In Year 5/6, our teacher is Mrs Murray and our teaching assistant is Mrs Akester.
When we arrive in school, we complete a morning task to get our brains warmed up for learning. This could be either a maths, reading, grammar or handwriting task.
Every morning we have English and Maths lessons. We also complete reading and spelling activities. We enjoy reading and we us ‘Reading Plus’, which helps to improve our reading fluency, comprehension and vocabulary, three times a week. To develop quick recall of multiplication facts, which is an important skill, we use ‘Times Table Rock stars’.
Assembly is at 10:15am, followed by ‘Fit for Life’ before playtime. During playtime, there are a range of activities to take part in. In the summer, we go on the field and enjoy playing with the outdoor play equipment. You can also join our fruit scheme, or you can bring your own fruit in from home.
The afternoons are when we study a range of other subjects including: Science, Computing, History, Geography, R.E, Art and Design and Technology and P.E. During P.E lessons, we like to go outside, if possible, so having the correct kit in school is very important. Our P.E. kit consists of T-shirt, shorts and gym shoes or trainers. Also, a pair of jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt would allow us to go outside when the afternoons cool down. Every Thursday afternoon, the Year 5 children have a whole class instrumental music lesson. Some children learn brass instruments and others learn the clarinet. These lessons are taken by Durham Music Service teachers; they are great fun! Year 6 children enjoy music lessons in class with Mrs Akester.
Home learning helps us to practise skills we are learning in our lessons. It is extremely important that every child tries to complete their homework to the best of their ability, and this will prepare Year 6 well for secondary school. Our home learning day is Friday and it will alternate between Maths and English tasks. This needs to be completed and returned to school by the following Wednesday. We also get a spelling pattern, times table and handwriting to practise every Monday for a quiz the following Friday.
The children take on lots of responsibilities in Year 5/6. They are positive role models to the younger children, and they strive to do their best in all that they do.