Year 5 2019 - 2020
Welcome to Year 5!
It is so exciting to have all these familiar faces in my class for a second time. We had lots of fun together in Year 3 and I am very much looking forward to another happy, successful year and seeing how much they have progressed.
In Year 5 we are supported in class by Mrs McCready. 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.
On Mondays after break, 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. A more comprehensive letter will come home once taster sessions have been completed.
PE takes place on a Monday and Wednesday. Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school on these days (though it is useful if PE kits are in school everyday in case of hall swaps, etc). 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 ever, I am always happy to discuss any worries, concerns or general queries you may have. Though I will be available for a short time at the beginning of the school day, after school offers more time for conversation so feel free to come and see me once all children have been dismissed.
Y5’s ‘Meet the Teacher’ meeting will be held on Monday 16th September at 4pm if you have any further questions about the year. As I have met most of you already, please don’t worry if you are unable to drop in.
Here’s to a happy and productive year!
Best wishes, Miss Griffiths.
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