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 know that with such a lot of time spent at home over the past five and a half months, along with the changes to the organisation of the school day, some children may feel apprehensive about their return. However, I am sure that we will soon get back into the school routines and I am very much looking forward to this academic year in Year 5. I am sure that a great deal of learning and enjoyment lies ahead of us!
Please spend time looking at the different sections of the Year 5 website. These will be updated regularly throughout the year and will be your first port of call with regards to what is going on in school. 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.
The weekly timetable for the Autumn Term 2020-21 is uploaded onto the website, along with the Curriculum Map and Parent Planner for this half term. These two documents will tell you everything your child will be studying in school this half term.
PE sessions will take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays this term and will commence on Wednesday 10th September. Wednesday afternoon PE lessons will be cricket sessions delivered by Chance to Shine. Friday afternoon PE lessons will be tennis sessions delivered by Mr Caddick. Children are welcome to bring in their own racket if they have one.
Homework will be set each Friday and should be returned by the following Thursday – children will usually have a number of pages of a grammar booklet and an arithmetic test to complete each week along with weekly spellings to learn for a test on Monday. In addition to this, children will be set History or Geography 'Topic' Homework for each half term. Please see the separate sheet that your child brings home with them during the second week, which explains the History Viking Topic homework for the Autumn first half term.
As in previous year groups, the children can choose to bring home a school reading book or to read their own book from home or from the library. 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. 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. Children will also bring home a reading journal and I will expect that two activities are completed each week to the highest standard possible.
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! 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.
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 - either on their own or as a pair/small group. I will give children examples of these in the first few weeks back 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.