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 the first half term, Year 5 will be learning rugby on Tuesdays 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 Christmas. 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.
Finally, if you would like your child to be involved in the residential to Norfolk Lakes in the spring term and you have not yet signed up, please speak to myself or Mrs Kirk in the office.
Mr B Trenowden
If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me! Mr Trenowden