Welcome to Year 5 and 6
Mr O'Mahoney, Mrs Laing and Mr Liddiard
Summer Term 1 Topic: Our learning question this term is: 'What would you need on a mission to Mars?'
After the recent news that NASA have successfully sent pictures back from their helicopter to Mars, the children are excited about their topic this term. Our Big Bang will involve the children going on a virtual tour of Mars and the International Space Station. Throughout the topic, we will be focusing on how evidence is gathered through Scientific enquiry and what makes a good scientist. We will also be examining the planets of our solar system using spherical representations for scale with cross curricular link to maths. Following on from this, we will explore day and night and the Earth's rotation. We will also be looking at lunar phases to the position of the Earth and Sun.
RE will focus on Islam and rites of passage. We will be learning about many Muslim ceremonies such as: marriage, birth, death and the importance of the Hajj.
Art will be based on the work of Gustav Klimt focusing on sketching, imagery that tells a story, Klimt inspired artwork, creating natural textures and symbolism within a piece of art.
In Computing, children will be creating their own stop-motion animation. This will be done in 4 phases: research, preparation, production and publication. We will then celebrate each other's work as a class and evaluate our animations. Our animations will be linked to our Space topic.
Dates for your Diary
Monday 27th April – National Gardening Week
Friday 30th April – England does the daily mile event
Monday 3rd May – School Closed May Bank Holiday
Monday 10th May – National Water Saving Week
Monday 17th May – National Mental Health Awareness Week and National Walk to School Week
Friday 28th May – Term Five ends
Monday 7th June – School reopens for Term 6
Wednesday 23rd June – Games Day
Wednesday 30th June – Sports Day
Wednesday 14th and Thursday 15th – Transition to new classes in the afternoons
Monday 19th July – Y6 Leavers’ Ceremony and BBQ
Tuesday 20th July – Whole School Awards Ceremony
Wednesday 21st July – Whole School Picnic and Enterprise Fair
Wednesday 22nd July – Term six ends
We will send details nearer the date of each event as the organisation will depend on current COVID restrictions at the time of each individual event.
The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the spoken and written language, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. Upon our return to school, we will be focusing on recounts, persuasive writing and Science Fiction based on the Sci-fi novel 'Tales from Outer Suburbia' by Shaun Tan.
Class Reading - We teach the skills of reading through daily whole class guided reading sessions using high-quality and challenging texts, which are dissected by the class through high-level questioning and discussion. This term, Year 5 children will be reading The Witches by Roald Dahl while the Year 6 children will be reading the graphic novel Illegal by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin.
Individual Reading - Reading is a great way to occupy your time and develop your imagination. Children should be reading at least 15 minutes per day and also be sharing a book, ideally at bedtime, with an adult. Once children have read the book, get them to answer questions about the characters and their feelings or even write a book review.
At Caythorpe we strive to develop a reading for pleasure culture. In Key Stage Two children use the Accelerated Reader Program. A student reads a book, takes an online quiz at school, and gets immediate feedback. Students respond to regular feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills. Children have an opportunity to quiz and change their reading books everyday. However it is helpful if reading diaries are signed to ensure children are reading, engaging and understanding what they read. Please ensure you listen to your child read regularly and sign their reading diaries.
Oxford Owl - Oxford Owl is an award-winning free website. It’s packed with up to date expert advice, top tips and activity ideas so you can support your child’s reading and maths at home in the best possible way. The site also has 250 free eBooks which are also tablet friendly.
The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
- become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics
- reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
- can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems
We believe every child can do maths. At Caythorpe we follow the White Rose scheme of work. The scheme follows a journey to mastery approach. It would take several years to master addition, so what we do is break the journey down into small steps, spending time carefully considering each. Through intelligent practice and building up experience of different contexts, gradually we move towards mastery where pupils are fluent in the unfamiliar and can apply their skills in any new situation.
