Welcome to Class 5!
Mrs Smith is very excited to get started on some fantastic high quality learning! We have lots of hard work to do; it is going to be a very busy year!
Mrs Smith will teach Class 5 in the mornings, for literacy and numeracy, and in the afternoons Class 5 will join Class 6 with Mr Brown for topic learning and PE sessions. This is to allow both years 5 and 6 to access high quality, focused teaching and learning time in a smaller group size during the mornings.
In Class 5 this term, we are learning all about World War 2, with a particular focus on the lives of children during this time. We will be looking in depth at how the everyday lives of children were affected by war, and looking in depth at what it meant to be evacuated.
Our novel this term is Carrie's War by Nina Bawden. It is an engaging and emotive story which tells of the trials and tribulations faced by a young girl and her younger brother, who found themselves evacuated to Wales during the war. The children in Class 5 will explore many themes and writing processes through the study of this novel.
Each child has been given an appropriate banded book for them to read at home as well as in school. A reading record has been provided to each child so that they can track their progress. All children have been asked that they take this home each night and bring it in to school each morning so it can be updated by parents/carers and also teachers and teaching assistants.
Spellings and Times tables
In Class 5, we have our spelling and times tables test once a week. Year 5 children will be given spellings to practise from the Read, Write, Inc Spelling programme. This is a very child focused, interactive programme, but practise at home is essential in order to embed the learning taking place at school.Times tables are practised in lessons and should also be practised at home throughout the week - 5 minutes per day. Children are to practise their times tables up to 12 x 12. It is incredibly important that children learn these well as it is essential knowledge in lots of number work.
Our P.E. days are every Tuesday and Thursday so please bring appropriate indoor and outdoor P.E. kit. Kit consists of a white T shirt, black shorts/jogging bottoms and suitable footwear. It would be useful if PE kit was left in school all week in case we have to change our PE lessons for any reason or add extra lessons in!
Children in Class 5 should
- read every night for at least 15 minutes
- practise their times tables every day for 5 minutes
- practise their spellings for 5 minutes each day
In addition to this, Year 5 children will receive two pieces of homework on a Friday to be completed and brought back in for the following Friday - this will usually be a maths and SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) worksheet.
Please be reminded that as the weather becomes more inclement we would appreciate children bringing appropriate indoor shoes/slippers to wear in school.