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Summer 2 Newsletter

Year 5 and 6 performances

We will be doing our performance of “Reach for the Sky” on Friday 22nd July and Monday 25th July. The performance on the 25th July will be the main year 6”leavers” performance so priority will be given to year 6 parents for that performance. However, if you are unable to attend on the 22nd July, you are very welcome to attend the 25th instead.

Targets

SCIENCE
Animals – including Humans
- I can create a timeline to indicate stages of growth in humans. 

READING
- I must be able to identify features of fiction Genres

- I should explain how suspense is built up in a story.

- I could talk about themes in a story and recognise links in other stories
Homework
Your child will continue to receive homework on a Friday, which will need to be handed in on Wednesday.

Water bottles
Children are encouraged to bring water bottles to school with water so they can have a drink in class.

PE Kit
We have had some children forgetting their PE kits recently. Please can you ensure that your child’s kit is in school.

If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to come and see me.
Miss Harbottle

Summer 2 Topic Web: Rio

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Summer 1 Newsletter

Targets

READING
The SHOULD target is age-related

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TARGETS

Must

I must comment on the choice of language to create moods and build tension?

 

Should

I should read with fluency pausing at punctuation?

Could

I could comment on the choice of language to create moods and build tension?

 

SCIENCE

TARGETS

Living things and their habitats

I can describe the life cycle of different living things, e.g, mammal, amphibian, insect, bird

I can explain the differences between different life cycles.

I can describe the process of reproduction in plants.

I can describe the process of reproduction in animals.

I can classify living things into broad groups according to observable characteristics and based on similarities and differences.

I can describe how living things have been classified

I can give reasons for classifying plants and animals in a specific way.

Homework
Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. This will be maths, English and spellings. Some weeks will be paper based homework and others will be set on iamlearning.  Maths homework will be given out by your child’s Maths teacher (either myself or Miss Parsons) and will alternate between iamlearning and their maths homework books.

Spellings
Children will be tested on their spellings on a Monday morning and will write their score into their Reading Record. New spellings will be given out on a Wednesday.

Water Bottles
Children are encouraged to bring drinks bottles to school with water so they can have a drink in class.
PE Kit
This half term PE will be on a Monday and Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school on these days.

If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to come and see us.

Miss Harbottle and Mrs De Villers 

Topic Web Summer 1: You're Hired!

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Spring 2 Newsletter

Targets

Reading

The SHOULD target is age-related

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Targets

Must

I must recognise the main parts in a story. 

Should

I should summarise the main ideas drawn from more than one paragraph

Could

I could discuss complex narrative plots.

 

 SCIENCE

Electricity

I can explain how the number and voltage of cells in a circuit links to the brightness of a lamp or the volume of a buzzer.

I can compare and give reasons for why components work and do not work in a circuit.

I can draw circuit diagrams using the correct symbols.

Homework
Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. This will be maths, English and spellings. Some weeks will be paper based homework and others will be set on iamlearning.  Maths homework will be given out by your child’s Maths teacher (either myself or Miss Parsons) and will alternate between iamlearning and their maths homework books.

Times Tables
Last term, we started our Times Tables certificates challenge. Unfortunately, the volunteer who was helping test the children is no longer able to come.  If you are able to come into school for half an hour to an hour a week to help test the children on their tables it would be very much appreciated as we don’t want to lose the enthusiasm that the children have.

To achieve their certificate, they need to be able to: recite the table in order up to 12 times, give multiplication facts in any order and give a mixture of multiplication and division facts in any order.  Your child should now know which table they need to work on.

Spellings
Children will be tested on their spellings on a Monday morning and will write their score into their Reading Record.   New spellings will be given out on a Wednesday.

Water Bottles
Children are encouraged to bring drinks bottles to school with water so they can have a drink in class.

PE Kit
This half term PE will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school on these days.

If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to come and see me.

Mrs Biggin

Topic web Spring 2: Full Steam Ahead

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2016: Spring 1 Newsletter

Targets 

READING
The SHOULD target is age-related

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TARGETS

Must

I must recognise some different forms of poetry.

 

Should

I should identify and describe the styles of individual writers and poets.

Could

I could comment on expressive and descriptive language in poetry and prose.

 

SCIENCE

TARGETS

Evolution and Inheritance

I can describe how the earth and living things have changed over time.

I can explain how fossils can be used to find out about the past.

I can explain about reproduction and offspring (recognising that offspring normally vary and are not identical to their parents).

I can explain how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment.

I can link adaptation over time to evolution.

I can explain evolution.

Homework
Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. This will be maths, English and spellings. Some weeks will be paper based homework and others will be set on iamlearning.  Maths homework will be given out by your child’s Maths teacher (either myself or Miss Parsons) and will alternate between iamlearning and their maths homework books.

