Welcome to the Year 5 and 6 Team page!
As the eldest children in school we pride ourselves on being role models to the younger children. Our team consists of 120 children, 5 teachers, 3 teaching assistants and support assistants. We enjoy learning and it is our mission during our final primary school years to become the best learners that we can be. Teachers make our lessons fun and linked to interesting topics but we try extremely hard to become responsible, independent learners. Our teachers encourage us to work hard not for them, but for ourselves! This, they tell us, will really set us up for secondary school.
Our team strengths include making good progress in our writing: we are now trying to apply our Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar knowledge to our work. We really enjoy receiving ‘Speller of the Week’ awards so correcting our spelling errors is something that we are driven to do! Reading is another area of the curriculum that we are making great strides in. Our new guided reading system is helping us to see how we can best answer questions on the books that we read and Mrs Aston has bought us a range of new novels to read. Thanks Mrs Aston!
We have lots of extra opportunities in Years 5 and 6: we especially enjoy swimming, singing, football and being sports leaders! Our Year 5 – 6 football team play in a league with other schools in the local area. It is a great chance for us to work with new people and see other schools. The team are playing really well in all their matches and demonstrating great team work. After school clubs are another feature of HLC that we take full advantage of. There are a range of activities for us to get involved in and we know that we can make suggestions through our school parliament if there are clubs we would like to have.
One thing that Years 5 and 6 are best at is encouraging ourselves, our friends and sometimes even our teachers. There is no better example of this than during Year 6 SATs.
Year 6 SAT and Assessments
In Year 6 there are statutory assessments which are reportable nationally. Children are assessed in reading, writing, SPAG and maths. Assessments are made using tests and teacher judgements based around the children’s work throughout the school year. SAT (Statutory Assessment Test) examinations are taken in May under exam conditions for maths, arithmetic, reading and grammar.
Children’s writing books are continually assessed by class teachers. Every two weeks the children have an opportunity to write for an extended period of time and we call this our ‘Chance to Shine’. Progress in writing is tabbed when the children show us that they have been able to demonstrate the skills they have learnt independently and this writing contributes to the half termly teacher assessment judgements.
Grammar, punctuation and spelling is assessed separately although children are expected to demonstrate the skills they have learnt through all of their writing.
Children read daily in class and it is also important they read at home too. Children are assessed by their class teacher throughout the year in relation to age related expectations. At the end of the year they sit a reading SAT paper. During this paper they have to read a range of fiction and non-fiction texts and answer questions about them.
Children are assessed in maths every half term by their class teacher using evidence from learning in class. They are given feedback in relation to their achievement of age related expectations and challenged to show a deep understanding of the skills taught across Key Stage 2. They have lots of opportunities to apply their mathematical knowledge in engaging contexts. At the end of the year the children sit national tests. They sit an arithmetic paper followed by two papers based around reasoning.
How you can help
Parents are invited to attend information meetings in the Autumn term. During these meetings we will share a range of resources and materials that you can access to support your child. We will also explain the structure of the tests and the areas that are assessed. A parent information leaflet has been sent home to help you understand assessment. Please speak to your child’s class teacher if you need any further information.
Year 5 & 6 Team News
HLC’s Year 5 eLeaders had a fantastic day at STEAMCo’s Computer Science event ‘No-one Left Behind’, celebrating the amazing developments in technology in the real world. Children had the chance to take part in a range of activities designed to show the breadth of careers available to people with skills in STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, …
This week, year 5 have been learning about the political system in the UK and discovering more about the political parties involved in the General Election. We have had some fierce debates and very strong viewpoints shared! There are some superb potential politicians amongst us who are passionate about our country, and particularly concerned about …
On Tuesday 23rd May HLC primary opened its doors to the parents/carers for the annual Science afternoon. The children were thoroughly looking forward to the event and the excitement grew as the day got closer. It certainly didn’t disappoint! With over 150 parents attending, the children were able to demonstrate their scientific skills through a …
Earlier this week, Year 6 took a trip to Apley Woods. We wanted a little inspiration for our writing so we invited in Dr Eatough to talk to us about survival skills. Her talk was extremely interesting and we learnt lots about how to look after ourselves on an expedition. Water and shelter were key. …