from the story?

28. Tell about a time something similar to what happened in the story happened to you or to

someone you know.

29. Write a letter to a friend recommending this book.

30. Pretend you are one of the characters in the book. Write a diary about the happenings in

your life for two consecutive days.

31. List the places in the book that are important. Then make up a map including these places

as you imagine they may look. It may be a city map or a country map or any other kind of map.

32. What changes would have to be made if the book occurred 200 years ago?
ANALYSING
33. If your story happened in a foreign land, compare that land to the United States.

34. If your story occurred long ago, compare that time with today in a good paragraph. If it

was a modern story, compare it with a long time ago and tell what would be different

35. Pick one of the main characters. Think of a shape that fits that person's traits. Draw the

shape. Then describe the character inside the shape

36. Decide which parts of the book include the five W's (who, what, when, where, why) and the

H (how). Then write a good paragraph for a newspaper article including these facts.

37. Write a different ending to the book. Tell why you changed it.

38. Tell five ways the main character is like you

39. Find one word that describes a character in your book very well. Give five reasons for your

choice of words.

40. In a good paragraph, state the main idea of the book.

41. Compare this book with the last book you read.

42. Compare two of the characters in this book.
EVALUATING
43. What part would you change in the story, and why?

44. Using information from the book about one of the main characters, rewrote the ending of

the book.

45. Write another short story using the same characters.

46. Name one character. Rewrite the story from this character's point of view.

47. Write a poem about this book.

48. Organize this book into three or more sections and give your own subtitle for each section.

49.Design a poster for this book.

50. Pretend you are a librarian recommending this book to someone. Write a paragraph

telling what you would say.

51. Make an eight section comic strip with captions showing the main events of the story

52. Make a radio announcement t advertise the book. Write it out.

53. Prepare a book jacket that illustrates the kind of book as well as the story

54. Design costumes for the characters

55. The climax of any book or story is the exciting or interesting part. Tell what you think is the

climax of the book and why.

56. Choose an interesting character from your book. Think of what his/her dislikes are; then

think of a gift you would like to give him/her. Design a greeting card to go along with the gift in

which you explain why you gave that gift.

57. Identify one problem in the book and give an alternate solution one not given by the

author.
CREATING
58. Who do you think the author intended to read this book and why?

59. If you could only save one character from the book in the event of a disaster, which one

would it be and why?

60. Is the title a good one or a poor one and why?

61. Did you like the way the story ended? Why or why not?

62. Which character in the book would you choose for a friend? Why?

63. What did you think was the most interesting part of the book? Why?

64. Tell about the most exciting part of the book. being sure to give at least three reasons why

Friday, 13 May 2016

Congratulations Year 6!

Friday 13th May 2016
Congratulations Year 6!
Dear Parents/Carers,
I would like to congratulate Year Six on all their hard work leading up to and on the SATs.
We have had a delightful day relaxing and finding out about our production. This Year’s production will be ‘Pirates of the Curry Bean’. The pupils have seen the script and are starting to think about the parts they might want. Pupils will audition on 19th and 20th May during lunchtime, therefore they will be able to have an early lunch at 12:15pm on the day they will audition. Pupils are working in small groups and will audition the opening scene. This is only to see how they are in front of an audience, they will then be asked which role they would like (pupils can say three roles in preference order). Any pupils who would like a main role will also have a singing audition; they can select a song from the production. Pupils will be told their roles within the week beginning 23rd May, so that they can start to think about their role and costume.
As you are fully aware all the pupils have worked incredibly hard recently and deserve a well-earned rest. Therefore, pupils will only be required to complete: reading, spellings and times tables for the rest of this half term (two weeks). However, homework is available on personal request- for those who would like it.
After half term, Year 6 have decided they would like to come in with the rest of the school, so they have chance to do wake and shake for the final half term. In class, I will be allowing time within our timetable to ensure pupils feel settled and ready for Secondary School, to ease transition. It is a very exciting time of year and I hope we can provide as many opportunities as possible to make it memorable.   
Thank you again for your continued support,
Yours sincerely,

Miss Charlotte Langston.






Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Northleach C of E Primary School
Half Termly Spellings

Year Six – Spring 1
SACAWAC
(say and cover and write and check)

Use this sheet to help you practise this term’s spellings.
Remember, the more you practise the easier your spellings will become!
You can copy out this template to use at home, or download a copy of this sheet from the school’s website.
Spellings
1st Attempt
2nd Attempt
3rd Attempt
encyclopaedia



thesaurus



conscience



miscellaneous



archaeologist



courtesy



temperature



patient



kilometres



government



committee



rehearse



parliament



pneumatic



neighbour



behaviour



contour



flourish



tournament