Hi, I’m Miss Smith
This will be my fourth year at Longtown teaching year six, so lots of you will already know my face!
I am originally from Carlisle but before I came to Longtown, I lived in London for four years also teaching year six in a very big city school with nearly eight hundred pupils – many who spoke different languages; as well as coordinating the provision for children with special educational needs.
Many of you already know – I absolutely love Harry Potter! I even have two cats called Harry & Ron.
In my spare time I love to get outdoors, exploring the Lake District with my fiancé.
I also love music and listening to live bands, you will often hear music playing in my classroom.
My favourite subject to teach is English because I absolutely adore reading and vocabulary, you will regularly find me with my nose in a good book! I make sure I read lots of new children’s books that I can share with everyone at school, if you have a favourite story to share do let me know.
Autumn Term 2020
This term our topic is ‘The Victorians & The Industrial Revolution’
We will build on our knowledge from Year 5 and learn all about how the Victorians shaped the future and the importance of the British Empire.
During this topic our class texts will also have a Victorian theme, beginning with ‘Cogheart’ by Peter Bunzl.
We will look at how Longtown has changed since the Victorian Era, creating a ‘know where you walk’ project.
Did you know Longtown once had two workhouses?
In English we will be focussing on a range of text-types and genres linked to our topic, developing our creativity as a writers and working towards the
expected standard for end of year six. Children are expected to have an understanding of audience and purpose (what they are writing and why they are writing it!)
In Maths we are focusing on securing our number facts, revising the four operations and applying this to problem solving.
Later in the term, we will cover Geometry and statistics looking at area, perimeter and coordinates.
We will have huge focus on arithmetic, practising calculations daily to support our preparation for SATs.
You will soon receive a letter regarding additional materials that parents have the option to purchase to help with revision.
Our PE days are Tuesday and Thursday, please ensure kit is appropriate and in school for the week.
The first topic is gym, aesthetics and dance so an indoor PE kit with shoes or pumps will be fine.
For homework; we will be producing a project linked to topic – watch this space for updates on our work!
It is also expected that pupils will read daily and ‘Strive for Five!’ as well as practising our spellings and accessing times table Rock stars.
In preparation for SATs, we run a Tuesday morning breakfast club from 8am to help children with their revision and support with any topics they may be struggling with.
Throughout the year extra revision sessions, intervention and homework will be set to help the children be the best they can be.
However, we strive to make this prep as easy as possible and keep the children’s wellbeing at the heart of our decisions.