Welcome to Year 5 at Church Vale. It’s a busy and challenging year but also one of fun and achievement.
Our topic during the first term is ‘The Ancient Greeks’. We will look at inventions and ideas and how they help shape our lives today. To make the learning fun and relevant, the children will have a central task throughout the whole unit – a project centred around designing and presenting and Ancient Greek theme park. We will need to conduct a lot of first hand research so will need to visit Alton Towers!
We will be studying mining! We'll be learning all about how our local community was created to originally give the miners and their families somewhere to live. We'll go down a real mine, dress up a little and speak to some real-life people from the coal face. During this topic we'll be looking at a lot of local history, local geography and plenty of art. If you have any artifacts or experiences you would like to share next term, please let us know.
PE is provisionally on Mondays and Thursdays during the first half term.
The Thursday may change in other half terms as Year 5 are fortunate enough to be receiving sports coaching from Mr Richards during this first half term. These days can sometimes change because of the weather or the hall being unavailable. Therefore, can you please make sure that PE kits come into school on a Monday and remain in school until the end of the week. May I remind all parents that children are not able to take part in PE if they are wearing earrings.
Homework and Spellings
As a general rule of thumb, homework will be given out on a Monday and will be due in on the Friday of that week. Please encourage your child to take responsibility to complete any tasks that they are given – it really does make a difference come the end of the year, especially with their spellings and tables. In addition, there are optional additional tasks that they can complete for Marvellous Me Badges. The children will have a spelling pattern or group of words to practise each week and we will test that they have learnt these on a Friday morning.
Marvellous Me is our new positive communication tool - parents and carers get an app on their phone and it pings you messages whenever your child has been marvellous as well as letting you know what they've been up to and what's going on. If you haven't signed up, please do so ASAP so that you don't miss out.
By the time children get to upper key stage 2 (years 5 and 6), many of them believe that the days of reading to, or with, their parents are behind them – I cannot stress enough how wrong this is! Please encourage your child to read at home; once children can decode most words the real challenge comes in showing deeper levels of understanding, so encourage them to talk about what they have read and ask them questions – this practise will prove invaluable for them. All children are required to read at least 3 times a week and record these in their reading diaries. Please sign their reading diaries each week and feel free to add any comments. We will read through these each Friday and the children can receive rewards and prizes when they meet their 25, 50, 100 and 200 reads milestones.
Year 5 is a really key year in a child’s education and Miss May, Miss Wilson and I hope to make it their most enjoyable yet. Having a good school/home partnership is a really important part of this. If you have any questions, ideas, comments, concerns or you feel you would be able to offer any help, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me! Mr Trenowden