and I hope you enjoyed the summer break and would like to welcome you and your
child to year 5. Most parents know me well and I look forward to working with
you, and to those who don’t know me I look forward to getting to know you.
There is a busy and exciting year ahead, with
new topics to learn and enjoy in year 5. It is important that school and home
work together as a team; you know your child best, but we both want your child
to be happy and make progress in school. Please do not hesitate to contact me
before 8.45am or after school if you or your child has any worries or concerns.
I am always in school by 7.45am. It is
difficult to talk when I am in charge of the class, unless it is to inform me
of appointments, or someone else is picking up your child.Please ensure your child is punctual and
arrives in the playground by 8.55. Handwriting/mental maths lesson starts at
is a list of topics covered this term, visits and hopefully some useful information.
A summary of the timetable is below.
P.E: At the moment P.E is once a week on Monday. Children need the
school P.E kit including trainers. We are very lucky that we will continue to
use the excellent facilities at Southfields Academy, which enabled the children
to make fantastic progress in a range of sporting activities last year. I will
let you know when swimming begins, probably some time after Christmas, and this
will be on Mondays also.
Science: Materials and their properties, including
reversible and irreversible changes.
History: The Victorians. I have arranged a visit
to The Ragged School Museum in November. Details to follow later.
Geography: What’s in the news?
curricular work relating to our Victorians topic.
I.C.T: ‘ We are bloggers’, ‘We are
Statisticians’, analysing data.
Music: We will continue to learn to play the fife
every Monday and have weekly choir sessions on Thursday. Details to follow
about the Young Voices at the O2 , which we are lucky to be taking part in
R.E: Pilgrimages, Harvest festival, Divali and
Spanish will be on Tuesdays.Reading: I cannot emphasise enough how important it
is for your child to be able to read confidently and with good comprehension in
all areas of the curriculum. Please encourage him/her to read each night at
home for at least 20 minutes. The more children read, the more fluent they
become. In year 5, your child will be
encouraged to read more demanding books for longer periods of time,
independently and with sustained concentration. They will also be encouraged to
read independently in class for topic research purposes or to complement
Pact Folders/Guided Reading: Children will be allowed to change their
own reading books independently, but we will check that they have been reading
at home each night. Children will be grouped for guided reading sessions
according to their ability. Some
children will have extra reading sessions on an individual basis.
Maths Targets/Next Steps: After we have tested the children on the
times and division tables we will be giving out individual targets. The
emphasis is on immediate recall, so children will at times revisit lower tables
to check they still have instant recall. Please don’t worry or be upset. The
table needs to be written out each night and brought into school each day.
Library: We will be going to the library every 2
weeks on a Wednesday afternoon. Our
first library visit is this Wednesday, 10th September.
Homework: Homework will be given out on Friday and
needs to be returned by the following Tuesday please. If your child is
struggling with a piece of homework, please speak to Cheneiss or myself.
Alternatively, write a message on their homework. We encourage parents to help
with the homework, but of course not to do it for them, as we need to know if
children are struggling with something.
Tissues: I would be grateful if each family could
donate a box of tissues each term.
Fruit and Drink: Children can bring in their own named
water bottles, which they can drink from in class and refill in school. Fruit can be eaten at playtime.
LABEL ALL your child’s clothes so that we can find all those mislaid
articles! Children always say they left it on their chair/coat peg etc and then
it is found in the hall, playground, library, ICT suite and so on. I remember
well the frustration as a parent when things go missing. We will do our best to
help your child find lost belongings, but it is important that your child takes
responsibility for looking after their own possessions too.
as I said before, do not hesitate to come and see me if you have any concerns,
or if I have forgotten to do something that I said I would do, or make a mistake
about something. Teachers are only human and make mistakes too!
look forward to working with you throughout the year.
With best wishes