SUMMER TERM
CLASS NEWSLETTER

Dear Parents,

We hope you had a peaceful Easter holiday.  Here is an outline of the work we will be covering, together with important dates for your diaries. We hope this is helpful to you when you are choosing library books, going on visits or helping with research.  

Main Topic

Our key topic this term is the Stone Age – this will be cross curricular with English and computing. Study of the Stone Age will include the key eras of that time, Stone Age life, Stonehenge and how studying artefacts can help us learn about the past.  In the second half term, our topic focus will be on Early Islamic Civilisation – this will be cross curricular with art and maths.

English 

In the first week of this half term, the children will write an instruction text.  However, their key objective for this half term will be to write an information booklet about the Stone Age.  In the second half term, the children will be writing a balanced argument which will include a debate.  They will also focus on short story writing using film and animation as stimulus.

Children will be encouraged to: read with understanding; compare texts, plays and films; plan quickly; investigate viewpoints; read and write poetry, non-fiction, stories and scripts. The children will learn key spelling rules and apply them. Guided reading will take place two to three times a week,  a written comprehension once a week and grammar at least three times a week.  

Maths

Measures including time

Circles and angles

Properties of 2D shapes

Parallelogram & rhombus

Trapeziums & kite

Diagonals

Reasoning about shape

Number and place value

Mental addition and subtraction

Fractions, percentages and statistics

Algebra

Co-ordinates, statistics and measure

Mental multiplication and division.

Written multiplication

Multiplication and division of fractions and written division

Area, perimeter and volume

Shape, ratio and percentages

Science

Properties and Changes of Materials

Children will learn how to:

  • Compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets
  • Understand that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution
  • Use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating
  • Give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic
  • Demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes
  • Explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.

 Sex and Relationships

These Year 5 and Year 6 units will follow the Catholic Journey of Love programme.

 RE

Units from ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ –

  • The Work of the Apostles (first half term) and Called to Serve (second half term)

 Class Routines

  • Monday Dance
  • Tuesday Art
  • Wednesday PE, RE and Italian
  • Thursday Science
  • Friday Music, Singing

Homework

Journal:                       One written task per week – given out Friday, back by following Wednesday.

                                    Year 6: SATS papers (until SATS) – given out Thursday; back by following Tuesday.

 Spellings:                    Thursday for test the following week.

 Maths Homework:          MyMaths set weekly. Children should do 20 minutes of MyMaths AT LEAST five evenings a week.

 Reading:                      Children are expected to read for 30 minutes AT LEAST five evenings a week.

They should keep a record of pages read nightly and write a detailed comment each time they finish a book. Please encourage your children to read a variety of literature including newspapers, magazines and advertising material.

Unfinished Work:           Children who do not complete tasks (because they are not focusing) will be asked to complete them at lunch times.

Dates for your diary:

May

Tuesday 1st                                   1.30pm – Mindfuel Workshop (Year 6 parents)

2.00pm  – SATS and school journey meeting (Year 6 parents)

2.30pm – Viewing of Sex Education DVD (Year 6 parents – this is in addition to the unit described in science above)

Friday 5th                       Mass for Mary at 10.30am (Our Lady of Lourdes)

Mon 14th – Thurs 17h      SATS

Friday 25th                     Mass with Archbishop Peter in the playground (celebrating new building and a unified school)

Friday 25th                     Break up for half term.

June

Monday 4th                    Return to school

Tuesday 5th                   Andrew Smith – ‘Bug man’ in school (Year 6)

Thursday 14th                 Day off for Year 6 children

Friday 15th                     Departure for school journey to IOW (Year 6)

Monday 18th                  School journey returns (Year 6)

Tuesday 19th                  Day off for Year 6 children (Year 6)

Thursday 21st                 NSPCC workshops in school    

Wednesday 27th Sports Day

July

Monday 2nd – 6th            Bikeability week (Year 6)

Wednesday 5th              International Day          

Thursday 12th                 2.00pm – Leavers’ Performance (Year 6)

Tuesday 17th                  7.30-9.00pm – Leavers’ Disco (Year 6)

Wednesday 18th             Year 6 in late

Thursday 19th                 7.00pm – Leavers’ Mass

Friday 20th                     Year 6 in late

                                    Shirt signing

Last day of term

Thank you for your support.  If you have any queries at all please do see me at the end of a school day.  If that’s not convenient, email on tfitzgerald5.209@lgflmail.org.

Best regards,

Teresa Fitzgerald

 

SPRING TERM
CLASS NEWSLETTER 5/6F

15th January 2018

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year – we hope it brings health and happiness to you and your families.  Thank you so much for your generous gifts at Christmas time, these were much appreciated.  The children have settled straight back into their working routines. Here is an outline of the work we will be covering, together with important dates for your diaries. We hope this is helpful to you when you are choosing library books, going on visits or helping with research. 

English

In the first half term the children will work on letter writing, email writing and list poetry, using ‘Cosmic’ by Frank Cottrell Boyce as a stimulus.  The key text for the rest of the term is Macbeth by William Shakespeare.  The children will study biography, script writing, in-depth character analysis and writing including shifts of formality with regard to this text.  They will also explore poetry and do short story writing across both half terms.

Children will be encouraged to: read with understanding; compare texts, plays and films; plan quickly; investigate viewpoints; read and write poetry, non-fiction, stories and scripts. The children will learn key spelling rules and apply them. Guided reading will be taught through the core English texts, short stories and comprehensions.

