Year 5 are currently looking for parent volunteers to support some children in school with a focus on boosting reading potential and understanding of different texts. If you would be available to offer your free time on a day that suits you from as little as one hour a week please let your child's teacher or Mr Lewis know if you are available. Thank you for your continued support and to all the parents that have already volunteered - it really makes a huge difference.
Parents who wish their children to walk home alone, will need to bring in a letter. This must be given to your child's new class teacher.
There will be a parent information session regarding the Isle of Wight residential trip on Wednesday 25th April at 6.30pm in 3S classroom, (entry though silver gates to Wyndham road playground).
The English team in school have worked hard to identify 40 appropriately challenging books for the children in year 5. The recommended reading lists contain 40 age-appropriate books for children in Year 5 which will capture the children's imagination. The lists contain colour-bands and a description of the books so that the children are able to 'cherry-pick' their favourites according to their book-band level and their personal interests
While it is not compulsory for the children to read these books, it is highly recommended as it will deepen your child's inference, retrieval and vocabulary skills while also strengthening their love for reading.
While it is NOT compulsory there are school wide incentives - At the end of each half-term, teachers will award bronze, silver and gold certificates in reward assembly to pupils who have read a set number of books from their year group list AND completed a short reading response activity in their reading records (where possible).
Ideas for these short reading responses might be any one of the following;
- Describing settings and characters from the story
- Identifying possible alternative endings
- Predicting what might be in a sequel (the next book if the story was carried on)
- Summarising the story in 6 bullet points
- Writing a book review
If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.
The Year Five Team
Top education researchers tell us that homework has minimal impact for primary age pupils, unless it requires children to rehearse and practise. We have therefore adapted our routines to reflect this. The routines for children in this year group are as follows:
Purple home learning books will no longer being used as practice can be done at home. You will be able to see achievement and progress through the dictation and times tables challenge sheets going home weekly. You will also be able to witness progress through class exercise books for English and maths being sent home once during every half-term.
Home learning tasks are completed at home with you supporting your child should they need help. It is based on what they have been covering in school that week and is a chance for them to consolidate their learning.
The home learning books will be sent home on a Thursday and should be returned to school the following Tuesday. Tasks will be set by the teacher and checked and assessed (using the back of the book) by you, the parent. This gives you an opportunity to see how well your child is progressing and what they are very confident with and what they sometimes may need extra support with.
While class teachers do not mark the home learning, if you would like to share how your child found the activity with the class teacher there is a section which allows for this in the reading record and planner under "Messages for my child's teacher." This will make us aware of how your child found the activity - especially if they required a lot of support.
This weeks home learning: updated on 25/4/18
Grammar - Punctuating Speech in two parts page 64
Maths - Angle Rules page 60 and 61
Please remember, reading for 10-20 minutes and completing the reading record every night is also a crucial part of home learning.
confusing words and spellings.
Please make sure when you learn the spellings with your child that they understand what the word means and can use it in a sentence.
New - 100 words
This week, we have been writing our own ballad for our poetry unit. We are looking at presentation, structure, rhythm (syllables), rhyming couplets, performance, tone, expression, etc. The children looked at a range of ballads, some laments and some rich with figurative language, last week. We have already completed our checking write and discussed it in depth and later in the week we will be completing a detailed teacher-led plan for our first draft.
This week in maths we have been looking at angles and practicing the skill of using a protractor. The children began the week by learning new vocabulary and being confident when identifying angle types. They then had opportunities to measure and make angles of certain degrees. We also learnt how to calculate a missing angle along a straight line without a protractor.
Next week our unit on ballads will continue. The children are focusing on two new skills on their RUBRIC - performance and self-editing - as well as revisiting one we have done before - figurative language. We will spend Monday looking at the correct layout and punctuation choices for our ballad and then use a thesaurus and a buddy to change and make edits to some word choices. We will then complete our final draft, practice our performance and reflect on our learning journey.
Next week, we will be looking at how to calculate missing angles within a triangle and also exploring the properties of 2D and 3D shapes.
Year 5 Blog
With the start of the final term well and truly underway, Year 5 are beginning to digest the new and wonderful Learning Challenge curriculum topic of, ‘What is so special about the U.S.A?’ We have already been in touch with our American pen pals and all our communication back and forth is available to on the school’s website. Along with the new creative home learning tasks, which are now posted on the website, Eid Showcase in Summer 2 and the much anticipated trip to the Isle of Wight, this term is shaping up to be a fun and interactive summertime blow out!
Seeing this year out with determination and perseverance was the message this month and with the final push towards reports, all of Year 5 set their sights on doing the best they can. Behaviour amongst the year group has been exceptionally good since returning from the Easter holiday and now we turn our moral compasses towards humility. Having self-respect and self-esteem in one-self allows the confidence to be accepting of others.
Finally, with the big trip looming Year 5 would like to remind everyone to start the packing process and make sure that you have all the necessary items, especially the waterproof items, just in case the nice weather that I have arranged does not show.