Fox Class Newsletter – Spring 2019.
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. It really is amazing how quickly the first two terms flew by, and it is almost unbelievable to think that the children are a third of the way through their last year in primary school.
The class is now made up of 24 Year 6 children with a dedicated teacher (Mr Clark) and a Learning Support Assistant (Mrs Smith). We will be spending the two Spring terms preparing for SATS and the transition to secondary school, which is probably the most important change in a pupils journey through education. This can be quite a daunting prospect for the children, so please offer as much support as possible for them in the coming months. We will be holding Maths booster sessions (on a one-to-one basis) with a specialist teacher for selected children, plus other maths and English interventions in the weeks running up to SATS. Further details will be sent out nearer the time. SATS week is from Monday 13th– Thursday 16thMay.
Our theme for this term is smugglers and pirates and we will be looking at the period of the 18th Century onwards. This theme is not just a fun subject but provides a great opportunity to link all areas of the curriculum, particularly history, geography, maths, literacy, science, diversity and British Values. Our class book will be ‘Treasure Island’ by Robert Louis Stevenson (the subject of our Christmas play), which itself provides a treasure of rich language form a different era. The subject is also very relevant to our local area, as the Kent and Sussex area was a hotbed of smuggling in the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly in around the Romney Marsh area. We hope to go on a field trip to Hastings and Rye to walk in the footsteps of the famous smugglers and visit the museums there – I will be writing to parents with further details in due course.
Reading. We are focussing on raising literacy standards. Each week, every child in the school has their reading on a Wednesday evening recorded as part of ‘Buster’s Book Club’. Until very recently, Fox Class has performed poorly and has almost consistently been the class that is recorded as having read the least. I know many of the children are reading but are not recording their reading minutes. Please encourage them to do so and listen to them read where possible (although they can do this independently as well).
PE. This term, the children will be swimming on a Monday afternoon. Please ensure they bring their swimming costumes (one piece) and towels each Monday morning. The class will be led by Mrs Grace, while Mr Clark covers Hedgehog Class.
Spellings. Accurate spelling is core to the 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 on the Fox Class page of the school web site and are on the reverse of this sheet. It would really help children if parents/carers could practise these spellings with them. New spelling lists will be issued each week, and will be taught in class each Friday.
Times Tables. Children in Year 6 should be proficient in all their tables up to the 12 times table. Times Tables are at the heart of mental arithmetic, which in itself helps form the basis of a child’s understanding and ability when working with numbers. 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. There are links on our web site page for you to follow if you wish.