Welcome to Year 5!
Welcome to Year 5!
Dear Parents and Guardians,
What a great first half term in Year 5! All of the children have settled in well to class and are working hard. I look forward to meeting you all at Parents Evening - on either 3rd or 5th December.
I write this having just arrived back from the Alton Castle retreat. Year 5 had a fantastic time away and developed together as a class: building stronger bonds and friendships and growing in their faith. I would just like to say what a pleasure it was taking your children away for two nights and thank you so much to Mrs Johnston and Mr Walker for making it such a special residential! There are lots of photographs already on the website and more to go on; once I sort out a slight technical issue with one of the iPads...!
This letter, along with the Autumn Second Half Term Curriculum Planner 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 sessions have changed for this half term and will now take place on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Swimming lessons have finished for the year and have been replaced with Chance to Shine cricket coaching sessions on Wednesday afternoon - children will need to wear full St. Anne's PE kit. Thursday afternoon sessions will continue to be 'Commando Joe's' sessions, where the children will be learning team work and resilience skills through themed challenge activities - trainers will be needed for these sessions. We welcome our new instructor Commando Matt to the school.
Homework will continue to be weekly spellings (which will be tested on Monday), reading journal activities (2 per week) and times table Rockstars sessions. In addition to this, children will be asked to complete an arithmetic test every other week, which we will mark in class. I will tell the children which test I expect them to complete and by when.
Please try to hear your child read as often as possible and 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. 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!
Thank you to those children who have planned and led a prayer service with the class in recent weeks - photographs are on the website. I will be asking that each child prepares a short prayer service to lead to the class, either in pairs or small groups, and will help them to plan their session if they require assistance. 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 the rest of Year 5.