English – During our English lessons, we will be writing a detective story to entertain and intrigue children in another class. We will be manipulating sentences to create particular effects and using devices to build cohesion between paragraphs in narrative e.g. in the meantime, meanwhile, in due course, until then. We will explore and investigate active and passive voice e.g. I broke the window in the greenhouse versus the window in the greenhouse was broken and select the appropriate language and structures relevant to interest the reader. We will look at similar writing models to aid us in our independent work and select appropriate vocabulary and language effects, appropriate to task, audience and purpose, for precision and impact. By introducing and develop characters through blending action, dialogue and description within sentences and paragraphs we will create a class book of super stories.
Guided Reading – This year, the children have made a great start with our new Guided Reading system. Their vocabulary is deepening and their understanding of the texts they are reading is improving. We will continue to build on these skills by continuing the explicit teaching of vocabulary weekly, reading a range of texts, re-reading sections looking closely at the elements which require further understanding and completing RIC activities. Retrieving information (R), interpreting meaning (I) and comment on the author's choice of vocabulary or style (C). These questions check pupils' understanding of previous extracts as well as the current text in order to enhance their memory.
SPAG - See SPAG appendix below to find definitions of each term children should know by the end of Year 6.
Maths – This half term we will be focussing on the four operations. It is important that we spend a lengthy period of time working on a particular block of content and National Curriculum objectives. We know that breaking the curriculum down into small manageable steps will help children understand concepts better, so this year we will follow a small steps approach.
Number - Addition and Subtraction
Add and subtract numbers mentally with increasingly large numbers.
Add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar addition and subtraction)
Use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine, in the context of a problem, levels of accuracy.
Solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems in contexts deciding which operations and methods to use and why.
Number - Multiplication and Division
Multiply and divide numbers mentally drawing upon known facts.
Multiply and divide whole numbers by 10, 100 and 1000.
Multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one or two digit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for 2 digit numbers.
Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one digit number using the formal written method of short division and interpret remainders appropriately for the context.
Identify multiples and factors, including finding all factor pairs of a number, and common factors of two numbers.
Recognise and use square numbers and cube numbers and the notation for squared (2) and cubed (3)
Solve problems involving multiplication and division including using their knowledge of factors and multiples, squares and cubes.
Solve problems involving addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and a combination of these, including understanding the use of the equals sign.
Spelling – Weekly spellings will no longer be sent home. Children will participate in 5 spelling sessions a fortnight where they will be taught a range of strategies to aid them in their written work. Extra sessions will be addressed by the teacher and any gaps in the children’s learning will be supported accordingly. Each week children will be taught a new word and its meaning. Throughout the week they will challenge themselves to use the word confidently, a minimum of 3 times in their independent work.
Reading – Getting children to read for leisure can be difficult. So, this year we will be using the 'Reading Bingo' idea. The thinking behind reading bingo is to get children to widen their horizons by reading types of books that they wouldn't normally read. Making this into a game brings out their competitive spirit and gets them to ask questions about what all the different genres are if they're not too sure. If they get 4 in a row, they get a special prize! An additional reward will be given if they complete the whole card. Children will be quizzed and set activities based on the book to ensure they have understood what they have read fully.
Homework - Children will be given a grid containing 8 activities linked to the topic we are studying.
Children are encouraged to complete as many activities as they can within the half term. Rewards will be awarded at the end of the half term for those children who have completed all the activities. Please encourage your child to attempt each activity as this will prepare them for Secondary school and the increase in homework they will be expected to complete.
PE – PE lessons will take place on a Monday afternoon each week. Please ensure children have their PE kit in school on these days. PE kit must include shorts, t-shirt and pumps. In Winter months, we will try to use the outside provision for our lessons. Children are permitted to wear tracksuits and trainers during these sessions. All earrings must be removed prior to the lesson and long hair must be tied back.
Water – We encourage all children to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Bottles are provided in class and filled fresh each morning.
A message for parents and carers.
This term we will continue to use 'Seesaw'. Seesaw is a way that the children can see what we have been working on in class, look at pictures from our lessons, see pieces of work from the week, see pictures and videos of themselves and look for any updates from Ash Class
.Our class has its own login QR code which needs to be scanned to allow access (each child will be given access to the QR code in class). They can then look at our updates and see what we have done and, also, what we will be working on the near future!