Rowan Class

Mrs. Flower and Mrs. Davis

Welcome to our class page. 

Please feel free to catch me briefly at the beginning or end of the day if you have any questions/queries. 

Useful information

Romeo and Juliet - The Mill, Banbury
We were very proud to take part in the Shakespeare Schools' Festival, in November 2017. You can read about our stellar performance, here.

Yearly overview of teaching and learning
To see what your child is learning at various points in the 2017-2018 academic year, look here.
Additional information regarding the school year (to include dates for your diary) and class expectations can be found below.

Weekly homework expectations
Children across the school are expected to read five times per week.  Reading records of children in years 5 and 6 should be completed by the children and each read countersigned by an adult. Children in Rowan Class are expected to use their reading records to identify words that are unfamiliar , and look these words up in a dictionary (an adult dictionary is best for this task). Understanding the meaning of words in context and being able to use a dictionary are two curriculum targets for years 5 and 6.  For some good examples of how this might look in a child's reading record, please see below, and feel free to chat with either Mrs. Flower or Mrs. Davis if you would like further guidance.

 

Reading - at school and at home
One fifth of children in this country are unable to read when they leave primary school. (Read On, Get On Campaign, 2015). To be able to read for meaning, children need to be able to do three things: decode words they come across (phonics), understand the meaning of these words in context, and comprehend - understand what is being read.  These skills impact across every subject, including mathematics, where children are increasingly required to explain and justify their thinking in response to a question.  For this reason, our new approach to homework (from September, 2017) focuses on reading skills and we would ask parents to support us with this. A really useful starting point for parents is to ask questions based on the acronym, PEAR.

P - Point: What point is the author making in that paragraph/ chapter?
E - Evidence: What evidence can you find in the book to support what you are saying?
A - Analyse: What do you think that might mean?
R - Reader: How does this paragraph/ chapter/ story affect you?

For a list of books, suitable for years 5 and 6, click here.

English (reading and writing)/ Topic work
To support children's developing love of reading, we use stories to deliver the English curriculum and associated topic-based work. With a learning objective that focuses on punctuation and grammar in English, we successfully use stories to 'hook' the class as readers, writers, historians, geographers and scientists. It is not unusual for us to write in multiple genres over the course of a term as the plot of our class text unfolds, and for this to manifest itself in beautiful artwork that is commonly on display in Rowan Class.

Mathematics  - at school and at home
Renaissance artist Michelangelo once said that if people knew how hard he worked to master his craft, they wouldn't think it so wonderful! We often talk about mastery in maths, and it amounts to the same things to which Michelangelo alludes: hardwork, determination, practice and independent application. Maths, across the school, is very hands-on because we recognise the importance of children learning through doing: knowing that a superficial, abstract approach to the subject does little to facilitate understanding. For further information about mathematics, and how staff teach for understanding, please visit the curriculum section of this website. For further detail about the teaching of maths in Rowan Class, each term, please refer to our study plans.

An online resource can be found by clicking on this link. Content is arranged by maths topic, and each question is provided with a You Tube button which, when clicked, gives guidance on how to answer a particular question.

What can I do to support my child with maths at home?
Time and measurement are two skills that can be well developed in the kitchen of all places!  Working out how long something will take to cook in the oven and what time it needs to be taken out, and measuring ingredients using millilitres, litres, grams and kilograms will all greatly help your child to understand an aspect of maths that can otherwise be quite a struggle to interpret in real-life contexts. Having an analogue clock (a clock with hands that allows children to use the language of quarter-past, half-past, quarter-to and o'clock), reading and interpreting times on a 24-hour clock (such as when a television programme starts and finishes) will all provide invaluable scaffolding for classroom mathematics. 

In class, we use the app 'Maths Rockx' to learn our Times Tables through song. The songs are catchy and have had a proven effect on developing knowledge of the Times Tables.  This App is available to purchase through iTunes and Google Play.

Useful websites for your child to use to practise their mathematics at home include:
http://www.mathplayground.com/mobile_multiplication_games.html (Multiplication games)
http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html (Maths games)
http://www.maths-games.org/  (Maths games)
http://www.visnos.com/demos/clock
 (Interactive clock)
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/Interactive.aspx?cat=20 (General maths activities)
https://uk.ixl.com/math/year-5 (General maths resources)

Useful apps to develop mathematical skills:
Maths Rockx - our app of choice for teaching the Times Tables
Numbers Game!
Doodle Maths
Montessori Maths: Multiplication
Slice Fractions
Twelve a Dozen
Star Dash
2048 - an addictive doubling game... it took Mrs. Flower long enough to finally achieve it!
Slide 1000
Math Slide: addition 
Math Slide: multiplication and division
Let's do mental maths (ages 10-11)
Operation Math - maths (with a spy theme)

PE
In terms 5 and 6, PE can take place on any day of the week, so children should keep their kits in school for the week.  We are fortunate to have the support of a PE specialist each week, who works alongside Mrs. Flower to deliver engaging and progressive lessons for all children. For more information about our PE focus, each term, and information regarding what to wear, please refer our study plans for the relevant term.

Dates for your diary
14th - 17th May - Year 6 SATs
22nd May - School photos
25th May - Last day of term
5th June - Children return to school
12th June - School nurse visit (years 5 and 6)
26th June - Sports Day
18th July - Trip to Drayton Manor (years 5 and 6)
20th July - Last day of term before the summer holidays