A warm welcome to Year 5.
Year 5 is made up of two classes taught by Mr Heyes and Miss Hawcroft.
Mrs Marley will be working across both classes.
Mr Heyes: Most of my teaching experience has been in Upper Key Stage Two and this is where I feel at home. I am passionate about creativity and really tapping into children's personal interests. For me, having the opportunity to challenge children and allowing them to achieve more than they could ever imagine is a dream come true. My particular interests include reading, writing, languages and the arts and I also adore sports. I am spontaneous, full of energy and love to laugh. I have been here for a number of years now and am very excited as to where our newly-developed curriculum is taking us.
Miss Hawcroft: I have been teaching for over 10 years and have taught in KS1 and KS2. I have enjoyed being with all the children last year in Year 4 and I am excited to be joining them and continuing their learning journey in Year 5. I am a dedicated and passionate teacher who enjoys being creative to encourage and develop children's learning inside and outside of the classroom.
Please try to read with your child at least three times a week and record it in their reading record book. This can be the school banded book or one of the Year 5 recommended reads. It is important to check that, as well as becoming more fluent, the children understand what they are reading, especially as they begin to read longer and more complex books. This can be done by discussing the book afterwards, or during reading. Talk about the characters, setting or main events. Encourage children to develop empathy by focusing on characters' emotions and motivations and summarising the pages they have just read.
It is important that your child has their reading record in school every day so that adults within school can also record in them. On Mondays, We will collect and record the number of times children have read at home each week.
We encourage a love for reading and aim for our children to be lifelong readers. The children are encouraged to read and enjoy the books in our book area within the school day. Children are welcome to bring their own reading book from home as long as it is of an appropriate level for them to read and enjoy independently. Children will be able to independently change their reading books to take home each morning during our Early Bird sessions.
Home Learning Logs
Please hand in home learning logs on or before a Wednesday where they will be marked, discussed with the child and given back home the following Friday. At the beginning of each topic, you will be given a knowledge organiser which will have key facts and vocabulary to help with the any home learning activities and learning within school. You will also be given a home learning menu of activities to complete at home. These are created by the Year 5 team to cover different areas of the curriculum in a fun and engaging way.
Spellings will be sent home each half term and will focus on the spelling rules/patterns investigated and taught during our spelling sessions. We will be testing on a Monday. There will also be two unknown words which will follow the rules/patterns.
Spellings are best worked on little and often: 5 or 10 minutes every day is more beneficial than one long session. It is also very helpful if you can encourage your child to apply the spellings in context by writing a few sentences using these words and, of course, using new or unfamiliar words in conversation.
Please make sure that children bring their kits in on a Monday and take them home on a Friday.
Outdoor PE will be on Friday afternoons.
Outdoor kit: red or white t-shirt or polo shirt, dark jogging bottoms, a hoodie or jumper, socks and trainers.
In addition to our daily Maths Mastery lessons, we will have a daily Maths Meeting which is a fifteen minute meeting focusing on consolidating key learning and short arithmetic lessons throughout the week.
The children are encouraged to share their maths learning at home through the Maths with Parents website. This site is updated every two weeks and links to teaching covered in class. These fun activities can be shared with class teachers through comments or photos uploaded to the site.
Times Tables Rock Stars is a fun away for children consolidate their times tables. Please encourage your child to log in little and often which will help children become fluent. Children are expected to know and recall all their times tables facts up to 12 x 12.
Writing and Grammar
During the Spring Term, we will be exploring, reflecting and making connections using our focus questions below:
What does it mean if God is holy and loving?
If God is everywhere, why do we go to a place of worship? (Christianity and Judaism)
What did Jesus do to save human beings?