Goudhurst & Kilndown Church of England Primary School

Learning at Home

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Google Classroom Accelerated Reader Times-table Rockstars Spelling Shed

Termly Information

 

lions summer terms 5 and 6 2023.pdf

 

lions spring terms 3 and 4.pdf

 

lions autumn terms 1 and 2.pdf

 

 

Maths & Times-tables

One of the most important things for your child to have mastered and maintain is their knowledge of times tables.  As the children progress through Year 6, they realise that their times table facts are so key to their fluency, problem solving and reasoning in throughout the curriculum and in their daily maths lessons. We ask you to ensure your children are learning their times tables on TTR regularly. This will help improve their rapid recall of number facts. We do appreciate that for some children this isn't the most productive way for them to learn so we also recommend the Percy Parker times tables songs, 'Hit the Button', BBC Super Movers, singing, chanting in the car, walking to school - little and often is the key. 

To support your children's numeracy at home, I have attached the overview of Power Maths program which we follow in school. 

year 6 overview.pdf

Spelling and Building Vocabulary

years 5 6 statutory spellings.pdf

 

Reading

Reading with your children - listening to them read and asking them questions, as well as helping them to understand any words they are unsure of - is consistently proven to be the most effective work at home you can do with your children.   Therefore, we ask you to read with your children 4-5 days a week for 15-20 minutes. 

At this age, it is often more about listening to your children read, and discussing the book with them, rather than helping them to recognise letters and sounds.  Often parents ask us what questions they should be asking.  This may be intuitive for some, but anything that helps the children to show their understanding of the book is great.  

Before you start reading:
 - Remind me, what has happened so far?
 - What did we read about last time?
 - What do you think will happen in this next chapter?
 - What do you think this character will do next?

Whilst you are reading, you can check your child's understanding of words - just because they can read them, doesn't mean they understand what they mean.  
 - What does that word mean?
 - Why has the writer used that word or phrase there?  
 - Why do you think that character did that?  
 - What do you think they might do next?

This isn't a prescriptive list and you don't want to constantly interrupt your child, but hopefully this helps that what we are trying to support the children in doing is ensuring that they aren't just learning how to read new words, but that they understand and can make meaning from the text. 

We track the children's progress in reading using Accelerated Reader.  There is more information about AR on the link below, as well as the link to login into the site for the children to take their reading quizzes.   We review the information on this site regularly, to check your child's reading is progressing.  Please note you have to use this exact link - often the numbers change in different links. 

https://ukhosted34.renlearn.co.uk/2241001/default.aspx

If you need your child's AR password please contact the class teacher.

Finally, we often get asked for book recommendations.  Here are some websites you may find useful, or do come and find us and ask us in class.  The Love4Reading site is particularly good, as although you need to register, you can read the first chapters of many books first, so you can see if they appeal before you head to the library to borrow or a bookshop to buy. Books make great gifts too!  It is important children read books they enjoy - we ensure they are reading appropriate books in class, so you have leeway at home to ensure your children are reading for pleasure, building a habit that will last a lifetime.  

https://www.thereaderteacher.com/
https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/

Learning Journals

 Every fortnight the children of Year 6 will receive a task in their learning journal to complete. This will be a cross curricular activity, which will be closely linked to our termly topic (our topic this term is 'The Ancient Maya'). The children are encouraged to use a range of resources (including digital platforms) and use their skills learnt throughout their progressive lessons to work independently in the home environment. Term 1's   terms tasks include:

  • Find out about one or more or the ancient Maya cities and produce an information guide about them. This can be presented as a poster, leaflet or PowerPoint presentation. 

  • Design your own Maya god and write a detailed description about it. 

  •  Research and create an information poster about the Mayan Calendar. What was it? Is it still used today? Detail everything you can about it.

  • Draw, create, design or build a Mayan temple? This can be done using a range of resources, materials and could even be done using Minecraft or Tinkercad. You must then write a couple of paragraphs explaining why the temples were so important to the Mayans.

  • What were the Mayan warriors like? Draw/paint/sketch/ make a collage a  of one and then write about who they were and what weapons they had.

  •  Design and create your own Mayan headdress. This must be 3D and created with a variety of materials then write a paragraph about who wore them and why they wore them.