Owls – Information

Friday 6th November 2020

Dear Parents

I hope you have all kept healthy, and dried out after what was a rather wet half–term. No doubt the sun will reappear this week. I am looking forward to welcoming the Year 5 children in my class. We had some productive transition sessions before half term so we will be ready to start our curriculum straight away.

A new carpet has been laid in Owls Classroom and in attempt to keep it clean the children will need to have a change of footwear for inside use, which can be kept in their lockers.

Our topic will focus on Britain during World War II, and how this affected children. The Year 6 children will finish reading Good Night Mr Tom and will be able to compare this text with Carries War which we will read together as a whole class.

In Science, our topic is on Electricity where we will develop the knowledge and skills needed to make an electrically controlled model, next term.

In mathematics we shall revise the use statistics and then progress to understanding and using fractions.

The children will have regular homework; Science on Tuesday, Mathematics on Wednesday, Topic related activities on Wednesday, Mathematics on Thursday and spelling on Friday. I will allow a full week to complete these task. Last half term The Year 6 children managed to use the additional time from their earlier start, to complete some of these activities during the school day, before registration, however I will let you know if work has not been completed thoroughly and there is a need to take more time doing it.

I have sent an overview of the planning for this half term, together with the Yearly overview of the curriculum and a weekly timetable, home with your child and it can also be accessed on the Arkholme School website. I look forward to catching up with you at our Zoom parent meeting on Wednesday 11th November at 6:30pm. ID 9282804315 Password MrBOwls

On Monday and Friday the children will have Games outside; as the weather is likely to be poor, please make sure your child comes to school with: warm clothing, a waterproof coat, a change of socks and a plastic bag to take muddy footwear home.

Kind regards

Mr B

2020 Autumn weekly timetable

Topic overview

2020-2021 Yearly plan


The Children in Owls Class are taught by Mr Bonwick.

The children moving into Owls Class – (Year 5) will have an important role in making sure our school runs smoothly. In fact, without their help the opportunities available to the children would be less comprehensive. The increased responsibility does mean the Teachers expect a very high standard of behaviour. Some children may be a little apprehensive at first, but the older children in the class will act as mentors and help them to settle very quickly, and to become role models for the younger children and ambassadors for our school.

General information

If your child is absent through illness please contact the school before 9:00, and confirm the reason for absence in writing when your child returns to school.

Medicines should only be sent into school if essential, with a completed medical form, this can be downloaded from the school website. If possible only send the required dosage for that day into school in the original container and labelled with: the child’s name, and the time it is required to be administered. Leave information in the school office.

If your child is attending the after school club then arrangements can be made with Mrs Fleet via the School Office.

If your child is being picked up by someone different or is travelling home in a different way to usual please inform the School Office and additionally, write a note in their reading record and ask your child to show the Teacher during registration.

Weekly routines


The Homework plastic folder will be required daily and it should contain a reading book, reading record book and relevant completed homework. A photocopy of the multiplication card should be available as a record of progress.

It is essential that all children can confidently recall their times tables up to x12 to enable children to access the new mathematics curriculum.

The Reading record should contain the title and author of each new book and a regular update of progress. This should be updated daily. There is also a recording sheet of different genres at the back of the book which should be updated with the date in the appropriate row on completion of the book. Please encourage your child to complete a book review, at least every half term. My confident readers should start to compare the writing style of different authors recording their likes and dislikes.


In preparation for the transition to secondary school children will have homework timetabled each day. Where possible the children will be given 7 days to complete the task. I would encourage early completion however the children will be reminded the day before it is due for marking.

Monday Music lessons taught by Mrs Williams

Spanish lesson Mrs Fuller

Games lesson: trainers, school sweat shirt /hoody, shorts tracksuit. Children may come to school dressed for games, unless advised otherwise.

Rotakids meetings are half termly during lesson time.

Tuesday Science homework

Library van every 3 weeks, please return library ticket to school.

Wednesday Topic homework

Thursday Mathematics homework

Music tuition: individual lessons with Mr Warriner during the school day.

School Band: when your child reaches the required standard for the School Band you will be informed. Sessions take place during Lunch break.

Friday Spelling homework

PE / Swimming alternate termly. Come in school uniform and change during the afternoon.

No jewellery – studs in ears must be removed for PE or covered with a plaster.

Please make sure all items of clothes are named with named tapes and not marker pen. Trainers and pumps should also be named as this will provide us with a reasonable chance of returning lost items to their owners.

Please make sure your child has an old shirt (with their name inside) to cover their clothes during art /DT lessons.

A useful web site www.parentinfo.org is designed to give up to date information to parents on a range of concerns faced by children and adolescents.

Key Learning in Mathematics – Year 5

Key Learning in Mathematics – Year 6