"The curriculum is interesting and varied and motivates pupils to succeed."
Class 3 at Down Ampney is where you will find the Year 5 and 6 children. They are taught by class teacher Miss Homan-Green and teaching assistant Mrs Dearsley 5 mornings a week. Foundation subjects are taught to KS2 as a whole in the afternoons, except for science one afternoon a week where we are kept as separate 3/4and 5/6. Maths is taught every morning as separate year 5s and year 6s, to allow for smaller teaching groups and to follow year group specific objectives. In English we follow ‘the Write Stuff’ which allows every child to flourish with their writing and has built confidence across the class in collecting and sharing ideas. Each half term we cover 2 units of work, one non-fiction and one narrative or poetry, each ending with an ‘independent write’ where the children are able to plan, write and edit their own pieces of extended writing.
The children are set weekly homework of reading and spelling, with the expectation to practise every day. For spelling homework, the children are giving an individualised list of ‘focus 5 words’ that they need to practise and the words are only changed once the child is able to show that they have used each word 3 times in their writing that week. We also set a creative termly homework, closely linked to one of our topics that term – past examples include creating a tourist information leaflet for the Rockies, performing a poem and creating a detailed model of a skeleton of an animal!
As a class we enjoy taking part in the daily mile (no matter the weather!) as a chance to take a brain break as well as getting some exercise and fresh air. We also enjoy doing ’99 clubs’ weekly, to work on our multiplication and division fluency, challenging ourselves to beat our score each week!