Behaviour and Rewards
The whole school is following three new rules: kind, ready and safe. All our previous rules will come under these three headings and we will have opportunities in school to discuss them further with the children. Displayed in class is a traffic light, all children will begin and hopefully end the day on green; however if a member of staff feels that your child has not chosen to be kind, ready or safe, they will be given time to think about their actions (amber) and if they persistently choose not to be kind, ready or safe, they will be spoken to privately by the teacher and it will be written in their reading record. Each child will always start the day on green, regardless of the previous day's actions. We will be rewarding children who remain on green throughout the week and notifying parents via the reading diary.
The children will be expected to read every night and practise all of their times tables; Year 5 and 6 children should know all their times table up to 12 times. Additionally, children will receive up to 10 spellings a week taken from the Spelling Bee termly card. Children will receive merits for their charts if this is noted in their diaries, which are checked daily. Children will receive one piece of English and one piece of Maths on alternate weeks, sent out on a Friday and handed back in, on a Wednesday.
Reading records should be in school every day. They are used to send messages home and if you want to send any messages to school. You are expected to comment on how your child has read at least three times a week (remember it doesn't just have to be about a school book) this allows the child a chance to discuss the book; its themes, features and language, all of which are important for your child's comprehension and literacy skills. Your child will receive a raffle ticket weekly if this has been done, which is put into a raffle and pulled out termly to win a book token worth £5.
Your child will receive a record chart, which will be kept in their reading record. We have introduced them this year to ensure the children are reading a variety of books and being rewarded for doing so. If they read all six types of books, they will receive two merits and a marble.
Children are listened to at least once a week in school and this will be signed off by an adult in their reading records. If your child forgets their reading record once they will be reminded to bring this to school the next day, if this continues a text message will be sent and then this will be followed by a phone call and then a letter home.
Class 5 will be using our 'Reading Vipers' during their guided reading whole class lessons. This will be done separately for Year 5 and Year 6 during a morning session. The reading vipers have had a massive impact on developing language, comprehension and inference skills. Attached to the website are key questions that can be asked to the children whilst they are reading at home. This will give you the chance to see the type of questions that they are asked during lessons and assessment periods.
Class 5 children will have two sessions of PE a week. This term indoor PE will take place on a Thursday afternoon and outdoor PE will take place on a Wednesday afternoon with Craig. In addition to this, those children who are not assessed as being at national standard will go swimming on a Tuesday afternoon. Children can take their PE kits home with them on a Friday but they need to be returned with them on a Monday ready for the week ahead.
For indoor PE the children are required to wear either the school shorts and top or plain black shorts and a plain white top. For outdoor PE, the children are allowed to wear either the school kit or plain black jogging bottoms and the school hoody.
If your child does not have their PE kit in school they will have to use a spare kit from the PE kit box. They will not be allowed to borrow another child's kit. If your child does not have a kit in school a note will be put in their reading diary, if they continue to forget their kit a text message will be sent home. After this it is a phone call home and then if this continues a letter will be sent home.
Seesaw is an interactive learning journal where your child will be able to share their work. It will be used in all subjects from problem solving in Maths to Dance in PE. We invite you to set up your very own parents' account where you can receive notifications when your child, Mrs O'Neill, Mrs Roberts or Mrs Stewart has uploaded a piece of work. You will be able to like and comment on your child's work which will add to the great sense of achievement that the children feel when using the app. Any questions about Seesaw and how it works please feel free to ask a member of staff.
Class 5 will be continuing to use the Spell Bee scheme this year. Your child will be taught with their year group every Monday morning. Your child will learn a rule and will be expected to use the rules that they have learnt in all of their written work.
Every Monday your child will be given a spelling bookmark that you will find in their reading diary that practises the rule. The words on the bookmark will be directly from their words on the spelling bee card.
Your child will be tested on the rule the following week however it must be reminded that we will be testing your child's knowledge of the rule not a list of words. Additional words may be added by the teacher to assess your child's understanding.
Attached to the website page is a list of spelling for your child's year group that they will learn across the term. Again please be aware this is not a comprehensive list your child will be learning a spelling rule not a list of words.
Spelling Bee Record Card YR5 Autumn Term
Spelling Bee Record Card YR6 Autumn Term
Times table challenge
Every week, children will complete their times table challenge. Children will not be given this prior to the lesson however there is support to help your child that you may find useful on our webpage. (Please be aware this is done by Halton and can take a little time.)
Times Table Challenge Mixed Multiplication - Working at Home
Times Table Challenge Mixed Division - Working at Home
How the times table challenge works
We have introduced merit charts for each child which will be displayed in the classroom. Children can earn merits through good behaviour, work and stand out moments. Once a child has received 25 merits they will receive 1 marble and bronze award, 50 merits they will receive 2 marbles and silver award, 75 merits 3 marbles and gold award, finally, completing the chart they will receive 5 marbles and the platinum award, during celebration assembly on a Monday. We hope every child will aim for 100 merits by the end of the year. Good luck children!
Both Mrs Stewart and Mrs O'Neill will be out of class after dinner for an hour every Wednesday afternoon, as this is their personal planning, preparation and assessment time. During this time, the children will have their outdoor PE session with Craig. In addition to this, Mrs Stewart will also have an additional session on a Friday afternoon, where the children will be transported to Sandymoor High School each week to participate in an hour of Music.
How to help your child
On our class webpage is a yearly curriculum map so that you can see what your child will be taught throughout the year in each subject.
Here are some websites that you may find useful to support your child's learning.