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, the yearly overview will shortly be available, 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 need to be completed by the children and each read countersigned by an adult. Children across Key Stage 2 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). 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. In September 2018, the school subscribed to a scheme called Spelling Shed. Children have been given their login details which will enable them to access the many games and challenges on offer.

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: hard work, 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 yearly oeveriew

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. 

Times Tables knowledge can be a major stumbling block for a lot of children. Knowing these does not guarantee that a child can apply this knowledge, but their fluency will make maths lessons substantially easier to access. Please support your child to practise these skills at home. To support this at school, 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
PE takes place on a Monday, but we would strongly advise children to keep their kits in school for the week/ term. Our PE will take place regardless of the weather, so children will need suitable clothing for wetter weather (to include a spare pair of socks). Children without the appropriate kit will be required to stay back at school, but we will, of course, ensure parents are kept in the loop. 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 to our yearly overview

Dates for your diary
Thursday, 18th October - Harvest Festival (2.30pm start)
Friday, 19th October
- INSET day (no school)
Monday 22nd October - Friday 26th October - half term
Thursday 20th December - KS2 Carol concert