Welcome to Year 5! This term will include lots of interesting learning which we hope will be challenging as well as enjoyable for the children.
We will continue to structure the majority of our learning around our LEARNING UNITS. Some subjects will still be taught discreetly where they do not easily unite into the overall theme.
Our main Learning Unit theme for this term will be ’The Earth and Space’– encompassing Scientific enquiry, English, History, Maths and Art. We will also be incorporating work on Light later in the term.
All HOME LEARNING will be provided on a Friday and will be due in on a Friday. We hope that this allows you to fit homework around your own schedule as a family and also it makes it easier to remember when to look out for it and when to ensure it has been submitted. Pupils will be given Maths and English home learning each week which should take approximately 30 minutes per subject. On top of that, we will provide a weekly spellings list of 15 words, as well as a reminder of the multiplication table that we are revising. Although we will be spending time on learning these spellings and times tables in school, it is really important that extra time is also spent at home as it is repetition and frequently revisiting these which will result in the most successful outcome. We will provide reminders to enable the children to organise themselves and become more independent in their learning. We hope that we can continue to rely on your support, so that together we can help your child reach his/her full potential.
READING RECORDS: We are delighted that we are now able to send home Reading Record books. We would encourage all pupils to continue to read at home daily, where possible. We have shown the children how to fill out their reading records, and these will need to be returned to school every Monday, as this is the day we will be visiting the school library.
Just a reminder, that all children have logins to the School Library Service, https://portsmouth.eplatform.co/. This is a fantastic service, where the children can loan books and eBooks online, to read at their leisure. We would really encourage you to explore this wonderful service, as it is something that will benefit the children’s reading.
We look forward to meeting you at our PARENTS’ EVENINGS on Monday 18th October and Thursday 21st October. This will be an opportunity to discuss this initial ‘settling in’ period with your child’s class teacher.
Reminders: P.E. (games, gymnastics and dance) will take place twice a week on Wednesdays (outside) and Thursdays (PPA carousel mostly indoors). Pupils should come to school in their P.E kits on these days. Where pupils wear earrings, we would recommend either not wearing them for those days, or ensuring that they have earring tape in school so they can tape them up for safety. Pupils will be expected to wear their Solent Junior School plain house colour t shirt, as well as either black shorts or jogging bottoms and their school sweater. We shall continue to go outside for games unless the weather is too bad, so your child will require suitable outdoor clothing when the weather becomes colder.
If you wish your child to have a MOBILE PHONE at school, please complete a mobile phone permission form. These can be available by emailing the school office or a copy has been uploaded on teams. These will then be stored in class during school hours.
We are sure that we shall have a happy and successful year; please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have via the office email: email@example.com
Yours Sincerely The Year 5 Teachers Miss Smith, Miss Fear, Miss Parsons