Welcome To Hawk
Year 5 Groups
The children in Year 5 are split into two Maths groups and two English groups. Therefore, your child will have either Mrs Rodgers or Miss McKnight for Maths or English.
Year 6 Groups
The children in Year 6 are split into two Maths groups and two English groups. Therefore, your child will have either Miss Moran or Mr Hough for Maths or English.
PE will take place on a Friday afternoon for Hawk Class. For indoor lessons, children wear a plain white t-shirt, navy blue shorts and black PE pumps. PE lessons may take place outdoors and the children will therefore need an outdoor kit kept in school at all times. Children may wear plain navy blue tracksuit trousers, a navy blue jumper, plain white t-shirt and trainers for outdoor lessons. The outdoor kit is optional however trainers are necessary. PE kit must stay in school and will be sent home at half term to be washed. If a child regularly does not have their PE kit in school on their PE day then it will affect their position on ALWAYS.
Please ensure that ALL items of clothing including pumps are labelled with your child’s name.
Homework will always be given with the exception of school holidays. Homework is set on Google Classrooms which can be accessed via numerous devices (laptop, computer, Tablet/Ipad, phone, Xbox). Work can be returned as a typed document. Alternatively, children will also be provided with an exercise book to keep at home which may be used to complete work and then a photo uploaded to Google Classrooms. The logins will remain the same and the children will be reminded.
All homework will be set on a Monday and is due in for the following Monday by 08:50am. It allows him/her to do some each night or all in one night. Homework is recorded and monitored and any which is not completed at home will result in your child not being on the ‘Always’ stage for that half term. It is important that homework is completed as the activities set will help prepare your child for their SATs and their time at secondary school.
Home learning links
As well as set homework, your child should also spend time each evening reading for at least 10 minutes. He/she will bring home a book from school. This book must be read as your child will have been assessed and set to match their reading band age. They may also read a book of their own choice from home / the library alongside this if they wish. If your child is assessed as a free reader, they will be able to read either a book from the school library or their own book from home.
Each child will also receive a reading record. The record should be filled in every time the child reads at home (minimum 3 x per week). The children should make notes about what they have read each week and have this signed by a parent / carer. This will be checked in school weekly so any parental comments can also be communicated here.
Children will be assessed and placed into groups for their spellings lessons. Spelling lessons will take place in the mornings and a spelling test will take place every Monday. Spellings are best learnt little and often rather than all the night before. We also recommend that children practise the common exception words for Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 which are attached to this letter.
The Year 6 children will take a spelling test during SATs week. Although the children will not have a writing test, their writing will be continuously assessed throughout the year and they must be able to spell and use in context most of the common exception words to meet age related expectations.
Here is a document I have created showing previous spellings from the SPAG test.
Your child should also regularly practise their times tables up to 12 times tables. Again, we would recommend 10 minutes per night to improve their knowledge and speed. To help with maths progress, they must know all their tables with confidence and be able to recall them rapidly. A Speed tables practice will take place every Wednesday.
The National KS2 SATs will take place from Monday 9th May 2022 to Thursday 12th May 2022.
Reading Comprehension – This paper is 1 hour long. During this time, the children are expected to read three short texts and answer a variety of questions about what they have read. They may be asked to define, retrieve, summarise, infer, predict, relate, explore and compare.
GPS – This stands for Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling. One paper will test the children on 20 spellings of increasing difficulty. The other paper is 45 minutes long and has a selection of questions which assess their knowledge and understanding of punctuation and grammar rules.
Maths Paper 1 – This is an arithmetic paper. Within this paper, the children are quizzed on the four calculations along with fractions, decimals and percentages.
Maths Paper 2 and Paper 3 – these papers assess problem solving and reasoning skills in all maths topics.
Writing – there is no writing test however the children will be continually assessed throughout the course of the year in their writing in all subjects in school.
Secondary School Applications
Applications to secondary school are made via Oldham Council. https://www.oldham.gov.uk/info/201168/apply_for_a_secondary_school_place/2515/how_to_apply_online
The closing date for submitting applications is 5pm on 31st October 2022. You will get an acknowledgement that your application has been received. If you do not receive this, you must contact Oldham Council on 0161 7704213.
Applications received after the deadline will only be considered once all other applications have been processed and therefore you are very unlikely to receive your first choice.
You will receive your secondary school offer in on 1st March 2023.
Please encourage your child to bring a bag to school to take letters and books home in and return them. We also ask all children in KS2 to bring in an empty pencil case. This pencil case will remain in school all year and will be filled with stationery provided by school. If your child does not yet have a pencil case in school, please could you try to source one and have it in school by the end of the week.
In Year 6, children are allowed to walk home. A permission letter must be signed by parents/carers before they are allowed to walk home.
Our Class Saint
Our class Saint: St Oscar Romero
Feast Day: 24th March
Patron Saint of the Americas and El Salvador
"Blessed are the poor, for they know that their riches are in the One who being rich made himself poor in order to enrich us with his poverty."
- Oscar Romero.
New spellings handed out.
English & Maths homework handed out (Year 5 & 6)
Previous week's Homework (Maths & English) due in.
|TUE||TT Rockstars (15 minutes).|
|WED||Spelling sessions (yellow book).|
Home Reading Records to be handed in.
|FRI||P.E Kit needed in school|
|SUN||Mass in Church at 10am.|