 Maths

Measures including time

Circles and angles

Properties of 2D and 3D shapes

Diagonals

Reasoning about shape

Number and place value

Mental addition and subtraction

Fractions, percentages and statistics

Algebra

Co-ordinates, statistics and measure

Mental multiplication and division

Written multiplication

Multiplication and division of fractions and written division

Area, perimeter and volume

Shape, ratio and percentages

Science

Earth and space

Children will continue this unit from last term.

Forces

  • Explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object
  • Identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction that act between moving Recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

 Topic

  • We will be investigating earth and mountains for this term’s topic. Initially we were going to do this during last half-term but the St Winifred’s project lasted the whole term.

 RE

  • Units from ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ – Jesus, Son of God (first half term). Jesus, the Bread of Life (second half term)

Class Routines

  • Monday Dance (from 29th January)
  • Tuesday Science
  • Wednesday PE, RE and Italian
  • Thursday Art
  • Friday                  Music, Singing

 Homework

Journal:                      One written task per week – given out Friday, back by following Tuesday.

Reading:                    Nightly – children are expected to read for 20-30 minutes EVERY evening. They should keep a record of pages read nightly and write a detailed comment in their reading record each time they finish a book. Please encourage your children to read a variety of literature including newspapers, magazines and advertising material.

Spellings:                              Thursday for test the following week.

Maths Homework:     Friday to be completed over one week (following Friday).

Unfinished Work:       Children who are slow to complete tasks will be asked to complete them at lunch times.

Dates for your diary:

 January

Thursday 4th                     Royal Academy Art Workshop (in school)

Thursday 18th              Hate Crime Workshop (in school)

Wednesday 24th          Cinderella – Sadler’s Wells

February

Monday 12th                Half Term for one week

March

Tuesday 6th                 Parent/teacher meetings – 3:30pm – 6:00pm

Wednesday 7th            Parent/teacher meetings – 4:30pm – 7:00pm

Tuesday 27th               Easter Egg Hunt

School breaks up for Easter holidays on Thursday 29th March. 

Children return to school on Monday 16th April.

Thank you for your support in advance.  If you have any queries at all please do see me at the end of a school day.  If that’s not convenient, email me on tfitzgerald5.209@lgflmail.org.

Warmest regards,         

Teresa Fitzgerald

AUTUMN TERM
CLASS NEWSLETTER 5/6F 

Dear Parents,

The children have settled in well during their first week back at school and are approaching their learning with enthusiasm. Here is an outline of the work we will be covering, together with important dates for your diaries. I hope this is helpful to you when you are choosing library books, going on visits or helping with research.  

Main Topic

In the first half term, we will be exploring the history of St Winifred’s Primary School. In the second half term, we will be investigating earth and mountains.

Literacy

In the first half term the children will work on news reports, descriptions of settings, feelings of characters, and poetry (‘King Kong’ is the key text). In the second half term the children will work on recounts (diary entries), character study, writing in a chosen form for a chosen audience, poetry and persuasive writing (‘The Viewer’ is the key text).  Children will be encouraged to: read with understanding; compare texts, plays and films; plan quickly; investigate viewpoints; read and write poetry, non-fiction, stories and scripts. The children will learn key spelling rules and apply them. Guided reading will be taught daily through the core English texts, short stories and comprehensions.

Maths

Approximating, place value, decimals, ordering positive and negative numbers on scales

Interpret percentages as fractions and decimals

Square numbers up to 20 x 20, patterns and factors

Co-ordinates in 4 quadrants

Measure – area and perimeter

Fractions – simplifying, ordering, adding and subtracting fractions

Volume using cm³, m³, ml, l and equivalents

Distances on maps and scale drawings

Mental addition and subtraction

Apply and explain methods to solve multi-step problems

Science

Living things and their habitats

The children will describe the differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird.  They will also describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.

Earth and space

Children will:

  • describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system;
  • describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth;
  • describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies; and
  • use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky.

RE

Units from ‘The Way the Truth and the Life’ – The Kingdom of God (first half term). Justice  (second half term)

Class Routines

Monday                 PE

Tuesday                 Science

Wednesday           PE, RE and Italian

Thursday                Drama, Swimming (second half term only)

Friday                     Music, Singing, Philosophy (first half term only)

Homework:

Journal:                       One written task per week – given out Friday, back by following Tuesday.

Reading:                      Nightly – children are expected to read for 20-30 minutes EVERY evening. They should keep a record of pages read nightly and write a detailed comment in their reading record each time they finish a book. Please encourage your children to read a variety of literature including newspapers, magazines and advertising material.

Spellings:                    Wednesday for test the following week.

Maths Homework:         Friday to be completed by following Wednesday.

Unfinished Work:          Children who are slow to complete tasks will be asked to complete them at lunch times.

Dates for your diary:

September

Friday 22nd Sept                       INSET day

Monday 25th Sept                     Woodland Habitats workshop at Horton Kirby

October

Thursday 12th Oct                    Eltham Palace ‘Art Deco’ workshop (tbc)

Friday 20th Oct                          Harvest Festival

23rd-27th Oct                              Half Term

Monday 30th Oct                       INSET Day

Tuesday 31st Oct                       Andrew Smith – Bug man (Year 6 only)

November

Wed 8th– Thurs 9th Nov              Parent meetings

December

Friday 15th Dec                         5/6F Christmas performance

School breaks up for Christmas holidays on Wednesday 20th December.  Children return to school on Wednesday 3rd January

Thank you for your support in advance.  If you have any queries at all please do see me at the end of a school day.  If that’s not convenient, email me on tfitzgerald5.209@lgflmail.org.

Curriculum Map 5-6F

Warmest regards,         

Teresa Fitzgerald