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

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.

SATs preparation
SATs meeting: Thursday, 1st February at 6pm - suitable for year 6 children and parents/carers
Maths: An online all-in-one SATs 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.
Year 5, we haven't forgotten you! Click on the link above, and you can access a resource called Vidamins Ultra 365 - 5-minute video clips for every day of the year, that guide you through SATs-like questions on a wide range of maths topics. Don't forget, you can press the pause button at any time and finish the calculation before the video runs out!

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.

Read Theory
Your child has been given login details for this website, and will use it to further develop his/her reading skills. Work completed on Read Theory is in addition to regular reading expectations.  The initial pretest (completed during the October half-term) determines the texts that childre receive, in accordance with their abilities. As children progress, they will gain knowledge points: milestones that will be celebrated in class. Please be aware that when using free resources such as this, income is generated from advertising, and this will be determined by a household's prior search histories. In the event that this migh pose a problem, you may wish to consider either clearing the device's history or installing a programme such as AdBlock.
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.

Prodigy Maths
Your child has been given login details for Prodigy Maths - an educational and fun way to develop maths skills at home. Work completed on Prodigy Maths is in addition to homework expectations, but hopefully something that children want to pursue in their spare time.  As results are collated in real time, we can see the progress your child is making in line with national curriculum expectations.  Please be aware that when using free resources such as this, income is generated from advertising, and this will be determined by a household's prior search histories.  In the event that this might pose a problem, you may wish to consider either clearing the device's history or installing a programme such as AdBlock.

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: (Multiplication games) (Maths games)  (Maths games)
 (Interactive clock) (General maths activities) (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

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.

PE takes place on a Monday, and has a different focus each term. 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 - Terms 1, 2 and 3
18th - 22nd September - Residential
27th September - Acting workshop (morning) at The Mill, Banbury
3rd October - School photos
5th October - Harvest Festival (2.30pm)
6th - 7th November - Parent Teacher Evenings
23rd November - Romeo and Juliet, The Mill, Banbury (9.30pm finish)
14th December - KS2 Carol Concert
11th January - Panto trip (early lunch and return for approximately 5.30pm)
W/C 15th January - Music lessons with Sarah, Mrs. Rogers and Mrs. Payne recommence
25th January - Year 6 trip to Oxford (Junior Citizens and the Story Museum)
2nd February - Hockey session (extra PE lesson)
9th February - End of term
27th February - Parent Teacher Evening
1st March - Parent Teacher Evening (rescheduled for Thursday, 8th March - same timings apply)
29th April  - Spring assembly for parents

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