Welcome to Firefly - 27/04/2020

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Firefly class has a mix of children from years 5 and 6 and is taught by Miss Harcombe with support from our Teaching Assistant Mrs Skeats.  

English   Our English work comes from the Power of Reading scheme.  Varied writing tasks are set every week which are connected to the book we are currently reading.  Lesson time is put aside each week to teach spelling and grammar which are important elements of the year 5/6 curriculum.  Each child is given a new set of spellings every week to learn for a dictation test the following week.  Their diaries will be checked during the week to ensure they are taking the time to write them out and learn them.

 Maths   Children from Firefly class are split for maths lessons to ensure they are taught at an appropriate level and all gaps in learning are addressed.If you would like to find out what your child is learning at any point in the year, please ask. 

PE   We have two sessions of PE during the week (usually on Monday and Wednesday). When the weather is good, both will be outside. Please ensure your child has their kit in school all week as they may need to change into their trainers for outdoor learning sessions or to play on the field at lunchtime. This prevents mud from being brought into school. Children will have a sticker in their diaries as a reminder if they forget their kit.

Reading   Group reading comprehension sessions take place during the week and each child will work with an adult at least once a week. I will also be reading to the class from a book which fits well with our current topic.

Accelerated Reader is a programme we use to assess and progress reading in years 5 and 6. This is a thorough way to test reading age and then recommends suitable books for each child. Daily sessions are set aside each day in school for independent reading and for the children to take quizzes when they finish books. We expect your child to read at home at least five times a week and hand in their communication diary, signed by you each day.

Topic   Our current topic is ‘Benin’ and the children will be looking at this ancient civilisation and the geography of this African country.

Art/DT   In Art and DT we will be completing projects that link with our Benin topic.

Science   Our first topic this term is Living Things And Their Habitats.  Hopefully the weather will allow us to take some of this learning outside.  We will also be moving on to study Animals Including Humans where the children will learn about human reproduction.  More information about the content of this will be sent to parents nearer the time.

Homework – is set each week usually on Tuesday.  It is then due back on the following Tuesday.  Children who are unable to complete and hand their homework in on time will attend homework club on Wednesday lunchtimes to complete this work. As well as spellings, times tables and reading, homework consists of a piece of written work or research which relates to the learning taking place in school. Thank you for ensuring your child completes their homework each week.

Communication

Please note that children’s mobile phones should not be switched on when on school premises.  They will be collected by class teachers at the start of the day, locked in the office, and then returned to them as they leave school.

Your child’s diary is a quick and easy way to communicate with me, if you wish. I am always available at the end of school if there are any concerns you have about your child or you can ring the school office to make an appointment. We are always here to help!

Miss Harcombe