Welcome to Year 5, Willow Class!
Now that everyone has settled back into school, the focus will be on moulding the class into the fabulous year 5s it has the potential to be. Learning is fascinating and exciting if we are all prepared to put in the effort to achieve the best we possibly can. We are on a journey of discovery together: yet the enjoyment we get from it is also influenced by how much effort we are prepared to invest in the learning. I will be expecting the children to run with various ideas — immersing themselves in Greek culture, for example- encouraging independent research so that their ideas become as much a part of the learning as me teaching them. For each and every child in the class, I will be expecting and encouraging them to do the best they can possibly do. Have a look at this term’s overview below, to see what we are planning to do up to Christmas.
In Year 5 are...
Miss Bisley — Class Teacher
Miss Anderson — TA
Mrs Babb — HTLA- covering the class every other Tuesday AM and Wednesday PM.
Mrs Sawtell — HLTA- covering the class every Monday afternoon.
When the children come into class at 8:50, they start the day with a ‘Good Morning Challenge’ that is linked to what we are doing. Therefore, it is really important that the children do arrive on time, well rested and ready to leap in and start learning. The children should bring their water bottle daily and reading book into class with them, to be changed on a Monday and a Friday. We stop for break at 10:30 and Lunch is from 12:10 to 13:10.
At the end of the day at 15:10, I will bring the children out onto the junior playground where you can meet them.
PE will be on Monday and Thursday afternoon. It will be outdoor PE on a Monday, so trainers are essential and indoor PE on a Thursday. Please send your child's PE kit in on the Monday. Dirty or wet kit can be taken home on Fridays- if necessary- so they can be washed ready for the following week.
Blue/black trainers, a white tee-shirt, spare socks, a track-suit (for colder weather), a spare plastic bag with trainers: all named, please.
Earrings, watches and Fitbits will need to be removed for PE and long hair will need to be tied back.
Water Bottles and Lunch
Please make sure your child has a named water bottle in school every day. These will be kept in the classroom and can be re-filled when needed.
School lunches can be ordered on the day in school, but it would be helpful if you could pre-order these online beforehand please. (Note — if you order from home, it cannot be changed in school)
Break time snacks: These should be healthy foods — no crisps or chocolate. Since some children and teachers have nut allergies, please could you check the ingredients, to ensure that none of the food choices contain nuts or sesame seeds of any kind. Do check the ingredients carefully as some products have ground nuts in them that you may not have realised – such as Pick Up bars & Nutella!
We will provide all stationery for our lessons in school, so your child does not need to bring a pencil case in, but they will need access to stationery at home for their homework.
Homework will mostly be accessed and completed online. It will be set on Fridays - due to be completed by the following Friday. This will consist of comprehension, daily reading, MyMaths, SPAG and spellings on Spelling Shed. Please see the web addresses below for the online homework; your child will have their own log in details sent home within the first couple of weeks. Occasionally, extra topic or science research will be sent home, to prepare us for a particular lesson or piece of learning.
MyMaths = https://www.mymaths.co.uk/
Spelling shed = https://www.spellingshed.com
SPAG = https://www.spag.com
Comprehension homework will be set every Friday, where the children need to have it completed and brought back into class for the following Friday.
It is SO important that your child continues to read daily. Reading is proven to help develop vocabulary, imagination, sentence structure and confidence and will support your child in their own writing. In Year 5, your child need to have the reading fluency and comprehension skills to enable them to deal with quite complex texts. Please ask your child about what they have been reading, to build up their inference skills and understanding of vocabulary. Please use the Reading Vipers bookmarks as 'question ideas.' The expectation is the children read daily with a comment in their yellow reading records from the adult with whom that they have read or a reflective comment from your child.
I am very much looking forward to guiding your children through Year 5. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to have begun this journey. There are a whole host of exciting things to learn and encounter along the way. I can't wait!