Welcome back to the new term! I hope you all had a lovely Summer holiday and are ready to see and support your child’s development during their time in Year 5. Your child’s happiness and progress is extremely important to me so if you have any queries do not hesitate to make a note in your child’s planner or speak to me at the end of the school day. I know I have taught quite a few of your children before but if there are any updates, do let me know.
As your child is in Upper Key Stage 2 now, I would expect them to enter the school building on their own with all of their belongings. I will take the register at 9am every day and anyone that arrives after this will be marked in late and they will receive either a yellow or blue card from the Reception desk.
The children will be doing swimming every Tuesday until Christmas. They will need to bring: a costume or trunks, a towel and girls should bring a swimming cap. Goggles are not needed, but if your child requires them please provide a note that I can take with me to show their swimming teacher. P.E. will be taught every Tuesday afternoon by Liam. Each Half Term there will be a different focus. P.E. kits should include: a plain white t-shirt, trainers/pumps and either black or blue shorts. P.E. kits must be kept in a bag and all clothing should have your child’s name or initials on it to avoid them getting lost.
Each child will continue to read at the sticker level they were on at the end of Year 4. Please ensure that reading books and planners are in school every day. It is very important that you read at home with your child as often as possible. They will now receive a loyalty card (that will remain in school); if your child completes a book at home and can write a review or answer questions about it they will receive a stamp. When completing their card they will be awarded a treat/award.
I would encourage you to write a short comment after listening to them read, especially if they found anything particularly challenging. Your child’s reading ability will be assessed throughout the year and their sticker level will change according. Guided reading will be done once a week in school and there are lots of other opportunities throughout the day for children to develop their reading skills and a love of reading/books.
If your child does not have regular practise reading or being read to this can have major implications on their confidence to read alone or out loud, as well as impacting their: vocabulary, spellings and writing.
This half term’s Homework Grid is linked to our theme of ‘The Street Child’. They will be given a spelling practise sheet, which will relate to a pattern will focus on over a two week period. A task on the grid will help them to gain points and allow them to practise a variety of skills. Please make sure your child has completed their homework, which should be handed in on a Friday or before if that suits you. Points will be accumulated and displayed in class.
In Year 4 your child will have practised all of their times tables. It would be beneficial for them to continue to practise these times tables both verbally and in writing. We will continue to practise these in school along with factors and prime numbers. It is important for the children to be able to recall the answers quickly and to recognise that 2×3 is the same as 3×2 etc, as well as recognising that x ÷ relate to each other (inverse). A weekly test will be done to check their speed of recall.
I would also appreciate any opportunity for them to be asked to read an analogue clock and for you to emphasise the importance of learning to read the time as it is a necessary life skill.
Please see the theme planning to get an overview of which subjects will be taught this half term. This can be found on the school website under: our school, Curriculum followed by Curriculum plans.
Thank you for all your support,
Miss Sparkes & Miss Evans.