We have some amazing resources for a variety of additional needs in school. Below is the link, take a look! There are some bits on there for improving fine motor skills and links to other useful websites.
Week 2 of Lock Down:
How are we all? Fighting fit and happy, I hope!? (Joe Wicks is killing me by the way... if you have no idea who that is, get yourselves on Youtube and type in 'Joe Wicks'. He does a PE lesson everyday).
We've all had time now to adjust to our weird new 'classrooms' and have hopefully spent some really precious time with our families. Hopefully, these things are becoming more normal. I have found that setting myself a timetable has really helped me, so I am going to be throwing something together for you guys to follow after Easter (unless you have one of your own) so that you can structure your days.
It is imperative that you get some fresh air and exercise and that you spend time being creative: drawing, painting, building, cooking, baking or even simply playing board games. All of these things are what learning is all about.
The life lessons that you learn in the coming weeks will stay with you FOREVER. You are a part of history. Never before (out of war time) has school been suspended. It might be worthwhile keeping a diary where you can record what you do each day and how you're feeling. You'll be able to tell some amazing stories to the future generations of your family.
I continue to miss being in your company, class 12, and I'm going to be phoning every household this week to check how you're all getting on. Looking forward to hearing your voices!
Miss L x
BOOK BLOG CHECK-UP
Look at the image below...we can see that Audrey is doing an awesome job of her reading. Check your own percentages... do they look like that? Make sure that they do! When you blog about your books, make sure that people understand whether you would recommend that book and why! :)
Spellings - WC 20th April 2020
Here are some spelling activities to complete over the course of the next week. There is an answer sheet too (to download once you have done the activities). If you cannot print them, don't worry because you can copy them up into your exercise book.
Science - Living things, the circulatory system, forces, light, evolution and materials.
History - The Victorians, Greeks, Mayans and the Tudors.
Geography - Fresh water, marine life, tropical forests, ice, savanna.
It is really important that children read every week. Reading is fun!! Immerse yourself into a good book and imagine what it might be like to be a character in the book! Get family and friends involved to share the experience and bring your imagination to life!
We collect reading records in every Monday to check that reading is taking place at home at least 5 times a week. Please make sure these are signed. Children will also need to complete their Book Blog based on their home BB book (at least once a week).
We will be reading non-fiction texts for the initial two weeks of term and then our class book will be 'Street Child'. It links to one of our History topics and is a really fantastic read. In our Talk for Reading lessons, we investigate and learn new, ambitious vocabulary, retrieve information, infer meaning and summarise information from the text. These are all skills that help us comprehend the story and deepen our understanding.
The children will need to use these skills to help them complete their Book Blog at home. (see top for the link)
Homework is handed out every Monday and is collected in every Friday to be marked. House points are always up for grabs to reward children for their effort and standard. Miss Lewis and Miss Davies are on hand every day to help children if they need a little help completing their homework and there is also a homework club on Thursday lunchtime too. Thank you for taking the time to work with your children to complete it at home.
Please ensure that Book Blog and Times Tables Rockstars is completed weekly too.
By Year 5, children should be secure at all of their times tables up to 12. They are an essential part of their maths knowledge as they link to many different areas within maths
Are you super speedy at your times tables?
If you need a little support in becoming super speedy, why not try 'Hit the Button'?
We celebrate class liturgies every Tuesday, which are led by the children. They plan, rehearse and deliver them. As a school, we feel that children should be at the centre of their learning!
We use Talk 4 Writing to deliver our English teaching... it is an interactive and scaffolded approach to English which is having great results in school. For more info see the Curriculum page for English (also on the school website!
What are SATs?
All primary aged pupils in England are tested at the end of Key Stage 1 (year 2) and Key Stage 2 (year 6). Many schools run 'unofficial' optional SATs in years 3 to 5 as well.
Year 6 children take their tests on set dates in early May. Results are then submitted to the school's local authority and to parents by the end of the summer term.
Which subjects are covered?
Year 6 children are tested in spelling, punctuation and grammar (known as the SPAG test), reading and maths (with 1 arithmetic and 2 'reasoning' tests). Their writing is now assessed by the teacher rather than formally tested and as of 2013. Currently, science is not tested through SATS but rather through our own assessments in school (from Rising Stars).
Will I be told the results?
Yes, by law parents must be given their children's results, broken down by subject, at the end of the summer term in years 2 and 6.
What sort of results will we be given?
At the end of year 6, the children will receive a scaled-score which we will then convert to let you know whether they have reached the expected standard for year 6 children.
It is essential to remember, though, that the progress of a child over their time in school is what is really important, both academically and personally. Not all children will reach the expected standard and some should be achieving a greater depth of learning.
So how much do SATs matter for my year 6 child?
We'd love to say they don't have any significance but some secondary schools base their year 7 sets on children's year 6 scores (others carry out their own testing). But remember that sets can and do change throughout secondary school, so even if your son or daughter ends up lower than you expected, they might move up later on.
Because we recognise the significance of early intervention for children who will benefit from it, we have already timetabled some very focussed catch up and extension sessions to give all children the very best chance of fulfilling their potential. These will start later this term.
First and foremost, SATs are there to help parents get a feel for how their child is progressing and for the education officials to assess how schools are doing. And, of course, remember that your child's year 6 SATs will NOT end up on their CV or job applications when they're grown-ups - they aren't worth you or them losing sleep over!