Welcome to Year 5!

I am very much looking forward to working with both children and parents again this year. The class have all grown up so much since I last taught them in Year 3. I have been very impressed with how quickly they have settled into our class community. Over the past 18 months, we have all been affected by the pandemic, in some way. However, I feel optimistic that your child will be safe in school, a place where they can be the best that they can be (Article 29)

This term, in Topic, we will be learning all about the Anglo Saxons. This learning will follow on from their Topic learning in Year 4, so that children can make strong links and begin to gain a good sense of our historical timeline. They will be learning about how and why the Anglo Saxons came to Britain and the impact they made.

In Maths, we have started to learn about place value and will be working with numbers up to 100, 000. The children will learn to recognise the value of each digit and compare and order numbers up to 100,000 then start to recognise numbers up to 1,000 000. I know that last year, your child focused on the Year 4 time tables assessments. Please continue to practice securing all the times tables, as this will help immensely in all areas of their number work.

In Literacy, we will use every text to help build children’s understanding, vocabulary and improve punctuation, so that their writing makes better sense. Children will also plan, draft, write and edit their own independent pieces. As in previous years, we will encourage the use of cursive handwriting through discrete handwriting lessons. This will support your child’s natural writing flow and spelling accuracy.

Every Tuesday, children will have reading books changed and they are expected to look after their books at home. Once books are returned, they can be changed regularly throughout the week.

Every Friday, children will have Maths homework that is linked to our current learning. They will also have a Topic or Literacy based challenge activity to complete. Please ensure that homework is returned by the next Wednesday, to allow time for homework to be marked then set up to be handed out again that week.

PE and Games will be on Thursday mornings. Children should have their PE kits (white t-shirt and black shorts or leggings) in at the start of the week and take it home each Friday. If for any reason your child cannot do PE, they will need to provide a signed letter with reasons from a parent or carer. Otherwise, please inform the office. All children can bring in a water bottle that is labelled with their name. Bottles can be refilled in school and taken home at the end of the week.

Please do not hesitate to come and ask myself or Mrs Akhtar, if there are any questions that you might have. We are out on the playground before and after school. We do ask that you make an appointment via the office if you need a longer chat, as time is restricted.

Many Thanks and Best Wishes for this new academic year.

Ms Hull, Mrs Akhtar