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! I look forward to meeting as many of you as can make it at the 'Meet the Teacher' session on Friday 10th September at 2:45pm in the Year 5 classroom.
This letter, along with the Autumn First Half Term Parent Planner and Knowledge Organisers 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 outside the gate after school if you would like to discuss any matters with me.
PE sessions will take place on Wednesday and Thursday this term. Wednesday afternoons will be with Mr Walker and Thursday afternoon sessions will be with me. Please make sure that you send your child to school in their correct PE kit on these days.
The children will all get a chance over the first three half terms to take part in Forest Schools activities. I have put the children into groups of 10 and each group will get a half term of Thursday afternoon Forest Schools sessions with Mrs Leadley in St Anne's own Forest School! All waterproof clothes are provided for the session so children will only need to wear their PE kits and bring a change of shoes when the weather is wet.
Weekly homework in Year 5 will be in Reading, Times tables and Spelling. Weekly spellings will be given out and discussed in class on a Tuesday and Wednesday and these will be tested on a Monday. The children will bring a spelling booklet home with them later in the first half term. New Reading Journals will be handed out in late September and the children will be expected to complete one activity a week to a good standard. Each week I will set the children 10 Garage sessions and 10 Studio sessions on Timestable Rockstars. History/Geography homework is a project over the course of the half term and is based on the work we are currently doing in class. Please see the separate sheet that your child brings home, which explains the History Topic homework for the Autumn first half term.
Reading regularly is essential. Please try to hear your child read at least three times a week. I also encourage parents to find time to read to their child as well, as this time is extremely effective in developing the children's vocabulary.
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). All of the children have been given an individual log in to the TIMESTABLE ROCKSTARS website and should use this regularly to develop their speed and accuracy and build on their 'rockstar' status!
Throughout the course of the year, I will be asking that each child prepares a short prayer service to lead to the class in Year 5. I will give children examples of what a good service looks like 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.
If you need any information or would like to meet with me about any matter, please contact me by email on email@example.com or by using the link below.
I look forward to working together with you and your child throughout Year 5.