Welcome to Year 5
Welcome to the new academic year. It has been lovely settling back into school this week and I am glad you have all had a great summer. We will be starting learning straight away with a wonderful topic based on the book ‘Journey’ by Aaron Becker. We have our first parents evening in a few weeks’ time and a welcome to year 5 pack will also be coming home. In the meantime, I hope you find this information useful.
As of this year, homework, up to Y5, is optional. However, your child will be given 6 options to choose from each half term and return completed homework to the class teacher every two weeks. We have endeavoured to make the homework as creative as possible and we have done this to encourage parental involvement to help support your child in their work at home. We look forward to celebrating the wonderful creations that your children have done at home.
Please ensure that your child reads four times a week, encourage them to read a variety of genres and comment upon your child’s progress in their reading diary. You will notice an addition to your child’s reading journal this week which shows a reading development pathway. Each week, if your child reads at least 4 times, they will be rewarded with a mark on this pathway. At various points in the year, awards will be given for reaching key milestones so please encourage your child/ren to read as much as possible.
At home, you can help your child to practice their times tables by asking them to recall facts quickly. It is best, when practicing a certain times table, to ask them to recall the facts out of order. Discuss strategies with your child e.g. the 5 times tables can be worked out quickly by halving the 10 times tables. This will not only help children to recall quickly but will strengthen their understanding of number relationships.
An outline of our topics for this academic year is as follows:
Autumn Term 1 Journey by Aaron Becker / Our Fragile World
Autumn Term 2 Firework Makers Daughter
Spring Term 1 Chocolate / The Mighty Mayans
Spring Term 2 Cosmic Commotion / Space
Summer Term 1 Titanic – the last voyage
Summer Term 2 Riotous Royalty / KS2 Production
P.E and Swimming
Wednesday – PE
Friday – PE (swimming information to follow as we receive more guidance)
If you have any questions, please pop in to see me or make contact through the school office.