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Southfields Primary School

Southfields Primary School

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The curriculum

 

The curriculum has recently changed and topics have been added to year 5 and 6.  Although there are a variety of subjects that are similar in theme and differ via progression, there are core changes and differences between the year groups.  These are listed below…

 

  • Year 5
  • English/ Mathematics
  • Science- Forces, Earth and Space, Properties of Materials, Types of Reactions. Animals (including humans), Scientific Working
  • Geography- Landmarks, Colorado River
  • History- Anglo-Saxons, Ancient Greeks, Education and Childhood in Victorian Times
  • Year 6
  • English/Mathematics.
  • Science- Evolution, Animals (including humans), Scientific Working, Revision Units.
  • Geography- Scarborough Project, Volcanoes and Earthquakes, The Rainforest.
  • History- Crime and Punishment.

Trips and Residentials

All trips are linked heavily with the curriculum and aim to promote cross-curricular work.  Although these can be subject to change as the curriculum develops, here are a list of the most recent trips that your child may take as part of year 5 and 6!

Year 5

  • The National Space Centre (Leicester) Science
  • London Residential English and Geography
  • Black Country Museum History

Year 6

  • Galleries of Justice  History
  • Woburn Safari Park Geography
  • Spymission Centre Milton Keynes Mathematics
  • Scarborough  Residential Cross-curricular Geography Topic

 

Timetables

 

Time

Year 5

Year 6

(Doors open)

8:40 

Morning work- varied according to day.

Morning work- 4 questions and English theme piece

9:00-9:15

Assembly

9:30- 10:30

English

English

10:30-10:55

Reading Roundabout

English

10:55-11:10

Break

11:10-12:10

Mathematics

Mathematics

12:10- 1:10

Lunch

1:10-1:30

Foundation

Reading skills lesson

1:30- 2:15

Foundation

Foundation

2:15-3:00

Foundation

Foundation

3:00-3:15

Reading Lighthouse

Reading Lighthouse

 

Home learning

  • Daily reading (parents are to sign the reading records and write a comment about how the child have read)
  • Spelling and times tables
  • Completed daily diary entry

  • Weekly home learning journal
  • https://youtu.be/kvqlalCxF1Q   Example of home learning by Seren Matthews 
  • https://youtu.be/5O4ZRSbezJw  example of home learning by Melisa Ndregjoni 
  • Standards needs to be as high as possible. In year six, weekly homework may vary and be structured based on an English and/or a Mathematics Skill.  

Ways to help your child:

  • Listen to your children read aloud and ask your child questions about what they have read.
  • Make your own spelling test or children are to write sentences using the given words.
  • Support with the weekly homework- ensuring it is completed to the best standard possible for the individual.
  • Establish an effective routine for completing learning at home (such as soon as they get home from school).
  • In year six in particular, pupils need to begin organising themselves independently with little parental prompt.  This will be an important skill for secondary school.
  • Pupils need to ensure that they complete their work or they will be doing this during break and lunch time.  If longer pieces of homework are difficult for your child to complete at home, homework club may be an advisable option.
  • Additional work may be given where necessary.  (For example: times tables revision)
  • Independent learning is encouraged. Have they found something difficult during the day that it would help them to practice at home?
  • Year 6 children need to prepare for secondary school.  They need to be ready to be independent and deal with the larger workload.

Pupil Organisation

Children need to ensure that they develop independence across a variety of areas.  Although some pupils may need support with this, this independence will help children to grow in a variety of ways.

What do pupils need and when?

  • Swimming kits- must be brought in weekly for the term that your pupil is allocated to swim.  Secondary schools require that children can swim 25 metres. 
  • PE Kits need to be in on a Monday morning and are to go home with pupils on a Friday afternoon.
  • Pupils need to aim to start organising themselves.  They need to learn how to pack their own bags.
  • Children need to be punctual- morning work is an additional learning opportunity.

They need to organise their equipment for lessons.  They will be given packs and they need to be responsible for

What do pupils need and when?

  • Swimming kits- must be brought in weekly for the term that your pupil is allocated to swim.  Secondary schools require that children can swim 25 metres. 
  • PE Kits need to be in on a Monday morning and are to go home with pupils on a Friday afternoon.
  • Pupils need to aim to start organising themselves.  They need to learn how to pack their own bags.
  • Children need to be punctual- morning work is an additional learning opportunity.
  • They need to organise their equipment for lessons.  They will be given packs and they need to be responsible for this.
  • Children need to develop the correct ‘behaviour for learning’.
  • Lesson disruption cannot happen.  There is a zero tolerance policy.  (For year six children, this is important.)  It is unfair for children to hinder one another’s learning.
  • As long as children try their hardest, that is all that can be asked.  Both year 5 and 6 are important year groups and children must attempt all challenges to the best of their ability.  If it is not, work may have to be redone (at home or in school).

Year 5

  • Year five is part of Upper School.  It is an important year to ensure pupils prepare for secondary school.
  • Some children will be selected as a Playpal.   They are responsible for ensuring games are played successfully and they are to help other children during break and lunch times.

Year 6

  • House Captains- children are chosen as perfect role-models and representatives for their house group across school.
  • They are the oldest pupils in school.  As the oldest children in school, it is their job is to be  role models for younger pupils and to help others.
  • Behaviour needs to be exemplar- they will be sitting their tests in May 2016.
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