Year 5 and 6
Welcome to Year 5/6 at St. George’s.
Class teacher: Mrs S. Godby
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Machin
Welcome back! We hope you have all had a wonderful, relaxing break and are ready for the new term. We have lots of interesting and exciting things planned and this newsletter will provide you with all the important information about what your child will be learning. We focus a lot on independence in Years 5 and 6 and your support with this skill is crucial. Please ensure the children are taking responsibility for their homework, belongings and for making sure everything they need for their learning is in school on the days required.
This term we will be studying the Victorian era. We’ll discover a time when great minds thought new thoughts and ingenious inventors created so many things that we take for granted today: the electric lightbulb, the telephone and even the first flushing toilet! We will find out about Queen Victoria and the lives of her subjects during her reign. We will find out about super-strict schools by travelling back in time to a Victorian classroom, with a visit to Hornsea Museum. A particular focus will be on how children’s lives improved during this time with the introduction of the Education and Work Acts.
Throughout the Autumn Term the children will read, write and represent numbers to ten million in different ways as well as comparing and order numbers in different formats. They will extend their learning of negative numbers by finding intervals across zero and using these in context. We will be working on all four operations of whole numbers and decimals through varied fluency, reasoning and problem solving.
Useful websites to support your child’s learning:
We are starting the term by studying a book by Berlie Doherty called Street Child. This book is set in 1800s thus providing a cross curricular link to our topic. The children will be developing their reading and writing skills, including punctuation, spelling and grammar. The children will be provided with opportunities to write in a range of genres including diaries, letters, descriptions and newspaper reports.
Year 5 and 6 children are expected to read for 20 minutes per night. Please ensure that your child has written in his/her reading diary and recorded which pages have been read each night or if any other books have been read. If you listen to your child read, please feel free to add your initials and any comment.
Spelling - Weekly spellings will be sent home on a Friday and the children will be tested on a Wednesday. It is important your child takes the time to work on their spellings each week. Below are the words that the children are expected to be able to spell and use in their independent writing in order to meet the expected standard.
PE – Our PE lessons will be on a Wednesday and a Friday. Please ensure your child has the correct kit in school on these days.
Music – The children will be learning to play a musical instrument with tuition provided by the Music Service. It is crucial that they bring their instrument to school every Wednesday so that they can participate fully in the lessons.