My goodness, it's the Summer Term already!
This term I am job-sharing with Ms Butterfield, an experienced teacher, who is teaching Thursdays and Fridays.
I have taken the lead at the start of the week, in place of Mrs Anderson, to ensure continuity and a smooth transition for the children.
So far, so good! The children have adjusted to the staff change and new routines well and Ms Butterfield is settling in and loving her time with the class.
Mrs Anderson is well and enjoying her maternity leave with her new baby girl, Robyn.
This term our theme is "Rivers Deep, Mountains High" ( Please see cross-curricular topic overview)
There have been a few minor changes to the weekly timetable, including PE/Games which is now on Mondays and Fridays. The children are well aware of their timetable.
Weekly spellings are being set by Ms Butterfield from the Year 5 National Curriculum spelling list. These are tested weekly on a Friday. She has also introduced a dictation test in relation to these spellings in order to reinforce them in context.
In addition to the weekly spellings I also set a piece of homework, predominantly maths, to support the week's learning in class.
It is usually not a big task, typically requiring no more than 20 minutes of focused attention, but the expectation is that the children take responsibility for this and ensure that it is completed and returned to school by Wednesday morning. I'd appreciate your support in this matter.
This term is very much about preparing the children for Year 6, particularly in respect to Positive Learning Behaviours : focus, commitment and perseverance. I am proud of your children's progress and how far they have come this year. I want to ensure that they leave Class 8 ready for the wonderful opportunities and challenges that await them by being proactive in their learning.
Here's hoping our final term together will be a great one!
Many thanks and kind regards.
Spring Term 2017
Welcome back, we are looking forward to a really productive term as the children are now confidently settled in to Year 5 and are well aware of the routines and the high expectations. The children are now really playing an active role in their own learning and are taking a real responsibility and pride in their work, behaviour and homework.
We're very excited this term as our topic is Space: The Final Frontier. Please see the attached to documents to find out more!
Mrs Anderson and Ms Woodrow
Autumn Term 2016
We hope that you have had a relaxing and fun summer together.
The Autumn term has got off to a flying start already!The children have joined Year 5 in Class 8 with great enthusiasm, a fantastic attitude towards learning and are raring to go! We very much hope that this continues!
Our topic this first term is "The Rotten Romans," a part of history which is always guaranteed to fascinate and delight!
We have attached an overview of the topic and our planned coverage so please do have a read.
We have also attached a weekly timetable so that you know what is happening when.
Mrs Anderson will be teaching the class on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Ms Woodrow will take the lead on Thursday and Friday. We work closely together to ensure continuity and consistency all week.
This term children in Year 5 will be swimming every Tuesday morning so please ensure that they are prepared and have their swimming kits in school.
Their second PE lesson will be on a Thursday. This half term they have an Inspire Coach and are focusing on hockey. It is essential that your child has an outdoor PE kit which includes trainers, socks and jogging bottoms and a jumper, for when it gets colder.
All children have been given a new reading record ,which they are expected to keep updated , and have chosen a new reading book.
Year 5 children should be reading at least 15 minutes every day, preferably with an adult or on their own. It is essential, whatever your child's ability, that they are practicing, consolidating and improving both the technical skills involved in reading as well as the comprehension skills. We also hope that through exposure to a variety of texts that they will all find something they love to read!
Children will receive a list of spellings every Friday to learn for a test the following Thursday. Again it is expected that children should practice these daily for a minimum of 5 minutes. Frequency is very important. The spellings this half term are the 100 key words that should have been learnt in Years 3 and 4. It is essential that your child is confident with these before we can progress.
In addition to their spellings children should know their time tables. Each Wednesday children will be given a mental maths test based on multiplication and division facts. To support your child's confidence and competence in these tests it is suggested that you practice a focus times table for a short time on a daily basis.
Every half term homework content will be reviewed to match your child's requirements. We will of course keep you informed and updated of any changes and thank you in anticipation of your support at home.
We hope that you find this information useful. If you have any further queries then please do pop into school or leave either of us a message with the school office and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Thank you for reading and we look forward to having the chance of meeting you soon.
Mrs Hannah Anderson and Ms Liz Woodrow.