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 Hornbeam Class

Mr Leer, Miss Hailes and Mrs Rooney

Half termly theme: Dinosaurs in Haystacks

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The photos above taken by Rhianna. They show children making dinosaur footprints with paint. Children had to move like particular species of dinosaur, and in this instance, a Raptor hunting its prey (a larger plant eating dinosaur). The first photo shows a child trying on the feet, the second, a rehearsal, and the third, the actual print making exercise!


This is a big term for Y6 as SAT's are only weeks away. Y5 have been a wonderful support for Y6, actively encouraging children to do well and adapting their own learning to cover some topics not traditionally covered in Y5 - but differentiated down to suit their current learning styles and development. 

A big thank you to parents who have supported your children to attend booster sessions which has done a lot to 'iron out' some misconceptions and provided a wonderful opportunity for myself and the children to have a 'bubble' of time in which the only thing to concentrate on is the concepts in front of us.  I was particular pleased with how well all the children support each other. 

Topic work is focused on Dinosaurs and fossils. This is already proving a very popular and fun inquiry with children engaged and wanting to explore the topic in even greater depth. This topic will link art, geography, natural history and DT, with some cross over into science.

We will be covering a lot in English this term and I am particularly excited about the leavers assembly in which children will write their own production and perform it! 

The main focus for Math’s will be revision of all the taught modules over the last two terms. I'm very pleased and excited to report that many children are confident with percentages and fractions and they have all made wonderful progress. Hornbeam class are also applying mathematical knowledge across other areas of the curriculum with a particular emphasis on money (enterprise) and measurement along with statistics. 

The computing is focused largely on word processing and presenting a slide show based on the presentation of information (dinosaurs). Some children will be doing additional word processing to learn the skills of typing at speed and for others, to further strengthen fingers and hands. 

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that children need to come to school well prepared each day. There have been a number of recent incidences when children have not had the correct stationery, a water bottle, a PE kit or any homework due in that day. Being organised will become increasingly important when children get to Secondary school and I would appreciate your co-operation in ensuring your child has everything they need to help them learn well.

Homework - In Years 5 and 6 the importance of homework cannot be over-stressed. Parental support for encouraging a good homework routine is essential; enabling children to become confident and independent in completing tasks with minimal parental input. Following lessons often depend on this work having been completed. Children are encouraged to plan their homework schedule carefully to meet deadlines in a way that does not leave everything to the night before it is due. This is preparing them for moving on to secondary school.

About weekly homework.  Homework is consolidation of learnt concepts in class, often linked to what has been learnt that day. This homework can take a variety of forms. For Y6 and Y5, it can be SAT's revision, practice writing tasks or extending the learning of a concept recently taught. Homework also comprises of spellings and some children will receive additional spellings, with the approval of parents, to support the child if this area is weaker. 

One final appeal - could children read - and read for pleasure at home. As any educator will argue, children that read for pleasure, often make continued and sustained academic progress. 


Happy learning to your children and thank you for your continued support.

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