Welcome to Year Five and Six
Hello and welcome to Year 5/6,
In our class we have 25 spectacular children (17 Y6 & 8 Y5), who are all unique and every one of them has a very special role within our St Edmund’s family. Our classroom staff are: Mrs. Buckley (class teacher).
Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures. They also develop a good command of the English language; which impacts dramatically on their writing capabilities. Therefore, reading is a very important part of our school day at St Edmund’s and we try to expose the children to a wide spectrum of texts to encourage a love of reading. (See our ‘Brilliant Book’ list for alternative books to read a home).
At home, we expect the children to have read with an adult/older sibling at least 3 times week. Help for parents and prompts to use during a reading session at home are available.
During the school week, each child reads daily, whether that be with an adult, within a lesson, independent reading time (ERIC) or within a guided reading session. Guided reading takes place every day; one session a week is teacher-led and the other sessions are tasks based around the text the children are reading. The children work within a small group structure to analyse a text in detail, making sure each child can read each word and discussing meaning of the text with them.
If any child is identified as requiring more support in reading, arrangements will be made for extra support every day with reading.
Thursday – Swimming: towel, swimming cap, full swimming costume (girls), swimming shorts, not board shorts (boys), suitable coat with a hood for walking.
Indoor - Outdoor – (warmer weather) pumps, burgundy shorts and a white t-shirt. (Colder weather) tracksuit or outdoor leisurewear, outdoor training shoes.
We have a number of rewards systems in class and in school to praise the children for their hard work, attendance and for making good choices. These include Dojo class point, raffle tickets for outstanding behaviour, St Edmund’s Standards certificates and attendance rewards.
Each week, every child will have a piece of English & Maths, which will be based upon prior learning. Homework will be sent home on a Friday and returned to school by Tuesday. Opportunities for support with homework will be on a Monday lunchtime.
In UKS2, each child will have 10- 15 spellings every two weeks; these spellings will have been rehearsed and applied in school in conjunction with our new spelling program No Nonsense Spelling.
In Year 5/6, our children have handwriting sessions throughout the week to rehearse letter joins and practice their handwriting. Pupil's use joined handwriting throughout their independent writing, with a looped join for specific letter joins. Handwriting is taught with the aim of increasing the fluency with which pupils can write down what they want to say. This, in turn, will support their composition and spelling.
Useful links for Y5/6:
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worldbooks these books are temporarily available during the time of school closures
Year Five and Six Reading Information