Welcome to Class 8!
We hope that you enjoyed the summer break and feel refreshed and ready for action!
Year 5 is an exciting and important year for the children.
With guidance and support the children will be encouraged this year to become more independent and to develop their skills of resilience, problem solving and perseverance in readiness for the challenges of Year 6.
We hope that they will have fun with their learning and engage actively in all lessons through questioning and discussion.
Class 8 are fortunate to benefit from 2 teachers who "share" the roles and responsibilities of Class Teacher. Both myself and Ms Butterfield are experienced teachers who want the best outcomes for your children. I teach on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and Ms Butterfield teaches on Thursdays and Fridays. We have established regular and reliable methods of professional dialogue and communication so please feel assured that we both know what is happening in our class even if we may not be in school that day.
This term our Cross Curricular Topic is "DIG IT!" This topic has a strong history bias linking to Pre-Historic history, the Stone, Bronze and Iron Age. Where ever possible we will also be linking other areas of learning to this theme, such as art where we will be looking at how early cave painting has evolved to the modern day Street Art. We welcome the children's input, enthusiasm and prior knowledge related to this subject and I know already some children are eager to share what they know!
Reading, Writing and Maths will continue to be a key focus this year in preparation for next years SATs and beyond.
( Please see weekly timetable)
Children will chose an independent reading book, that could be from home. This needs to be in school everyday and we ask that as parents you support your child regularly ( at least 3 times a week) with either hearing them read, or for the more able readers discussing what they have read, at home. A Reading Diary has been given to each child to ensure that a record is kept of their reading both at home and school. Please ensure that you sign this weekly.
In addition to supporting your child at home with their reading there will be weekly spellings. For this first half term they will be the revision of the Statutory Year 3 & 4 spellings. These will be given on a Thursday and tested in school the following Thursday. Please also note that on our website are listed the Year 5 Spellings that all children should know. These should be learnt alongside the weekly spellings if they are not already known.
Maths homework for this first half term will take the form of children learning and applying ,with increased speed and accuracy, the multiplication tables and number bonds. These will be tested weekly in class via the "Ultimate Challenge."
This half term all Year 5 children will swim on Tuesday and will be required to have the appropriate kit on that day to participate in the learning of this essential life skill. An additional PE session will take place on Thursday, again children are required to participate and be appropriately dressed.
New to the school this year is the introduction of French as a Modern Foreign Language.
We want to ensure that a positive partnership develops between every pupil in our class, their parents and us, to ensure future success and contentment for all. Please feel free to talk to us if you have any questions. We are very approachable! An appointment can be made via the office.
We would also welcome any parents who have some time available ( ha ha!) and secret talents to share which could help us enrich the children's learning further. If you feel you have something appropraite to offer please give us a call.
We look forward to getting to know your fabulous children more.
Ms Elizabeth Woodrow & Ms Lyn Butterfield.