Southborough Church of England Primary School
Southborough Church of England Primary School
Ideas to help you support your child with reading at home can be found here:
This week in Cheshire:
In English this week, we have been writing from the point of view of Odysseus as he returned home to Ithaca after many years. We thought deeply about how his emotions and thoughts changed as he made his way up the acropolis to see his wife, Penelope. In maths, we are now learning about adding and subtracting decimals with the same/different number of decimal places after the decimal point.
We became scientists when we carried out an investigation to explore the use of thermal insulators. This involved comparing the rate of water cooling with and without thermal insulators. In history, we learnt about city states in Ancient Greece, specifically Athens and Sparta. Would you rather have been Spartan or Athenian?
Please see all the Year 5 class pages for our PGL photos! You may be in some more in addition to the ones on here :)
Sports Day - Here are your teams. Please dress in your team colours on the day!
(Please note Europe is white not black)
Our Weekly Timetable
NSPCC online safety and mental health awareness – recommended parent and child activity for half term.
Although we typically don’t set home learning over half term (apart from continuing to read and to practise times tables/bonds), we are keen to share an invaluable resource to support you as parents to help your child’s mental health and online safety awareness.
NSPCC have recently launched their ‘Positively Online Campaign’, with content supporting parents to help their children navigate the online world. It includes six top tips, two videos and a great quiz that families can take together.
The idea is to get parents talking to their children about their online wellbeing and what we can all do to feel more positive when using the internet. Class teachers will follow up on this during class online safety and PSHE lessons in Term 6.
Links to resources, tips and the quiz can be found here: NSPCC online wellbeing and positivity
The family online quiz can be found here: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/online-wellbeing/positively-online/quiz/
AR Quiz link: https://ukhosted120.renlearn.co.uk/6704864
Remember to read regularly and log it on Boom Reader. Reading aloud to an adult, and discussing the book and what the author means is really important and has a big effect on attainment.
Children in Year 5 should be reading for 30 minutes a day. This should be a combination of reading to an adult or independently. Reading aloud really helps to develop reading skills and deepen comprehension.
Children should bring their Accelerated Reader reading book and bookmark to and from school and home each day. Pupils are asked to change their book when it is finished using the guidance and support provided by the teaching team in each class.
Parents please log your child's reading on the BOOM Reader Parent Portal or by using the BOOM reader parent app on your tablet/ mobile.
Click here for more information about how our school uses Boom Reader.
Music Home learning
Children have recently been given a copy of their Music Knowledge Organiser see below.
To compliment class work and further develop musical knowledge and skills, children should be discussing their Knowledge Organiser at home and talking about the music they are listening to in school and at home. Miss Garrioch (our specialist music teacher) suggests that across the week children spend about 30 minutes on this – that could be just 5 minutes a day listening to a song on the car radio and using musical vocabulary to comment on pitch, rhythm and the genre of music. Knowledge Organisers summarise key music curriculum information including, musical terms, technical definitions as well as topic specific content.
Please ask your child what they’re learning about this week in music and help them remember 1 or 2 related facts from the Knowledge Organiser. You could turn this into a family game, quizzing each other on what you’ve discussed. Support at home will be a massive help and aid children’s learning and musical knowledge.
At the start of each music lesson, children will share what they’ve discussed at home and will talk about their favourite song or piece of music and make links to their musical knowledge.
At the end of each short term there will be quizzes (based on the Knowledge Organiser) in class as part of our ongoing assessment in music.