Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome back! We hope you had a fantastic holiday. It is wonderful to see the children return to school happy and full of enthusiasm. We are writing to share some information about life in year 5.
Our two classes are Badger class with our teacher Mr Belton and Foxes class with Miss Ingall. Our teaching assistants are Mrs Wilde, Mrs Crudgington and Mrs Vaughan.
Curriculum and key dates
Our topic is “Out of this World”, which involves exploring the depths of space. In English, we will be looking at George’s Secret Key to the Universe to write our own story set in an imaginary world. In art and DT we will create spheres of the planets and pictures of landscapes in space. In science we will study the planets in our solar system and understand the different phases of the moon.
We will be having and Open Classroom on Wednesday 12 September from 3:20-4:15 where you will be able to meet your child’s teacher in see their new classroom. Grid Homework will be displayed in your child’s classroom on December 11 and again you are welcome to come and view their work from 3:20-4:00.
KS2 Superstar worship takes place on Friday mornings, where one member of each class is chosen to receive a certificate for their work that week. The work of these children is shared and the rest of the key stage has a chance to hear about their achievements.
Homework and 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 – each class will visit once a week – and each year group has a selection of books that your child can borrow and read at home.
Every time you read at home, you (or your child) should fill in the page numbers/chapters read in their home school reading record. Children will be awarded house points for every occasion on which 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.
English homework is set every week on a Thursday and needs to be handed in by the following Wednesday. This is usually a written task, based on a prompt such as an element of grammar or punctuation.
In addition, children will be set spellings to practise and these will be tested on a Wednesday. These will be a mixture of words from the statutory ‘word lists’ and those with particular spelling patterns. A copy of the ‘word lists’ will be sent home with your child during the next week. These words will be tested in the English homework books, so that you can see how your child is progressing.
Maths homework is also set on a Thursday and needs to be completed by the following Wednesday. This will either be an activity on the website MyMaths, or a handwritten task based on what has been covered in class that week. Children have been told their log-on details for MyMaths, but if these have been misplaced, they should inform their class teacher.
Times tables and related division facts should be practised on an on-going basis, ideally a few minutes daily. The timestable challenge is held every Wednesday. Your child will be expected to know all of their times tables by the end of the year up to 12 x 12. These are also in the home school diaries.
All children are expected to complete and hand their homework in on time. If children are finding it difficult to complete their homework at home, they can choose to attend ‘Learning Links’ (a homework club) for part of their lunchtime where they can receive support with their homework.
PE in year 5 is usually on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday. Please can your child have their PE kit in school every day. PE kits will be sent home to be washed on the last day of each half term. If there is any reason why your child cannot participate in a PE session, please let the class teacher know through the Home/School contact book. As an alternative or 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 also useful. If your child does not have an alternative sweatshirt, they will have the option of wearing their school one. Children with pierced ears must be able to remove their own earrings or cover these with tape.
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 your child has a waterproof coat in school every day. All clothing, including PE kit, should be labelled with your child’s surname. Lost property is located in the first aid area, by the year 5 cloakrooms.
We are looking forward to a great Autumn term. If at any point you have a message for your child’s teacher, please write it in their home/school diary as they are checked at the start of each day.
Please do contact us if you have any questions.
Mr A Belton and Miss R Ingall