Welcome to Heron Class 2020-21
We are taught by Miss Dunks.
Our teaching assistant is Mrs Lawson.
This is a Key Stage Two mixed class of Year 5 and Year 6 children.
Autumn Term Second Half Topic Resources
Please click on the picture link to find a selection of topic resources for our children in Heron Class.
The resources are a great and fun way to support and supplement your child's learning in school, develop their knowledge of the topic and encourage their love of learning.
Our timetable may change occasionally according to needs. We begin our day on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with a Basic Skills Literacy Session – where we concentrate upon learning spelling patterns, basic punctuation, grammar and various literacy word or sentence level requirements. We split into groups for maths and literacy. Shortly before lunch we have a 30 minute daily Guided Reading session where three groups work on a text with a Teacher and three groups read independently or work on follow up activities. On most afternoons we begin with a Daily Maths Meeting session which involves completing a series of mental maths tests, identifying the gaps we need to work on and working on our times tables.
Reading Books: Children are provided with a reading book and Reading Record. Please encourage your child to read a little each night and please sign in their reading record. READING BOOKS TO BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY PLEASE. Please keep in the plastic bag we have provided. Further/replacement bags 50p each. Reading Records are checked throughout the week and books changed if required. However, children can change their reading book at other times during the week if needed as we encourage ‘Reading for Pleasure.’
Library Books: Library day will be on Fridays. Your child will have a library session each week and can choose a book to read in their own time, please help them to remember to return their book each week.
Maths is taught daily in Heron class and a mastery approach is used:
The Essence of Maths Teaching for Mastery
- Maths teaching for mastery rejects the idea that a large proportion of people ‘just can’t do maths’. All pupils are encouraged by the belief that by working hard at maths they can succeed. Pupils are taught through whole-class interactive teaching, where the focus is on all pupils working together on the same lesson content at the same time, as happens in Shanghai and several other regions that teach maths successfully. This ensures that all can master concepts before moving to the next part of the curriculum sequence, allowing no pupil to be left behind.
- If a pupil fails to grasp a concept or procedure, this is identified quickly and early intervention ensures the pupil is ready to move forward with the whole class in the next lesson.
- Lesson design identifies the new mathematics that is to be taught, the key points, the difficult points and a carefully sequenced journey through the learning. In a typical lesson pupils sit facing the teacher and the teacher leads back and forth interaction, including questioning, short tasks, explanation, demonstration, and discussion.
- Procedural fluency and conceptual understanding are developed in tandem because each supports the development of the other.
- It is recognised that practice is a vital part of learning, but the practice used is intelligent practice that both reinforces pupils’ procedural fluency and develops their conceptual understanding.
- Significant time is spent developing deep knowledge of the key ideas that are needed to underpin future learning. The structure and connections within the mathematics are emphasised, so that pupils develop deep learning that can be sustained.
- Key facts such as multiplication tables and addition facts within 10 are learnt to automaticity to avoid cognitive overload in the working memory and enable pupils to focus on new concepts.
|Year 5 Maths Curriculum.pdf||[pdf 262KB]|
|Year 6 Maths Curriculum.pdf||[pdf 293KB]|
- Please make sure your child brings their reading book to school every day. Remember it is a part of their school uniform.
- Please help your child to practise their spellings at home as this will really help them to become more accurate spellers and enhance their writing.
- Spellings will be given out on Tuesday for a spelling test the following Monday.
- Homework will be given out half termly with children choosing homework to complete and progress will be checked throughout the term. Children are given the opportunity to have their homework on display in the hall.
- The smiley hand in date will be every Friday afternoon.
Things to Remember
Spellings will be given out on Tuesday for a spelling test the following Monday.
PE – Wednesday
Reflection/Homework journals to be in school every day
During key stage two children take part in career-related learning: broadening horizons and raising aspirations – showing children the vast range of possibilities open to them through visits, talks and assemblies. As part of the Oldham Pledge, children at St Margaret’s visit a careers fair. They also take part in an enterprise event and the new ‘Wonder Woman’ topic introduced in 2019 successfully challenges preconceptions about certain careers or pathways such as women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Furthermore, in 2019 school has linked with Positive Steps and are taking part in a programme providing career-based learning, in partnership with local businesses.
Whilst undertaking a review of our curriculum in 2018/19, we are currently looking at further opportunities to allow children to meet a wider range of people doing different jobs, in different sectors and at different levels, in line with the research from ‘Drawing the Future’ (2018). See video below for details of the the survey of over 20,000 pupils.