Year 5

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

our topic is: That’s Life!

This term our new topic is called ‘That’s Life’. The children will learn about the different systems of the body, including: digestion, respiration, circulation, the skeleton, the nervous system and reproduction. There will be a separate letter sent with information about what we will be covering, with regards to reproduction

ENGLISH

In English, we will be focusing on writing explanation texts, poetry and narrative writing with the children producing interactive resources that explain the different functions of the body as well as creating and being the author and illustrator of their own book.

maths

In maths, we will be focusing on geometry, which will include area and perimeter, shape and space and position and direction. We will also be learning about measures. Any additional help you can give your child would be very beneficial to their learning 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 5K

5K will be doing PE on a Wednesday and swimming on a 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

This term, our homework will be linked to our topic ‘That’s Life’ using the creative grids. This is where the children get to choose homework based on their interests and what they enjoy doing. Last term, we had some absolutely fantastic homework projects that wowed all of the teachers and we can’t wait to see what you produce this term!

In preparation for Year 6 and beyond, we would also like the children to complete this additional homework:

• Spelling investigation using the A+spellings app on their iPads.
• Times table Rock Stars (children should know all times tables by end of Year 4).
• Maths (support material from lessons). 

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 

Why not visit the Think Tank and explore the human body interactive exhibition. Alternatively, you could conduct an investigation into DNA, heart rate, finger prints or the senses. Also, you could research the body on the Internet. http://kidshealth.org/en/kids/center/htbw-main-page.html

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 20th May- 5B to Safe Side
Tuesday 21st May – 5K to Safe Side 

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