Mandarin overview

Our class

Mandarin is our Year 4, 5 and 6 class for children aged between 8 and 11, led by Miss Griffiths and Miss Oliver. Children in Mandarin work from the Key Stage 2 curriculum. Detailed assessment and streaming is key to ensuring that every child is working at the right level, and that attainment targets are sufficiently challenging to ensure high standards and good progress for all children. Children in Mandarin are assigned to Green, Red, Blue or Purple group, and homework and class work is set at the right level for your child, with the most able students given the opportunity to drawn on more advanced aspects of the curriculum. 

In the classroom we utilise a variety of accelerated learning techniques, mixing teacher-led sessions with self-directed learning, open ended problem-solving activities and timeboxed tests and challenges. Last year our Year 6 children made outstanding progress: 100% of them achieved their Maths SATs, with 50% of them reaching the higher standard... In all subjects our results exceeded the national averages and our results continue to improve. You can find out more about how we track and assess your child's progress here.

Rewards and incentives

We use the individual merit reward system to motivate children to behave well, try their best and focus on the quality of their work. Good work or good behaviour is rewarded by a merit point, which the children collect to achieve certificates for every 50 merits earned, and a prize off our prize table after every 100 merits earned.  We also have Friday reward time where children can choose an activity to take part in and each week a Class Star is chosen for our achievement assembly.  Teacher Awards and Headteacher Awards are also given out by teachers; children will receive a certificate in assembly on Friday and their parents are invited to come along and see their amazing work.

Learning schemes

In Mandarin we continue the learning schemes which children will have followed in King Eider, including the Maths passport  which reinforces teaching by setting regular achievable targets for maths. Small weekly tests help assess progress against those goals.  Our writing is assessed regularly with the work in pupils' books, using our Cornerstones writing targets and Teaching Assessment Frameworks (TAFs) which are at the back of English books.  At the end of each term, Cornerstones Maths, Grammar, Reading and Spelling tests are carried out - these will assign pupils an 'age' that they are working at.

Homework

Homework is set each week on Friday, and is due in on the following Wednesday. Homework sheets will specifiy the activities for Green, Red, Blue and Purple group where appropriate and will generally consist of 30 minutes of maths exercises, or literacy-related 'topic' homework on an aspect of the Creative curriculum topic for that term. Mandarin pupils also have to complete a 'Reading Journal' activity which could be a chapter summary, character description, book review or facts they have learned from a non-fiction text on a weekly basis.  An extended project may sometimes involve work over several weeks to produce a more substantial final piece. Children should also allow time to prepare for a short spelling test each Friday.

Reading

Your child will have a school reading book selected from our collections, and individual reading time will be allocated in the class timetable. Regular reading is really important for the development of reading, spelling and writing skills and children should aim to choose a new book each week to read at home and in school.