Welcome to the Spring term in Year 5!
Our class team includes Miss Sagar and our very talented Classroom Teaching Assistants; Mrs Ashman, Mrs Worthington, Mrs Rushton and Miss Burnside supporting us this year. Friday afternoon will be taught by Miss Hall. We are also very lucky as Miss Clayton is going to be completing her teacher training this year and will be based in Year 5 for her teaching placements.
Our class topic for this term is Amazon Adventure and there will be a focus on the Amazon Rainforest. There is a curriculum map on our class website page and this shows how the topic is spread out throughout the curriculum.
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 be 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. Their spelling test will be recorded in the back of their homework book so you can see how they have done on the test. 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. All of the children should know their login details to Times Table Rockstars. We will have a mental maths test every week to ensure all children are learning and recapping these basic maths concepts.
Our P.E sessions take place on a Monday. 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.