Year 5 and 6 are wonderful year groups at Newsham. Pupils get the chance to grow up, take on more responsibility and learn at the highest levels. Part of the aim is preparing them for the challenges of Secondary School, while still allowing them to flourish in a Primary setting. At home they are likely to be seeking more independence too, however, they still need a lot of support and guidance in their work.
The most important benefit of helping your child is that it shows how much you value education. Parents and carers are often keen to support sporting activities and hobbies, but less confident to support academic progress. At Newsham we aim to break down any barriers to supporting your child.
Guidelines for success
Find out things they are interested in and explore it further.
Learning at home should be fun. Make it short and where you can, turn it into a game.
Ensure they have done their homework to the best of their ability.
Do not accept work from them that you know is below the standard they are capable of.
Read with them and ask questions about the books they read.
Limit other distractions, particularly computer time.
Far more tips on supporting your child are available from the parent information sessions and across this website.
In particular for Year 5 and 6 as they aim towards Key Stage 2 testing, children sometimes need reminding that they must expect to be pushed. The demands on them are high. As skilled professionals at school, and loving parents at home, we need to make them feel supported, but push them to be the very best that they can be.
Information about the curriculum for Year 5 and 6 can be found here.
Information about when your child is learning about topics can be found in our Medium Term Plans list (MTP)
Help with handwriting from the parent information evening in November can be found here Handwriting.
Help to make challenging questions about reading, to find out how much your child has understood can be found using our Questioning Grid. Your child will show you how to use this grid as they have used them in school.
Further reading about the benefits and methods of supporting your child in learning can be found here.
Support and guidance for parents about SATs can be found here.
Suggested websites for further study are here.
The School Run usually has excellent free trial periods. It is a website designed to help parents/ carers in supporting their children.