Welcome to Class 5/6 S – Mrs Shepherd
Welcome to the 5/6S Class page.
Here you will find important information about our routines, curriculum and general information. We will also keep you updated about the amazing activities we have been getting up to at school in our class blog which is at the bottom of this page – please scroll down to find out more.
- Reading continues to be at the heart of a child’s learning and at Ox Close we ensure that the children take part in a range of different reading activities.
- Children in KS2 access our Accelerated Reader programme. Children regularly borrow books from the library, take quizzes on them and progress through the reading scheme.
- The children all take a reading test to determine their reading ability at the beginning of each year. They are then given a ‘reading range’ and this tells them the area of the library that they can borrow books from. The range given is matched to their reading ability so that they choose books that they can read comfortably or provide more of a challenge.
- Once they have finished the book, the children take an online quiz. The scores children receive from the quizzes are monitored by class teachers. When they are regularly passing quizzes for the level they are on, the teacher gives them permission to move up a level.
- Lost books will incur a charge of £5.00.
- Your child will soon be bringing home a ‘Pick and Mix’ homework grid. The tasks are all linked to the theme of learning that your child is currently studying in school.
- The idea is that you do not need to complete homework every weekend – if you are busy one weekend then you could miss out that weekend and complete a task the weekend after – as long as they have the right number of points by the time stated on the grid
- Children will continue to receive a reading book – we ask that the children read a few pages every night wherever possible.
- Each week, the children will also have a spelling rule to learn. Rather than the old way of learning spellings for a test, we are going to send home a rule activity for them to complete and return. We are hoping this new way of learning spellings will help with retaining the rule.
Times Table Rockstars
Times Tables knowledge is a huge part of the curriculum and instant recall of times tables is essential.
In school, we have invested in an online programme that can be used both at home and at school, to support the children in learning their tables.
Times tables are set by the class teacher and we hope that every child will benefit from the programme by logging on both at home and at school.
We will be participating in PE lessons outside (weather permitting) every Tuesday. Children should come into school in their full PE kit every Tuesday including suitable outdoor PE shoes. Earrings and watches should be removed before the lesson. After the initial 6 week period, all earrings must be removed and not covered with plasters. If children cannot remove their own earrings, please remove them before they come to school. Please make sure that your child has the correct PE Kit:
- Black shorts, white t-shirt and trainers
- No football or sports tops please!
- Tracksuit bottoms for outdoor lessons.
2020 – 2021
Class 5/6S Activities
March 2020 – Food Preparation Skills
It’s great to be back with everyone in the classroom. This week, we have continued with our DT work on ‘Global Foods’ and have been looking at Mexican dishes. Today, we have practiced a number of food preparation skills to make our own salsa and guacamole. Although we couldn’t try our finished product, we were able to demonstrate our de-seeding, crushing, chopping, dicing and juicing skills!
December 2020 – Reversible and Irreversible Changes
To round off our science work this half term, 5/6S have been learning about reversible and irreversible changes. We thought about adding heat to our starting materials (reactants) and looking to see if a new substance was made (product). We also thought about whether or not we can ‘undo’ the changes and how heat or the cold can cause changes to occur. Take a look at some of the links below to find out more and see if you can spot any of these changes within your home over the festive period:
Education Quiz – https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks2/science/changing-materials/
Reversible and Irreversible Change – http://www.collaborativelearning.org/reversiblechange.pdf
December 2020 – Make your own bag!
Having investigated which type of paper was the strongest, the children used their findings to design and make a paper bag that could hold at least 8 apples. We had a lot of fun testing our final products, with four teams managing to hold up to 12!
November 2020 – Testing Materials
In Science today, we have been testing the strength of different types of paper by conducting some interesting investigations. We looked to see how many glass nuggets each type could hope and used our results to suggest a suitable material to use for a new supermarket fruit bag.
November 2020 – Year 6 SATs Practice
Although we are a VERY long way away from the SATs in May, Year 6 have been looking at some quick 10 minute tests that we can try to test our knowledge so far. Use the link below to have a go at home too:
CGP Practice Tests – https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/resources/ks2-sats-online-10-minute-tests
November 2020 – Finding Perimeter
Our Year 5 children have today started their work on measuring the perimeter of different shapes. Our problem solving activity was to use 16 square tiles to make a shape with the largest perimeter possible – take a look at us in action trying to find a possible solution:
November 2020 – Time Zones
This afternoon, we have been using our knowledge of Europe to work out the missing pieces in our map puzzles. Once we had refreshed our memories, we began to find out about the importance of time zones and how they affect our world-travel! If you yourself need a refresh, take a look at this helpful video:
November 2020 – French Colours
As we continue with our French topic of all about ourselves, we are learning to write about what we are wearing in detailed sentences, using the correct verb form and pronouns. Along the way, we have needed to recap our understanding of French colours, so here are some more games and useful websites for you to visit at home:
Colours in French – https://www.helpfulgames.com/subjects/french/317-colors-in-french.html#
Colour Labelling – http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2french.html
November 2020 – Sorting Materials
Today 5/6S started their new topic of materials with a recap of the properties of materials. We sorted photographs of a range of objects and their materials using tables and Venn diagrams, before thinking about how certain properties make a material suitable for a specific purpose. Take a look at us sorting with our group:
November 2020 – Comparing European Capitals
Continuing with our work on Europe, today we have used key data on rainfall and temperature to draw specific comparisons between a range of European capital cities. We have needed to look carefully at key information to see if we can begin to give reasons for the differences that we find. Here we are in action:
November 2020 – Secret Christmas Project with Brendon Renwick
Today the children in 5/6S began their work on a secret Christmas project with the ‘Music Man’ himself, Brendon Renwick. They worked in two small groups to begin learning some special songs that will be heading your way soon…but not just yet! Wait and see!
