Sorry for the radio silence over recent weeks.
The class has worked very hard and should be well-prepared for next week’s SATS.
Although focused on SATS for the last half-term, we’ve been working on core skills that will provide a good foundation for the future.
In maths, the children are all calculating quickly and accurately and have made strides in learning to reason logically through maths problems. We have also focused on developing a class culture in which the children set high standards for themselves and classmates. There’s a shared determination to master every new area of maths and solve every problem – and to help your classmate to achieve this when they need it. A great many members of the class have been skillful, committed coaches to classmates in recent weeks – setting the same standards for their partners as they do for themselves – and they have deepened their understanding of the subject matter and developed valuable coaching skills in the process. The maturity they’ve shown, and the solidarity with friends and classmates, has been impressive, and you can be proud of your sons and daughters.
In literacy, the children have made big strides towards writing fluent, grammatical English. Most encouragingly, they are developing pride as writers, taking care and interest in the way they express themselves, willing to redraft work until they achieve the voice, style and fluency they want.
So, even if it has felt like a bit of a slog at times, we can look back on the hard work of recent weeks as time well spent.
Here’s the plan for the rest of the year:
- The children will finish creating a portfolio of writing, from different genres, that will be used to assess their end-of-primary writing level. Do come in and read their work if you have the chance – it’s all in the purple literacy books.
- We’ll dip into the KS3 maths curriculum and do some science at The Elmgreen labs
- We’ll set aside more time for reading for pleasure. We’d like to try to get everyone reading something new from among the 100 books
- There’ll be a project on equality and feminism (using We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Adiche as a stimulus – a brilliant essay that came from this TED talk) and another on China (introductions to China’s history and geography, and to Chinese ways of thinking and living)
- The Year 6 show. We have to decide what we’re going to do and rehearse, rehearse, rehearse (performances on 19 and 20 July).
- A fun week away at Osmington Bay in Dorset (PGL)
- Tennis on Friday afternoons (Year 6 show rehearsal schedule permitting) with a professional coach at the Rosendale Playing Fields. (The children should leave PE kits at school on Thursday and bring them home at the weekend instead.)
So, plenty to be getting on with…
Look forward to seeing everyone bright and early tomorrow