Welcome back! It has been wonderful having all the children back in school and are impressed with how well they have settled back into school life. We are writing to share some information about life in year 5.
Our two classes are Foxes class with Mrs Newman and Badgers class with Mrs Staplehurst and Mrs Chilton. Our teaching assistants are Mrs Wilde, Mrs Gaydon and Mrs Vaughan.
Our project question is “Is anybody out there?” which involves exploring the depths of space. In English, we will be looking at The Jamie Drake Equation and Laika the astronaut and using these books to help us write our own fantasy stories. In science, we will study the planets in our solar system and understand the different phases of the moon. We will also be focusing on music this half term and learning about the work of Gustav Holst. We will listen to some space themed music and using this to help us compose our own music. An overview of the curriculum can be found on the website at- https://www.stwilfrids-hh.school/web/year_five/363094
Reading at Home
Even when your child enjoys reading and reads well on their own, they still need to read aloud all the way through their Key Stage Two years. Books can be borrowed from the school library and each year group has a selection of books that your child can borrow and read at home. Every time your child reads at home, you (or your child) should fill in the page numbers/chapters read in their home school reading record. In KS2, children will be awarded house points for every occasion that they read at home. When children have finished a chapter book, they need to record the title of the book at the back of the reading diary so we have a record of the types of book they are reading.
Children can earn ‘Reading Rewards’ time, for reading at home and recording it in their reading records. To receive this reward time, children need to read at home on at least five occasions (either independently or to an adult) during the week and records these. Diaries must also be signed by a parent or carer (once per week) in order for children to receive this time.
Maths and English homework is being set from Week beginning 13.9.21.
Maths homework will be an activity on the website MyMaths, this will be set on a Wednesday and expected to be completed by the following Tuesday. Weekly spellings will be set using Spelling shed. These words will be a mixture of words from the statutory ‘word lists’ and those with particular spelling patterns. We will set the spellings on Fridays, there will also be a spelling test in school on a Friday.
Alongside this, we will set monthly English homework via Microsoft teams. The children can submit their work on teams via the assignment tab. We will show the children how to do this in school.
Times tables and related division facts should be practised on an on-going basis, ideally a few minutes daily. Children are expected to know these and be making progress with them. ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ is an excellent website to use to practise these. We will be completing times table challenges in school and the children will bring these home so that you can see which timetables they may need particular support with.
All children are expected to complete and submit their homework on time. Children have been given their log-in details for the above websites, but if these have been misplaced, please inform the class teacher.
This term, PE is on a Wednesday and Friday for both classes.
On these days, children should attend school in their PE kit. If there is any reason why your child cannot participate in a PE session, please let the class teacher know via the year group email address. As an alternative, or in addition to plimsolls, sports trainers are allowed in the juniors. These are particularly useful during the winter months as it allows the field to be used for outside PE. PE is only cancelled in the event of heavy rain, icy or extremely cold conditions, therefore a pair of jogging bottoms and a sweatshirt (ideally navy) are allowed. Children with pierced ears must be able to remove their own earrings or cover these with tape brought from home.
Water bottles and snacks
Please remember to bring in a water bottle and a healthy fruit or savoury snack (for example, fresh fruit, a bagel, raisins) for break time. Please ensure any snacks are both nut and egg free.
Please ensure your child has a waterproof coat in school every day. Children will only stay indoors at playtimes if it is raining heavily. All clothing, including PE kit, should be labelled with your child’s surname.
We are looking forward to a great Autumn term. If at any point you have a message for your child’s teacher, please contact us through the year group email: email@example.com
Please do contact us if you have any questions.
Mrs Newman, Mrs Staplehurst and Mrs Chilton