Welcome to Heron Class 2019-20

We are taught by Miss Dunks.

Our teaching assistant is Mrs Lawson.

This is a Key Stage Two mixed class of Year 5 and Year 6 children.

Heron Classroom

We are located in one of the second floor classrooms at the rear of the school.  Take a tour of our classroom.

Curriculum Overview 2019-20

Please select a document from below to access information about the topics your child will be learning in school this year.

 

File icon: pdf Heron Class History and Geography Curriculum Overview 2019-2020 [pdf 200KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Heron Class Science Curriculum Overview 2019-2020 [pdf 192KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Religious Education Curriculum Overview 2019-2020 [pdf 168KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf SMSC KS2 Curriculum Overview 2019-20 [pdf 123KB] Click to download

Career-related Learning

During key stage two children take part in career-related learning:  broadening horizons and raising aspirations – showing children the vast range of possibilities open to them through visits, talks and assemblies.  As part of the Oldham Pledge, children at St Margaret’s visit a careers fair.  They also take part in an enterprise event and the new ‘Wonder Woman’ topic introduced in 2019 successfully challenges preconceptions about certain careers or pathways such as women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).  Furthermore, in 2019 school has linked with Positive Steps and are taking part in a programme providing career-based learning, in partnership with local businesses.

Whilst undertaking a review of our curriculum in 2018/19, we are currently looking at further opportunities to allow children to meet a wider range of people doing different jobs, in different sectors and at different levels, in line with the research from ‘Drawing the Future’ (2018).  See video below for details of the the survey of over 20,000 pupils.

 

 

Heron Class Newsletters 2019-20

Please select a document from below to access the relevant newsletter.

 

File icon: pdf Heron Class Autumn 1 Newsletter 2019 [pdf 190KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Heron Class Autumn 2 Newsletter 2019 [pdf 200KB] Click to download

Heron Class Mission Homework 2019-20

Please select a document from below to access the relevant homework grid.

 

File icon: pdf Heron Class Autumn 1 Mission Homework 2019 [pdf 114KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Heron Class Autumn 2 Mission Homework 2019 [pdf 116KB] Click to download
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Heron Class Topic Resources

Please click on the picture link to find a selection of topic resources for our children in Heron Class. 

The resources are a great and fun way to support and supplement your child's learning in school, develop their knowledge of the topic and encourage their love of learning.

As with any internet access adult supervision is necessary when using these resources.

Whilst every effort has been made evaluate these sites for content, St Margaret's Primary School is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites.

 

Our Day

Our timetable may change occasionally according to needs. We begin our day on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with a Basic Skills Literacy Session – where we concentrate upon learning spelling patterns, basic punctuation, grammar and various literacy word or sentence level requirements.  We split into groups for maths and literacy. Shortly before lunch we have a 30 minute daily Guided Reading session where three groups work on a text with a Teacher and three groups read independently or work on follow up activities.  On most afternoons we begin with a Daily Maths Meeting session which involves completing a series of mental maths tests, identifying the gaps we need to work on and working on our times tables.

Reading

Reading Books: Children are provided with a reading book and Reading Record. Please encourage your child to read a little each night and please sign in their reading record.  READING BOOKS TO BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY PLEASE. Please keep in the plastic bag we have provided. Further/replacement bags 50p each. Reading Records are checked throughout the week and books changed if required.  However, children can change their reading book at other times during the week if needed as we encourage ‘Reading for Pleasure.’ 

Library Books: Library day will be on Fridays. Your child will have a library session each week and can choose a book to read in their own time, please help them to remember to return their book each week.

Maths

Maths is taught daily in Heron class and a mastery approach is used:

The Essence of Maths Teaching for Mastery

  • Maths teaching for mastery rejects the idea that a large proportion of people ‘just can’t do maths’. All pupils are encouraged by the belief that by working hard at maths they can succeed. Pupils are taught through whole-class interactive teaching, where the focus is on all pupils working together on the same lesson content at the same time, as happens in Shanghai and several other regions that teach maths successfully. This ensures that all can master concepts before moving to the next part of the curriculum sequence, allowing no pupil to be left behind.
  • If a pupil fails to grasp a concept or procedure, this is identified quickly and early intervention ensures the pupil is ready to move forward with the whole class in the next lesson.
  • Lesson design identifies the new mathematics that is to be taught, the key points, the difficult points and a carefully sequenced journey through the learning. In a typical lesson pupils sit facing the teacher and the teacher leads back and forth interaction, including questioning, short tasks, explanation, demonstration, and discussion.
  • Procedural fluency and conceptual understanding are developed in tandem because each supports the development of the other.
  • It is recognised that practice is a vital part of learning, but the practice used is intelligent practice that both reinforces pupils’ procedural fluency and develops their conceptual understanding.
  • Significant time is spent developing deep knowledge of the key ideas that are needed to underpin future learning. The structure and connections within the mathematics are emphasised, so that pupils develop deep learning that can be sustained.
  • Key facts such as multiplication tables and addition facts within 10 are learnt to automaticity to avoid cognitive overload in the working memory and enable pupils to focus on new concepts.

 

File icon: pdf Year 5 Maths Curriculum [pdf 262KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 6 Maths Curriculum [pdf 293KB] Click to download

English

Please select from the documents below.

File icon: pdf Upper KS2 English Objectives Year 5 and 6 [pdf 258KB] Click to download
File icon: pdf Year 5 and 6 Text and Overiew September 2015 [pdf 416KB] Click to download

Home Learning

  • Please make sure your child brings their reading book to school every day.  Remember it is a part of their school uniform.
  • Please help your child to practise their spellings at home as this will really help them to become more accurate spellers and enhance their writing.
  • Spellings will be given out on Tuesday for a spelling test the following Monday.
  • Homework will be given out half termly with children choosing homework to complete and progress will be checked throughout the term. Children are given the opportunity to have their homework on display in the hall.
  • The smiley hand in date will be every Friday afternoon.

Things to Remember

Spellings will be given out on Tuesday for a spelling test the following Monday.


PE – Wednesday


Reflection/Homework journals to be in school every day