Friday, 13 January 2017

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

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