Welcome to Willow Class Y5/6,
Year 6 marks the end of the pupils’ time at Woodborough School and it is always an extremely busy time for pupils and staff! Over the year, they seem to grow from children to young adults, ready to make the move to Secondary School.
As the older members of the school, there are lots of opportunities for them to develop skills and attitudes other than the academic! They are now the role models for the younger children and as part of this they can hold positions of responsibility, for example, School Council representatives or House Captains.
In Year 6, all children are expected to work hard, developing the skills and independence they will need at Secondary School. Their Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) are in May and lots of preparation work is undertaken before this – Booster Classes after school for instance.
In Year 5, children are developing into more independent learners. They become more skilled at using the resources available without prompting and also extend their own learning by becoming more proficient in the planning and evaluating stage of their work.
Our topics are fun and varied, covering aspects of History, Geography and Science. Other foundation subjects (for instance Art, Design and Technology, Computing) are integrated into the topics. PE covers areas of Games, Gym and Dance. The children will also get the opportunity to do Judo in the Autumn Term. As Year 5 and 6’s, there will be more opportunities to represent the school at sporting festivals competing against other schools.
In English work, we study all kinds of fiction and non-fiction genres, fine tuning our reading and writing skills. Grammar is important and the children will see how authors use this to make their writing more interesting and use it to improve their own work. It is important that we can name, and use effectively, a wide range of punctuation and vocabulary so that we can improve as writers. Independent editing is also a key part of our work. The children develop their reading and comprehension skills during our group reading sessions. Handwriting continues to be taught and the children have the opportunity to earn their pen licence! Speaking confidently is also a key skill and the children are given opportunities to present their ideas in groups and to the class.
Our maths becomes more sophisticated and children become confident calculating with larger numbers and decimals. Amongst other things, they work with: simplifying and converting fractions, percentages and decimals; perimeter and area of compound shapes; presenting and interpreting data in different forms, and solving multi step word problems. It is important that children develop their abilities to work confidently mentally and quick recall of multiplication facts is key to this. We concentrate on these in class but also expect the children to spend time learning them at home.
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Click below for an overview of learning for Willow Class this year.