A warm welcome to you all from Mrs Whittle, Mrs Sibley and Mrs Stevens! We hope that you have had a great summer and are feeling refreshed and ready for the new year.
This half term are our topic is a science based one which will see us mixing, sorting, separating and classifying a range of mysterious and marvellous materials. There will be a homework project to make something creative out of recycled materials and more details will follow later. Alongside this, a lot of our English work will be based around our class novel, ' Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.' If your child already has a copy of this book, they are welcome to bring it in to school to read as and when we read the book together. Please ensure that it is clearly labelled.
Our English work will have also have a greater emphasis on teaching specific skills in spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) and the children will practise these skills as they conjure up wicked wizard potion instructions and diary extracts to name a few.
Spellings will be sent home on a Friday and tested the following Friday. These will take a slightly different format this year, consisting of 10 spellings only with a mind expanding challenge for some.
Reading is still a key skill in Year 5, the emphasis being more on understanding what is read rather than just reading the words on the page. To help with this, we will be asking each child to produce 2 book reviews a year that they will present to the rest of the class. They can take many different formats and we will be sharing some with the children before expecting them to undertake this task. A letter and timetable will be sent out to you with more details too.
We do also expect all children to read at home at least 4 times a week and encourage you to continue to read to them if you are happy to do so. Listening to stories, reading newspapers, comics, the internet, recipes etc. all help the children and would 'count' towards one of these 4 reads. We will be trialling various ways of recording reading over the course of the term so watch this space for more details on that.
In addition to spelling and reading homework , a differentiated maths or English sheet will be sent home every Friday and will be collected, and marked, the following Friday.
In Maths, our main focus for this half term is based around place value and addition and subtraction Some children will also be doing Times Table Rock Stars. It is really important that the children feel confident with their times tables and that they know multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12. If your child is already fluent with these key facts, they will be given challenges or investigations to do whilst others are doing TTRS. Your child will be able to let you know what they are doing. Check out the website links below if you need help finding more ways to support your child as they learn and embed these.
Please can we ask that the correct PE kit is bought to school on Monday, left in school for the week and then taken home on a Friday. We will endeavour to remind the children but your help with this would be greatly appreciated.
As the weather is still warm, we will hopefully be able to make more use of the school field. This is a gentle reminder that children will need a change of shoes if they are to go on the field. There is a practical reason for this as it prevents bringing a lot of dirt and mud into school and to ensure the children get to make as much use of our fab field as possible.
If you ever need to speak to us, please do not hesitate to catch us before or after school outside our classrooms, or get in touch with the school office to arrange an appointment.
We look forward to getting to know your child and to working with you this year,
Katie Whittle, Naomi Stevens and Emma Sibley