Year 5/6 2017 - 2018

Mrs Taylor

This is my 4th year working at Westminster Community Primary School, and I am proud to be a part of our school family. During my time here, I have worked in years 3, 4, 5 and 6, and have run various clubs (including dance club, pet party, drama club, SATS Study groups and I have assisted Miss Davis with the running of Glee club). In school, I am part of the maths and science leadership team, and I also help run our reading scheme throughout school (Accelerated Reader/word count). My favourite school events are our Y6 visit to The Conway Centre and our KS2 end of year production. I also thoroughly enjoy helping prepare our oldest pupils for their transition to high school. I feel very privileged to be able to work with year 5 and 6 again this year.

I gained my teaching degree with English literature and Q.T.S. in 2014, at Liverpool Hope University, where I had trained for four years before qualifying. Whilst studying and prior to working at Westminster, I taught dance on the Wirral (Hoylake School of Dance) which gave me seven years of dance teaching experience. I hold my teaching certificates in ballet, tap and modern (P.T.D.).

Feel free to seek me out before or after school if you have any questions or if there is something you want to discuss - I'll be happy to speak with you! LT

Miss Tappin

Mrs Morris

Welcome!

Welcome to the year five and six web page! The new term has started well, and we are all working hard!  Our topic this term is 'Discovery'; we will be looking at influential inventors/inventions/explorers over time. Keep checking back throughout the year to get important information and to see our achievements.

 

Core Subjects

enlightenedMaths:  All maths lessons will start with a short mental fluency session, were we will be learning to manipulate numbers and make links between methods and skills.  This will then be followed by a maths lesson that covers one or more of the following areas: Numbers and the number system, calculations, solving problems, geometry (shape, space and measure). Here's the link to one of our mental maths game websites if anyone wants to practise at home: http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=SpeedChallenge 

enlightenedEnglish:  We will be improving our skills in both reading and writing throughout the year, including work on handwriting, spelling, grammar and punctuation. This half-term, we are focusing on the book Manfish and the life of Jacques Cousteau.

enlightenedScience:  Throughout the year, we will be looking to use all 5 ways of being a scientist: research, observing over time, pattern seeking, identifying, grouping and classifying and fair and comparative testing.  Our topics for the Spring Term are light and living things.

 

S.A.T.s

Year 6 have the following exams in May each year (week beginning 14th May):

- Reading comprehension paper

- SPaG Test: this consists of a spelling test and a grammar and punctuation paper

- Maths exam: this consists of 3 papers (an arithmetic paper, reasoning paper 1 and reasoning paper 2)

We will support our pupils in working towards these exams in class and any extra study sessions needed will be held on a Wednesday after school.  During the year, pupils will be asked to stay for this session depending on their personal need.  You will be notified if your child needs to attend.  These will be ran by Ms Finch and Mrs Taylor from 3.15pm - 4.15pm and we will provide the refreshments.   Parents are encouraged to join us for these sessions in order to support our children fully in their studies. These sessions are usually enjoyed and appreciated by our students, as they help them feel ready for both the end of year exams, and for the move towards independent study at high school.

 

Dates to note:

mail  Tuesday 23rd January Maths quiz competition with other schools (4 pupils)

mail Tuesday 30th January Writing Trip with Ms Finch (3 pupils)

mail Thursday 1st February Dance workshop in school with Cheshire Dance (9 - 10am)

mail Thursday 1st February Anne Frank Workshop at UCEA 1 - 2.45pm

 mail  Thursday 15th February Writing workshop at Elton Primary School (2 pupils, 9am - 12pm)

mail Thursday 15th February Academic Awards Assembly

 

 

Notices/Reminders

mail Reading books and records need to be in school every day.

mail Pupils should be listened to by an adult at home at least 3 times a week (to be a star reader, children need to read to an adult 4+ times a week).

mail P.E. kits need to be in school every day.

mail  Please find an old shirt/t-shirt to use as an art shirt and bring it into school (hang it on your peg).

mail  Punctuality and attendance: It is crucial that your child is punctual for school and has 100% attendance in order to be a Good Learner.  Year 5/6 won the attendance award twice last year - let's see if we can win it again!

 

A few celebrations:

smileyWell done to our Heads of School who carried out their first role by shopping for the local Foodbank.

smiley Well done to everyone who took part in our rail-safety trip!  Check out what they have written about us by clicking here.

smiley Well done to everyone for representing our school well during our trip to watch the performance of The Jungle Book!

smiley Well done to David & Jimi for joining our team of heads of the school! We're very proud of you!

smiley Well done to Catie for being kind to one of our younger children when they needed some help.

smiley Well done to Jacob for making excellent progress with his writing - we're all very proud of you!

smiley Wow! You all amazed us during the science fair!  You made excellent teachers, and the younger children learnt lots of new skills and information - well done!  Thank you to everyone who came to support this event.

smiley Well done to Ruby, Molly, Kacey & Logan for winning our Y5/6 Autumn Term Spelling Bee!

 

Fantastic Awards

yes Well done to Oliver for winning our maths certificate this week!

yes Well done to Dawid for winning our English certificate this week!

yes Well done to Jessica this week for winning the certificate for excellent effort in all sujects!

yes Well done to our good learners this week: Maks, Tia, Olivia and Maisy!

 

Useful/interesting Links:

laugh Our Twitter account name:  @WestminsterCPS

laugh Click here to play some French matching games! 

laugh Click here for a French song!

laugh The Bonjour Song

laugh Our pupils at Westminster have a real interest in the real world around them, which is great!  We watch Newsround every day in school, but here's the link for anyone who's really keen, and would like to continue learning at home: http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround 

 

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Contact the School

Westminster Primary School

John Street,
Ellesmere Port,
Cheshire,
CH65 2ED

Tel: 0151 338 2224
head@westminsterprimary.cheshire.sch.uk

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