In Year 5 you will find Mr Baker, Mr Fielder and Mrs Fricker.
Welcome back after the half term holiday. We are all looking forward to being in our new (temporary) classroom, continuing our learning and seeing the children make even more progress in their achievements. It is hard to believe we are now coming towards the end of Year 5!
PE days for Year 5 are on Tuesday and Wednesday with Mr Fielder. All children are required to have appropriate clothing and footwear in school for these days.
Please remember that school begins at 8:45am. The children can quietly come into the classroom to begin their first task from 8:35am.
Please encourage your child to read regularly at home and develop their passion for books. In Year 5, the children still need to read daily. It is still important to help with difficult words, expression and understanding of the text. If your child is a confident reader, then they may read without supervision but encourage them to talk about what they have read and share their thoughts and opinions on the text.
This half term, the children will continue reading ‘Cosmic (it's one Giant Leap for Boy-Kind)’ by Frank Cottrell-Boyce. This humorous adventure is seen through the eyes of twelve year old Liam Digby a ‘gifted and talented’ child whose physical appearance ages him beyond his years. We will follow Liam and his friend, Florida Kirby on this humorous, action packed adventure exploring the ups and downs of being a parent and the consequences of a ‘little white lie’. This laugh-out-loud adventure of friendship, big dreams and an even bigger rocket, was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.
Due to such a short half term last time (and packing and moving everything), this half term, we will continue to learn about Earth and its place in our Solar System. The children will: distinguish between heliocentric and geocentric ideas of planetary movement; explain that day and night is due to rotation of the Earth; support the idea that different places on Earth experience night and day at different times with evidence; report and present findings from enquiries; and explain how the Moon moves relative to the Earth.
Please encourage your child to complete and return home learning every week. Now we are in Year 5, they can choose two activities from their home learning booklet. These can be from the English, Maths or Topic grid. The children can even make up their own home learning task if they wish. Please encourage your child to read, check and edit any tasks completed.
We will be continuing with our daily Times Table Rockstar challenge in Year 5. This final half term the main focus will continue to be on quick recall of the times tables up to the 12x tables. Your child may feel that they already know these but please remind them, that we are focusing on speed and instant recall. They also need to learn the related division facts as well as recall the multiplication facts quickly to improve their Rock Status. All the children have made tremendous progress in their knowledge ability to recall the times tables at speed this year.
All the children have their own login names and passwords for Sumdog and Times Tables Rockstars. This can be accessed at home as well as at school to help improve with their maths and reading skills.
Please feel free to pop in and see us before or after school if there is anything you would like to know (or just to have a look inside our new building). We look forward to working with you all again.