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The SATs are the culmination of an intensive period of work for the Year 6 children. During part of this time, the Year 5s have benefitted from being taught by Mr Caddy. The end of the tests, however, signals the beginning of a focus upon writing – with the Year 6 children needing to demonstrate the full extent of their writing skills before their eventual standard of writing is decided. Among the writing skills that children will have to show that they have mastered are: developing character, setting and plot; moving the story on; sustaining an appropriate style; including dialogue using a range of sentence structures; including a range of higher-order grammatical and punctuation features - such as the passive voice, relative clauses, hyphens, brackets, colons and semi-colons.
The children’s mathematical work will centre upon problem-solving activities – both the means to the solution and the language required to explain how the answer was obtained and why it is known to be correct.
In other subjects: Science is a combination of two topics: Living things and their habitats and Evolution and inheritance. History will focus upon the Victorian era – most especially, how different were the lives of children in contrast to now. If History offers a contrast, so Geography will provide a comparison when the children look at life in Australia. For the class’ art topic, the Australian theme continues as the children seek to replicate aboriginal designs and patterns to produce a group tapestry.
IXL is a commercial website to which the school began subscribing in December of last year. It offers children in Class 3 the chance to practise and refine their skills for both Grammar & Punctuation and Mathematics. The website can be accessed from any computer; it only requires that the child knows his or her log-in details. I provide lists of activities that correspond to the work which is taking place in the classroom at the time. (Owing to the extent to which I anticipate the number of lists will increase during the months ahead, this facility has been afforded its own sub-pages.) Click on the headings below to see current and recent lists for both subjects.
For any parent who wonders what might be a good, yet straightforward, means of supporting a child at home, this is it.
'Homework' is usually a case of catching up, continuing with or finishing off work that is being done in class. It is essentially a means of ensuring that the extensive content of the National Curriculum is covered by every child. Keeping up with homework helps to prevent a child from falling behind. Homework is most frequently set at weekends, but it may also be required during the week.
Spellings, multiplication tables and IXL online are elements that can be practised at home even without my having specifically requested that children do so.
Click on the icon below to see details of current homework.
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