Welcome to the Doves’ class page!
Class Teacher: Miss K. Purling
Teaching Assistant: Mrs C. Coleman
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back! I trust you had a restful holiday.
For this half term our topic will be ‘Leisure and Entertainment’, which is both history and geography based. We will be learning about how leisure and entertainment activities have changed over the 20th century. Our Art topic will also focus on leisure and entertainment.
In the second half of this half term, ‘Talk for Writing’ will focus on a warning tale – Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Just so stories’. After this, our non-fiction topic will be explanation texts. In Maths, we revising all the maths topics covered this year in preparation for SATs and then moving on to preparation for Year 7. In Science, we will be learning about light.
Just a reminder that it is vital that your child’s P.E. kit is in school every day as this allows your child to change in the event of them becoming wet and/or muddy during morning break or lunchtime play. Please ensure that your child has kit suitable for the weather, as some days may be a little damp and/or chilly and we will be outside as much as possible. In addition to shorts/skorts and a t-shirt, I would suggest that they bring a sweatshirt specifically for P.E., rather than wearing their school one – as it may get muddy and/or wet – and a pair of jogging bottoms.
Spellings will be sent home on a Monday and tested the following Monday. Further information on spellings for year 6 (and the rest of the National Curriculum) can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum. In accordance with school policy, all members of the class will be learning spellings aimed specifically at Year 6, while revising spelling rules from previous years with which they are less confident in class. As there is a specific SATS spelling test or Year 6 in May, it is important that he children are familiar with the spellings from Years 3-6. In addition to this, your child will also be set one challenge on spelling shed (https://play.edshed.co/login) to be completed by the following week. Please ask if your child does not have a login and this can be provided.
Times tables will tested in school, usually on a Wednesday; please help your child to practise their timetables from 1-12 every day, including the accompanying division facts, in whichever way you and your child prefer. The key maths facts for this half term are attached to this letter and it is essential that they are practised regularly to support your child’s learning. In addition to this, your child will also be set one challenge on times tables rock stars (https://ttrockstars.com/login) to be completed by the following week. Please ask if your child does not have a login and this can be provided.
Reading should be completed on a daily basis and recorded in your child’s reading record. These will be checked by a member of staff twice weekly.
This term, please complete the SATs past paper which will be sent home each week in preparation for SATS.
Helping in class
We would welcome any help that you feel able to offer us, either regularly with reading, or as a ‘one off’ when you are able for special activities such as crafts or cooking – please contact the office if you feel able to assist in this way.
In line with the school’s Safeguarding Policy, please note that volunteers within the school community are subject to checks carried out by the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and will be asked for references.
How can you continue to help?
· Read regularly with your child asking them questions about what they are reading, the characters and their opinions then signing in the reading diary to confirm that they have read with you every day. Please also encourage them to read a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts.
· Encourage children to learn spellings, times tables and key maths facts.
· Ensure your child brings in their P.E. kit on a Monday and that it stays in school until Friday. Kit should be appropriate to the activities being taught, which this half term will be dance.
· Ensure children have a water bottle.
SATS Reminder –
Monday 13 May 2019 English grammar, punctuation and spelling papers 1 and 2
Tuesday 14 May 2019 English reading
Wednesday 15 May 2019 Mathematics papers 1 and 2
Thursday 16 May 2019 Mathematics paper 3
All papers will have a prompt 9am start.
Next half term
After the half term break, our theme will be ‘Our changing world’.
Of course, should you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to come talk to me via the office.
Many thanks for your continued support,
Dove Class Teacher