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Dear Parents,

Cheneiss 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 9am sharp.   

Below 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?

Art:  'Autumn' and cross 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 again.            

R.E: Pilgrimages, Harvest festival, Divali and Christmas.

Spanish:  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 literacy work.

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.

Uniform: PLEASE 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. 

Finally, 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!

We look forward to working with you throughout the year.

With best wishes 

Siobhan                 Cheneiss



Year 5 timetable 14-15 If you would like to print a copy of this timetable, here is an A4 sized PDF version

If you would like to find out more about the curriculum followed at Riversdale, you can look at the medium and long term plans for each year group.

Medium term plans

Yearly plans

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