Welcome to Chestnut class
Welcome to Chestnut Class – Years 5 and 6 – Spring 2018
Welcome back to all the children and parents, we hope you have had a lovely Christmas and New Year break and are ready for another exciting term ahead. The class is made up of 17 Year 6 and 12 Year 5 pupils, giving a total of 29 children and has a dedicated teacher and two Learning Support Assistants. This term, all the year 5 pupils will have Maths and English in the mornings with all other Year 5 pupils in Oak Class, while Year 6 will be working with Mr Clark to concentrate on preparing for SATS and the transition to secondary school in the summer. This will enable smaller class sizes for these all-important subjects. The class will come back together in the afternoons for topic, science and other subjects.
Our theme for this term is ‘Past and Present’ and we will be looking at World War 2. During our trip to Dover Castle in Term 2, the children learnt about the role Kent played in the conflict and, in particular, Operation Dynamo (the evacuation from Dunkirk). We will be looking at the impact the war had on civilians in particular, such as the evacuees in England, and also on those in enemy/occupied countries. We will do this by studying Anne Frank’s diary and John Boyne’s ‘The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas’. One great aspect of studying this subject is that many children will have direct links through family members, many of whom are still alive.
SATS and Transition to Secondary School – Year 6 Page
Follow this link for information relating to Year 6 SATS and transition to secondary school in 2018.
Raising literacy standards
We are focussing on raising literacy standards and will be checking each child’s reading record (yellow book) each week. Please ensure your child brings in the book each day and that he/she is encouraged to read at home (it doesn’t have to be a book – it can be a magazine article or web site). Please sign the book each time they read with/to you. Children who have read five times or more in a week will be rewarded in a little celebration at the end of the week.
This term, the children will doing PE every Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure that they have the correct clothing/equipment to enable them to take part. PE kits should be kept in school all week, from Monday to Friday. PE is part of the National Curriculum and is compulsory for all pupils. Please ensure that all PE and swimming kit is named.
Accurate spelling is core to the new curriculum. The word-lists for years 3 and 4 and years 5 and 6 are statutory. The lists are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell. The word list of Years 5 and 6 can be accessed via the link in ‘Useful Documents’, below. It would really help children if parents/carers could practise these spellings with them.
Children in Years 5 and 6 should be proficient in all their tables up to the 12 times table. We have now started a times table ‘maths blaster’ as part of our guided skills session at the end of each morning, using ‘Times Table Rockstars’ (see link below). Times Tables are at the heart of mental arithmetic, which in itself helps forms the basis of a child’s understanding and ability when working with number. Once children have learnt their times tables by heart, they are then able to work far more confidently – and efficiently – through a wide range of more advanced calculations. There is a multitude of web-based programs to help with this learning at home, most of which are free.
Computing has deep links with maths, science, and design and technology. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation. Computing ensures that pupils become digitally literate at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. At Bethersden, we have a range of resources (including laptops and tablets) to help us achieve the computing programme, and I am using a number of educational packages to assist pupil learning across the whole curriculum. Some of these programmes allow assignments to be set, both as in-school and home learning activities. All children in Chestnut class have been given log-in details for use at school as part of their lessons and at home, if they wish.
I will be setting homework each week and I hope you will support the children with this. I like to keep it simple and link it to the following week’s activities. For Year 6, there will be a focus on preparing for SATS. Homework sheets are emailed to each child in electronic format, via DB Primary (this can be viewed at home on smartphones/tablets/computers at https://bethersden-kent.secure-dbprimary.com ). Paper copies will be made available for those who require them.
We believe that it is important that our pupils develop a sense of social responsibility and forge close links with the community. We have been making aids to support Cancer Research events and out and about around Bethersden clearing litter, weeding the grounds of St Margaret’s Church, serving afternoon tea and singing as a class choir.
Class Teacher: Mr Robert Clark
Learning Support Assistant: Mrs Alison Smith