Dear Parents and Carers,
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome your child to Year 5! Between now and Christmas we will be introducing some new, exciting and important skills and concepts. Here are the main areas of study for the next fourteen weeks, along with some suggestions for how you might support your child's learning at home.
During the first half term, your child will be studying ‘The Great, The Bold and The Brave’.
Much of the content of these will be used to help aid their writing in class. Example genres are: Narrative, report writing, instructional writing, explanation texts and science write-ups.
In all forms of writing children have a list of non-negotiables that are an expectation for children to be considered ‘secure at year 5’
These include: capital letters, full stops, question marks, exclamation marks, commas for lists, apostrophes, accurate joined-up handwriting, conjunctions, sentence openers, paragraphs, spellings and use of nouns, pronouns and tenses.
Your child will be working on improving their skills when dealing with:
· Number and place value
· Written addition and subtractions
· Problem solving, reasoning and algebra
· Mental addition and subtraction
· Decimals, percentages and their equivalence to fractions
· Mental multiplication and division
It would be very helpful if you help your child learn their times tables to the point that they can instantly recall them. It would also help your child to learn the division facts that go with them e.g. 6x8 =48 so 48÷6=8 - again, to ‘instant recall’ standard.
Other ways of helping are by using mental maths in everyday life such as keeping a rough running total of the value of the shopping in the trolley.
New for this year is the use of The International Primary Curriculum (IPC). The first three units are ‘Brainwave’, ‘The Great, The Bold and The Brave’.
The IPC will cover all traditional subject areas in a holistic approach where the theme can run across a variety of these subjects. Subjects covered in the first two terms are History, Music, Art, ICT and Geography.
PSHE (Personal. social, health and education)
During PSHE children will be looking at their feelings in themselves and others, how to use body clues and relaxation, what can be helpful and unhelpful in everyday disagreements and how our thoughts can affect how we view the world.
During this term the children will receive a weekly 30 minute French lesson.
Learning days of the week, numbers and simple phrases would greatly benefit your child.
PE - Real PE, Football and Tag Rugby
Real PE is a skills based approach to all sport. It helps children develop a variety of skills identified to be desirable when participating in sport. These are then used in a real sport setting to help develop a mastery of these skills in context.
Wednesday for Nepal
Friday for Italy
Monday for Nepal and
Please ensure that your child has the correct school kit on these days. This should be navy blue or black shorts with a red or white t-shirt (with or without the school logo). Pumps may be worn in the hall on indoor P.E. days, whilst trainers should be worn for outdoor games. As the weather may be cold this term, please provide your child with a tracksuit, plain black or navy, or something else suitable for the outdoor games lessons.
For safety reasons no jewellery is to be worn when participating in P.E. so watches and earrings have to be removed. If earrings cannot be removed, please could you provide your child with suitable tape (e.g. Micropore) to place over their earrings. Long hair should also be tied up to avoid any potential accidents.
You will find lots of useful information to help support your child throughout the year. The children should continue to use it to record homework and reading which has been completed at home. The children in Year 5 are expected to read seven times a week at home and should have chosen an independent reading book during their first week back to school.
We would also hope to use the Home-school Diary as a means of communication and we will write comments in the children’s diaries as needed. We view this form of communication as two-way and value your comments.
The children will be expected to get an adult to sign their diary each week, signalling that homework and reading for the week has been checked. The diaries will be collected on a Monday to be signed by the teacher.
· English and Maths is set on a Wednesday, to be handed in on Monday. The activity should also take about 45 minutes to complete.
· Your child should read for at least 20 minutes 7 times a week as part of their homework, and this should be recorded in their home-school diary.
As the children are now in Year 5 and are beginning to look towards Year 6 and beyond, we are encouraging and promoting greater levels of independence. We would hope that children will come to school prepared every day with:
· Reading book.
· Home-school diary.
The Home-school diary is vitally important, even more so this year, as the children are split across three classes in the morning. Therefore we will be expecting the children to have their diaries with them in class during morning lessons.
This is to try and ensure that any messages during these lessons are recorded straight away and not forgotten resulting in missed homework or expectations.
As always, we are very pleased to see you to discuss any issues concerning your child. Please do not hesitate to call, communicate through email or contact us via the diaries given to the children.
Sarah Webb, Emma Neville and Lizzie Krelle