Welcome back to Year 5; I hope you and the children all had a great Easter Break. We have an exciting range of activities planned, details of which can be found on the puzzle plan attached with this letter.
The children have shown how well they can learn and be involved in wider school activities. They are developing the maturity and attitude to learning we would expect of children in Upper Key Stage 2. We shall be continuing with regular spelling and times tables testing, along with allowing the children opportunities to complete their reading quizzes for Accelerated Reading.
PE – For the first half of this term our PE will be Real PE on a Friday afternoon and Athletics on a Thursday afternoon and the children will need to be equipped for both indoor and outdoor activities including trainers, shorts, polo shirt and jumper. After half term, the children will have Tennis on Monday afternoon, with Athletics continuing on Thursday afternoons. During warm weather, it is advisable for the children to have a drink, sun cream and a hat, as most the PE lessons will be outdoors.
Reading – Many of Year 5 are now working on the Accelerated Reading Programme and are busily reading and quizzing their books. Those children not on the AR programme yet still have their school reading book. We ask that you hear your child read regularly at home and make a note in their reading record. Parents often ask teachers what can they do to help support their child’s learning and progress. Without doubt, the biggest answer to this is … READING! This could be listening to your child read; reading a fabulous book to your child or having regular bedtime reading sessions. Listening to stories is proven to have a massive impact on children’s vocabulary development which then has a positive impact on their writing.
Help – If you feel you would like to help in Year 5 you would be very welcome. This does not have to be a regular commitment but all support is gratefully received.
We are really looking forward to a busy term with lots of great learning and experiences. The residential is coming up before the May Half term, and this will be an invaluable experience for all the children.