Year 5 & 6
Class Freedom, Protection & Opportunity
Year 5 and 6 has 3 classes. A Year 5 class, and 2 classes comprised of Year 5 and 6 children. These years continue to further develop the children’s independence in their approach to learning. We encourage children to take on more responsibility making them future ready, building for when they move on the secondary school. The mornings continue to be focused on English and Maths, building on children’s previous learning. The afternoons cover the learning in all the other curriculum areas over a two year rolling programme ensuring coverage.
Year 6 is an important year in making the children secondary ready and we give them additional responsibilities to help them develop this, One of the highlights for the children is being Foundation stage buddies, where each year 6 takes responsibility to help a Foundation Stage child settle into school.
Autumn Term 1 PE Days
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In Mile Post Three, most children will still be on the school’s levelled ‘reading scheme’. This is to ensure your child continues to have a broad breadth of reading experiences where they’re exposed to age appropriate themes, ambitious vocabulary and a range of different genres.
Each week, your child will be working towards a five-star reader reward. They will achieve this reward by reading five times a week, over five weeks (this does not have to be five consecutive weeks although it is preferable).
To earn this reward your child will need to read at least five times each week at home. However, at Blue Coat we strongly believe that all children should have the opportunity to read for pleasure by choosing their own text to read whether it’s a magazine, comic, recipe or even a set of instructions.
Therefore, we suggest that your child reads the levelled reading scheme book three times a week and a text of their choice twice a week. They will need to record their reading into their reading records in order to earn their five-star reader reward.
Here is a list of recommended reading books for Year 5 and Year 6.
In Mile Post Three, the children are given a weekly focus phoneme (sound) to learn along with the different ways in which it can be spelt (grapheme). They are exposed to this phoneme-grapheme correspondence within roughly ten separate words. We teach spellings through this approach to ensure the children learn when and why we spell the same phonemes in different ways.
In class, the children have daily spelling activities linked to their focus phoneme: for example, identifying the different graphemes used to write the focus phoneme, conducting word studies or creating sentences in order to contextualise the words.
We believe it is important for our pupils to participate in learning which develops their understanding of vocabulary and spellings through carefully crafted activities rather than learning spellings by rote. This enables them to apply their understanding of phoneme-grapheme correspondence in all aspects of their learning.
Therefore, the spelling homework focuses on a variety of skills to improve the reading, writing and spelling process: for example, skimming and scanning practise, handwriting or word studies. The children are given weekly spelling homework and will be tested on their focus phoneme on a Friday in class.
Spelling Shed Parent Guide
In Mile Post Three, the children need to be able to recall and apply key mathematical knowledge. To support this learning at home, your child(ren) will be sent home with a ‘Key Knowledge Booklet’ to read through and learn a few pages at a time. Your child(ren) will then be tested on the Key Knowledge they have learnt in school.
The test dates and corresponding pages which need to be learnt are as followed:
Monday 14th November: Pages 1 and 2
Monday 28th November: Page 3 and 4
Monday 12th December: Pages 5 and 6
Monday 9th January: Page 7
Monday 23rd January: Pages 8 and 9
Monday 6th February: Pages 10 and 11 (Class Freedom Page 8 & 9)
Monday 27th February: Pages 11 and 12 (Class Freedom Page 10 & 11)
Monday 13th March: Pages 12 and 13
Monday 27th March: Whole Booklet
In addition to learning Key Knowledge at home, the children in Mile Post Three will be sent home with weekly arithmetic questions which can be found on this page. Your child will need to answer the questions at home and bring them in the following Friday to be marked in school.
Alongside the Key Knowledge and weekly arithmetic questions, the children in Mile Post Three also have individual TT Rockstars accounts. Whilst many of the children will be fluent with their multiplication tables, it is important for them to continue to practise.
Link to TT Rockstars: ttrockstars