Years 5/6

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Mrs Claire Evans

Mrs Claire Evans

Year 5/6
Geography Co-ordinator.
Mrs Catherine Leighton

Mrs Catherine Leighton

Year 5/6
Member of the senior leadership team. Year 5/6 Team Leader. Transition co-ordinator.
Mr Tom Newton

Mr Tom Newton

Year 5/6
Member of the senior leadership team. Mathematics co-ordinator. RE & Collective worship.

Spring 2017

Dear Parents & Carers,

Welcome back to a new term in Year 5 & 6. We hope that you all enjoyed the Christmas holidays, whatever your plans were.
We would like to thank you for your Christmas wishes, cards and gifts in the run up to Christmas- we were overwhelmed with your kindness.

Our team
We are pleased to be able to welcome Mrs Lomas back a little later this term. Mrs Lomas has already been into school several times to ensure that the transition to Mrs Evans’ and Mrs Lomas’ job share is as smooth as possible.

SATs information evening
We would like to invite parents and carers of our Year 6 children to come to a SATs information evening on Wednesday 25th January at 6pm-7pm. During the session, we will discuss preparation and support from/in school in the run upto SATs as well as discussing the format of the tests and how you can help. There will be an opportunity to view the different test formats too.

English
This term we will be studying Street Child by Berlie Doherty: the story of a child living during Victorian times and experiencing life in the workhouse. This text links perfectly with our history topic.

We will be revising previously learned grammar, punctuation and spellings throughout the term as well as furthering the children’s knowledge and understanding in these areas. Alongside reading various texts as individuals, whole class and small groups, the children will have opportunities to write across a range of genres covering both fiction and non-fiction based pieces.

Maths
Children will continue to work in maths groups within the Dovedale team. Each maths group will cover the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division); understanding of number and place value, shape, space &measures and statistics. Children will be given lots of opportunity to apply their knowledge to problem solving.

History
This term, we will be learning about the Industrial Revolution: its impact upon the people of the time; the changing use of land and significant figures of the time. Children will work on their skills of using a range of sources of information to find out about the era; develop questions and responding skills

RE
We will be exploring how believers of the Christian, Hindu and Islamic faiths show their commitment to their God(s) throughout their lives for example, through a pilgrimage or observation of a religious festival.

PSHE
We will be learning about and discussing Rights, Wants and Needs. Children will develop an understanding of people’s rights and consider the order of their importance; explore the differences between wants and needs and find out about responsibility and how responsibilities can be linked to rights.

ART / D&T
We will focus on people and movement and how we can represent that through sculpture. We will look at a range of sculptures from different artists and create our own simple sculpture inspired by our research.
For D&T, we will be investigating how cams work and then creating our own moving model linked to our Industrial Revolution topic.

P.E.
All children will continue to have two P.E. sessions each week (For Year 5 children this includes swimming). Year 5 swimming will continue to take place on a Monday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has a full, named P.E. kit in school. As we are sure you can imagine with over 100 children in the building, things do often get mislaid; when things are clearly named, it can save valuable lesson time and avoids unnecessary worry and upset for your child.

P.E. health and safety: All long hair should be tied back and earrings removed (tape may be worn over earrings if the piercings are not yet fully healed).

Homework
Homework will usually be sent out on a Friday afternoon. Maths homework should be returned to school by the Wednesday of the following week.
Spelling homework will usually be handed out on a Friday for the children to practise throughout the week and have their spelling test on a Friday.

Water
We do encourage the children to drink plenty throughout the day as this helps with concentration, general well-being and avoids unnecessary headaches! Please send in a named water bottle (disposable ones are fine) so your child can remain hydrated throughout the day.
The children have access to fresh water throughout the day should they need to refill their bottle.

Lost property
We have many un-named jumpers and cardigans in the Dovedale building. If your child is missing any property, you are welcome to pop into Dovedale to have a look.

