Dear Year 5 Parents and Guardians,                                               

 

Welcome back to school after what has hopefully been a wonderful break for you all. Both Miss Macintosh and I are very excited to have the opportunity to work with your children this year. We are looking forward to this being a great time, where children and learn, grow and develop as students and as young human beings.

 

Attached to this letter is a topic plan. The school’s topics are still organised by question. There is a whole school question, then each class addresses a different aspect of this question. The whole school question is, ‘What story can walls and bridges tell us?’ And within that question we are going to investigate the history of crime and punishment. It should be good fun, as we explore a range of eras and also question the actions and views of people from centuries past through our critical thinking sessions.

 

PE will be on Thursdays and Fridays. Please ensure that the children have trainers and their kit on these days, as well as any other days they have elected to participate in after school clubs. I would take this opportunity to remind you to remind the children to bring a coat every day as the days get colder. We want to use all the dry playtime we can, but if it is too cold, we cannot take the children outside if all they are wearing is a t-shirt!

 

There are also many opportunities to extend your child’s learning out of school.

 

 

Topic research

A piece of writing

A piece of writing

20 spellings from the year 5/6 word list

£50

Written maths work

A photo of you doing something awesome

Evidence of you doing Spanish at home!

A piece of artwork

£50

Written maths work

A picture of a ‘famous’ prison from around the world

Research about Henry VIII

A piece of artwork

£50

Some fraction maths work, with workings!

Homemade crafty project

Homemade crafty project

A poster, showing what we are learning about forces

£50

£50

£50

£50

£50

£50

 

 

This grid contains a non-compulsory list of ideas that children could use to further their learning out of school. Furthermore, if they do a whole row of column, they can earn the money attached to that ‘set’ of ideas! Even better, it can be completed multiple times.

 

It is very important that your child continues to read regularly at home, either by themselves or to an adult. Reading is a key home learning activity that helps with: understanding the world around them, understanding vocabulary, spellings, and ideas for their writing, punctuation and grammar. Ideally, we would like your child to read five times a week. Reading matter could include novels, comics, newspapers, annuals, recipes and non-fiction books. They do not need to read pages and pages if they don’t want to, but little and often would be great. The children need to record in their reading records if they have read at home. It would be great if, on occasions, an adult could listen to them read, or equally useful is to have an adult read to them while they read along. This can be recorded in their reading records too. Asking questions about the plot, characters, setting, vocabulary etc. would really help with their understanding of the text. There will be regular monitoring of reading books to make sure your child has an appropriate book for their ability and understands what they are reading.

 

Opportunities to help your child in English will revolve around constructive, consistent spelling practice, using the Year 5/6 words (attached), or this week’s Read Write Inc words – try it out – ask the children tonight what their spelling rule is (and here’s hoping that they remember)! There will not be a specific spelling test, but assessment of your child’s spelling is ongoing throughout the year. We, of course, will always welcome any additional writing that the children would like to do, topic based or not! The ‘work from home wall’ will soon be ready to accept its first entries and the children will be rewarded for their efforts in this regard.

 

In maths, children need to keep up with the times tables and other number facts, an overview of which can be seen on the attached sheet from the school’s calculation policy. Year 5 is highlighted for your convenience, but you may notice that we covered quite a lot of this in Year 4, so don’t be afraid to look ahead if you so wish! Children can also utilise ‘hit the button’ – a free online game to work on their tables. There is a app in the app store too, but this is a few pounds. The entire game is free online – just google ‘hit the button’ and the children will surely be able to explain how we use it in school

 

Children can also further their topic learning in school by convincing you to take them out to see local landmarks and exploring the walls built there. Launceston Castle, Okehampton Castle or Dartmoor Jail would be three good, local visits for a family, but even just researching some famous prisons, prison escapes or walls would add depth to their learning and knowledge.

 

In this regard, I would like to announce our class trip to Bodmin Jail on Tuesday 17th September. We will leave school at 9am and return at 3pm, so children will need a packed lunch, snacks and plenty to drink. They will wear their school jumpers, but otherwise dress in mufti.

 

The trip costs £13, which consists of £5.50 for our activities at Bodmin Jail, including a full guided tour, and a further £7.50 just for coach travel. I would point out that this is a voluntary contribution, but without sufficient contributions by Monday, this trip will have to be cancelled due to restrictions in the school budget. We completely rely on parents to help fund these opportunities for enrichment in school – a regrettable circumstance, but one that cannot currently be avoided. Payments can be made by Parent Pay.

 

If at any point during the term you have any further questions, or anything I can help with, please do not hesitate to contact me or visit the classroom. There is a ‘meet the teacher’ evening coming up, Monday 16th September at 5pm, where I will expand upon the ideas in this letter and answer any questions or queries you might have.

 

 

Thank you for your support,

 

 

 

Tom Lumby