Welcome to Year 5/6

Welcome to Upper Key Stage Two – Years 5/6.

We are delighted to be working with you and your child!

 

 Our Aims:

 In Year 5/6 we ensure that all our pupils receive a quality first education, developing skills and knowledge through our broad and balanced curriculum. We take a blended approach to our curriculum, meaning that some subjects are taught in an overarching theme, whereas others are taught discretely. You can find out more about this approach in our Curriculum planning documentation.

 

Meet the Teaching Team 

 

Monday      

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Red Squirrels

Mrs Lewtas

Mrs Lewtas

Mrs Lewtas

Mrs Lewtas

Mrs Lewtas

Ospreys

Miss Burns

Miss Burns

Miss Burns

Miss Burns

Miss Burns

Wolves

Mr Outram

Mr Outram

Mr Outram

Mr Outram

Mr Outram

 

Classroom Organisation

Our unit is organised into three classes: Red Squirrels, Ospreys and Wolves. The classes are Year 5, Year 5/6 and Year 6. The classes are taught by Mrs Lewtas (Red Squirrels Year 6L), Miss Burns (Ospreys Year 5/6B) and Mr Outram (Wolves Year 5O). Mrs Taylor is based in Year 5 (Wolves) to support the children with their learning. Mrs Dodd and Mrs Laddle are based in Year 5/6 (Ospreys) to support the children with their learning.

If you wish to speak to your child’s Class teacher, please feel free to make an appointment at any time. Alternatively, you can leave a message with the adult on duty at the door in the morning.

 

Our Routines:

School doors open at 8.50am.

School finishes for KS2 children at 3.30pm and they are dismissed by their teachers. They can be collected from the KS2 entrance at the front of the building.


Our P.E. days are: 

Year 5 – Tuesday         

Year 5/6 – Wednesday

Year 6 – Wednesday

 

Please make sure you keep your kit in school. Kit consists of a yellow polo shirt, unbranded black shorts and black pumps. Long hair must be tied back and earrings should be removed.  Kits will need to go home to be washed on a regular basis.

 

Home learning:

Each class has their own homework timetable and routine. Homework diaries are used to communicate learning tasks. Specific tasks are logged by pupils daily and should be signed by parents and carers each day in order to ensure communication is efficient. Teachers will also check these and sign them each day.

Please ensure that you read with your child for 20 minutes for a minimum of five sessions per week. This should be recorded in children’s reading records, which are also signed on a weekly basis.

 

Some useful websites to support your learning at home:

 

Times Table Rock Stars

Maths Is Fun!

Percy Parker's Sing Your Times Tables

 

Bug Club

BBC Bitesize

Top 100 Book Recommendations

 

 

Reading

We are committed to developing passionate readers and exploring different genres and will be exploring a range of texts in our Topic, English and Shared Reading lessons over the course of the academic year. It is our intention to immerse pupils in the wonders of quality texts to instil a love for reading, a passion for discovery and a confidence to explore their imagination. To promote our love of reading, we offer a selection of specially selected texts in our bespoke “Starbooks” reading programme. These texts have been carefully selected by our teachers. Children can earn loyalty points for reading these books and completing book reviews. Once they have earned 6 points, our pupils will be rewarded with a delicious hot chocolate!

 

Writing

English is mainly taught using the well-respected ‘Power of Reading’ scheme.  Through this we use high quality texts to engage children in their English learning and develop inspiring writing opportunities. There are further opportunities for writing across our curriculum.

 

Maths

Mathematical knowledge and skills will be developed though practical and real-life experiences, encouraging children to use reasoning and problem-solving skills. Meaningful learning will take place through visits, visitors and the use of technology. Our engaging activities in all curriculum areas will enable children to develop further independence, cooperation and resilience.

 

Over the course of the year there will be a range of excursions, extra-curricular opportunities and sporting events for our children to take part in. We believe that this is a vital area in which children can flourish and develop self-awareness and independence.

If you have anything that you feel could help with our topic or if you feel you could help out in school, please do get in touch…we love to have visitors! 

 

Our Upper Key Stage 2 Curriculum 

Children continue developing from and building on all they have achieved in Lower Key Stage Two Key Stage 2 practitioners aim to do all they can to help children achieve their best by the end of the Key Stage. Children have a right, identified in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, to access provision which enables them to develop their personalities, talents and abilities irrespective of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties, disabilities or gender. This guidance helps adults to understand and support each individual child’s development pathway. The Key Stage 2 curriculum is available on the Department for Education  website: The National Curriculum

 

The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.  The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and over each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.

 

 

 

At the end of Year 6 pupils are required to complete Statutory Assessments (Tests) in Reading, Mathematics and SPaG (spelling punctuation and grammar) The Tests are designed to confirm whether pupils have reached the expected standard.  You can view sample test papers and other related documents here: National Curriculum Assessment Practice Materials.  Children are also assessed by teachers in Writing and Science.  In writing, children can also be assessed as having reached greater depth standard or assessed to be working towards the expected standard.