Year 5 - Kites

Welcome to Year 5

Dear Parents and carers,

Welcome to Year Five Kites Class!

I am delighted to welcome the children back and have lots of interesting and exciting plans for this year. There will be some changes this year, but I am confident that the children will soon settle into the new routines. 

I will be teaching every day except Wednesdays. During the week, we will be supported by Mr Thomas, Mrs Gaukroger and Miss Hillesdon (a student teacher). The children will continue to have ‘Wow Wednesdays’ - during the day children in Years 1 – 6 will have the following lessons: PE, P.S.H.E, RE, French, Music, and IT. These will not begin until the second week.

Each academic year, throughout the school we all cover the same general topics, e.g. history, and then link pupils learning to their specific year group curriculum.

This year they will be:

Autumn Term 1: Geography – North America

Autumn Term 2: History – Anglo-Saxon & Vikings

Spring Term 1:   Art – We will study a specific artist

Spring Term 2:   Design & Technology - Bridges

Summer Term 1: History - Greeks

Summer Term 2: Geography – Volcanoes & Earthquakes

Belongings

All children must have a waterproof coat in school every day, as they will be going outside for break time and lunchtime, unless it is particularly bad weather. They must also bring in a water bottle every day, as they will be unable to use school cups.  

If possible we are asking children to bring in their own pencil case to keep in school with pencils (HB), sharpener, eraser, glue stick, whiteboard pen (medium nib or whichever your child is comfortable using), whiteboard eraser (matchbox-sized sponge is suitable) and a small assortment of coloured pencils (no felt tips or gel pens please).  Please ensure their items are labelled where possible.

No toys or other items are to be brought into school.

Snack:

Children are encouraged to bring in a healthy snack for break-time. Unfortunately, Year 6 will no longer be running the fruit store.

Home/school diary:

Please can parents/guardians or pupils write in their home/school diary once they have read (it is important that the children are reading at home every day).  For an extra incentive, using accelerated reader, we have a competition with Year 6 to see which class has read the most over 2 weeks, and Year 5 won most weeks!

Parents if you would like to ask me any questions then please feel free to write these in the home/school diary. To help with pupil’s independence I will be relying on the children to check their own books (rather than me checking 30 books each day). To help with this please let your child know if there are any notes you would like me to see.

If your child is being picked up by someone other than yourself, please write this in their books, or list the adults they are allowed home with, in the front of the book. School policy requires that children will only be allowed home with a different adult if you have given prior consent!

PE:

PE will be on Tuesday and Wednesday (starting from the first week back). On these days’ children must come to school in their PE kit and will wear it all day. They need to have tracksuit bottoms over PE shorts and a t-shirt and sweatshirt.  This is in case of bad weather, as we will aim to have PE outside as much as possible.  Please ensure your child’s PE kit is labelled.

Far Field:

Our Far Field slot is on a Friday, and will be taking place once a fortnight, starting from Friday 18th September.  The subsequent dates this half term will be 2nd October and the 16th October. Children must come to school in their Far Field kit and will wear it all day. Please ensure that your child wears trainers into school and brings their labelled wellies in a plastic bag. 

Homework:

Homework will be given out every Friday (starting on 18th September) and this will be due in the following Wednesday.

If you would like to talk to me, I am available at the end of the school day or you can book an appointment through the office.

Kind regards,

Mrs Bradley

The teachers in all the classes have put together a document with lots of ideas and suggestions that will help you to support your child with their punctuation and grammar.