Year 5 2020 - 2021
Welcome to Year 5!
Despite all the changes this year has and will see, I can honestly say I am very excited to work with this year’s Year 5 cohort. I have heard nothing but lovely things about each and every one of them from other members of staff who have had the pleasure of working with them, so I am keen to get to know them and have a wonderful year.
I am also excited to welcome Mrs Gardiner into our Year 5 team. She has moved up the school to work across Year 5 and 6 following Mrs McCready’s retirement. On Tuesday afternoons, Mme Carter and Miss Shaw will lead our learning in French and computing respectively.
Reading remains a vital skill for progressing your child’s learning. Though many will now be confident and competent readers, the frequency of their reading at home will still be monitored each week. Children are asked to read to an adult at least 3 times per week and a note of this made in their red reading record. Please ask your child lots of questions about the text to ensure comprehension remains a focus. Children who achieve this target receive a Friday Prize token. They are of course welcome to read more frequently, either to an adult or independently.
Homework will be given out weekly on a Friday. This will usually consist of maths and English, though sometimes creative homework will be given in place of one of these. Homework is due in on the following Wednesday (with an additional week allowed for creative homework).
Spelling tests will be held weekly on Fridays. A spelling list will be sent home for each half term with the test date and spelling focus highlighted. A copy can also be found on our class website page. Your child will have opportunities to practise their spellings in school though additional practise at home would be beneficial. We follow the Spelling Shed scheme so your child will also be able to practise their spellings online using their Spelling Shed log in.
On Mondays mornings, we have our First Access strings lessons. These sessions provide a wonderful opportunity for your child to develop their musical skills and, for those who don’t already, learn an instrument to play as part of an ensemble. Lessons will commence on 21st September, once members of the Edsential team have been in to disinfect and give our instruments an MOT.
Throughout this autumn term, we will be going swimming at Ellesmere Port Sports village on Wednesday mornings. Swimming lessons are a statutory element of the National Curriculum and would normally have taken place in the summer term of Year 4 but due to school closure we are having to catch up with them in Year 5. A letter with further details will follow shortly.
PE takes place on a Monday and Wednesday. Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school. PE kit should include appropriate footwear (pumps for indoor activities and trainers for outdoor activities), a jumper (weather dependent) and, for girls, spare socks if they tend to wear tights.
Children learn best when they are well hydrated, so please could you ensure your child has a named water bottle in school everyday to be kept at the Hydration Station in the classroom. They will have opportunities to refill these at the water fountain throughout the day.
As they are now in Year 5, should your child wish to walk home from school we ask that you provide written permission to either myself or the school office.
Similarly, if your child is going home with a friend please can you ensure that a message is left either with myself or the office before the end of that day.
As ever, I am always happy to discuss any worries, concerns or general queries you may have. Due to the current circumstances, we ask that only vital messages are passed on at the start and end of the day. You can always contact me via email or by telephoning the school office and we can arrange a mutually convenient time for a meeting to discuss any other issues.
Here’s to a happy and productive year!
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