Welcome to Year 5!
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I would like to start by saying Happy New Year to you all and your families. I hope you had a restful break over the Christmas period, despite the difficult times we are living in. A huge thank you to you all for your generosity with the Christmas cards and gifts that I recevied - they were very much appreciated!
Just as we got back to school after the Christmas break we find ourselves in another national lockdown with schools closed.Although unfortunate, we will see this as a challenge that we will overcome and I am sure it will bring us even closer together as a school community.
All of the daily learning starting from Tuesday 5th January 2021 will be found under the 'School Closure Learning' icon above. Please follow the Daily Learning Schedules under each individual day so that you and your child know their tasks for the day.
Please spend time looking at the different sections of the Year 5 website. These will continue to be updated regularly throughout the year and will be your first port of call with regards to what is going on in school. The Curriculum icon will give you a breakdown of everything that will be covered this half term - albeit virtually! There is a contact form underneath this letter - please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or you need to pass a message on to me.
Ensuring that your children are reading regularly is crucial during this period of lockdown. I 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! Hit the Button is another great online resource - you can find this through the Top Marks website. The children will be tested every other week on their times tables and will work through Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum levels. I will send home sheets with the children so that they can get some extra practice in at home.
If you need any information or would like to speak with me about any matter, please contact me by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by using the link below.