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We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to our class. During the year we have parents’ evenings that give us the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress however our door is always open and if you have any comments or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.
Now that your child is in Year 5 or 6 there are some routines that we follow to help develop their independence. Within class, children will be encouraged to question and research topic area that interest them, take responsibility for their own learning through provision, challenge learning, making them a more confident, independent learners.
PE: PE is on a Friday. However we ask that your child brings in a full indoor and outdoor PE kit, including outdoor trainers, on a Monday morning and leaves it in school. They then bring it home at the end of term for a wash.
Please ensure that all of your child’s clothing is clearly labelled as each year we seem to have more and more stray clothing. If it is labelled it is easier to find and return to the owner.
Homework: Each week your child will bring home spelling homework. These will be spellings that are appropriate for your child’s ability. They will be tested each Thursday. Please help your child to learn their spellings. The New Curriculum puts a great emphasis on spelling, punctuation and grammar and the children will be tested on this through-out the year and at the end of learning cycle (3 times a year).
As well as this, the children are expected to read at home at least 4 times a week. This is to help them with fluency and understanding of what they are reading. All of the books that your child brings home are suited to their ability. Children who regularly read at home make more rapid progress with understanding as their fluency does not slow them down. As the children are getting older it is still important that they read to an adult, however we do understand that they like to read independently and if they wish to they can do this if you don’t mind just asking them a few questions about their reading to ensure that they are gaining a good understanding. Your child will be bringing home a book mark that highlights all of the things that they need to be able to do for the level that they are working at. We ask that you record when you have listened to them read so that we can monitor this at school too.
Topic homework is also set and this gives the children the experience of independent learning. This usually is in the form of a project and the children have a number of weeks to complete this. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to be involved in your child’s learning journey and them working with you will only enhance their learning experience. When the homework is returned to school the children will have the opportunity to share and discuss their homework with the class.
To support children with their maths we ask from children to practise their times tables, using times table rock stars, as this has become a key focus for the government in the last year or so and they are now carry out formal testing of times tables knowledge.
RE – Your child’s RE learning is taught through the locally agreed syllabus.
Through our learning we promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural development please follow the link to view our RE curriculum progression document.
Key Stage 2 children are able to go home alone at the end of the day but if there are any changes please notify the office so that we can let the children know as soon as possible. We do appreciate that things often change last minute but for your child’s safety please contact us and not other parents, as often messages get confused.
We also ask that any correspondences with school including dinner money/reply slips are handed to the class teacher in the classroom. The children are now old enough to be responsible for their own things and this is a good lesson for them to learn for secondary school. It also helps to relieve pressure on the office so that they can deal with the important issues that arise at busy periods.
Don’t forget we have Wake Up and Shake Up on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning starting at 8.40 am. This is a good opportunity for the children to get active before they start learning at 9.00 am.
We hope that this helps you to understand some of the routines that take place on a weekly basis. We look forward to working with you this year to ensure that your child makes maximum progress and continues to have a love of learning.
To download the Team 4 curriculum, Mega Structures Curriculum Letter
If you are interested in learning more about how we plan and the national curriculum please follow the Useful links tab on the Teaching and Learning Tab.