Firstly, we hope you have all had a fabulous break and a well-deserved rest during the summer holidays. Mrs Cadman is extremely excited to reacquaint herself with life in Class 5 whilst Mrs Harrison is looking forward to the new and exciting opportunities that being a part of Class 5 brings. Mrs Harrison will be teaching Monday, Tuesday and some of Wednesday, with Mrs Cadman teaching some of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We are also extremely lucky to be supported by Miss Harrison and Mrs Barlow throughout the week. We are all thrilled to be starting a new year with a new class and look forward to sharing the journey with you all. We are eager to hit the ground running with lots of hard work and fun times ahead!
What will we be learning?
Maths - This term, our maths work will focus on place value and number as well as fractions, decimals and percentages. We will be revisiting the four functions of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and applying these to complex mathematical problems.
English - Our reading for the first half term will be based around the book Wonder which links with our PSHE unit about Identity. During our writing lessons we will be building upon and learning new skills to apply to a variety of fiction and non-fiction writing formats.
Science – Over the first half term our attentions will be focused on Materials and their Properties whilst we explore soluble and insoluble materials and how some materials can change. During the second half term our focus will turn to Electricity and we will become hands on looking at different circuits.
Topic - Our topic until Christmas is based around the Ancient Civilisation: The Mayans. We will be building our historian skill set by using artefacts and resources to question, explore and find out what life was like in 900B.C.
Please keep your eyes peeled on our class page on the school website to see what we get up to in all of our subjects.
Important info ...
Book Bags: Book bags should be brought to school daily with your homework diary, reading book and water bottles in.
Spellings: Spellings will be sent home every week and will continue to be tested on a Friday. The children will have some class spellings and some individual spellings to learn. Spelling test books will go home on Friday for parents to check how their children did, but do need returning to School the following Monday.
Reading Books: Class 5 will continue to use the Accelerated Reading Scheme. Children will now chose a reading book from the Accelerated Reading Scheme that they are to read at home and in school. They will no longer have two reading books. Please can we ensure this book is in school every day. We will continue to encourage independent reading at home and ask children to sign their homework diaries whenever they have read. Effort stars and house points will be given to those children who are choosing to read at home. As well as this, we will also be asking children to keep a log of their Accelerated Reader scores (this marks their level of understanding from the school reading book they have read). At the end of each half term, there will be a chance to win a brand-new book for those who have consistently achieved their potential.
Brain Builders: Our Brain Builder homework will now be sent out every half term and will detail a range of activities that the children can complete. The work should be completed, where possible, in the Brain Builder book which will need to be brought back into school the last week of the half term.
PE: Basket ball and Swimming are our sports for this half term and both will be taught by professionals. On Mondays the children will need to come to school with their swimming kits in a bag. On Tuesdays children should continue to come to school in their PE kits ready for their lessons. Please could we make sure that all children have the following for PE:
Plain white t-shirt, Plain dark coloured joggers or shorts, Plain dark coloured jumper (not school jumper), Trainers and/or pumps.
Water Bottle/Snack: Please ensure that all children have a water bottle everyday for school which will be also be returned home daily. Children are also encouraged to bring a healthy snack with them to enjoy at morning break.
We are extremely excited about the upcoming year and have already made a brilliant start! If you have any questions or concerns, at any point, please do not hesitate to find us before or after school.
The Class 5 Team