Dear Parents and Carers
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 Miss Ingall and Badgers class with Mrs Staplehurst and Mrs Chilton. Our teaching assistants are Mrs Wilde and Mrs Gaydon.
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. During DT we will be finding out about cams and using these to make our own space themed moving toy. We will also be focusing on music this half term. 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-
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 school, each year group has a selection of books that your child can borrow and read at home. Further information about how to record your child’s reading at home will be sent out in the coming weeks along with further details of our ‘Reading Rewards Time’ incentive for all KS2 pupils. The recording of reading at home will begin in the week beginning 21st September. However, it is important that children continue to read right from the first few days of term and this will support them to develop a life-long love of reading during their time at St.Wilfrids.
Homework will be set weekly from the week beginning 21st September onwards. Maths and English homework is set on a Friday and needs to be submitted by the following Wednesday.
Maths homework will either be an activity on the website MyMaths, or a task based on what has been covered in class that week set on Microsoft Teams. The English homework is set on Spelling Shed and Microsoft Teams. These words will be a mixture of words from the statutory ‘word lists’ and those with particular spelling patterns. 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. 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:
-Monday and Friday for Badgers
-Tuesday and Friday for Foxes
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do contact us if you have any questions.
Miss Ingall, Mrs Staplehurst and Mrs Chilton