Year 5

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

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.

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 the children will be learning how to multiply and divide, using written methods.

PE: Class 5B

5B will be doing PE on a Thursday 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 please provide warm clothing for lessons outside.

PE: Class 5K

5K will be doing PE on a Thursday 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 please provide warm clothing for lessons outside.

Learning Diaries and Keeping in Touch

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 for the text. Once you have had these conversations, please make sure you comment and sign the homework diaries. We will continue to use accelerated reader this year and children will need to fully engage with the program in order to achieve their reading targets. If you have any concerns about your child’s reading, please do come in and speak to us.

homework

We will be continuing with our homework grids this year. The homework is based around the current topic and there are a number of different activities the children can choose to do. They can chose activities depending on their interests and what they enjoy doing. Please ensure your child completes one piece of homework from the grid every week.

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
Ask them questions about what they have read
Encourage them to keep a diary
Practise spellings
Learn their target times table
Explore educational websites
Estimate and add up shopping bills
Help weigh and measure ingredients
Find fractions of sweets before eating them

Any activities undertaken at home will also support our topic. You might like to:

That’s Life!   
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 11th November: Remembrance assembly
Friday 15th November: Children in Need – Dress up (More info to follow) 
Mon 18th Nov: Whole school flu vaccine
Friday 6th December: Christmas Fayre 2:30 – 4:00
Thursday 12th December: Election Day – school closed
 Thursday 19th Dec: Christmas parties
Friday 20th December: Carols around the tree. Break up for Christmas. 

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