Welcome back to all the children in Kingfisher Class. We hope you all had a wonderful summer holiday and are looking forward to the exciting year we have planned in Year 5!
This term we will be jetting off to outer space, studying the solar system and Earth and investigating poems in the poetry collection called Cosmic Disco. Our Geography topic is North America and we will be looking at the climate and the human and physical geography of the USA, with a unit of English spent reading the book ‘Kaspar; Prince of Cats.’ a fiction book set around the events of the Titanic.
Reminders - Please remind your child that they need their (named) P.E. kits in school all week. They have cross country on Tuesday, games with Onside Coaching on Wednesday and dance or gymnastics on Friday. After cross country, they need to make sure they have clean P.E. shoes for the rest of the week so that they do not bring mud into the hall!
Home Learning - Home Learning will be given out on a Monday and needs to be brought back on the following Monday. If your child needs extra time to complete their homework or is struggling with any aspect of it, Miss Lee will be available for homework club on Thursday lunchtimes to support them. The computer room will also be available on Thursday lunchtime for research or presentations. Please encourage your child to complete their homework and ask for help if needed. Home Learning includes the following:
Topic- based home learning - Children will have a selection of activities to choose from as in previous year groups.
Maths - this may include mental maths questions or work linked to our topic during the week.
Spelling - In addition to their Read Write Inc. log books, the children will be given word lists to reinforce their learning ahead of a fortnightly test. Please ask them to explain the spelling rules or patterns to you. They should bring their log books home with them every day so that they can practise any rules they have found difficult. Additionally, at the back of these books, you will find the curriculum word lists for Years 3/4 and Year 5/6 which are in addition to the rules we learn in class.
Grammar - Children will sometimes bring home an activity to consolidate their learning.
Reading - Children should read every day. Please encourage them to read a wide range of authors and to discuss their reading with you. Details should be recorded in their reading records.
Timestables – children need to practise their times tables regularly. The internet has some wonderful games to help children become more fluent. Please help your child to practise several times a week.
On Wednesday afternoons, the children will be taught French or music by our teaching support staff and games by Onside Coaching.
Finally, if you have any concerns do let us know. You can make an appointment to see one of us via the school office.
Miss Lee and Mrs. Walton