Autumn 2017 Newsletter
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.
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.
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 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. 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.
This half term’s Homework Grid is linked to our theme of ‘Rose Blanche’, as well as other skills I believe would be beneficial. 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.
Please see the theme planning to get an overview of which subjects will be taught this half term.
Thank you for all your support,
Miss Sparkes & Miss McGuire.