Year 5 2021 - 2022
Welcome back to Year 5! I hope you all had a relaxing summer break and are feeling refreshed for this new term.
In Year 5, we are very lucky to be supported in class by Mrs Gardiner for a session each morning. On Tuesday afternoons, Mme Carter and Mrs Williams leading our learning in French and PE 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 & Spellings
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).
Please be advised that your child has constant access to the online learning platforms, like TT Rockstars and Spelling Shed, so can access them at any time to practise their skills.
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, 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 Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school on these days (though it is useful if PE kits are in school every day 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 every day 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. 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 chat to discuss any other issues.
Best wishes, Miss Griffiths.
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