Year 5 & 6 - Ospreys
"Let all that you do be done in love."
Welcome to Ospreys Class!
Teacher: Mrs Willard
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Jarvis
We like to work hard and have fun in Ospreys Class. We are a mixed age class, comprising of both Year 5 and Year 6 children. Working as a team enables us to make more friends, encourage each other and work to ensure that all children fulfil their potential.
Although for those children in Year 6 this is a year when they complete SATs tests (a statutory requirement for all children in Year 6), we want everyone to enjoy their last year in primary school. Our goal is that all children leave us happy and confident (academically, socially and emotionally) to then continue their learning in secondary school. Children are, as always, encouraged to do their best in whichever learning activity is taking place; we expect this in all their social activities also.
As a class and a school, friendships are constantly worked on with reminders that to have friends, you also need to be a friend and display all of those qualities that you wish to see in your friends. We talk and learn about e-safety, how to stay safe online, appropriate behaviour and having time away from screens.
Resilience and independence are also qualities that we encourage. The resilience to keep trying and that mistakes are opportunities to learn from, while independence in preparing all that they need for school, for example ensuring that they have all the equipment necessary for a successful day at school; that homework is completed and that they can complete tasks independently. However, we make it clear to the children that we are are always here to help whenever they feel that they need it.
The importance of reading for pleasure cannot be overstated. We love to read to the children and believe that this helps to foster a love of reading; the sight of a child's face as they become engrossed in a good book is wonderful. Children are also expected to read and discuss the text 5 days a week to an adult at home, with that adult signing the child's Reading Journal each time. This is important for children to continue to build their comprehension skills. Each week we expect that they will have a Reading Raffle ticket (again signed by parents) in the draw to win their choice of book. readtheory.org is a free website with small pieces of texts that children can use to improve their comprehension skills.
Homework. Weekly homework of maths, grammar and punctuation, reading comprehension and spellings is set on Fridays and due in the following Wednesday. We encourage children to ask us about anything that they are finding tricky on the Monday or Tuesday.
Our topic this term is based around World War II, with our enquiry question being:
How significant was World War II?
'Letters from the Lighthouse', written by Emma Carroll, is an excellent text that we are using to base our learning around. We encourage children in our class to research and build their knowledge at home with a project focussing on an aspect of World War II.