Welcome to 5/6G!
Hello, my name is Mr Gallagher and I am the class teacher in 5/6G.
Firstly, welcome to our class page and I hope you are as ready as I am for an extremely exciting and busy year! In our classroom, we are very fortunate to be supported by Mrs Rawson, Mrs Darbyshire and Miss Fort!
At Padiham Primary School, we take an exciting and engaging topic-based learning approach which changes on a termly basis. Please see the curriculum cloud for more information as I am sure children would love to get a head start reading around the topic!
Please scroll down the page for important information on home learning.
Children, prepare yourselves for lots of hard work, to learn new things every day, and lots of hand washing! I look forward to seeing you bright and early every morning at 8:45am
"A child who reads for 20 minutes a day will be exposed to 1.8 million words per year and is likely to score better than 90% of their peers on standardised tests.”
Reading books will be taken home every day and the reading record is to be signed by an adult with accompanying comments. Please encourage your child to read with you at home as this has such a benefit to all of their learning.
The key is to hear them read aloud to build fluency and confidence whilst keeping them engaged with the text through questioning and discussion. Please come and see me if you would like any help or advice with how you can read with your child at home.
For more advice on this, there is a guide and some ideas here: https://www.pearson.com/uk/learners/primary-parents/learn-at-home/help-your-child-to-enjoy-reading/how-to-read-with-your-child.html
PE will take place on Thursday afternoons. Please make sure your child brings trainers into school so they are ready to put them on for the afternoon session. PE is a mandatory and important part of the curriculum and all children will be expected to take part in the exciting lessons.
Homework is handed out every Friday and is to be returned for Thursday the following week at the latest. Homework is often provided as paper copies and can be submitted in person, on the Class Dojo app, or using the class email.
In class, we use Class Dojo to communicate with parents, set tasks for children, check the children's submitted work, to share important information and to celebrate how fantastic we are.
Please use the information sent home with your children to access the parent and pupil account. All children have been shown how to do this in school although at home you will need to use the code on the sheet the children have been given. Please send me an email if you would like any further support or assistance including details to log in to Dojo!
The children have been sent home with information to create their own account including information for parents/guardians to create an account too.
1. Download the ClassDojo app
2. Open app and tap 'Parent' to create a parent account
3. Enter name, email & create a password
4. Tap ‘Add child (+)’ and use the code
Once you have linked to their account, you can monitor progress on a daily basis as well as receive updates, photographs and videos on our Class Story.
More importantly, the children can be set specific daily tasks by that can be monitored and commented on by myself and parents/guardians. The completed work goes on to their portfolio for me to respond to!
Please visit https://www.classdojo.com/ for more information.
Children can also use their Purple Mash accounts to email myself and other pupils in class to keep in contact Again, if you need these details re-sending please contact me via Dojo message or email. Don't forget to check in to read my weekly emails!
Our new class email address is:
Please use this email address if you need Class Dojo details.
Home Schooling Packages (LESSONS TO BE USED DAILY)
The following websites are running daily lessons including videos and resources. They are already set out in order meaning we will be completing the same lesson on the same day. As well as an internet connection and a device - you only need paper and a pencil to take part!
Oak National Academy - A new resource created by teachers for home-schooling. It contains daily lessons with videos, explanations, Powerpoints and activities for all subjects, but particularly English. Go to Schedule and then select an appropriate year group and lesson..
BBC Bitesize Daily lessons - Daily lessons for home-schooling in all subjects including videos, games, activities, worksheets and explanations for all subjects.
NCETM Maths- Maths lessons for all year groups using the mastery approach we take in school.
White Rose Maths - Maths lessons for all year groups following the overview that we use in school. Worksheets will be added daily to accompany the learning videos.
SCARF (PSHE)- Coram Life Education have provided free lessons linked to our PSHE scheme taught in school www.coramlifeeducation.org.uk/scarf/home-learning-unit-1
Further Home-learning Opportunities
Children can access the following websites or apps at home in which teachers can set and monitor work:
Times Table Rock Stars: Times tables and division fact games https://ttrockstars.com/
Numbots: Basic number facts and mental maths games play.numbots.com
Spelling Shed: Spelling games and activities based on our learning in school https://www.spellingshed.com/en-gb/
Doodle: (Maths/Spell/English/Tables) (downloadable app or web-version below)
Readtheory: Reading comprehension https://readtheory.org/
Purple Mash: Computing skills https://www.purplemash.com/login/
Education City: A variety of activities and games https://www.educationcity.com/
Espresso: A variety of activities and games https://www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/
Oxford Owl: free Ebooks https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/
MyMiniMaths: Free maths resources by topic including arithmetic https://myminimaths.co.uk/
BBC Bitesize: Videos & information on all subjects https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/zbr9wmn
NRICH: Maths challenges, games, activities https://nrich.maths.org/
Schoolrun: Guides to technical terms and research https://www.theschoolrun.com/
CBBC Newsround: Child-friendly news updates https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround
GoNoodle: Activities, music, relaxation, games https://www.gonoodle.com/
Literacy Shed: Writing inspiration and ideas https://www.literacyshed.com/home.html
BBC Supermovers: active learning for all subjects https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/supermovers