Welcome to the Spring Term in Year 5!
We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and best wishes for the new year. Thank you for your cards, gifts and well wishes at Christmas; these were greatly appreciated.
Our Spring topic is 'Amazon Adventure' and our learning will focus on Rainforests around the world. Please see our Spring Curriculum map below to find out how our topic is spread throughout the curriculum.
Our class team includes Miss Sagar as the Class Teacher and we have our very talented Classroom Teaching Assistants; Miss Clayton, Mrs Worthington and Miss Sutcliffe, supporting us this year.
In addition to our school behaviour policy, we will be using the Class Dojo system and this is designed to promote participation, teamwork and perseverance amongst the children. It is based on positive behaviour and the children receive instant feedback on their behaviour. Your child will collect points through the week for displaying attributes set by the class. The children each have an 'avatar' of themselves, which have been introduced to them. The child who collects the most points throughout the week will then win our Class Dojo of the week award, and they will be rewarded by winning a certificate to take home, having their name displayed on our Dojo display board in class and they will also get to choose a small prize from our reward box.
At Balladen we understand the importance of reading both at school and home. In Year Five your child will have the opportunity to change their reading books when they have finished them. They will be given a little bit more independence and will therefore be expected to change their reading book when they have finished their current home reading book. We expect your child to read at least four times a week and their reading records need to have been signed by an adult at home to show this. If possible, please could you discuss with your child what they have read and ask them questions about the book as this will help to improve their comprehension skills.
In addition to our silent reading time in school, there will guided reading sessions and whole class reading sessions, where we will discuss the story in depth enabling the children to learn a range of reading strategies.
Homework will be given out weekly. This will be given out on Friday and due the following Wednesday. This will usually be a piece of topic, maths or English work. Their weekly task will be stuck in their homework books and homework is to be completed in these books unless stated otherwise. Please feel free to write a comment letting us know how they found the work. It is expected that the children complete homework and give it on time. If for any reason your child is unable to complete the work, please send in a note or call to let us know.
Spellings will be given to children every Friday and these will need to be learnt for a spelling test the following Wednesday. At home, please can you encourage your child to ‘Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check’ the word and ensure your child is learning their spellings each week. Some of the spellings are very tricky so they may need a little bit of help from you at home.
Please encourage your child to learn their multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12. Times tables are very important and underpin many areas of the mathematics curriculum. We will have a mental maths test every week to ensure all children are learning and recapping their basic maths skills.
Our P.E sessions take place on a Monday and a Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure your child has their full P.E kit in school. In addition to our P.E sessions, Cross-Country training takes place on a Friday afternoon with Mr Stanton.
Thank you for your support. If you have any queries or would like to discuss anything further, please don't hesitate to get in touch.