Welcome to Year 5, Willow Class!
It has been lovely getting to know your children after such a strange, surreal 5 months of Lock Down. For me, it has been fantastic to meet and teach the children in person, without having to grapple with everything on-line.
So far, in class, the children have spent the first two weeks getting used to daily routines: with plentiful hand washing, strict seating plans, their own pack of pencils and a focus on catching up on some of what they missed at the end of year 4. We’ve concentrated on the basics: handwriting, spelling, times tables etc.
From now on, 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 over view below, to see what we are planning to do up to Christmas.
In Year 5 are...
Mrs Lucy Hinckley – Class Teacher
Mrs Sawtell – TA
Mrs Babb – HTLA- covering the class on Friday morning.
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 1:00.
At the end of the day at 3:05, I will bring the children out onto the junior playground where you can meet them.
Thank you for your support and understanding as we cope with our current ‘new normal’ under the Covid regulations . Routines in school have all been adapted in line with government guidance. Consequently, we are washing hands regularly throughout the day and whenever we leave or enter the classroom, with both hand sanitiser and soap and water. Equipment, resources and tables are also being cleaned throughout the day too. As a school, we now have staggered starts, break times, lunchtimes and end of day routines to limit our access with other ‘bubbles.’ Year 5 are in a ‘bubble’ with Year 4, for times when their paths cross during the day.
PE will be on Monday afternoons and Thursday morning. It will be outdoor PE, so trainers are essential. 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 is 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. Due to the current Covid pandemic it is really important that children don’t bring anything into school from home.
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 a mixture of regular MyMaths, SPAG, TTRockstars 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
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- parts of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, for example. 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.'
Due to current restrictions, we are only able to change reading scheme books twice a week; Monday and Friday. This allows us to 'quarantine' books that come in from home for 72 hours before returning to the shelf. This also applies to library books that your child can borrow on a Thursday. On its return we will put it into our 'book jail' for at least 72 hours before putting it back in the library. Due to Covid, we are limiting items coming into school from home. So, for the time being, I will not be sending reading records home. Instead, new books will have post-it notes attached for you to write your comments on. These will be stuck in the reading logs after the ‘quarantine’ period. I will make sure I read them and respond, as appropriate.
Unfortunately, we have finite reading materials in school, so you may consider supplementing your child's reading of 'real' books, with online versions that are available via the West Berkshire Library service or via Oxford Owl online, https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/find-a-book/library-page/
Registration may be required; however, they are a great resource in these tricky times. On this class webpage, there is a Book Band Conversion document that will help you choose the right level on Oxford Owl. Look at the colour on your child's reading book, and see what that converts to on the Oxford Owl library. Do ask if you are not sure!
For those of you who find on line books difficult, here are the details of a reading scheme book rental service: https://www.readingchest.co.uk/ If you go for this option, you will have to pay- however a constant supply of reading scheme books will be posted to you – up to 6 a week, if you opt for the Gold option.
Below, I have included ideas for year 5 free reading books and this link for book ideas for more reluctant readers: https://www.lovereading4kids.co.uk/genre/rel/Reluctant-Readers.html#link3
Alternative reading lists for Year 5 children are: https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks2-school-pupils/suggested-reading-list-for-year-5-pupils-ks2-age-9-10/
I am very much looking forward to guiding your children through out 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!