Happy New Year – fingers crossed for a good one! We hope that you have all managed to have a fun and restful time over the past couple of weeks (even if it was not quite as planned) and are ready to get rolling with the new term. To provide you with as much information as possible, attached is a copy of your child’s timetable. This gives a brief outline of your child’s day but should be viewed as a guide only as it is subject to change! Continuing to support us this term will be our fantastic Teaching Assistant Mrs Jones.
This term is busy – as always – and starts with an exciting new thematic topic – Amazing Africa. Throughout this theme, we will explore the African continent, finding out about countries, rivers, volcanoes as well as the people that live there now and the changes across the years. We will have the opportunity to use a variety of printing techniques to create a fabulous piece of art work.
Purple creative homework books will continue this year and we aim for it to allow our children to both consolidate their learning from class as well as move their learning on. This homework book will be coming home with your child next week – please look out for this! The insert to the book will provide further information about this.
Children will continue to receive reading books linked to their ability from school. Expectations of completing a reading journal on a weekly basis will continue – we will continue with the new format and activities introduced in September. Like in previous years, they must be handed to the class teacher or teaching assistant to mark, books will then be able to be changed and the process can begin again. Written responses will become ever more important this year with our minds on the reading SATs paper. To continue to raise the profile of reading, on the completion of effective journals, children will fill a tally chart in class and certificates will be awarded.
Phonics will be ability set; however, lessons will continue to be taught within class ‘bubbles’ and will take place twice per week. Children will receive 10 spellings linked to their phonics groups on a Monday, to be tested on the following Monday. Additionally, children will also receive 10 spellings which are related to their age, these will be given out on a Friday and tested the following Friday.
PE will take place on a Monday and Wednesday, please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school. White round neck t-shirt, shorts (preferably black or navy) and black pumps. It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class. In Spring, Year 5 will receive 2 lesson from Soccer 2000. Please can we remind parents that jewellery should not be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on days when children have PE. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions.
The gate to the playground will continue to be opened at 8.45am and closed at 8.55am. Late children will need to report to the main office. If you wish for your child to walk home alone, please complete the attached letter and return to school as soon as possible. We cannot allow children to walk home alone or with a different adult without verbal or written consent from you as their parent.
A reminder that if your child is asthmatic, please ensure an in date inhaler and spacer is in school at all times. Please ensure you have informed the office with any updated medical information.
Myself and Mrs Jones are looking forward to continuing the exciting learning journey with year 5. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year, please do not hesitate to speak to us.
Thank you for your continued support.
(Year 5 teacher)
Year 5 had the opportunity to go to Cosford Air Museum to develop their understanding of the Battle of Britain. During the visit they were also able to enjoy some activities that linked to their science unit on forces - which they loved. It was a fantastic experience which all the children thoroughly enjoyed. The gasps of wonder and surprise were a pleasure to hear. They were a credit to the school and showed how much they had taken on board from our history unit. One child exclaimed "I didn't expect it to be so interesting". Well done year 5!
Year 5 enjoyed two visits from our local Police Community Support Officer. During these visits, she discussed e-safety and antisocial behaviour as well as other elements. The children were engaged throughout and were clearly surprised and intrigued by some of the information they were told. They were very appreciative and listened carefully throughout.
Photos from 2017/2018
During this half term Year 5 have participated in a Minecraft Project. The Project has been developed by Wolverhampton's Learning Technologies Team and the children have had access to an interactive experience using the ever so popular Minecraft game. In the second session the children have been tasked to build a virtual world within Minecraft that has required them to research, design, plan and cost out a religious building to be built. The children will then create a virtual tour of the buildings they construct adding educational information at various points. The Year 5 children are thoroughly enjoying this fantastic opportunity and its many cross curricular links.
Year 5 visited RAF Cosford this week as part of the our learning about the Battle of Britain in World War Two. AS well as having a look at some of the planes involved including the famous Spitfire , we spent some time in the World War Two classroom learning about air raids , rationing and evacuation. We were able to try on gas masks and uniforms from the 1940s and even spent some time in an air raid shelter . Part of a our visit was spent in the fun and flight area where we learnt about forces such as gravity, air resistance and water resistance . We had a brilliant day and learnt a lot.