Year 5 and 6 information evening 2014

Wednesday 10th September
However, you can find this entire presentation
on the Year 5 and Year 6 School Site on the
Launch Pad
(Demonstration of how to find
class messages / homework
through child’s log in)
Other important information
thorough School Website
Children succeed when schools and parents
work together!
Parental support and input is crucial.
Clear, open lines of communication between
school and parents are essential
Lessons start at 9.05 am, so please
ensure children are in school for
registration from 8:45am-9am.
Break is at 10.05 -10.20
Lunch is 12.30 to 1.30.
The day ends at 3:30pm.
A revised national curriculum from 2014 for all
maintained schools
No more assessment levels (except for Y2 & Y6)
Each school is responsible for publishing its
curriculum and assessment framework
Year 5 will be working from this new
Year 6 will interweave both old and new as
SATs in May will be testing old curriculum.
KS2 tests for reading, maths, grammar.
Teacher assessment for writing and science
KS2 reading – 3 pieces of text in ascending
order of difficulty; children have 1 hour for
reading and answering questions, rather than
split 15 mins reading/45 minute questions
KS2 maths – no calculators allowed in L3-5
Is working towards…
Has met the expected standard for year…
Has exceeded…
Rewards and sanctions
The Merit system
Child of the Week
Reading rewards
Times tables rewards
 Exploring a range of
Poetry, Non fiction and
 New interactive
resource – exciting texts
Skellig by David Almond…
Many different book covers!!
(Make sure you don’t buy the French version or the
Play script!)
Some of our other Literacy work will be centred
around reading this book
If possible please could you buy this for your child
asap (it is available for around £5 on Amazon).
Reading is absolutely vital! With so many
other temptations, for example the lure of the
X box or Play station, it is easy for reading to
be overlooked!
We will do plenty of reading in school. There will be focussed, small
group Guided reading lessons throughout the week. But reading in
school alone is not enough! All children should be encouraged to read
at home – preferably daily. All children in Y5 and Y6 will have a
reading journal. This should be filled in each time a child reads, with
the date, name of the book, number of pages read and any comments
you have to make about your child’s reading performance (eg fluency,
understanding of what they have read etc). While it is not absolutely
necessary for a parent to read with their child in Y5 and Y6, it IS
important that you check your child’s understanding of what they have
We ask that you encourage your child to
choose books from a variety of genres and
listen to them read at home where possible. In
Y5 and Y6 children need to show a deep
understanding of the texts they read; the ability
to sight read isn’t enough, they must be able to
apply the skills of inference and deduction.
Wide range of e-books on Launch Pad
Year 6 are working in their own class for maths.
In Year 5 there are two groups, one with Mrs Bamber
and another group working with Mrs Bailey & Mrs
We anticipate some movement between the groups
as the year progresses.
The New Curriculum has raised the bar significantly
in this subject!
The early part of the Autumn term will be spent
ensuring children understand the number system
(place value) and then reinforcing and learning
mental and written strategies for the four main
methods of calculation (addition, subtraction,
division and multiplication). We will cover the
following units:
* Counting, partitioning and calculating.
* Securing number facts, understanding shape.
* Statistics and measures.
* Calculating, measuring and understanding
It is vital that your child is able to recall all
their times table facts as they provide the
foundation of many aspects of their Numeracy
syllabus. We will be carrying out weekly
‘Turbo’ tables tests once the term is fully up
and running, with certificates awarded to
those who successfully complete each level in
the fastest times.
There is another fabulous website which is
great for improving a child’s mental maths
skills. It is – free to sign up
and you take on children from all over the
world to add an element of competitive fun!
Also try: mymaths
I have uploaded onto the Y6 interest space a list
of SAT-style revision guides and question books
which have proved extremely successful over the
past two years!
You can help your child without having
to work too hard!
In the car – ask them a few quick fire times table
Going shopping? Ask your child to add up the
cost of different items in their head! How much
change will we get if…..?
Y5 will be taking a trip back to one of the most fascinating
civilisations in history to discover Ancient Greece and all it
has to offer.
We will be focusing on people, the inventions, the art, the
technology and the mythology.
Y6 meanwhile will be studying a new topic, the history of
Crime and Punishment in Britain – from ducking stools to
some of the more macabre forms of capital punishment!
Both Year 5 and Year 6 will be starting by looking at All
Living Things. Y5 we will be learning to explain the
differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an
insect and a bird describe the life process of reproduction in
some plants and animals.
Year 6 will be taking a close look at how all living things are
placed into categories by scientists (invertebrates/vertebrates
– mammals, reptiles etc).
Year 6 will also be covering a major topic on Health
Children will be taught PE mainly by Mr Tennant as the school’s PE and
Games Co-ordinator. For Year 5 PE takes place on Monday and Tuesday
afternoon. For Year 6 it is Tuesday and Friday afternoon.
There will be a strong emphasis on team games and throughout the year
children will be taught skills in football, rugby, hockey, cricket, rounders
and hopefully basketball. There will also be some golf! We also play a lot of
dodge ball. Aston Villa’s community coach Jon Bayliss will be returning
after half-term to lead curriculum-time football coaching. The indoor
lessons will focus mainly on gymnastics and dance.
