Teacher: Miss Law
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Nolan
Blenheim is a popular, old English cooking apple, perfect for making Apple Charlotte. It has a nutty, sweet taste and crumbly texture and so is often served with cheese. It has a huge crop, and is often chosen by people who grow apples trees in their gardens
Terms 5 & 6
Year 5 Optional SATS tests
Our annual internal assessment tests will take place in the beginning of term 6 (dates will be confirmed). The children will be assessed in Reading, Maths and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG). Tests will take place in the school hall to prepare the children for their Year 6 assessments.
We all want the children to work hard to show the progress they have made over the past year, so please encourage your child to do their best, eat lots of healthy “brain” food and get plenty of rest every night.
During the Summer term, our work will be linked to our topic and the book we will reading - ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Eva Ibbotson, which is set in the Amazon Rainforest. We will be writing diaries, journals and letters, as well as creating zoo keeper instructions and video commentaries.
In addition to a daily English lesson, children will have reading sessions, as well as weekly spelling, grammar and punctuation lessons to develop their basic skills and begin to prepare them for the format of the English SATs papers at the end of year 6.Your child will be reading and discussing books with an adult on a regular basis and they should ensure their reading books and reading logs are handed in weekly on a Thursday. We ask that all children, even confident readers who prefer to read to themselves, are heard read aloud at home as often as possible. This does not have to be their school reading book, but anything they or you enjoy (eg. newspapers, TV guides, leaflets, magazines). It would be helpful if you could write a comment in their reading record too.
In Maths, we will continue to cover a range of topics in our daily Maths lessons, including decimals, geometry and measure. The children will also still have times tables and mental maths sessions. We will be focussing more on applying their skills in investigations and problem solving challenges to embed their understanding.
As children often learn different mental and written methods for number work to those you may have learned or use now, please come and ask your child’s class teacher if you would like to discuss how best to help them at home. We will aim to give examples of relevant methods with any homework we send home too.
In terms 5 and 6 our Topic is ‘The Circle of Life’ . Continuing from our Amazon Rainforest topic, the children will be learning about the life cycles of plants and
animals, studying how they reproduce and the factors that affect this. They will also be considering the impact humans have on the natural resources of the rainforest. For Art, our focus will be the close up flower pictures of Georgia O’Keeffe, producing our own observational sketches and paintings, and working with clay to create models of animals.
In separate Science work, we will also be doing a series of independently planned investigations into materials, including reversible and irreversible changes of state. These will be important preparation for year 6 and for showing evidence to support 11+ appeals (see section on the back of letter).
SECONDARY SCHOOL SELECTION
As Year 6 approaches, we are aware that you may be considering entering your child for the Medway test (11+).
The Medway Authority hold meetings about the arrangements for choosing a secondary school during the Summer term at various venues around the area on different dates, usually towards the end of May. We will pass on details/flyers as soon as we receive them, so that you can choose a meeting to attend to find out the details of the process for next year.
As the testing usually takes place in the first few weeks of year 6, it will be children’s work from these next 2 terms in particular which will contribute to any appeals for places should a child be unsuccessful on the test day. It is therefore even more important than usual that children approach their work with an energetic and positive attitude to show their ability fully in English, Maths and Science in particular during this time.
They will be expected to INDEPENDENTLY show high levels of quality and quantity with excellent presentation. The focus in Maths and Science will be on investigation skills and drawing their own conclusions.