Welcome back after your Easter break! We hope you have managed a relaxing and enjoyable time, especially on those days we have had some lovely weather. 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 end to our thematic topic – Amazing Africa – creating our African design T-shirts.
We will then move onto our new theme of Innovative Inventions. Throughout this theme, we will take a close look at the changes that occurred during the industrial revolution in the Victorian era. We will explore workhouses, schools, transport and mining to understand how these things have changed. Children will learn about a variety of specific inventions and focus in on those linked to our local area.

Purple creative homework books will begin again this week 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. At times the home work tasks may link to activities on Purple Mash, MyMaths, Education City and TTrockstars.

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 be moving on to journals linked to vocabulary. As 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. 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. Children will also be able to continue accessing Oxford Owl.

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 9.00am. 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.

 Mrs Kilpatrick

 

World Book Day

March 2021

Children enjoying World Book Day by reading in unusual places!