Foxes Class (Years 5 and 6)
Hello, my name is Mrs Greenwood and I am the Class Teacher in Foxes Class. Mrs Mabb and Mrs Brignell are the Teaching Assistants.
We are so excited for the start of the school year and our new class - Foxes. We will be adding exciting things we have been doing each week to the school’s newsletter.
Over the course of the year, we will be learning about a range of exciting topics from Cornerstones.
Term 1 and 2 will be: How did the ancient Chinese Dynasties rule?
Term 3 and 4 will be: How does farming effect our daily lives?
Term 5 and 6 will be: Who were the ground breaking Greeks?
For whole class guided reading, we will be focussing on either an extract from Reading Explorers or a topic related text.
Along side this, we will be using Accelerated Reader as our reading tracker in school. At home, we encourage all children to continue to use Go Read to record home reading. We will also record when your child is heard read in school in the same way.
Within our writing, we will be using Talk For Writing to guide our own learning journey linked with our topic. This style follows immersion, imitation and then innovation. This will be on a two-to-three weekly cycle. Over the course of each term, we will be writing a range of both fiction and non-fiction pieces. Some units we will be completing are: Non-chronological report based on the Shang Dynasty and a biography based on the life of Cheng Tang.
In Foxes Class, we will be using a programme called No Nonsense Spelling. This ensures we offer a comprehensive, yet accessible progression when teaching spellings. We will teach strategies, knowledge and skills pupils need to learn spellings effectively.
In both Key Stage 1 and 2, we will use White Rose Maths as a foundation to our learning. We will enrich the children’s mathematical knowledge through reasoning, problem solving and investigative activities.
Our Term 1 learning will be focussed on Number and Place Value.
To support the learning of times tables, we encourage children to use TT Rockstars as a home learning tool. In case your child’s login has been misplaced, we will be sending these home over the coming weeks.
We are lucky enough to still have Mr Booker come into school every Wednesday to deliver PE across the school one day a week. In addition to this, we will also be using Greenacre Sports Partnership. This offers an extensive programme with opportunities for all to participate and compete in school sport and physical activity.
Across both Key Stage 1 and 2, we will be using a programme called Jigsaw to support the teaching and learning of PSHE and SRE. Jigsaw is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work, aiming to prepare children for life, helping them really know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.
In Foxes Class, homework will consist of either English and Maths on a fortnightly rota. Later in the year, this will become both pieces for Year 6 only. Homework will be set every Thursday and is due on the following Wednesday.
Additionally to this, all children will have a bingo-style topic related activity sheet. Out of the 6 activities, the expectation is to complete three of the options. These will be marked at the end of every term, ready for a new set of activities for the following term.