We also have a coach working alongside our teaching staff this year to help
us improve the quality of our PE and Sport provision. There are more after
school clubs and more lunchtime sporting activities as we try to educate our
children to be healthy.
Please ensure that the children have the
appropriate kit with them on PE days.
Standards of dress slipped last year with
children not having pumps or trainers and
trying to wear school shoes for games. This is
neither safe, healthy or acceptable. Children
who don’t have a good reason for not wearing
the correct kit may find themselves not taking
part. If you are in any doubt about what your
child should be wearing, please ask at the
We do not believe in over-burdening children (and
parents) with homework!
Homework will be set either to reinforce learning from
the previous week or to research a topic coming up in
the next week.
We will sometimes ask the children to complete a larger
project for homework, which will be set over a period of
weeks rather than days. They will have the opportunity
to present their final product in a variety of ways.
Children in each year group follow a spelling programme.
Children will be taught basic spelling patterns in short, focussed lessons
of around 10-15 minute duration.
Spelling tests will take place on a Friday morning.
Spellings to learn at home for next week’s test will be given out at the
same time . Children will copy the list of spellings into their spelling
book and will then be expected to use the Look, Say, Cover, Write and
Check method in order to learn them. Obviously, if you can work with
your child to help them learn their spellings they have an even greater
chance of being successful! Don’t forget there are spelling help books
available if your child really struggles in this area too!
Laches Wood
This year’s residential trip will once again
be to Laches Wood, which is a few miles
north of Wolverhampton.
Note for diaries: This year’s trip will take place from
Monday 8th December to Friday 12th December (pack your
There will be a parents meeting in November at which
further details of the trip will be given.
Will take place in the week beginning
Monday 11th May Please do not book holidays!
Children will be tested in maths (two papers)
plus a mental maths test).
Children will take a reading comprehension test.
Children will sit the grammar test.
As was the case last year, writing will be teacher assessed
throughout the year.
Some more able children will be entered for the level 6
tests. The tests are VERY demanding! Have a look
As a school and as
parents, we all have a
responsibility to
ensure our children are
safe online…
• Cyberbullying in the news
• Incidents involving children at Little Aston
As parents and teachers, we therefore have an
important role to play in helping children and
young people stay safe online and encouraging
safe and responsible use of the technologies
New technologies offer tremendous opportunities for
children however there are also risks including:
potential abuse by online predators
exposure to inappropriate content including self-harm
adult pornography.
Some of these risks can be a continuation of the risks
children and young people experience offline. However,
they can be increased because many children and
young people also fail to realise that the internet is a
public place.
Gaming sites
Mobile phones
Chat Rooms
Text / SMS
Biggest danger is the not knowing –
26% of parents don’t know how to check website history
65% of young people can clear internet history
1% of parents thought their child blogged
33% of children used blogs
67% of parents didn’t know what a blog was
33% of children have met a ‘friend’ online
8% have had a face-to-face meeting with an online friend
89% told someone they were doing so
UK Children Go Online, 2005, 9-19 year olds
Usage and experiences are often not reported to
parents/teachers as they fear the withdrawal of access
Are our children and young
people aware of the risks?
Who/what can help?
CEOP works across the UK and maximises
international links
provides internet safety advice for parents and
report facility
enabling anyone to
report any inappropriate or potentially illegal
activity with or towards a child online
Who/what can help?
Education in school
What are the key things we teach the
children in school?
• keep your username (where possible)
and password PRIVATE
• save any messages that have upset
you so you can show them to
someone who can help
• do not give out any personal details
such as your full name, address etc.
• if you see anything on-line that
concerns you tell a trusted adult
What are the key things we teach the
children in school?
• never send photographs or videos to
people that you don’t know in the real
• never arrange to meet anyone in real
life that you have met on-line
show respect to others on-line
never open emails from people you
don’t know
Who/what can help?
Parental support
Know what your children are doing online and
who they are talking to. Ask them to teach you to
use any applications you have never used.
Help your children to understand that they
should never give out personal details to online
friends — personal information includes their
messenger id, email address, mobile number and
any pictures of themselves, their family or friends—
if your child publishes a picture or video online—
anyone can change it or share it.
If your child receives spam / junk email &
texts, remind them never to believe them,
reply to them or use them.
It's not a good idea for your child to open
files that are from people they don't know.
They won't know what they contain—it could be
a virus, or worse - an inappropriate image or
Help your child to understand that some
people lie online and that therefore it's better to
keep online mates online. They should never meet up
with any strangers without an adult they trust.
Teach young people how to block someone
online and report them if they feel uncomfortable.
There are people who can help.
 (Know it all)
‘..the risks do not merit a
‘However, the risks are nonetheless
moral panic, and nor do they
widespread, they are experienced by
warrant seriously restricting
many children as worrying or
children’s internet use
problematic, and they do warrant
because this would deny
serious intervention by government,
them the many benefits of the
educators, industry and parents.’
internet. Indeed, there are
real costs to lacking internet
http://www.children-goaccess or sufficient skills to
use it.’
Parents morning
On Friday 5th December parents are invited to come into
the classroom and spend time with their children, look
through books and chat to teachers.
Both of us are usually available after school if you would
like a brief chat. Or if you would like a longer
appointment after school get in contact with either of us,
or the office, and we happily arrange a date and time.
Many thanks for coming 
Any questions??

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