Einstein Class (Y5/6)

Summer Term 2021

Topic - Natural Disasters

April 2021

Dear Y5/6 parents and carers,

 

This term our lessons will all be based on the topic ‘Natural Disasters’: how and where they occur, how they happen, what they look like and their impact on society and the landscape.

In maths the focus will be percentages, shapes and angles and any areas which need a recap following lockdown and home schooling.

Throughout English, the childrenwill be writing flashback stories, instructions and explanation texts whilst developing their understanding and application of the grammar associated with these genres. We will be reading and studying Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo as a class to assist in our writing development.

PE will continue to be on Wednesdays and Fridays and will focus on rounders, athletics, cricket and Outdoor Adventurous Activities (OAA). Please can the children continue to wear PE kit on the PE days.

Last term we wanted the children to settle back into school following lockdown and so didn’t set any formal homework other than spelling and reading.  From the second week of this term we will be starting homework again – it is important that children get into the habit of completing homework to prepare them for Y6 / secondary school.  English homework will be set by Mrs Kilius-Smith on a Wednesday for the following Wednesday and Maths homework will be set by Mrs Smith on Friday for the following Thursday.  Autumn term started out well in relation to homework but by the end of the term several children were repeatedly forgetting or not completing it.  Therefore from this term onwards, in preparation for secondary school, children will be given one additional day to hand in their homework otherwise they will have to complete it at break time.  (This is not the case for mathletics which is additional practise). 

We do understand that there may be an odd week where homework can’t be completed – for a variety of reasons – if this happens, please write a note in the home school diary or email the appropriate teacher so we understand why it has not been done.  Homework given out should be at a level which children can generally complete independently, if you feel this is consistently not the case please get in touch.

As always we encourage children to read as much as possible.  The children will continue to have a levelled book from school which we use to assess their comprehension, vocabulary, fluency and other reading skills.  They can of course read other books for enjoyment and we would encourage that.  Also please don’t be alarmed if your child has previously read a level 20 book and then brings a level 16 or 17 book home – there is such a broad range of titles in all levels we encourage the children to read across the levels to ensure they read a broad range of genres.

As always if you have any questions, please write a note in the home school diary or send an email. 

Wishing you all a wonderful summer - and for some, final - term

Mrs Smith & Mrs Kilius-Smith

Spring Term 2021 - Vikings

January 2021

Dear Y5/6 parents and carers,

 Happy New Year!  Let’s hope this year will see us return to some sort of normality.

This term our topic is Vikings.  The children will have many lessons: art, history, geography, English based on this theme and where appropriate other lessons will make links to the Vikings. 

In maths the focus will be fractions, decimals and percentages as well as the year 6 children starting some practise for the SATs tests in May.  The science topics for this term are Evolution and The Circulatory System.

PE will continue to be on a Wednesday and Friday and will focus on gymnastics and badminton.  Please can the children continue to wear PE kit on the PE days.

English homework will be set by Mrs Kilius-Smith on a Wednesday for the following Wednesday and Maths homework will be set by Mrs Smith on Friday for the following Thursday.  Last term started out well in relation to homework but by the end of the term several children were repeatedly forgetting or not completing it.  Therefore from this term onwards, in preparation for secondary school, children will be given one additional day to hand in their homework otherwise they will have to complete it at break time.  (This is not the case for mathletics which is additional practise). 

We do understand that there may be an odd week where homework can’t be completed – for a variety of reasons – if this happens, please write a note in the home school diary or email the appropriate teacher so we understand why it has not been done.  Homework given out should be at a level which children can generally complete independently, if you feel this is consistently not the case please get in touch.

As always we encourage children to read as much as possible.  The children will continue to have a levelled book from school which we use to assess their comprehension, vocabulary, fluency and other reading skills.  They can of course read other books for enjoyment and we would encourage that.  Also please don’t be alarmed if your child has previously read a level 20 book and then brings a level 16 or 17 book home – there is such a broad range of titles in all levels we encourage the children to read across the levels to ensure they read a broad range of genres.

As always if you have any questions, please write a note in the home school diary or send an email. 
 

Wishing you all a wonderful 2021

Mrs Smith & Mrs Kilius-Smith

Autumn 2020 Anglo Saxons
January 2021
Dear Y5/6 Parents,
 

Welcome back to the start of a new academic year. What a strange year it has been.  We hope you all managed to enjoy the sunshine during the holiday and feel excited for the start of the new term. 

We know that home schooling has been a different experience for all of our families and everyone has tackled it in a way that is best for them – which is great.  We are starting this new academic year with the understanding that some children completed all the home learning tasks, whilst others have taken a different path; gardening, baking, building, walking, drawing, playing.  Both approaches are fine and we have planned and prepared to cater for any gaps and developments.  The first few weeks will focus on understanding where all the children are on their learning journey so that we can provide the best support for them all going forward.

We will be working as a team again this year.  Mrs Kilius-Smith will be teaching on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Mrs Smith will be teaching on Thursday and Friday.  Our topic this term has a historical focus and will be based on the Anglo Saxons.  For more details about each subject please see the topic overview on the website.

For this term, spellings will be given out on Monday and tested the following Monday.  Maths homework will be given out by Mrs Smith on Friday to be handed in the following Thursday and English homework will be given out by Mrs Kilius-Smith on Wednesday to be handed in the following Wednesday.  We will also be setting some online homework this year for both maths and English.  If you feel you are unable to complete homework online please let us know so that we can print a hard copy.

PE will be Wednesday and Friday this year.  Please can your children come to school in their P.E. kits on these days to prevent extra bags / items being in school at this time.  On cold days they can wear jogging bottoms and add their school jumper over the blue polo shirt.  

As always, please can we ask you to encourage as much reading as possible at home.  It really is the most effective way to improve learning – across all subjects.  Please initial the home school diaries when your child has read at home. 

We will be checking the Home School diaries daily so if you have any questions or comments, please add them in the current week and we will respond or acknowledge we have read your message – if we have time in the morning or afternoon we will happily chat then or otherwise we can arrange a mutually convenient time.

Kind regards,

Mrs Kilius-Smith & Mrs Smith

These are the books we will be reading and basing our learning on (especially reading and writing) during Y5/6