Class 3 Information
As part of their regular homework in Year 5&6, your child will bring home a reading book and a 'Reading Journal' which is designed to help them get the most out of their home reading experience. Your child should be spending at least 20 minutes at least 4 times a week on school reading activities. This will normally mean reading their home reading book and talking about what they have read with an adult.
Your involvement is very important here. Please sign and date the reading log every time your child has read and discussed their reading with you. It would greatly help your child's reading progress if you could discuss aspects of the book they are reading. Please ask questions to support their understanding and explanation skills: What happened in this chapter? What have you learnt about the characters? How did they behave/ what did they do? Why did they do that/behave that way? How do you know this - what did the author say to make you think this?
Throughout the term your child will also need to complete Reading Tasks in their Reading Journal referring to the book they are reading - roughly one each week. This will vary from character analysis and plot summaries to looking up any words they did not understand. Reading Tasks will be handed in on Monday of each week.
Each week the children will focus on a new spelling convention during the literacy lessons. We are following the National Curriculum Year 5/6 spelling focus words. A task-sheet and list of spellings for that week will be sent home on Tuesday. Your child should learn the spellings by completing the sheet using the guidelines and activities suggested. On Tuesday, there will be an assessment of the spellings. The emphasis is on the children learning and understanding spelling conventions and their spelling ability will be assessed accordingly. Occasionally a more general literacy homework will be sent as well as the spellings.
An area for class focus is times tables and telling the time. Year 5 & 6 children should be frequently practising all their times tables up to 12 X 12. The new National Curriculum suggests that by the end of Year 4 children should have instant recall of all of the times tables up to 12. They should also have instant recall of the division facts associated with that table i.e. 21 divided by 7 = 3. Your assistance in this would be greatly appreciated. We will check tables knowledge in numeracy lessons and sometimes more formally.
By the end of Year 4 all children are also expected to be able to tell the time to the nearest minute on both digital and analogue clocks including the 24 hour clock. In Class 3 we use these skills to read, interpret and calculate from more challenging timetables. If your child cannot already tell the time then your support at home will again be very helpful.
In addition, maths homework will be set each week on Abacus Pupil World. Each activity should be completed before the following Monday. These fun activities aim to reinforce the weekly maths focus topic at home. Please click on the Abacus online homework link on the Class 3 page to find out more about accessing maths homework.
Other activities may be sent home when appropriate. These may include topic research or science investigations.
Your child should have a full PE kit in school every day. Whilst we have specific timetabled slots for PE, Tuesday and Friday, the lessons are not exclusively held on these days and are dependant on the weather. We also often have visiting sports coaches who can come on any day.
If you require any further information or advice, please do not hesitate to contact us as we are always happy to help.