Times Tables
Last term, we started our Times Tables certificates challenge. Unfortunately, the volunteer who was helping test the children is no longer able to come.  If you are able to come into school for half an hour to an hour a week to help test the children on their tables it would be very much appreciated as we don’t want to lose the enthusiasm that the children have.

 To achieve their certificate, they need to be able to: recite the table in order up to 12 times, give multiplication facts in any order and give a mixture of multiplication and division facts in any order.  Your child should now know which table they need to work on.

Spellings
Children will be tested on their spellings on a Monday morning and will write their score into their Reading Record.   New spellings will be given out on a Wednesday.

Water Bottles
Children are encouraged to bring drinks bottles to school with water so they can have a drink in class.

PE Kit
This half term PE will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school on these days.

If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to come and see me.
Mrs Biggin

Topic Web: Sheffield vs. Barcelona

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Anti-bullying week

In Anti-Bullying Week we discussed what empathy meant and whether having empathy for others would prevent bullying.  We did some drama to demonstrate how we thought it would feel to be bullied.  What do you think is happening in these pictures?

Building Bridges

In DT we have been designing and making bridges.  We looked at examples of bridges around the world to complete our designs and chose appropriate materials. We had to use tricky skills such as measuring, cutting, attaching the materials together and teamwork!  We were very proud of our finished work.

Autumn 2 newsletter

Targets

READING
The SHOULD target is age-related

Layer

TARGETS

Must

I must identify features of different genres. 

Should

I should summarise the main ideas from more than one paragraph.

Could

I could discuss complex, narrative plots.

SCIENCE

TARGETS

Properties and changing materials

Can I demonstrate that some changes are reversible and some are not?

Can I explain how some changes result in the formation of a new material?

Can I discuss reversible and irreversible changes?

Can I give evidenced reasons why materials are used for specific purposes?

Homework
Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. This will be maths, English and spellings. Some weeks will be paper based homework and others will be set on iamlearning.  Maths homework will be given out by your child’s Maths teacher (either myself or Miss Parsons) and will alternate between iamlearning and their maths homework books.

Times Tables
We have now started our Times Tables Challenge.  Children will work towards certificates for each of the tables.  To achieve their certificate, they need to be able to: recite the table in order up to 12 times, give multiplication facts in any order and give a mixture of multiplication and division facts in any order.  Your child should now know which table they need to work on.

Spellings
Children will be tested on their spellings on a Monday morning and will write their score into their Reading Record.   New spellings will be given out on a Wednesday.

Water Bottles
Children are encouraged to bring drinks bottles to school with water so they can have a drink in class.

PE Kit
This half term PE will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school on these days.

If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to come and see me.

Mrs Biggin

Autumn 2 topic web: Groovy Greeks!

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Year 5 and 6 trip to Rother Valley

We visited Rother Valley Country Park as part of our Welcome to Yorkshire topic.  We went orienteering and looked at the leisure facilities that it offers.  You can see from our photos that we really enjoyed trying out all of the leisure activities, particularly riding on the train!

Autumn 1 newsletter

Targets

READING
The SHOULD target is age-related

Layer

TARGETS

Must

I must make inferences and predictions using evidence from the text. 

Should

I should pull together clues from action, dialogue and description to infer meaning.

Could

I could discuss moods, feelings and attitudes using inference.

SCIENCE

TARGETS

Properties and changing materials

Can I compare and group materials based on their properties (e.g. hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity, [electrical & thermal], and response to magnets)?

Can I describe how a material dissolves to form a solution; explaining the process of dissolving?

Can I describe and show how to recover a substance from a solution?

Can I describe how some materials can be separated?

Can I demonstrate how materials can be separated (e.g. through filtering, sieving and evaporating)?

Homework
Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. This will be maths, English and spellings. Some weeks will be paper based homework and others will be set on iamlearning.  Maths homework will be given out by your child’s Maths teacher (either myself or Miss Parsons) and will alternate between iamlearning and their maths homework books.

Number Facts
We will be having a big focus on number facts this year throughout the school as the new curriculum now expects children to know all of their tables up to 12x12 by the end of Year 4.  As this is a very high expectation, please help your child to practise their tables regularly.  In Year 5 we will work on written methods of multiplication and division which your child will need to know their tables in order to carry out.

If you would be able to help children with their number facts in school, please let me know as your support would be very much appreciated.

Spellings
Children will be tested on their spellings on a Wednesday morning and will write their score into their Reading Record.

Water Bottles
Children are encouraged to bring drinks bottles to school with water so they can have a drink in class.

PE Kit
This half term PE will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school on these days.

If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to come and see me.

Mrs Biggin

Topic web: Yorkshire

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