Daily arithmetic practise is vital for mathematical fluency. As a school we subscribe to Times Table Rock Stars. We encourage children to play daily accessing using their username and password (available from your class teacher). Become a Rock God or Goddess, challenge your friends to a rock slam and watch out for tournaments set by your class teachers!
What to do if your child says "I hate Maths!" A helpful video
PSHCE and Well-Being
Please see below five factsheets for parents and practitioners with the aim of providing information by using trauma awareness about children's and adult's emotional behaviour: You may access the full Rockpool website via the link.
- Factsheet 1: Being Safe
- One way of acknowledging your child’s distress is to be open about the fears and anxieties that are around at the moment. Giving them information about what is happening and helping then feel safe is the most important thing you can do. This link takes you to a version of a free book by the author of the Gruffalo which explains the virus and on the back page are links to lots of other resources.
- This is a link for older children on Flight/Fight and feeling anxious.
- This is a link for younger children.
- This link takes you to a really nice video that the whole family can watch – you can even make the ‘Glitter jars’ if you have the right stuff.
- The following fact sheets have other useful links to helpful videos and activities.
- Factsheet 2: Keeping Connected
- Factsheet 3: Understanding Resilience
- Factsheet 4: A Nurturing Environment
- Factsheet 5: Understanding Emotions and Healthy Relationships
Free parent resources - supporting your child's well being through Corona Virus. From the Clear Sky - a children's charity. Play & Creative Arts Therapy creates a safe environment for children who are having difficulties to explore and express themselves through the language of play.
You can also find more information in the download section at the bottom of the page including the DFE helpline and appendix to our Safeguarding policy regarding COVID19 ( available to download below).
This term in PSHE, we will be focusing on taking care of our mental health, online communities, strategies to deal with emotions and judging whether something online is safe and helpful to me.
Please can your child keep a named PE kit in school all week (dark shorts and/or jogging bottoms, a white T-shirt and trainers or plimsolls.) If the weather is fine, PE may take place outdoors so please make sure your child has an outdoor kit. Please can you also ensure that all items of school clothing are named to prevent any mix-ups at the end of the day. Our PE sessions will take place on a Wednesday and Thursday.
Our focus this term in PE will be on Dance taught by Mr O'Mahoney. In this topic we will be looking at the importance and effectivenesses of warm-ups, shapes, levels, pathways, transitions, motifs and evaluating each other's dances.
Tennis led by our Carres Coach Mr Stead.
Connect with the class with Class Dojo
We have recently began to use Class Dojo to connect with parents and share photos and videos of all of the wonderful things that take place in school. Any parent can connect with their child’s class story and view their child’s reward points. Soon parents will receive an invite to their email address or we can print you a connection code. You can download the Apple App or Android App on your phone or tablet or visit the website.
We will also be using this platform for setting work should there be bubble closures
Children will be given a homework book in which to complete tasks and every term a set of tasks which your child can select to complete, they can be completed in any order. Our homework challenges are designed to develop and extend your child’s understanding and enjoyment of the topic they are learning about in school. They are cross curricular, covering a range of subjects to enable children to succeed at their own level and demonstrate their own strengths. The Homework challenges will support your child’s learning in school. We share and celebrate children's home learning weekly as a class weekly.
At Caythorpe we are proud of our personalised curriculum with many opportunities to enrich learning experiences. Please see our curriculum pages which lists experiences we believe children should complete to achieve their Caythorpe Passport to learning.
It is of the utmost importance that we make the Internet a safe place for children. We teach our pupils, not only about the wonders of the online world, but also the dangers associated with it and what they can do to be safe when they are online. Here are some top tips, advice and guidance to help keep your child safe online.
Useful Links and Online Games to support learning.
ICT Games - A great range of online numeracy and literacy games to practice specific skills.
Football and Netball Results
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@caythorpeclass5Emily has brought in a very detailed model of a bridge complete with a mechanism to raise and lower the road in order to let large boats through. Excellent homework project Emily. https://t.co/sLenKo97G31 month ago
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