Welcome to Emerald Class and Year 5. You will be able to find out what we are doing in class by logging on to this page. The weather looks set to be hot for the time being. Please make sure your child brings plenty of water to school with them, plus a sun hat and sun cream for when they are outside. In English, we are continuing to read 'The Kite Rider' by Geraldine McCaughrean. In Art the children have enjoyed adding modroc to their chinese dragon models , and most are now partly painted. Watch this space for some photos.... We have now started looking at Disaster Zone in Geography - earthquakes, volcanoes, floods and hurricanes.
These will be updated weekly, so please check here if you're not sure what your child should be doing at home.
Maths Set B:
Homework set during w/c 19/6/17, due to be completed by Monday 26/6/17
Tables practice - The children will bring home their tables test on Thursday as normal, so they can practice the tables they are currently learning and especially focus on those questions they found harder in the test. I'm hoping we can ensure most of the group know all their tables up to 12 x 12 by the time they move into Year 6.
Other work - The children have brought home some questions to reinforce our class work on multiplication. This is due in by Monday 26th June 2017. I have emphasised to the children that they should attempt as many questions as they can, but should bring it into school and ask for help if they are unsure. They all worked really well last week on formal long multiplication, and this homework should just help ensure they are secure with this.
Mathletics - The children should continue to make use of this valuable resource at home. Those children who practice lots at home are becoming the most confident and accurate with their Maths in school - every bit really does help.
Ongoing tables practice is really important, up to 12 x 12. All children are working through learning these at their own rate and should be aiming to increase their confidence and accuracy little by little throughout the year. Once your child knows all of these they can work on speed, division facts, using tables facts with decimals, multiples of 10, etc. Tables tests will be held on a Thursday and sent home so children can see which facts they need to practise during the week. The completed tables practice (the reverse side of the test sheet) needs to be returned to me on the following Monday.
Here's a link to some online times tables games, to make practice more fun: http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/multiplication-and-division. If you find any great games or apps that help with practice, please let me know and I can share them with the rest of the class.
'Math Bingo' is a fun app which is available for iPhone/ iPad and android devices. It tests a combination of skills and doesn't include a timer (which some children can find off putting). There are various levels of difficulty and fun follow-on games you can play with the 'bugs' you win.
We have also found out how useful number bonds to 20 are, even when working with larger numbers. Some children still need to become more confident with these, especially subtraction facts (eg if you know 4+8=12, then 12-8=4 and 12-4=8, etc). Any practise on these will help them be more confident and accurate.
Here's a link to some online games to practise all these key maths skills: http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
The children have been given their Mathletics user names and passwords. They should continue to make use of this valuable resource at home. Most weeks I will set the children a few activities on Mathletics, to reinforce what we have been learning in class.
English Set B:
Spellings will be sent home on a Tuesday and tested the following Monday. Please help your child to practise these daily if possible - little and often is the best way to learn them. The majority of the children are finding the 'useful' or 'tricky' words the hardest to learn. Unfortunately, these tend to be some of the more commonly used words, so spelling them correctly is really important. We will be spending more class time trying different ways of learning these, but there is no substitute for putting in the time and effort at home. Children learn in different ways, so here is a link to some ideas of ways to help them learn these difficult but important words at home. Your support with this is much appreciated, and will greatly benefit your child now and in the future. http://www.theschoolrun.com/teachers-tricks-make-spelling-easy
The children will also bring home an activity sheet based on the spellings and the punctuation and/ or grammar they are practising each week. Please support them in completing this, and encourage them to speak to me in school if they have any issues (lost sheets or problems with understanding the task). Thank you.
Spellings set on Tuesday 20/6/17, to be tested on Monday 26/6/17
MAIN GROUP : 'shil' spelt -cial or -tial
We have also retested the children on the key National Curriculum words we are working on for spelling (Year 3&4 words). They will bring home updated lists detailing the words they can spell and the ones they need to focus on learning by the end of Year 5.
STAR SPELLING GROUP : 'ea' words
eat meat tea sea seat + individual words from the lists of common words they are working from
Spellings will usually be a mixture of common words the children need to know how to spell at this stage, and words which follow a specific spelling pattern. If your child learns the words quickly then they can collect more words which use the same spelling pattern. This will help them be able to spell a wider range of words as they encounter them, by applying spelling rules that they have learned. Some children find they do well when tested on the spelling pattern words, but the other words were harder to spell. If your child finds this is the case, please help them to focus their time on the words they find harder to spell.
GENERAL CLASS INFORMATION AND ROUTINES
PE is on a Tuesday and a Thursday. Children need PE kit in school for these days. Tuesday is outdoor PE, so if they want to bring additional warmer clothing for this during the colder weather, please do so (named, of course!).
Please continue to read with your child every day, if possible. Even fluent readers benefit from the chance to talk about what they've read and share their books with an adult. I'll be looking at their reading records each week to encourage them to keep reading at home. The children will now be able to achieve awards in celebration assemblies for the number of times they read with an adult at home (or read independently and talk about it with an adult), so please continue to encourage your children to read and talk to you about their books at home, and sign their reading record book to communicate this with us. I will be checking the children's reading records on a FRIDAY, and from here will be able to put children forward for reading awards. The first award is for 25 points (we are starting counting from January) then 50 points and 100 points. Keep reading!
Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.