Sycamore

Introduction+

Please open the following letter from the teacher of the 2020-2021 academic year:

Redwood Class 

Sycamore Class

 

The attached PowerPoint will give you further information about the year group:

Welcome to Year 5 2020-2021

 

To help support the learning that we are doing this term…

Please discuss World War 2 experiences that your family may have had, or stories from that period that grandparents, great-grandparents etc. might have shared.  We are learning about the war with a focus on how people dealt with this at the time. There are links to the experiences of these times through Covid in terms of resilience, duty, empathy, sacrifice, changes to how we have to live to keep safe, and so on.

Please share any resources that you might have with the children and if there is anything you have that could be sent in to share in class, that would be great!

What are we learning?+

Please click on the link  below to see what we will be learning this term:

Year 5 Curriculum Newsletter Summer 1

How can you help?+

Mathematics

It is incredibly important that by year 5/6, children are very fluent in their times tables. They are the key to successful calculation at this level.  Having sat the MTC (Multiplication Times tables Check) in year 4, they should all be ready to apply them with ease in their maths work and in preparation for taking SATs at the end of year 6.  Multiplication tables can be practiced at home, using Times Tables Rock Stars, and this would help the children immensely in their maths sessions.

Here are some ideas to help…

 

Times Tables Rock Stars

 

Topmarks.co.uk

 

Timestables.co.uk

 

Mathschase.com

 

www.adamup.co.uk

 

www.woodlandschool.co.uk

 

Reading

It is extremely important for year 5/6 children to read at home to increase their vocabulary and cement their reading comprehension.  All pupils have access to Bug Club which they should be reading from when at home, as well as reading from a school library book, whilst in school. 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, biographies and autobiographies are all text types which will help the children to access the year 5/6 curriculum and aid in their written work for the year.  We will hear them read in school, but much 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.  Pupils have access to Readiwriter which allows them to practise their weekly spellings, set as part of homework, in a fun way.  Here are some fun ways that you can get your child spelling at home…

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.

 

 

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