Welcome. As a new member of the Park Primary team I am looking forward to an action-packed term with lots of new learning going on each and every day. Year 5 is a very important year as we are preparing for Year 6 and the transition to high school, therefore it is critical to be ready in September to hit the ground running and start as we mean to go on, with positive attitudes to learning and hard work from the outset.
It is very important to share your learning with your family so that they can support you throughout the year. Keep your eye on our webpage for updated class news, pictures of our day to day life. We have outside class experiences planned, internal visits and many other engaging and interesting activities to help promote and progress your learning.
The teaching of reading needs to be a partnership between school and home. Children are required to read and discuss texts read to an adult, at home, at least four times a week. Parents are encouraged to fill in the child`s Reading Log so that the teacher can monitor and assess accordingly.
The children will also experience daily Guided Reading sessions where they will read to an adult and complete appropriate follow on tasks independently.
Children love being read to so we do this as teachers, sharing class novels on a regular basis and we would encourage parents to read at home to their children as often as possible.
Good examples of children’s work are celebrated each week. They are published on the Pobble website and displayed in the KS2 hall which gives children a sense of achievement and pride in what they have created.
Spelling test words are given out on Monday. The dictation test takes place on Friday.
Children will be provided with a spelling list giving example words for a particular letter string, spelling rule or word part. They will then also be tested on additional words to make sure they can apply their knowledge.
For example, if your child is learning ‘-ough’ words their spelling list may contain the words bough, cough and though and then they may also be tested on words that do not appear on their list such as thought.
They will be given an additional 2 words each week not linked to the spelling rules but are words from the National Curriculum that Year 5 children are expected to know.
These are statutory word lists provided by the government and children must learn to read and spell the words below.
Knowledge of the all times tables and related division facts are critical to ensure progress in Year 5. If the children lack confidence in their times tables they will struggle to work at the required speed and accuracy and therefore will not reach expected levels. It is important that children practice these at home with an adult at every opportunity (a quick fire test orally or written, no longer than 10 minutes per session is needed).
Other half termly activities encourage children’s creativity linked to the current topic studied. We try to make these activities fun and creative, where parents and children can work together either through research or hands on tasks.