Year 5: Practical ways to make the most of the summer term

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Summer term ideas

The summer term of Year 5 is an ideal time to carry out essential preparatory work so that you and your learners are ready to hit the ground running in September.

These practical steps and tools will help:

1. Identify pupils that need extra help and support

Students with the lowest marks are not necessarily the only ones who need extra help. A historical look at the pupils’ data across all areas will highlight pupils whose progress is below average. Identifying this will mean targeted action can be taken so these students don’t fall behind.

2. Pinpoint strengths and weaknesses

In order to raise attainment a personalised approach works best and this means looking at each child’s individual strengths and weaknesses. This can be approached by:

  • Looking at the child’s achievement and progress across all subjects and topics
  • Looking at marks as well as performance in the classroom
  • Talking to other teachers who have taught the pupil for their input

Questions to ask include:

A - Where is the learner confident?
B - Are there some areas where the pupil can show knowledge but has problems applying it independently?
C - Are there areas where they can’t demonstrate any competence or skill?

3. Implement a personalised learning plan

With this analysis in mind, you’ll be in a strong position to create a personalised learning strategy for each pupil, including learning materials and approaches which specifically address the knowledge gaps and weaknesses you have identified. Fun is paramount too to make learning as engaging as possible.

Some schools put together teaching and support teams to help pupils address weaknesses during this crucial time. This may be in class or through breakfast and after-school clubs. Weaknesses can also be addressed through homework and collaboration with parents.

Different learners respond to different approaches so it’s important to tailor the delivery style. For example, while some pupils may find traditional methods hard to get to grips with, they may respond better to online learning using a device which they are used to and feel comfortable with such as a tablet. Technology also allows them to learn independently and at their own pace and can be perceived as more ‘fun’, which can encourage them to continue learning in their own time. 

4. Test and evaluate

Strategic testing which targets sub levels of the curriculum throughout Year 6 is essential to check whether approaches are working to strengthen weaknesses. If interventions are succeeding, pupils can progress and the approach can be built on. If they’re not, a fresh plan can then be developed before it’s too late.

In practice

This approach is having a positive impact at St Thomas More School in Middlesbrough. They use vision2learn for primary as a tool to reinforce what children have learnt in class. The e-learning platform is also used to help their vulnerable learners achieve Level Four.

Since introducing vision2learn for primary, the school has reported boosted attendance at its breakfast club – particularly amongst marginal pupils. Some male pupils who were typically easily distracted have also become more focused, the school reports.

vision2learn for primary helps at each stage of the process helping teachers to pinpoint and create personalised learning intervention strategies for each child. Because the teaching and learning resources are so bright and fun, they help keep learners engaged. Tracking progress online makes life easier for teachers too.

Get in touch for a free demonstration on 0191 215 4129 or email: info@vision2learnforprimary.com