Home-learning is changing this term. Instead of weekly tasks from the grid, we are reducing children’s grid home learning in order to focus primarily on reading, spellings and times tables.
Therefore, children will now be expected to complete at least 3 tasks from the choice chart every other week. They can choose which ones they would like to do and be creative. Grid tasks are due in on a Tuesday. Please ensure these are completed to a high standard. Along side this, they will need to complete compulsory daily reading, times table and spelling practise.
As a result of the new changes, all children will be expected to read at least 5 times a week in addition to reading in school. This must be recorded in their reading record. We are happy for children to record themselves but would like parents/carers to read with their child at least twice a week to improve their fluency skills. The adult can then write a comment and sign the reading records. Reading records are checked on a Monday.
Children will also be asked to continue to practise their times tables at home. This can be done through TT Rockstars (each child has a log-in) or play games we have shown them in school. Progress will be tracked through TT Rockstars and class tests.
Also, children need to learn their spelling list words for the test each week. The children might want to complete this by using the ‘look, cover, write, check’ method or by using word aware activities. Spelling will be tested on a Friday.
Please remember that we will provide resources for home learning where possible and that there is a home learning club that runs daily. Home learning club runs before school from 8.00am – 8.45am and at lunch time. Here children can access the internet using computers or iPads if needed.
Your child will have their new home learning grid as of today.
Thank you for your continued support,
Year 5 team
As our pupils love TTRockstars and are committed to improving their timestable knowledge and recall, those in Years 2-6 are taking part in a competition this week called Rock Out 2019 and it’s all done online via the TTRockstars website.
All game modes (Gig, Garage, Studio, etc.) will count but only from games played between 7.30am and 7.30pm on Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th, Thursday 14th, Friday 15th and Saturday 16th November.
For every correct answer to a multiplication or division question, your child will earn their class a point. The Times Tables Rock Stars platform will calculate the class average (the number of correct answers per pupil in the class who play during the competition hours). Winning classes in the school and in the country as a whole will be the ones with the highest average.
In the spirit of the competition, please don’t play on their behalf but by all means encourage and support them to the extent that it doesn’t cause high stress levels or impact on family plans. We suggest a limit of half an hour a day outside school hours – some will play more, some will play less.
Thanks for your support and good luck everyone!
Learning this week:
This week in maths we’ve been looking at how to multiply and divide whole number and decimals by 10,100 and 1000. Please find some videos which can help you and your child with this area of maths:
In english we have been focusing on the reading skills:
In science we have been conducting different experiments to look at the properties of materials. Again if you would like to help your child with this topic, you can find some helpful videos at:
As you may have heard from your child, there will be an athlete coming in to visit on the 29th of November. When the athlete visits, the children will be put through their paces completing some fun exercises similar to those that the athletes do. The children are asking for sponsors. If you are able to please sponsor your children for this, as the money raised will go towards the school. Sponsorship forms have been given to the children and should be in their bags. Extra forms can be found at the office. All money should go straight to the office, rather than to the class teacher, along with the completed sponsorship form.
Welcome back to school! We hope you’ve had a well deserved rest and break. This half term we are studying the novel Street Child in English lessons. In maths we’re moving onto mental strategies. Our science topic this half term is all about properties of materials.
At parents evening, some parents were hoping for some book authors to help improve their children’s quality of reading. Please find the names of some of the authors that are recommended for your child:
The book trust (www.booktrust.com) is also a good website to check for new releases of books that are age appropriate. Please avoid sending children in with authors of books like The Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries. Whilst these books are fantastic to develop a love for reading, and should be read in children’s leisure time, they don’t stretch the children’s vocabulary or sentence structure and aren’t a suitable reading book for in class.
The children who had consent have received their flu jabs today (they should have a ‘certificate of bravery’ to show you). If your child did not have the flu jab today but you would still like them to have it, there is another opportunity for them to have it later this term. For those children who did not have the flu jab today, a letter has been put in their bags to fill out.
Year 5’s PE has been swapped from Monday afternoon (today) to Tuesday morning (tomorrow). Please ensure that they bring their kits in. As it’s getting colder, just a polite reminder that children should have joggers and a jumper in their kit as most PE lessons take place outdoors still unless the conditions are slippery.
Thank you for your continued support.
Year 5 team
Thank you to all of you for your support over this first half term! The children looked amazing in their outfits and masks on Thursday and loved showing off their learning to our museum visitors.
Over the half term, please encourage your children to keep up with their daily reading and times tables practise. A competition has been set up on TT rockstars between the two classes. Alternatively, you can use Daily 10 to practise https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/daily10 .
4th November – Back to school
4th November – Flu vaccinations
11th November – anti-bullying week
12th November – odd socks day for anti-bullying week
19th November – Messy Church
27th November – flu vaccinations catch up
Thank you for your continued support. Enjoy the half term!
Year 5 team