Welcome to Year 5

Mrs Houghton, Mrs Selman, Mr Denholm, Mrs Dixon, Mrs Naylor and Miss Seddon
• We are very lucky to have one of the new
classrooms this year.
• Please feel free to have a look around our
classrooms following the meeting. We will also
be around if anyone has any questions.
• Y5H have PE on a Thursday and a Friday, Y5SD have PE on a Monday and a
Thursday- please make sure children have the correct PE kit in school each
week. We will send PE kits home for a freshen up each half-term.
• Reading books can be changed every Monday and Thursday.
• Y5 will visit the library on a Tuesday afternoon, children will be able to choose
and change their library book to read during independent reading time in
• Homework will be sent out on a Friday to be returned the following Friday.
• Spellings will be set each week on a Friday and tested the following Friday.
• Times Table challenge sessions are on a Monday afternoon for Y5H (Y5SD)- it
would be great if children practised their times tables over the weekend.
• Celebration assembly will take place on a Friday afternoon 2.25-2.45pm
parents are invited to attend from 19th September 2014.
• If for any reason your child is unable to take
part in PE or complete their homework they will
need to bring in a note from home that has
been signed by an adult.
• Earrings must be removed for PE at all times,
please make sure your child has taken their
earring out for PE on their PE day.
• In Y5 we will teach English everyday. The children will work through a range
of objectives and activities taken from the new English curriculum.
• As part of the new curriculum children will be taught through a text that is
age appropriate and challenging.
• The new curriculum places a greater emphasis on children’s spoken English
and encourages drama activities to be used on a regular basis.
• It also requires children to be taught discrete sessions of spelling, punctuation
and grammar.
• Autumn Term Parent Workshops will be offered.
• Here is a copy of our timetable to show how English will look each day:
• Your child has been given a school reading book. Most of the children have
chosen these for themselves. This must be taken home every night and
brought into school every day. Your child should be aiming to read for at
least 20 minutes each night, sometimes, but not all the time with an adult.
• Their school reading record book should be completed by your child with a
reflective comment about the book and signed by an adult to say they
have read and feedback any difficulties or concerns within the week. They
are allowed and encouraged to read other books (as well as their library
book) of their own at home and these may also be noted in their reading
• The wider the variety of reading material they experience, the better.
• Some children are now working at a level that means they have read
all of our school reading scheme and are now on a home free reader.
These can include books they have at home or books from our
school/class library.
• Guided reading happens everyday, each child will read with an adult
twice per week.
• Other activities during guided reading may include pre or post
reading activities linked to a book they have read with an adult in
school, comprehension tasks, paired reading, ERIC (Everyone Reading
In Class) or a variety of interesting reading based activities.
• Autumn Term Parent Workshops.
• Every Friday, your child will bring home a list of 12 spellings to learn.
These are to be practised at home, ready for a spelling test the
following Friday. It might help if they decide to learn perhaps 2 words
each night and then practise them all on the Thursday night before
the test. (Read, Cover, Write, Check ) method is effective!
• They will probably require some adult help with this, to check they
understand the meaning of the word as well as the spelling. An older
brother or sister could maybe help here. Children should write a
sentence next to each spelling to show they can use this word in their
writing correctly. This sentence should be correctly punctuated.
• Autumn Term parent Workshops.
• We will have at least one hour of mathematics each day in Y5, this
session will teach objectives taken from the new curriculum.
• Topics will be taught in a practical and fun way and time will be given
for children to apply their knowledge independently through follow up
problem solving activities later in the week.
• Separate sessions will be dedicated to mental maths and the times
table challenge.
- Mathletics will be used as part of consolidation and can be accessed
from home too. Certificates will be awarded in achievement assembly
for gaining points throughout the week.
- - Autumn Term parent Workshops.
• We must stress the importance of times table knowledge as this underpins a
lot of the learning that will take place in Y5. We recommend that children
spend 15 minutes each night practising their mental recall of times tables
• Once your child can confidently recall the multiplication fact of a chosen
times table they should move on to practising another times table.
• Once your child can confidently recall facts up to 12 x 12, they should begin
to learn the corresponding division facts to each times table e.g.
If 12 x 12 = 144, 144 / 12 = 12.
• We will send home a home – school Times Table challenge booklet to help
your child to practise each times table fact.
• Learning walls will be used as part of English and
Mathematics to display helpful learning hooks for the
• Learning walls allow children to refer back to what
they need to include in their work.
• They are also an interactive area that the children
can take ownership of.
• ICT/Computing will be taught on a Thursday as a
discrete lesson. Children will be taught from the new
ICT curriculum that encompasses computing
elements such as programming.
• Children will have the opportunity to use the new ICT
suite and facilities, laptops and iPads as part of their
weekly timetable and Learning Challenge new
• In previous years the children have accessed foundation
subjects such as history, geography and art as part of PLT
(personalised learning time). This will now be called the ‘learning
challenge curriculum’.
• Children will be able to personalise their learning around a given
context for learning choose which topics they would like to learn
• Each topic context for learning will be introduced with a ‘WOW
moment’ that will inspire and engage the children’s interests to
learn more.
• Here are the topics we will be learning about in Y5:
What’s so
about the
Why should Were the
Anglo, treason
and plot
never be smashing?
Paul KleeAnglo
houses of
How can Why should How could
we rethe
Hitler have
rainforest convinced
a nation
wonders of important
to us all?
to follow
Paul Nash
•Each topic will be introduced with
a ‘wow’ moment to inspire and
engage the children. Here is our
introduction to our ‘What’s so
special about the USA?’ topic.
• The children will be taught art as part of the ‘Learning
Challenge Curriculum’ and will focus on one art skill across
the whole school each half term.
• Could we please ask you to send in an art shirt (old large tshirt or shirt) that can be worn over your child’s uniform to
protect it.
• We would also appreciate any old yogurt pots or
newspapers to help keep our new classrooms looking
Nurture Group
A nurture group is a small class of six to eight
children which acts as a kind of bridge between
home and school. It offers additional help for pupils
within a small, structured ‘home like’ classroom. We
incorporate curriculum activities although the
majority of the learning is social, emotional,
behavioural aspects of learning.
We appreciate all the help you can give. I hope we can work together
to make Year 5 a successful and enjoyable experience for your child.
Teachers will be around on their classroom door each morning for any
short messages that you want to pass on. If you wish to make an
appointment after school to speak to your child’s class teacher please
do so via the office, we are always happy to discuss any of your
concerns or queries that you may have.
Mrs Houghton and Mrs Selman

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