an academy in the Good Shepherd Trust
We have redesigned the school curriculum plan so that, while it is still based on the National Curriculum, it better reflects our ethos and values. One of the main changes is the addition of planned enrichment and am emphasis on Values-based Education, developing a Growth Mindset (a belief that everyone can learn and improve) and teaching Habits of the Mind (skills that will help children to become better learners). We want our children to have aspirations for the future, but believe that in order for that to happen, we need to give them different experiences so that they know what they might aspire to.
We follow the National Curriculum word-lists for years 5 and 6, which are a mixture of words pupils frequently use in their writing and those which they often misspell. We will be working on these alongside every previous year’s word list.
In Years 5&6 children need to understand and use specific vocabulary relating to grammar and punctuation, including that normally taught in previous years. See here for a full progression:
Here's a great spelling website:
By Year 6, children need to know all of their times tables and be able to recall division facts from them too. They should also know their number bonds to 10, 20,100, 1000 and also to 1 (e.g. 0.4 and 0.6)
Every child in Y5 and Y6 has access to Mathletics where they can practise their Maths skills, and even play Maths games against children from all around the world. It's a great way for the children to practise key number facts, which are given such a high priority in the new National Curriculum. There are also workbooks to download and times table songs to sing along to. Either download the app or go through the website.
Times Table Rock Stars
This is a super app/website that pits the children against each other, challenging them to improve their Rock Speed and work their way up through the various Rock Statuses - the faster you are at answering multiplication and division questions, the better your Rock Speed! It also gives children opportunity to practise tables in a 'Garage' setting before they're ready to compete against others.