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Welcome to Ms Smith's Class

 Ms Smith

Welcome to Year 5.  

Currently, we have two form entry classes including 5RM (taught by Mrs Massey), and 5RS (taught by Ms Smith). 


During the year, children will have the opportunity to master the skills gained throughout Key Stage 2 and take more responsibility for their own learning. Children are expected to come to school ready to learn with a positive attitude, ready to rise to the challenges of this important year with a growth mindset.


Ready to Learn!

In order to be prepared for lessons, they need to bring their reading book and log book; drinks bottle (water only) and pencil case (optional) and any extra equipment with them every day.


Communication


As a school, we continue to use Class Dojo as a communication tool.  Please let us know if you need your log-in to be reissued.   Alternatively, parents are welcome to contact the school office with a message or to request a meeting. Please do not hesitate to do so.


The Five Bees

We encourage children to be independent learners. Before they ask a teacher for help they should:
Brain – have a think about what you are learning.
Book – can a book help you solve your query? For example, a dictionary.
Buddy – can your friend help you?
Before – look at the previous lessons work in your book.
Board – use the working wall.

 

Physical Education (PE)

PE session can vary according to the weather so please ensure that your child has a PE kit in school at all times. They will need the following.

  • Black/ dark coloured PE shorts
  • School PE t-shirt or a plain red or white t-shirt
  • Black pumps or trainers
  • Jogging bottoms and jumper for outdoor activities during winter


Reading Help and Support

Reading - the Accelerated Reader (AR) Programme

We are delighted to have been able to introduce the Accelerated Reader programme to Ludlow Junior School to develop our children's reading.

Your child will have one AR book and an additional book - both chosen by them.

What is Accelerated Reader (AR)?

AR is a computer program that helps teachers  manage and monitor children’s independent reading practice. Your child picks a book at his/her own level and reads it at his/her own pace. When finished, your child takes a short quiz on the computer. (Passing the quiz is an indication that your child understood what was read.) AR gives children and teachers feedback based on the quiz results, which the teacher then uses to help your child set goals and direct ongoing reading practice.  Children using AR choose their own books to read, rather than having one assigned to them. This makes reading a much more enjoyable experience as they can choose books that are interesting to them.

Children are expected to read daily and at least three times a week to an adult.  They have been given a new log book to record reading.  Merits and certifiates are awarded for frequent reading and a wide range of reading will help improve vocabulary and the quality of writing.

Help with choosing books

It can be quite difficult to find books that engage and interest children and develop their reading skills.  This website - Love Reading for Kids - has lots of ideas and recommendations.

This is the "blurb" from the website.  Take a look - there's no obligation to buy books. You can get them from Ludlow Library or see if we have them in our school library.  If we don't, Mr Mapes is always on the look out for new books to attract our readers.

 

Register now – FREE for a unique range of services specifically created to help parents and anyone who likes to buy books for children choose the best books for boys and girls of all ages.

  • Download and print off the Opening Extract of every 'featured book' on our site, even the picture books
  • Discover new writers through our unique children's author 'like-for-like' recommendation service
  • Read our exclusive online book reviews by Julia Eccleshare, author and children's books editor at the Guardian.
  • Enjoy regular emails to keep you up to date on the latest and best in your chosen age ranges. (Please be reassured that your e-mail address will remain confidential to Lovereading and not sold to any of those horrible spam people).
Fiction Express

We are delighted to offer the children the opportunity to experience a new type of interaction with books - one where they are involved in deciding which way the story will lead.  Fiction Express for Schools e-books are published in weekly episodes each Friday on the Fiction Express for Schools website. At the end of every cliffhanging episode readers are given voting options to decide where the plot should go next. They vote and the winning vote is conveyed to the author, who then writes the next episode, in ‘real time’, according to what the readers chose.

Each child has an individual Fiction Express log-in and they can read the books on tablets or computers.  They read the chapter then cast their vote.  There is also the opportunity to participate in blogs and ask authors questions about their work.

We are delighted that we have been chosen as an Ambassador School for Fiction Express and will be involved in working with Fiction Express to develop ideas and stories in the future.

 

Spelling

We use the Read Write Spell   spelling programme - Children do not have spelling homework where they have to learn a set of weekly spellings and are tested.  Instead, children are encouraged to record their own spellings to learn and participate in daily spelling sessions to support their learning of particular spelling patterns and tricky words. 


School shop

The school shop is run by Year 6s at lunchtime and sells a range of stationery for the children to purchase. Photo of children running the school shop


Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA)

Since 2005 it has been a legal requirement that all teaching staff receive 10% Planning, Preparation and Assessment time in a week (PPA). At Ludlow Junior School, we have seen this as a positive opportunity for children to receive a quality learning experience. In Year 6, these activities will primarily cover foundation subjects (for example Religious Education, Geography, History, Physical Education).


