Summer Term 2019
Welcome back! I hope you have all had a wonderful and restful Easter full of chocolate and you’re ready for the Summer!
As you are probably aware, SATs are two weeks away Year Six! The children all know where they’re at and have hopefully been keeping their brains ticking over and in action during the Easter holidays. Maths Booster will continue for the first 2 weeks. SATs week begins on Monday 13th May and their last test is on Thursday 16th May. Letters regarding the test times (and SATs breakfast!) will be sent separately to this. During the tests, Year 5s will be completing a project task with Mrs Wallace. This will affect a maximum of 2 hours per day during these four days. It’s great for them to see what’s ahead for them next year!
High expectations and a positive approach to the curriculum will be evident throughout as always!
The Summer Curriculum
The children will be having Swimming lessons every Thursday morning for P.E. They will be grouped based on ability. Children are expected in the National Curriculum to swim 25m by the end of KS2 so this is what we will be focussing on during these sessions. Children will have the opportunity to discuss important moral matters using the story ‘The Rabbits’ to create topic- based discussion in SMSC sessions and in RE we will be asking ‘If God is everywhere, why go to a place of Worship?’ and ‘What would Jesus do?’ Our theme is changing for the Summer Term. This will be called ‘Invaders’ and will take a History focus based all around the invasion of the Anglo Saxons and how British History has shaped our country today. We will study Anglo Saxon life, events and propaganda as well as looking at maps of where countries were invaded and settled. Our Science study won’t be linked this term; we will learning about the Human Circulatory System. We have organised a Whole Day workshop with Year 3/4 on Vikings/Anglo Saxon invasions on Wednesday 5th June. Details on prices and times to follow. P.E is on a Friday but as always this can change so could you please ensure that P.E bags are in school for the week.
We will be reading the story ‘Beowulf’ by our new Class Author Charles Keeping and Henry
Crossley-Holland both in English and Guided Reading. Children may bring in their own copies
of this should they wish to!
Year 6 children will also continue to have a Comprehension Session with Ms Cynthia Wardle on a weekly basis to help prepare them for their Reading SAT (again this will only be for the first 2 weeks). Year 5 children will spend this session working on their grammar, punctuation and spelling skills with Miss Farr. Mrs Evans will hopefully be back and will support us on a Monday all day and Tuesday/Thursday mornings. We are also supported by Mrs Wallace as a 1:1 Teaching Support Assistant. As before, Ms Randall will be teaching the children on Thursdays.
Summer Term Events
13th – 16th May – Year 6 SATs
16th May – Year 5 Poetry Workshop with Tina Cole
17th May – Year 6 Drayton Manor trip
22nd May – Year 6 CPR training with Dave Rowley
5th June – Anglo Saxon experience day
7th June – Class Assembly on Pentecost
W/B 10th June – Year 6 Bikeability
Friday 14th June – KS2 Athletics
20th June – Year 6 Poetry workshop with Tina Cole
21st June – Aspirations Day
24th June – Year 4/5 Parents London Meeting after school
25th June – Year 6 Lacon Taster Day/Whole School transition day
28th June – Bayton’s Got Talent
8th July – Stay and Play Science 9 -10am
W/B 8th July – SATs results!
16th July – Beach Day
17th July – Leavers’ Play 2pm/6pm
18th July – Big Bash
We also hope to plan a Leavers’ trip for the Y6 which is currently in process! I’m sure there will be further dates to add to this too.
Children may bring their own stationery in a pencil case, which can stay in their desk. We have had an issue in class recently with children bringing their own Blue Tac or unnecessary items into class. They only need the essentials; we can provide most of the equipment they need., The ‘extra’ stationary and its ability to divert attention is having a negative effect on some of the children’s learning and unfortunately the children they sit with too. Children have been warned that should this continue, all pencil cases will be banned and have to stay at home. They are old enough to be responsible for their own property. As they are the oldest children in the school, I expect them to set a good example to all those younger than them in everything that they do.
Please come and attend our ‘Stay and Play’ Science Session on Monday 8th July. 9:00am – 10:00am.
Some children will be asked to use their ‘soft start’ time on a daily basis to practise their handwriting.
All these children will be notified on the first day back to start on the first full week back at school so if you are able to get your child to school slightly earlier so they can have a little extra practise time, I would be very grateful!
Homework will continue as alternating weeks of English and Maths. Remember, homework is handed out on a Tuesday and is due on the following MONDAY. If you wish to give your child more homework, I highly recommend the CPD book range for SATs revision!
Please do have a look at our class page on the website. It’s updated very regularly and it’s a great opportunity to see all the wonderful things your children are up to! It also has links to our full ‘Disaster!’ topic overview, POW projects, important letters sent home and upcoming diary dates
Timetables for the half term will be sent home and can also be viewed in the Summer Term section on our class page on the website. (Tab: Children – Class Pages – Year 5 and 6)
Please feel free to come and see me at any time and discuss any queries you might have.
I look forward to another hard-working term ahead.
Miss Laura Farr