Dear Parents / Carers,

Welcome to the Autumn Term!

This Year 5 will be taught by Mrs Gagg and Mrs Dickinson.

The move to Year 5 is a very important time for your child. They are now the role models for the rest of the school and as such we expect them to be responsible and set a good example to all the other year groups. Year 5 pupils will often be asked to help in the school and be given the opportunity to develop their social skills by serving others. They will be actively encouraged to be more independent and self-reliant, taking much more responsibility for their own learning. We expect a high-level of behaviour from all Year 5 pupils and recognition will be given for displaying these positive learning behaviours and values.

This term our project is ‘Caring for the World’, looking at ways we can make positive changes to our local area, the UK or the wider world. Year 5 pupils will be studying Earth in Space and particularly how to look after the air and the sky. Most of our lessons will be based on the project, so English, art, science, RE, geography and history will all help to make it a creative curriculum. Maths will be taught through our project where appropriate but will also be taught in discreet lessons. We will continue to learn maths using the  onnective Model. Written or mental maths homework will be sent home each Thursday. English will include learning spellings using different strategies, learning and practising grammar and punctuation, extended writing for different purposes and poetry.

PE will usually take place on Wednesday afternoons. We will be outside as much as possible for PE so please make sure kits are in every day – they will be sent home each half  term to be washed. Please ensure your child has a FULL change of clothes and trainers.

All homework will be recorded by pupils in their purple home learning books. We would encourage parents to read the home learning books to check for homework. Also if pupils are having difficulties with any of the work, please write a note in the home learning book. We would always expect parents to support us in our drive to improve literacy standards by reading regularly with their children and helping with homework tasks. Yellow reading diaries will be checked each week. Reading books will be issued from the school library but please encourage pupils to read a variety of their own books, magazines and articles.

Parental support is invaluable at the end of Key Stage 2. The children will increasingly be given independent work to do and bring work home to do. We are always pleased to see children bring in work that is linked to our project, but we would warn against too much information taken straight from the internet. Children should be taught to only use useful information as many sites are very complex and the children may not understand what they have printed out! There will be weekly English and Maths homework. Occasional  omework tasks will be linked to our current project. Optional creative homework tasks will be given each half-term. Parents are invited in to view and discuss pupils work every half-term.

Some exciting events for the children have already been planned:
 Friday 27th September – Year 5 and 6 will be selling cakes to raise money for MacMillan
 Mon 30th Sept- Wed 2nd Oct – Parents evenings
 Year 5 residential – 12th May – 15th May 2019

If you would like to speak to either of us at any other time, please have a quick word at 8:50am or call in at the office and tell the administrator who will make an appointment. A few points to note:
 PE kit – plain black or navy shorts or joggers, plain white or school logo T shirt without a collar, school PE hoodie (optional) and trainers please. The children are out in the  drizzle, so a change is important;
 Please send a fresh piece of fruit for morning break each day;
 Children need to have water bottles in school each day;
 Please ensure all clothing is labelled clearly;
 We expect pupils to start learning at 9am.

Wishing you all the best for the term ahead,

Any classroom support from parents would be greatly appreciated in our school. Please let us know if you feel able to help out.

Mrs Gagg & Mrs Dickinson
September 2019