Your child has been given a reading record to update on a daily basis. This should be signed by an adult at least once a week. The child’s reading objective is displayed in their reading record and this is reviewed weekly by the class teacher during guided reading sessions.
Guided reading – every child is heard reading at least once a week. Although reading ability and enjoyment continues to be important, the main focus will be to develop comprehension skills and in particular inference & deduction skills, author language choices and providing evidence.
Please support your child by asking questions involving the above skills.
Spelling lists are given to the children on Friday as part of their weekly Home Learning task. The children are given opportunities throughout the week to learn them, find definitions and write them in context etc. Spellings are based on spelling patterns/rules, Year 6 SATs revision words, technical words, personal errors such as common words, homophones and the new SPAG syllabus. The children are then tested on these lists of words the following Friday.
Please support your child in learning the rules and patterns extending them by looking at other words with the same patterns, using them in writing tasks and developing dictionary skills. All spelling lists are stuck into the children’s Home/School Record Books. These are provided to Year 6 in order to begin preparations for Secondary School transition and develop their organisational skills. It is a good way for parents to keep up with weekly events.
Handwriting & Pace
Neat, joined fluent handwriting is strongly encouraged, as is the importance of pace. In order to prepare the children for SATs, both of these are crucial. Tests are administered under strict guidelines and are all timed precisely. Please use the handwriting policy as guidance to letter formation.