I hope you have all had a lovely summer, feeling rested and looking forward to a new academic year. Mrs Grundy and I are really looking forward to getting to know you all and having a fantastic year together. If you have any questions, please just ask during drop off and pick up times. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org marked for the attention of Miss Smethurst and I will endeavour to respond to you as quickly as possible. Below you will find the information regarding the curriculum coverage.
Miss Smethurst and Mrs Grundy
· Tuesday 5th September - School re-opens
· Wednesday 13th September 4:30pm in Maple class. We will be sharing lots of important information about routines and the curriculum.
· Thursday 21st September- FRIENDS Welcome Disco
. Friday 29th September- Individual and family school photos
· Saturday 14th October- Forest School Family event
. Monday 16th October and Thursday 19th October - Parents' Evenings 4-7pm
· Friday 20th October - School closes for half term
· Monday 30th October - School re-opens
If you are working online, don’t forget to be safe and savvy!
Never give personal information to anyone! Think about the safety of what you are sharing or posting if you are online or on your phone.
Do not share your school log-ins or change your log-in details. We won’t ask you to do that.
Make sure you are accessing online material that is relevant for your age and tell an adult at home if you come across something that is not suitable for you, or if someone is trying to contact/talk to you that is not someone you know.
You can contact your teacher through Seesaw if you feel vulnerable or worried, or contact Childline 0800 1111.
Useful reminders about Online Safety are at Thinkuknow.co.uk
Please find below some information which you will hopefully find useful during the first half of the autumn term: please look at the curriculum section of our website to view more information about our curriculum.
We will study a book called Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz.
The children will continue to receive a new spelling list each Monday and will be tested on these spellings on the following Friday.
There will be opportunities to practise these spellings in school throughout the week but you can also find a collection of these lists for this half term below so that you can support your child's learning at home.
Fluency in reading is hugely important for so many reasons, from the ability to independently research things of interest to the joy of 'getting lost' in a brilliant story.
In addition to the reading practice at school, there is an expectation that children in Year 5 read for 15 minutes each day at home.
All children have access to Bug Club (please contact school if you need a reminder of your child's login details) which has lots of amazing fiction and non-fiction books at your child's reading level and we also provide a Home Reader book each week which is changed every Friday.
We also visit the school library each Tuesday afternoon to give the children the opportunity to choose a book to read either in school or at home. Children are welcome to borrow their chosen book for longer than one week if additional time is needed.
Our main Maths topics for this term include:
Our new Science topic is Earth and Space.
In this unit pupils will describe the movement of Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in our Solar System. They will describe the movement of the Moon relative to Earth and describe the Sun, Earth and the Moon as approximately spherical bodies. Pupils will use the idea of Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky. They will also have the opportunity to find out about how ideas about the solar system have developed and changed over time.
Working Scientifically, children will have the opportunity to plan an enquiry using a shadow stick and look at changes over time. They will take accurate measurements of the shadows formed, decide how to record them and present their findings. They will also identify scientific evidence that has been used to support or refute changing ideas about the Solar System.
Our PE days will be a Monday and Thursday this half term.
We will be developing our Health related fitness and Baketball.
For PE lessons, your child will need: either a school logo PE shirt or a plain white or pale blue t shirt (no football shirts, please), black or royal blue shorts or plain black or navy leggings and pumps or trainers.
A plain black or navy tracksuit will be useful in colder weather.
Please ensure PE bags and items of kit are clearly labelled with your child's name.
For safety, long hair should be tied back and earrings either removed or taped over (tape is provided by school; please provide your child's hair bobble).
In Computing sessions we will be looking at the importance of internet safety..
Home Learning Challenges
Our new set of challenges will be sent out Friday 15th September 2023.