Jacob 2019 - 2020

Welcome to Class Jacob!

Dear Parents/Carers,

First of all, please can we just say thank you for the support and patience that you have given us at this challenging time. Looking at recent feedback from parents, we wanted to provide more structure home learning (for those that want it) moving forward. Each week, year groups will be sent a range of resources to access. We understand that each child’s home learning experience is different and many of you are juggling multiple children home-learning alongside your own work – we can only try our best and we appreciate you supporting your child however you can. We are also aware that some of you have already established routines and preferred learning methods – please continue with these if you feel they are best for your child(ren).

We continue to encourage BBC Bitesize lessons, but will be sharing other Maths, English and Foundation subject lessons from Oak National Academy. Alongside this, additional Reading, SPaG and Maths activities will be provided for your child to complete. Year 6 children will also be receiving additional Transition activities to be completed and returned to Miss Hall each week.

As a staff, we are aware that some of your children may not be returning to school until September. Knowing this, it is important for us to be even more in touch with your child’s learning. We will be encouraging weekly updates of children’s work to be sent to the class teacher – this is not for teachers to mark but to provide informal feedback. It’s also an opportunity for you to ask any question or share any experiences which you may have had that week e.g. What’s worked, what hasn’t, any support needed moving forward.

There will be a significant push for longer pieces of writing and opportunities for these to happen – using the Talk for Writing units, online lessons and other online resources. We would also like you to encourage your child(ren) to be working in a workbook and to be thinking about their presentation. If you have completed the workbook sent from school, then please request another one. It would be great if your child’s workbook could be shared with the teacher/class in September (or whenever they return to school) and their ‘Lockdown Learning’ could be celebrated.

In terms of expectations for learning, there is no set expectation for children to be working from 9 – 3 each day (unless that is what they want/what is working). Instead, small chunks of work, maybe a couple of hours of focussed and purposeful work, would be much more beneficial and manageable. Again, if you have an established routine that is working for you, please continue with this.

Some parents have asked if their child could be given a ‘project’ to complete. We thought a focus on the subjects that would have been explored in the Summer term would provide a good basis for a project. Over this term, Class Jacob would have been looking at Henry VIII in History and Climate Change/ Deforestation in Geography. Maybe these are topics that your child(ren) could really get stuck in to?

These topics could provide lots of writing opportunities, whether it’s writing a biography on Henry VIII, a newspaper report about the of one of his wives or a letter to a recipient of your choice. I know that Class Jacob love a debate, so maybe a persuasive piece of writing on Deforestation? Please remember, that project work is only a suggestion, it is not compulsory.

As of next week, spelling activities will be sent out weekly. These will be linked to the Year 5/6 Spelling list (please see attached). If there are other spelling activities that you’re already doing at home/your child(ren) prefer, then please stick to these.

To encourage more reading and comprehension at home, there will be a reading comprehension activity sent out weekly. Also, here are some additional reading resources which enable children to: explore different books, find what books they might enjoy, read a range of poetry, as well as listen to books read aloud.


Websites linked to Reading

https://childrens.poetryarchive.org/ - listen to the world’s best poetry read out loud.

https://www.booktrust.org.uk/books-and-reading/bookfinder/ - helps you to discover the very best kids’ books. Simply choose an age range, pick as many themes as you want to, search through thousands of books reviews, and get reading.

https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/ a recommendation site for children’s books.

https://stories.audible.com/start-listen - children everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across eight different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.


Talk for Writing

You have been sent an email with the links to the Talk for Writing units. Remember, if your child hasn’t completed the units already, they can still be accessed.


Websites linked to daily lessons

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons - daily Maths, English and Foundation lessons

https://www.thenational.academy/ - daily Maths, English and Foundation lessons

Please remember that staff are here to support you and your child(ren). If you do have any questions or you would like to provide feedback on activities/lessons etc, then please email your class teacher who will be more than happy to help.

We hope that you are having a lovely half term.

Please continue to keep in touch and stay safe.

Kind regards,

Miss Hall



The government has also sent out guidance for parents and carers of primary school children on how to support their education during coronavirus (COVID 19).  To view this then follow the link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-primary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Please continue to keep us updated on how you are getting on. Staff will continue to be reaching out via email and phone calls after half term and we would love to continue to hear how your learning is going.

As always, if you have any questions or anything that you’d like to discuss or share with me, then please send an email to lhall@astbury.cheshire.sch.uk .

Home learning

CDAT learning resources: http://www.cdat.co.uk/page/learning-projects-at-home/64369

Children will also have logins to Bug Club (active learn), Purple mash and yr1 - 6 have Times Table Rock Stars. 


We are Year 5 and Year 6 and our teaching team this year includes: Miss Hall, Miss Blythe (Class teachers), Mrs Douce, Mrs Hambley and Mrs Bonney.

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