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Pear Tree Mead Academy
Pear Tree Mead
Harlow
Essex
CM18 7BY

Telephone: 01279 836181

Head Teacher: Mrs Christine Peden

Chair of Governors: Mrs Wendy Beckett

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Sycamore

What are we learning?+

Homework

This year, we ask that you continue to support the school as much as possible with homework and reading at home.  It is very evident that with the rise of social media usage and computer gaming in society, pupils are struggling to read more and to access the National Curriculum in places.  We will continue to set homework in Sycamore on a Monday, in Redwood class on a Tuesday and in Hazel class on a Thursday.  Homework should be handed in the following week on those days. Spellings will continue to be tested on the same day that homework is due in.  Please make sure that the homework is done by your child and handed in on time. We will continue to offer a homework club, which children can turn up to on the day and also after school.  We are also available to help them if they are unsure of the tasks they need to do.

Reading diaries will be checked on the same day that homework is due and pupils who are evidently reading at home will be rewarded.  Again, we cannot reiterate enough how important it is that your child is reading at home, as well as practicing times tables, squared and cubed numbers.  These are essential skills for your child to make progress and they will be tested on a weekly basis.

Experience

Through our experience topic this term ‘The Greatest of Wars’, pupils will learn about WW1 and how it changed society.  They will learn facts about why it began and which countries were involved, as well as contrast how British society changed from before the war to after.  Pupils will learn what life was like in the trenches and will read documents depicting this from secondary sources. In Geography, pupils will be focusing on human geography and will contrast life in France with their own in England. They will also be locating the countries involved in the war and the important locations where major battles took place.  In Art, pupils will learn about the powers of Propaganda and how it was used during the war.  In D.T., pupils will be designing and making soldier’s pouches using sewing skills. In Music, they will be focusing on music during WW1 and will write and compose their own pieces to reflect specific sentiments.

Science

In Science, pupils will be learning about Forces and Gravity and will be carrying out interesting experiments to test certain theories.  In the latter half of this term, pupils will be investigating Electricity as well as creating their own electrical circuit boards.  ICT this term will focus on web developing skills and market research skills. In  PSHE, pupils will be learning about responsibility and roles in society, as well as looking at what skills are necessary for specific jobs.  In R.E, pupils will be learning about Christianity and Judaism, and in French, pupils will learn how to order food and drink.

English

In English, we will be looking at a whole range of genres, including non – chronological reports, fantasy story writing, poetry and persuasive writing. By exploring various texts during English sessions, we will give the children the opportunity to discover and experience various different styles of writing for themselves, whilst comparing and contrasting. In the next few weeks, we will also be focusing on speaking and listening skills in the form of debating and speech.

There will be daily SPAG sessions which will focus on spellings or grammatical terms, in preparation for the end of Year 6 SPAG paper.  We ask that you support your child with the learning of spellings at home as this will help them in their writing.

Mathematics

Maths will continue with practical activities involving Number, Shape, Space and Measure, as well as regular lessons dedicated to developing pupil’s arithmetic skills. We ask that you encourage your child at home to develop their times tables knowledge, including learning their squared and cubed numbers, as this will help greatly in helping them to become more confident learners in the classroom.

PE

This term children will continue to take part in many PE areas, mostly game based activities and gymnastics. It is essential that children have their PE kit in school every day; this includes an outdoor kit – joggers and a jumper, especially in this cold weather. Please ensure that children have appropriate kit and that all jewellery is removed for lessons.

Swimming will continue for Year 5 this term on Thursday 17th January and this will continue weekly throughout the spring term in the school pool.  Year 6 will swim in the summer term at Stewards pool. We ask that you make a contribution to go towards covering the costs of running the pool by a trained instructor.

Growth Mindset

As always, we will continue to develop children’s ‘Growth Mind-set’, by reminding them to be positive learners and develop a healthy attitude to learning. As a team, we also encourage children to try hard to meet new challenges and push themselves by being more resilient and striving to do their best. Obviously, this is a very important year for our Year 6 children as they will be sitting the SATS assessments in May, so we would appreciate your help and support with homework and revision tasks.  If you have any concerns, please come in and speak to one of the Year 5/6 team and we will gladly assist you as much as possible.

 

 

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Numeracy

It is incredibly important in year 5/6, children become very fluent with their times tables. They are the key to successful calculation at this level. They will have regular mental maths tests to prepare them for SATs at the end of the year, and these will also depend on quick times tables recall. Multiplication tables can be learnt at home, and this would help the children immensely in their numeracy sessions.

The following websites will help support your learning in all areas of year 5/6 numeracy:

www.adamup.co.uk

www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk

Here are some times tables games to help

Times Tables Games

Reading Times Tables Games

It is still important for Year 5/6 children to read at home to increase their vocabulary and cement their reading comprehension. Reading for pleasure is extremely important to develop fluency so the children should read regularly. A wider range of texts should be encouraged to include non-fiction works. Newspaper articles, bioraphies and autobiographies are all text types which will help the children to access the Year 6 curriculum and aid in their written work for the year. We will hear them read occasionally in school, but the main body of their reading practice should take place at home.

Spelling

The children will have regular spelling tests to check their progress and prepare them for the spelling test in SATS. At home, try to encourage your children to learn spellings in a fun way. Here are some good ways…

1) Write them in the air. When they can do it with their normal writing hand, swap to the other hand (this engages both sides of the brain).

2) Write them with your finger on your child’s back, as you say each letter. Then get them to guess what you are spelling. When they are more confident, they can write on your back.

3) Do it in small chunks. If your child is getting bored, cross or stressed, come back to it later. This means that it is best not left to the night before the test.

4) Say them over and over out loud. Encourage the child to repeat after you in a soft/loud/high/low/silly voice. The sillier the better – make them laugh!

5) Get them to teach someone else (younger brother or sister/grandparent). The more people involved in the learning, the higher status it will have.

Use as many of the above as possible. Mix and match and vary it. They include visual, audio and kinaesthetic activities. By varying the learning style, you will be engaging more areas of the child’s brain and they will be more likely to remember the words.

Spelling Games

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Information for parents+

Information for parents: leaflet and video launched

The DfE have published a leaflet and short video for parents about 2018 assessments at key stages 1 and 2.

Go to:

National curriculum tests for key stages 1 and 2: information for parents

Letters Home

Sycamore Letters

Whole School Letters

Teacher

Miss C. Burke

Upper Key Stage 2 Teacher

Assistants

Mrs J. Thorne

Upper Key Stage 2 Teaching Assistant

Mrs S. Burke

Upper Key Stage 2 Teaching Assistant

Miss V. Vyapury

Intervention Teaching Assistant

Miss G. Euesden

SEN Teaching Assistant