Dear year 5 Parents and Guardians,                                               

 

Welcome back to school after what has hopefully been a nice short break for you all. We had a wonderfully productive half term and look to capitalise on our progress with our new topic ‘Can one person change the world?’

 

Attached to this letter is a topic plan. This is the whole school question and within that question we are going to learn about Nelson Mandela and the civil rights movement of South Africa and Emmeline Pankhurst and her actions with the Suffragette movement. The climax of our topic – and where you come in as parents, is for children to think about people who they find inspirational. It could be family members, someone famous, someone close to them, someone who they feel makes a difference to the way they go about their lives.

 

So, come the first week of December, the children will write a short biography about their inspirational figure, meaning that they need to have a small amount of information relevant to a biography – something the children will be able to tell you about very soon (I hope!)

 

PE continues to be on Mondays and Fridays. Please ensure that the children have trainers, just in case we can get outside. 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.

 

This is a little homework bingo that the children can complete for some extra rewards for making a row, column or diagonal. Again, it is all just a little fun to reward the children more consistently for their work. A row or column is worth £40 or £50 (of class money…) whereas a diagonal is worth £60

 

 

Topic research

A piece of writing

A piece of writing

A piece of writing

£40

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 list of questions about our topic

A picture of you reading

A piece of artwork

£50

Written maths work

Homemade crafty project

Homemade crafty project

Evidence of a visit to an interesting place

£50

£40

£50

£50

£50

£60

 

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.

Thank you for your continued support,

 

 

Tom Lumby

 

 

 

(Taken from the last parent letter, included as a reminder!)

 

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, or this week’s Read Write Inc words, available on this letter, and each week we start a new unit. There will not be a specific spelling test, but assessment of your child’s spelling is ongoing throughout the year. There is an attached sheet with ideas of how to work on spellings in a variety of ways. 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, available on the website.