Year 5

        Teachers: Mrs Bridges (5B), Mr Krasnopolski (5K)
Teaching Assistant:  Mrs Franklin

our topic is: space

Our topic this term Space. This is linked in with our science unit and we will investigate: the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies, the idea of the Earth's rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky as well as a variety of other aspects.

ENGLISH

In our English lessons we will be focusing on diary entries and information texts. The children will create their own diary entries exploring the thoughts and feelings of as an astronaut in space and create their own fact sheets about their new topic.

maths

In our maths lessons, we will be learning about fractions, decimals and percentages and will calculate problems and take part in investigations in these areas.

PE / Swimming: Class 5B

5B will be doing PE on a Wednesday and swimming on Friday. Please could you ensure that your child has their PE kit and swimming kit with them on these days. It would be extremely useful if the children could bring in a pair of gym pumps and a pair of trainers. During the cold weather please provide warm clothing for lessons outside.

PE: Class 5P

5P will be doing PE on a Wednesday and Friday.Please could you ensure that your child has their PE kit with them on these days. It would be extremely useful if the children could bring in a pair of gym pumps and a pair of trainers. During the cold weather.

Learning Diaries and Keeping in Touch

Thank you for your continued support and communication using the learning diaries. If there is anything you would like to speak to the teachers about, please feel free to come and see us or communicate through the diaries.

Your child will be expected to be heard read (by an adult or an older sibling) at least 3 times a week, but it would be great if they could read even more than this. When your child has read a section in their book, it would be very useful to ask questions to gauge an understanding of the text. Once you have had these conversations, please make sure you comment and sign the homework diaries. This also means that they are in with the chance of winning a prize from the reading fairy, who is always very excited and loves it when the children have been reading at home! Learning diaries will be checked every Monday

homework

The new homework grid is based around the current topic and there are a number of different activities the children can choose to do. They can choose activities depending on their interests and what they enjoy doing. Please ensure your child completes one piece of homework from the grid every week. Children should also complete activities on Timetables - Rock stars.

Supporting your child at home

There are many ways in which you can support your child at home to help benefit their education. You can develop core skills by:

*Listen to them read regularly
*Go on Times Table Rock Stars
*Download educational apps
*Visit the Leicester Space Station
*Go star gazing
*Explore space using a telescope
*Research Tim Peak’s adventures
*Blast off a rocket
*Debate the question - ‘Are we really alone?’
*Moonwalk like an astronaut 

Times Table Rock Stars

All children have their own log in for Times Table Rock Stars. I have set target tables for children to practise on it and they can then play against other member of the class.
It is crucial that children are able to answer questions quickly.
Could they therefore please play in the Studio area as this monitors how quickly children respond. Happy rocking!

Attendance and Punctuality

Good attendance and punctuality is essential to help your child achieve the best they possibly can.
Every week the attendance cup is awarded to the class with the best attendance – hopefully our class can win the cup lots of times this coming term!
We will also be awarded points in the Punctuality League. Let’s see if we can beat last year’s score.   

Stamps

Children can achieve reward stamps for trying hard with their work! Every time they collect 50 stamps, they are awarded with a certificate.

Uniform and Jewellery:

Please ensure children wear the correct school uniform, including black shoes and plain socks. Jewellery must not be worn. Please label all items so that they can be easily reacquainted with children if they are mislaid.

snack

We aim to teach the children about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle. With this in mind, our fantastic chef provides a range of healthy snacks. Please pay £2.00 per week to the class teacher if you would like your child to receive a snack and drink.

school meals

We are committed to providing excellent food that is healthy, tasty, nutritionally balanced and is presented in an attractive way that the children will enjoy.A School Dinner is £2.10 per day

Dates for your diary

Monday 1st April – Trip to the Think Tank
Thursday 11th April – Easter assembly and Easter bonnet parade
Friday 12th April- Decorated egg competition  

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