Welcome to class 9!
There's lots of information on this page that will be regularly updated and should provide you with everything you need to know. If you need further information or need to discuss anything to do with your child, please don't hesitate to see me after school or arrange an appointment via the school office.
Thank you in advance for your support this year
Below is a copy of our timetable which we stick to as far as possible although obviously there are times when other events take over. An overview of what the children will be studying up until Summer is also included to allow you and them to see what geography themed things we have lined up for them.
Please make sure PE kits are in school on Thursdays - please ensure that children have suitable outdoor kit as one of these session is likely to be outside. Please double check that all kit is named, including shoes, as even in year 6 we do still have a tendency to mislay kit!
Homework will be given out on a Friday and will be due in the following Thursday; this year the children will be given homework on sheets and so will have a homework folder rather than a book. Whilst I do encourage you to take an interest in what your children are doing for homework, please try and make sure that they are taking responsibility for completing it and remembering to bring it to school - it won't be long before they have to remember various pieces of homework at secondary school so the sooner they get in good habits, the better. Homework will usually consist of maths questions and spellings, although on occasion this may change depending on what we're doing in class. Please also encourage your child to read every night for 15 minutes, with you if possible. Reading lots of different things will help them to become more fluent readers but will also help them to become better writers.
Testing core strength in PE!
We follow a Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum that covers many different topics over the year. It is a discussion based curriculum, with lots of talk about different issues that will face children both in their day to day life and that they may hear about in the wider world. The overview planning for the lessons is attached below - please take some time to read it and look at what we will be talking about as you may wish to pre-empt our classroom discussions with your own discussions at home. I will, of course, make sure that all classrooms discussions are age appropriate and respectful. If there is anything you need any further information about, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
We are having a real focus on writing this term, particularly spelling, and I wanted to share some of the great work that children have done in class. First is Jake's alternative ending for The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes, written just before we finished for Christmas. I loved his use of old-fashioned vocabulary, his use of the original stanza pattern and the fact that his rhymes all made sense and he didn't just put in a random word to make it fit!
Next is Anna's description of the Glockenheim clock that features in our new class book Clockwork by Philip Pullman. We've only just started reading it but are already hooked! Anna thought carefully about her choice of words, how to create a clear picture in her reader's mind of what she wanted them to see, and used some lovely similes.
Finn researched information about the planets in science and produced this fantastic report. He wrote formally, as we expect from all good scientists, and he used dashes which we had just learnt about the previous week. Great stuff!
We are reading a book called Clockwork and we imagined a scene taking place between two characters. Beth's piece of writing was excellent - it had a great mix of action and dialogue and was written technically accurately. Brilliant Beth!
Everyone in years 5 & 6 should know their times tables up to 12 times 12. The ones that seem to cause most trouble in our class are 6,7,8 and 9 so here are some songs that we use in class to practise them. Feel free to have a sing at home!
Grammar has become a big focus of the literacy curriculum in the last few years and there's lots of grammar vocabulary that the children need to learn and remember - and I mean LOTS! The children will be given a copy of the document below before the Christmas holidays and I have suggested that they take two or three terms each week and make a concerted effort to learn what the word means, just like they make an effort to learn their spellings each week. I will of course teach them the terminology in school and practise how to use it, but regular repetition of the words at home will really help to make sure that they know them.