Year 5

Welcome to Year 5
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to Year 5. As a school we value Collaboration, Independence and Creativity as well as the support of our parents/carers. The beginning of the year would seem an appropriate time to answer a few questions that are regularly asked of teachers regarding what is expected of your child and how you, as a parent/carer, can be involved in your child’s education.

Home Learning
Although home learning is not set every day, the majority of activities should take about 30 minutes. Every week there will be some reading, spellings and multiplications to learn. Maths homework will also be set weekly, in addition to the exciting home learning projects that will be linked to each of the topics.

Home Learning Diaries
Your child has been provided with a home school diary, in which they will be encouraged to record all home learning. Class teachers or teaching assistants will then sign these once a week to ensure that they are being used correctly and to read any messages you may have written in them. We would like to encourage you to look at it and then sign the diary once a week to regularly read any messages staff may have written. As for more urgent messages it is your child’s responsibility to show the diary to the adult concerned. If your child loses their diary they should purchase another one from the office at the cost of £1.

Clothing
As all children wear similar items of uniform if they lose anything it is difficult to return any found items to their owners if they are not clearly labelled with a child’s name, Can you please ensure that all items of your child’s uniform and sports kit are clearly labelled.  We are also asking that children’s watches are marked as we have had a number of problems in the past, identifying owners.

Equipment
In order to help your child be appropriately equipped for learning they need to bring to school a black handwriting pen, pencil, rubber, ruler, and a dry wipe pen and a highlighter. Again we ask that all items are label including pencil cases and lunch boxes. We discourage the use of fountain pens as they can be very fragile and often leak into pencil cases.

Painting
This year, we are trying to ensure that all children have something suitable to wear for art and modelling. An old shirt or something similar, which can be kept in a child’s kit bag, has proved successful in the past.

Cloakrooms
Space is at a premium in our cloakroom. Could you please ensure that you child has a SMALL bag for their belongings. A school PE bag should be used for PE kits. We are happy for your child to leave their PE kit on their peg for each half-term.

Behaviour
As a Rights Respecting school all children have the right to learn in a safe environment and insist on high standards of behaviour, we believe that it is important to work with parents/carers to achieve this. If your child displays serious inappropriate behaviour or continues to disrupt a class on a regular basis then you will be informed.  Evidence and experience has shown that problems are more likely to be solved successfully when parents/carers and teachers work together. If it is necessary to contact you then your support will be appreciated.

Reading
With a good ability to read your child will be able to access all other areas of their learning. With this in mind your child should always have a reading book with them in school – a book from home, from the library or, in a few cases, a book specifically on loan to your child, appropriate to their reading ability. All children should record the book title and pages read in their home school diaries. We encourage the children to read nightly, even if only for a few minutes, and would appreciate your help with this. Your comments in the home school diary will provides you with the opportunity to inform us as to how well or otherwise you feel your child is doing. You may also use the diary to express any concerns you might have. This diary and log of reading also helps us keep track of how often the pupils read at home.

Each year we have a number of parents/grandparents/carers who express a willingness to listen to children read during school hours. These volunteers have made a considerable difference to the children’s reading ability and are much appreciated. If any of you would be willing to give some time to listen to children read, please contact your child’s class teacher.  Police checks will be carried out before you are able to come into school for this purpose. These ‘CRB’ checks are a standard procedure for all adults working or involved with children at school. Please don’t let this put you off volunteering as we appreciate your help.

Spelling
Your child will have specific spellings to learn in their yellow spelling book each week. These will be recorded on a spelling log and will consist of words your child has trouble spelling at particular times throughout the year. Please encourage your child to learn them regularly.