Rather than having a ‘reading day’ the children will take part in Guided Reading activities on a daily basis. These activities will involve a mixture of reading with adults as well as individual reading activities. Your child is welcome to change their books as soon as they are ready to. We ask that the children bring their books in every day so they can be heard read as often as possible.
Taking time to read with your child at home each day and to hear them read to you is both important for them and a lovely way to spend time with your child. Try to make sure you’re in a quiet comfortable place before you start and not rushed. Please do encourage your child to get their reading book changed regularly – it really helps with their progress.
This is a simplified overview of the curriculum and the methods we use for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Please follow these methods at home to support in class learning:
By year 6, children are expected to know all the times tables up to 12 x 12 and be able to use them to perform mental calculations.
Knowing times tables is crucial to success in so many areas of maths. Here are the national expectations for each year group:
Year 1 – Count in multiples of twos, fives and tens.
Year 2 – To recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables.
Year 3 – To recall and use multiplication and division facts for the 3, 4 and 8 multiplication tables.
Year 4 – To recall multiplication and division facts for all multiplication tables up to 12×12. The first year 4 government times table test will take place in June 2020.
Year 5 – Multiply and divide numbers, mentally drawing upon known facts e.g. 30 x 40, 70 x 80, 0.7 x 6
Year 6 – To perform mental calculations, including mixed operations and large numbers.
Even if your children know their times tables, it is valuable to keep revisiting them to ensure they are embedded. As a school, we have joined an online programme called Times Tables Rockstars. Times Tables Rockstars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help children master the times tables up to 12×12. It is available as an app or online, just search for Times Table Rockstars or click on the logo which links to the login page. We have already had enthusiastic reports from children who have tried it. So, why not try it at home with your child? Click to download the guidance document to get started:
Here is a free times table poster for you to download and use.
Click on the poster to view it larger.
Homework is set on a Friday and is expected to be handed in by the following Wednesday. Children will have Maths questions to complete and a set of weekly spellings. Alongside this, the children will choose 5 activities they would like to complete based on our class topic.
Pupils have two PE lessons each week; the type of lesson depends on the time of year, for example rugby in winter, athletics in summer. Children should have their full (named) PE kit in school at all times. If your child takes part in an after school sports club, remember that they should bring their PE kit back the following day.
All children will have the chance to take part in Forest School according to a rota during the school year. They will need to have appropriate clothing in school for this. When it is your child’s turn to take part in Forest School, you will be notified.
In cold weather:
A waterproof coat
Wellies or walking boots
Waterproof trousers (strongly recommended but not essential)
A warm hat and gloves
A pair of warm comfortable trousers or joggers (no denim please, it irritates skin when wet!)
A LONG sleeved t-shirt A jumper
Spare socks & underwear in case they get wet.
In warm weather:
A LONG sleeved t-shirt
Comfortable trousers or joggers
Sturdy trainers or boots (it might still be muddy)
Sun hat and sun-cream
Come rain or shine, we will still go out! The only times a session will be cancelled due to weather is in high winds (>34mph) or if it thunders. This is why waterproofs are so important. The forest school ethos is to promote independence and encourage children to take responsibility for having the correct clothing suitable for the weather that day.
As always, if you have any queries about the curriculum or your child’s progress and development, please do come in and discuss it with their class teacher. The best time for a quick word or to arrange a chat is at the end of school day when teachers let the children out. If you feel your concerns are not resolved effectively, please feel free to come and chat with Mr. Southcott or Ms. Geller.