Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope you all had an enjoyable half term break. Can you believe that we are already half way through your child's time in Year 5?! We have lots of exciting things to look forward to this half term including World Book Day, Lenten fundraising activities and the build up to Easter.
This letter, along with the Spring Second 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 Monday and Wednesday this term. Monday will be gymnastics in the hall and Wednesday will be tag rugby with Mr Walker outside (unless the weather is terrible!). Please make sure that you send your child to school in their correct PE kit on these days. Forest school sessions for Group 3 will take place on Thursday afternoons - please make sure your child is appropriately dressed for the winter weather and brings a change of footwear into school with them each week.
Weekly homework in Year 5 will continue to 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. All children should have brought a spelling booklet home with them - please let me know if these have been misplaced. Reading Journals, which were handed out in September, should be completed every week - 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. Science homework is a project over the course of the half term and is based on the work we did about the Earth, Sun and Moon, last half term. Please see the separate sheet that your child brings home, which explains the Science Topic homework.
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.