Year 5

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

our topic is: russia

Our topic this term is another fascinating one that the children will love! They will be learning all about Russia looking at both the rich history of the country and exploring its location in the world and its famous landmarks through geography. As well as this, they will be creating a very exciting musical performance of Sadko which will be performed at King Edwards School.

ENGLISH

In our English lessons we will be focusing on writing traditional Russian folktales.

maths

In maths children 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 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 also send in tracksuits or jumpers.

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, please also send in tracksuits or jumpers.

Sadko

Following our successful performance of Hercules and Phoebe, we have been selected to take part in another creative project, but this time with King Edwards School. We will be using musical techniques, compositions and art work to tell the story of Sadko, a traditional Russian folk tale. We will perform at King Edwards School on Tuesday 5th February and to the school and parents on Thursday 14th February.

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

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:

Listening 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:

Watch Newsround together and discuss political issues
Research influential people in society
Start a family campaign to support a worthwhile cause 

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

Tuesday 5th February: Performance of Sadko at King Edwards
Wednesday 13th February: Parents Evening
Thursday 14th February: Performance of Sadko at Hillstone

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