Welcome to Year 5! Hopefully you have all enjoyed the summer holidays and your children are excited about returning to school. Year 5 is a really important year for your children as they begin to think about life beyond Westbury Junior School. We will be expecting them to become more independent and hope that you will support us by encouraging this both in school and at home.
As well as being taught by Miss Dardecker, Mrs Platt, Miss Fox and Mr Spiers, Year 5 will be supported by our teaching assistants, Mrs Quick, Mrs Illsley and Mr Bodymore, and will also have some lessons taught by Mrs Vaughan.
We thought that it would be useful to give you an idea of what curriculum topics your children will be covering. For the next two terms, we are going to be studying the Aztecs looking at their beginnings, beliefs, daily life and their discovery of chocolate! On Thursday 13th October, we will be having a Cake Sale in school; further details to follow. You will be able to keep up to date and find the details of our topics on the school website which is continuously updated.
All children in Year 5 will be expected to read at home 5 times a week; they may choose to read their reading book or a newspaper/magazine. Reading should be recorded in your child’s homelink book and signed by an adult.
Children will receive homework every week. This will alternate between English and maths. It will be handed out on a Friday to be completed and handed in the following Wednesday. In addition to this, termly extension work will continue. Lunchtime learning club will resume for those children wishing to complete work or be heard read at school.
We also expect children to complete ten sets of times table practice each week which will be checked weekly and rewarded with merits.
We ask that you make sure that your child’s uniform is all labelled with their full name or initials; this will help unite lost jumpers with their owners!
Please make sure that your child has their PE kit in school at all times. This should include a plain white t-shirt, plain black or navy shorts or jogging bottoms and trainers or black daps. We will be asking the children to only take them home during the holidays unless we have experienced a particularly muddy tag rugby lesson!!
In order for your child to receive their prefect badge, they must ensure that they do all of their readings, hand all their homework in on time, display a positive attitude to learning, be punctual, wear correct school uniform (including P.E. kit) and set an excellent example of behaviour and conduct to other children. Those children who successfully earn their prefect badge, will have extra privileges; treats, outings and may be selected for special jobs.
We welcome any support in class from parents, be it walking or accompanying the children on visits, reading with children in class or getting messy with art and DT. We know there are a lot of skills out there, so please talk to us if you think you would like to help.
If you have any queries on any of the information listed above please contact your child’s class teacher. The class teacher should also be your first point of contact should you have any concerns throughout the year. We are all looking forward to an action packed productive year.
The Year 5 Team