November 2020 – Locating European Capital Cities
Today in Geography, we have been reviewing our knowledge of European countries and their capital cities. Although we were a little uncertain to start with, we worked hard to use an atlas and Digimaps to find, name and locate these for ourselves. If you want to learn more about this topic, try some of the links below:
Name the country – https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/quizzes/european-countries-quiz
Facts about European countries – https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks2/geography/europe/
Maps of Europe – https://www.ducksters.com/games/europe_map_game.php
European capitals – https://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/quizzes/top-class-european-capital-cities
November 2020 – M and M Productions
Despite the difficulties this year, the children in Years 5 and 6 were delighted to welcome back M and M Productions this year with their virtual performance of The Wizard of Oz. The new format was a great hit with everyone and we had a splendid afternoon!
November 2020 – Team Building
This half term in PE, we are working on team building activities and spending as much time outside as possible. We also continue to work on our overall fitness with a range of circuit style sessions, which the children really enjoy. Have a look at our first session this half term:
November 2020 – Identifying Pronouns
Do you know what a pronoun is? Can out find an example? Can you use pronouns to replace a noun? The children have been looking at these today as part of our GPS curriculum. Have a go at the activities below top support your learning at home:
November 2020 – French Body Parts
At the start of our new half term, we turn our attention to our understanding of our body parts in French. Below there are a number of games to try to recap your understanding of these:
Naming the body parts – https://www.lightbulblanguages.co.uk/estrellas-resources/HalfaMinute/bodyparts.html
Description comprehension (tricky) – https://www.echalk.co.uk/MFL/French/photofit/photofit.html
October 2020 – Square Numbers
Year 5 in particular have had great fun this week reviewing their understanding of square numbers. Take the ‘Hit the Button’ challenge below and see if you can beat our current leading score of 33 out of 33:
Hit the Button – https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button
October 2020 – French Months of the Year
More fun to be had at home with these games linked to our work in French on months of the year:
Months of the Year – https://educandy.com/site/resource.php?activity-code=a58
October 2020 – Frida Kahlo Portraits
Take a look at our final portraits of artist Frida Kahlo – we added shade to our outlines and added some colourful 3D flowers to display!
October 2020 – Bar Charts
Year 5 have been reviewing their knowledge of bar charts and line graphs this week, so here is a game for them to try at home. Be careful to check the scale on your chart!
October 2020 – The Perfect Tense
Today Year 6 have been introduced to the perfect tenses – the past perfect and the present perfect. Each of these tenses has a past tense verb form and the use of have/has or had, which the children explored today. It can be a little bit tricky to fully understand so here is a useful link to support you at home:
Using the past perfect tense – https://www.gamestolearnenglish.com/perfect-tense-game/
October 2020 – French Days of the Week
Today we have been reviewing our knowledge of days of the week in French. Our children seem to be very keen on developing their understanding through games, so here are a few more:
Interactive Word Search – https://www.educandy.com/site/html5/bin/main.php?activity=wordsearch&quizid=37907
October 2020 – World Mental Health Day
To recognise World Mental Health Day 2020, the children in 5/6S have been finding out about positive affirmations and how these can be used to start the day off well. We looked at some examples and then came up with our own. We added these in Autumn colours to our class tree as a daily reminder of how we can turn a negative into a positive. Take a look!
October 2020 – French numbers 0-100
Today we have been revisiting and consolidating our understanding of French numbers up to 100, as some of us missed out on this learning during lockdown. We looked at how the numbers are constructed and practiced our pronunciation of some very tricky sounds. To keep working on this, here are some games that the children can try for themselves at home:
October 2020 – A Healthy Lunch
Following on from our work on a healthy diet and the effects of sugar on the body. 5/6S have been challenging themselves to create a healthy lunchbox. Try the game below to see how healthy your choices can be: http://www.freddyfit.co.uk/kids/games/lunch-box-maker.php
October 2020 – Perfect Portraits
Over the course of this half term, we have been concentrating on developing our sketching skills, particularly when drawing self-portraits. The progress that we have made has been fantastic, take a look at some of our finished work.
September 2020 – Words ending in -ly
In English today, we looked at different types of adverbs and noticed that many of them follow the pattern of ending in -ly. Have a go at this spelling game to brush up on your spelling of these words.
Words ending in -ly – https://www.spellzone.com/word_lists/games-159102.htm
September 2020 – Roman Numerals
Today in Maths, our understanding of Roman Numerals was vital…and some of us found it a little tricky. Try this game at home to build up your understanding, and maybe even challenge a parent!
September 2020 – Welcome back!
It has been wonderful to see everybody back in school after such a long time and 5/6S have made a flying start to the year! This week, we have been ordering key events from the Victorian era on a timeline, working in groups to see what we already know. Take a look at how we got on…
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