Letters and Notices
Welcome to Year 5
Dear Year 5 Parents/Carers,
I would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome you and your child to Year 5! I hope that you had a relaxing and enjoyable summer holiday. I am looking forward to working with your children over the coming weeks and throughout the year. This letter will hopefully clarify some of your questions about curriculum coverage and classroom routines this year.
In English, we will begin with a Narrative Writing unit using a contemporary picture book called, 'Leon and the Place Between'. Throughout the term, there will be a strong emphasis on building and adapting Grammar, to enhance story settings and narratives. The children will enjoy several Guided Reading sessions each week, with reading for pleasure at the heart, and which will often be linked to the genre that they are studying.
Each week, we will introduce a new spelling focus using our brand new RWI spelling scheme; spellings will be written in their Reading and Homework Diary and tested on the following Friday. Please do help your children check the words that they have generated to learn and work with your child/children to practise their spellings. The children will also be given their home learning tasks each Friday which should be returned by the following Wednesday unless otherwise stated.
During Maths, we shall continue to build on prior learning from Year 4, developing skills in understanding number, calculating shape, measuring and handling data. On Wednesday morning there will be a Maths Challenge that will focus on arithmetic and calculation skills. We would like to emphasise the importance of times tables which should have been secured at the end of year 4, and encourage practise to learn any of those that your child is still yet to secure with the use of Century Tech and Times Table Rock Star as well as your support to help. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss any concerns in this regard.
Our first topic for Science is ‘The Earth, Sun and Moon’ in which the children will examine moon cycles, seasonal changes, whilst learning some facts about our Solar System. Biomes is our Geography unit and we will examine the physical and human geograghy of the siz main biomes of the world.
Year 5 are timetabled for PE on Tuesdays and Fridays. It would be helpful if they have their PE kits in school all week in case an extra PE lesson is arranged.
During the year, we are planning on taking the children on some educational trips in order to support learning within the curriculum. The first will be to the British Tramsport Musuem at the end of September, costing around £20 per child. Supporting our Autumn Vehicle on ‘Time Travelling Transport’, we are also planning a trip to the Lowry Museum for an art workshop, virtual conferences with engineers and a visit from an MP.
We hope that your child will be very happy in Year 5 and we would like to thank you for your help and support in advance. As you may already be aware, there is a Parents’ Evening in October but if you have any questions or concerns at any time, please feel free to contact me.