Autumn Term 2018
Welcome to Year 5. Hopefully you have all enjoyed the summer. We are happy to see your children return to school.
In addition to the daily Mathematics and English lessons we will focus our topic learning around the theme of ‘Water Water Everywhere’ with links to Geography, Science, Art and Design Technology. There will be a trip to Woodbridge Tide Mill on 14 September to support this work. On this visit we will also be sailing our junk model boats so please save all recycled material that could be used as resources for boat building.
I will be supported in class by Mrs Dennis who will work across Years 5 and 3 in the mornings, Mrs Galley will teach the class on a Tuesday morning. Mrs Woodhouse and Mrs Galley will teach the class on Wednesday afternoons, up to half term, then they will revert to Thursday afternoon. For the week commencing 24 September, I will be with Year 6 on their residential trip.
Book bags will come home every evening. They will contain a reading book with a homework diary. This will contain brief details of homework to be completed. Any homework should not take, or be longer than, 20 minutes per night. The Journal is collected in on Mondays for me to countersign your signature, so would you please sign it each week to indicate that your child has done any homework set. If there is a problem with a piece of homework or difficulty in completing it, please write in the book and ask your child to show it to me when they return to School with the Journal the following day.
Homework will consist mainly of reading, spelling and Maths activities on Mathletics to support work in class, also multiplication tables. Please listen to your child reading aloud at least four times a week for possibly 10 minutes at a time, and then ask them at least two question about what they have read.
PE Kit: School PE T-shirt, black shorts and plimsolls. Kit is required on Wednesdays for gymnastic up to half term. We will also be outside once a week, the day might change according to the weather. Please ensure that all clothing is marked with your child’s name.
Girls who wear tights are advised to keep a pair of short, white socks in their PE bag to change into. Pupils with long hair should have a hair-tie in School so that they can tie their hair back whenever necessary. We do PE outside once a week so when the weather is cooler we suggest an Outdoor PE Kit is worn consisting of a tracksuit or plain long sleeved top and trousers worn with the school T-shirt. If the children are not warm they will not enjoy their lesson. Suitable trainers are also needed, as plimsolls are not suitable for use on the field in wet conditions.
Please ensure that your child does not wear earrings for any PE or Games lessons.
As there is a limited amount of space in the class cloakroom please ensure your child uses his/her book bag rather than a back pack. A medium to small size bag for storing PE kit is essential. We use the changing rooms as a place for storing PE bags but again this space is limited and is shared. However hard we try PE clothing tends to get lost, please make sure every item of PE kit is named.
I am always looking for help with all curriculum areas. If anyone is able to help could you see me so that we can discuss a time that would be suitable, even an hour per week would be appreciated.
Finally, if there is anything that you do not understand or you are concerning about regarding your child’s education, please get in touch, I am here to help. To support this I am having a meeting on Thursday 13 September at 6:00pm to explain how the class will run this year and what you can do as parents to support this.
I hope your child will enjoy this year in Year 5
Year 5 Timetable 2018/2019
Mr Gavin Middleton