Home learning

Each week, children will be given homework to complete. Your child will also have a spelling log book with words which they have logged and need to practice at home. Homework club is available every lunchtime and computers are available during these sessions. Children are expected to read daily.


Creative Curriculum Topics

Our creative curriculum complies with the National Curriculum but encourages opportunities for children to be excited by learning. Here is an outline of the Year 6 creative curriculum:

Autumn Term: Blitz and Peaces - World War 2

This topic includes a World War 2 Day where children learn about aspects of life from WW2 and a visit from a child evacuee.
Our science topics include light and sound and in art, we study the work of Henry Moore.
In computing, we develop our own world war 2 information websites and our modern foreign language is French.
We include a visit to a synagogue and art gallery in Birmingham.
The highlight for many is a residential trip to the Pioneer Centre in October which provides personal challenge, promotes team work and promises much fun, laughter and lasting memories.


Spring Term: Out of this World – Earth and Beyond

This topic is very popular with our pupils who enjoy discovering the wonders of space and the universe.  It includes a trip to Knighton Spaceguard Centre and in Design and Technology, children have the opportunity to design, make and race a space buggy.
We also begin our SATS preparation.


Summer Term: Hogwarts and All – Transition and Change

As we prepare to end our journey through primary school, this term is packed with creativity – writing, art, music, dance and performance!  
As part of the transition to secondary school, pupils spend two days at their chosen school and a day at Crucial Crew developing life skills for the future.

 

Useful Websites for Maths

Mathletics

Angle games:

Banana hunt angle game

Place Value games - it is important to know the value of each digit in any given number.  In year 6, children should be able to read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10 000 000 and determine the value of each digit

These games will help practise this skill.

 

Fractions Games:

Fractions can be very tricky to understand but they are everywhere in our daily life.  Try these games to help your understanding.

Fractions of shapes game

Different games play - choose your level

 

Mental Maths skills:

Some games to practise your maths skills:

 Use this website to practise a range of mental calculations LOOP CARDS LINK

 Percentages games

 Demolition divison game

This week, in our mental maths minute (or two!) we will be focusing on measuring accurately, converting measures and reading a range of different scales.  These websites will help develop this skill at home.

Year 6 Maths Games - a range of different activities.  Some can be quite tricky.

 Measures

A super measuring activity where you need to measure and weigh parcels and then read a table to add the correct postage. It uses metric measures.

Understanding Measures

Do you have problems understanding different measures? This maths booster activity can help you learn different units of metric measurement. You need to spell the names of the measures in full rather than the shortened versions.

Estimating

Should you use a metre or kilometre to measure a house? If you are not sure which unit of measurement to use try Ed's quiz and see if it helps.

 Scales Reader

Can you read scales? Then try this scales reader which includes weights in grams and kilograms.

Balance Scales This simple to use site has balance scales which shows how things used to be weighed but it uses grams.

Mathematical Activities for Year 6

Challenging mental maths activities and puzzles for 11 year olds. Sharpen up your skills for SATs but some activities are against the clock so you will need to think fast!

 

Websites to support Literacy

Here are some excellent websites to help improve writing.

BBC punctuation

Punctuate the sentences

BBC capital letters game

BBC Full stops game

BBC question marks

Question marks

Speech marks

School News

LJS takes part in School Fitness Week

This week, pupils from Ludlow Junior School will be taking part in School Fitness Week and being part of the aim by Joe Wickes to get 1 million school children exercising and having fun.  THe week will run for 5 days, with a live workout streamed each day on the Joe Wickes YouTube channel at 10am from Monday September 11th - Friday 15th September 2017.

The aim of schools' week is to get more kids active and feel the benefits of exercise so young people can see that fitness can be fun and to love it!  Every day for a week, pupils will take part in a live 20-minute workout.

So far, it's been great fun with children really enjoying the sessions. More information can be found here.

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WOW! Days at LJS.

Year 5 are launching their Ancient Greece topic today wiith a fantastic, hands-on learning day with an expert historian.  You can expect to see lots of chldren (and adults) dressed up in ancient Greek style costumes.

Meanwhile, Year 6 will be recreating life at home during World War 2 including hearing Chamberlain's famous announcement, preparing for rationing and evacuation and ending with a V.E day party. 

We are looking forward to lots of memorable fun and learning!

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Ludlow Junior School, Clee View, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1HX. Headteacher: Mrs K Mather Tel: 01584 873602