As always, (although we know they’re ‘all grown up’ in Year 5 & 6) should you have a concern – however small it may seem – please come and chat to us as soon as possible. If you cannot make it into school, you can email or phone the office or send in a note.

Thank you,

Mrs Evans, Mrs Leighton & Mr Newton

Welcome to Year 5/6 – Autumn 2016

Dear Parents & Carers,
Welcome back to the start of a new, busy and exciting school year. We hope that you all had a lovely time over the summer holidays. The Year 6 children seem to be settling well into their new oldest-children-in-the-school role and the Year 5 children getting used to the busy Dovedale environment.

Our team
Our Dovedale team are all experienced in working with Year 5 and 6 children and are very much looking forward to working with your children and you throughout the year to ensure that your child(ren) are happy, achieve well and feel successful through a range of subjects and experiences.

English
This term we will begin by building on our story telling skills before moving onto reading and working on Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz. We will be revising previously learned grammar, punctuation and spellings throughout the term as well as furthering the children’s knowledge and understanding in these areas. Alongside reading various texts as individuals, whole class and small groups, the children will have opportunities to write across a range of genres covering both fiction and non-fiction based pieces.

Maths
Children are placed into groups for maths according to their needs and how best we can meet them as teachers.
Each term, each maths group will cover the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) applying their knowledge to real life problem solving, alongside important learning about shape, space and measures.

Geography
Our geography topic this term will involve developing an understanding of the local area and will include field work. Children will ask questions and carry out fieldwork and research to answer their questions.

RE
In RE this term we will be focusing upon the religion of Sikhism.  We will be learning about the ten Sikh Gurus in greater detail as well as the modern-day Sikh way of life including [amongst other things] the role of the Sikh place of worship [Gurdwara] and the Sikh holy book [Guru Granth Sahib].

PSHE
In PSHE we will be focusing on the role of money in our lives and exploring aspects such as how taxes are used and the difference between credit and debt.  We will also be focusing upon work concerning bullying and also how boys in particular can express their emotions.

ART
For art, we will be looking in-depth at the work of the artist Andy Warhol, and the associated ‘Pop-Art’ movement.  We will be re-creating a piece of Warhol’s work and also be creating some of our own pieces of work based on this style.  We will be using a wide range of different mediums for this.

P.E.
All children will have two P.E. sessions each week (For Year 5 children this includes swimming). Year 5 swimming will take place on a Monday afternoon. During this time, Year 6 children will have a P.E. lesson and some designated Year 6 time to cover a variety of areas with a PHSE basis.
Please ensure that your child has a full, named P.E. kit in school. As we are sure you can imagine with over 100 children in the building, things do often get mislaid; when things are clearly named, it can save valuable lesson time and avoids unnecessary worry and upset for your child.
P.E. health and safety: All long hair should be tied back and earrings removed (tape may be worn over earrings if the piercings are not yet fully healed).

Homework
Homework will usually be sent out on a Friday afternoon. Maths homework should be returned to school by the Wednesday of the following week.
Spelling homework will usually be handed out on a Friday for the children to practise throughout the week and have their spelling test on a Friday.

PPA
All teachers are entitled to PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment time). PPA time for the Dovedale teachers will be on a Thursday afternoon. Mrs de Jaeger, Mr Hill and Mrs Shaw will be teaching in the Dovedale building during our PPA time, teaching French, P.E. and music respectively.

Buddies
The Year 5 children have now been trained as Buddies to support the younger children in school. They are already doing a fantastic job and we are sure this will continue throughout the year. Well done Buddies- you have made a great start in your new roles!

Water
We do encourage the children to drink plenty throughout the day as this helps with concentration, general well-being and avoids unnecessary headaches! Please send in a named water bottle (disposable ones are fine) so that your child can remain hydrated throughout the day.
The children have access to fresh water throughout the day should they need to refill their bottle.

As always, should you have a concern- however small it may seem- please come and chat to us as soon as possible. If you cannot make it into school, you can email or phone the office or send in a note.

Thank you,

Mrs Evans, Mrs Leighton and Mr Newton