In case of pupils needing to self-isolate in light of government advice concerning Covid-19, or in the event of forced closure, check out these resources below:
FREE online education resources
Times Tables Rockstar
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there's so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
Learn computer programming skills - fun and free.
Creative computer programming
All sorts of engaging educational videos
National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Free science lessons
The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
You Tube videos on many subjects
Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience
Science awards you can complete from home.
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
All kinds of making.
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Listening activities for the younger ones.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Resources for English language learning
Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary age
Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary age. Multi disciplinary activities.
Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
The Artful Parent
Good, free art activities
Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Educational online games
DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
This is more for printouts, and usually at a fee, but they are offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.
Welcome to the new school year and specifically to Year 5 at Church Vale. It’s a busy and challenging year but also one of fun and achievement. I thought it might be helpful if I wrote to you with some key information.
Our topic during the first term will be Roman Britain – looking at the impact the Romans had on our life today. We will be learning lots about history and geography; will be designing and constructing Roman catapults and developing our cooking skills.
PE days will change each half term as we’re fortunate enough to have some excellent sports coaches coming in to run a variety of sessions with the children. During this half term, Year 5 will be learning dance on Wednesdays and will have Mr Richards for a variety of sports on Thursdays. 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 – if you are considering having your child’s ears pierced, please do this at the start of the summer holidays as it has a huge effect on their learning in PE.
Each week, your child will have spellings to learn and they should have the word lists up until Easter. We will have spelling tests on Friday mornings so please support your child to learn these. The most effective approaches usually involve learning a few spellings at the start of the week, practising these and adding more words until they are confident in all of them. They will also have times tables to practise as well as optional creative tasks for which they can receive rewards.
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. Chiildren really benefit from being read to too! 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 certain milestones.
Year 5 is a really key year in a child’s education and Mrs. Harris 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! You can also send messages on the Year 5 page of the school website as well as following us Church Vale on Twitter @Church_Vale_PS and Facebook.
Throughout the year, we’ll be hosting some open mornings where you’ll be invited to come in and experience lessons alongside your child – we’ll write to you nearer the time with details.
Mr B Trenowden
Our current whole-class guided reading book is "The Nowhere Emporium" by Ross MacKenzie.
This sparkling fantasy adventure is a glorious hymn to the powers of the imagination. Young Daniel Holmes first stumbles into the Nowhere Emporium as he’s running from a couple of the bullies from the children’s home where he lives. He’s fascinated – and who wouldn’t be – the shop is a cave of wonders, stacked from floor to ceiling with beautiful objects. As for the shop owner, he seems to be a magician. Next day Daniel is knocked down by a car, only to wake up in the Emporium, which becomes his home. He realises the shop truly is magical, travelling through time, entertaining and delighting customers across the ages, while Mr Silver the owner builds strange and wonderful worlds from their imaginations. Not all in this world is happy however, and when Silver’s enemy Vindictus Sharpe threatens to destroy it, Daniel is the only person who can stop him.
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me! Mr Trenowden