St. Anthony – Years 5 / 6
St. Anthony of Padua, patron saint of lost and stolen articles, was a powerful Franciscan preacher and teacher. He’s typically portrayed holding the child Jesus, a lily, a book or all three. If you come to visit us, you will see an image of St. Anthony displayed on the door to our classroom!
St. Anthony lived his life as every Christian should; he courageously faced challenges, showed concern for the needs of others and was always willing to forgive. In St. Anthony’s class, we try to follow the example of our class saint.
Learning in Year 5 and Year 6
The emphasis in Year 5 and Year 6 is upon taking an increased personal responsibility for learning, in order to prepare yourself for being ready for secondary school. Children can decide where they wish to start with their learning, and are often asked: what challenge they are setting themselves today: good? amazing?, or awesome? In our classroom, we work closely in teams which change every half-term. We enjoy the chance to work with different class members closely in order to improve our learning.
The children in Year 5 and Year 6 may have literacy or mathematics lessons with a different teacher. During the afternoon we return together for other lessons in the curriculum including PE, which takes place twice a week.
In Year 5 and Year 6 we use an App called 'Class Dojo' to keep track of children's behaviour and achievements. We also share pictures of our learning and achievements. Parents can access this App in order to gain further information on their child's learning.
Helping at Home
Please make a quick note in the Home/School diary every time you hear your child read or they read independently. Children should be reading 2 or 3 times a week for 10 minutes or more at Key Stage Two. We will hear your child read at school on a regular basis, but reading skills will focus more on comprehension and answering questions about the text rather than decoding. Children will continue to develop their reading skills on a daily basis through reading lessons.
The children will have a Big Spell list which will be checked on the first Tuesday of the month. We will send out new lists when needed on the same Friday.
The children will have home learning journal for topic and literacy homework. They will also have a maths workbook for maths homework. Tasks will be set each Friday and are due in the following Wednesday.
As the oldest class in the school, we try to set a positive example and be good friends to younger children who need our help. Our Year Six children are proud to be ‘buddies’ to the Reception children in St. Joseph’s Class. The children in Year 6 also have important responsibilities around school; such as being House Captains, delivering registers etc. We also have a Head Boy and Head Girl, who are voted to represent the children in school after they have written a successful manifesto and won an election campaign! We contribute to school celebrations of Mass with Father Teddy and enjoy writing prayers to share with the rest of the school.
Extra - curricular
Our Year 6 residential visit to Alton Castle, a retreat centre in rural Staffordshire, is one of the most eagerly anticipated events at Our Lady's! Alongside this experience, the children have lots of other exciting experiences planned throughout the year, often related to their topic work.
This year, we are establishing our netball and football teams, with children in St Anthony's class representing our school in matches and tournaments. There are also plenty of after school clubs which the children can participate in.
*The children can bring a pencil case to be kept in their bag for special work. We will provide all that they need for everyday work.
*Tuesday PE – Princethorpe College lesson - Outdoor PE – please bring warmer kit when the weather gets colder L
*Wednesday PE – Indoor Kit
Spell zone - https://www.spellzone.com/learn-spelling.cfm
Times Tables - https://ttrockstars.com/
Please come and see us - our door is always open! Miss Haley & Mrs McGregor