Welcome to Year 5!
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope that you and your families are well-rested and had an enjoyable Summer break. I am very much looking forward to this academic year in Year 5 and I am sure that a great deal of learning and enjoyment lies ahead of us!
This letter, along with the Autumn First Half Term Curriculum Planner also on the website, should contain all of the information that you and your child will need to start this half term, but please feel free to catch me in the playground after school if you would like to discuss any matters with me.
PE lessons will take place on Wednesdays and Fridays this term. Please ensure that all kit is clearly labelled with your child’s name.
Homework in Grammar and Maths will be set each Friday and should be returned by the following Thursday – children will have a number of pages of a grammar booklet and an arithmetic test to complete each week. In addition to this, children will be set Topic Homework. Please see the separate sheet that your child brings home with them during the first week which explains the Topic homework for the Autumn first half term. Spellings will be sent home on a Friday to be tested the following Monday.
As in previous year groups, the children will bring home a school reading book and reading diary. Reading books should be brought into school every day so that they can be used during quiet reading sessions. Please try to hear your child read at least twice a week, and sign and date in the reading diary when your child has read at home. House points will be given for each time your child does this. As in Year 4, children will be expected to complete two activities in their reading journal each week.
As a general point, it is really important that your child is now confident with all of their times tables up to 12 x 12. Please continue to work on these at home – focusing particularly on the division facts as well as the multiplication (i.e. children should know that 56 ÷ 8 = 7 as well as knowing that 8 x 7 = 56). If your child is confident with all of their times tables, please move on to practising all squared numbers 13 x 13 = 169, 14 x 14 = 196… etc). They will be tested on their times tables every other week on a Monday morning.
I will be asking that all children have the opportunity to prepare a short prayer service to lead to the class in Year 5. I will give children examples of these in the first few weeks and will ensure that all children have sufficient advanced warning to ensure that they prepare a service that they feel proud of. Please have a look at the Year 5 website pages for further information about prayer services.
I look forward to working together with you and your child throughout Year 5.