Welcome to Owls Class
Dear Owl Class Parents,
Welcome to back to the Autumn term and another busy year ahead. We do hope you had a wonderful summer and enjoyed your time at home or on holiday. We would like to say a warm “thank you!” for all your kind wishes at the end of last term and we look forward to another enjoyable year with your children.
This term we are going back in time to Ancient Egypt, exploring the daily lives of the Egyptians including their Gods, the importance of the Nile and of course, burial rituals and mummification along the way! We will be visiting the Ashmolean in Oxford later on in the term (we will send information out nearer the time) and should you have anything relevant for our topic, such as pictures or books, please send them in for our topic table.
Homework is your opportunity to see what we are learning in class. It will be given out on a Monday and should be returned to school the following Monday - a box will be provided. Spare copies of the work will always be left in a folder by the door in case your child is away that day or has forgotten it. This term it will include:
Each week we will set a main task. This may be an English, Topic, Art or Maths activity, and will be based on a particular area of learning. The first homework this term will be given out on Monday 11th September.
We do set Mathletics activities and we would appreciate your encouragement. The tasks are short and will reinforce new ideas and concepts learnt during the week.
Spellings will be given out every Monday and should be learned over the week: not just for a spelling test but for writing generally! Please help your child to memorise them – everybody has different ways of doing this so we shall issue a guide to making learning spellings fun, later on in the term.
Your child should be reading every night and recording it in their Reading Journals. You can support them by discussing what they have read and encouraging them to express their opinions. By year 6, they should be able to offer their own opinions and back them up with evidence from the text.
Please note, your child should be doing no more than two and half hours homework per week. Do make a note in the homework book if you feel your child is struggling with the task or has required parental help to complete it.
P.E will be on a Thursday and Friday afternoon so could you please ensure that your child’s P.E bag is in school on those days with all items labelled. A named water bottle would also be useful. Could you also make sure that their PE shoes fit as it is difficult for children to take part with ill-fitting daps or trainers
Could children please bring indoor shoes into school so that we are not spreading mud around the classrooms! In this Autumn term, the field does get muddy and our cleaners do a fantastic job keeping on top of it - indoor shoes will make the process easier for them to manage.
What your child needs to know in Year 6:
We will be sending home a pack of information to show you the national expectations for children at the end of year 6. In it will be spellings, a useful maths mat, examples of unaided writing and a range of sample test papers for you to look at. These are not intended for you to work through with your child but to give you a flavour of what we will be teaching over the coming months and what standard is expected at the end of the year.
As always, if you have any queries or any concerns, please do come and talk to us. After school is preferable but our door is always open.
Mrs Sian Alderson and Mrs Karen Upton