Dear Parents / Guardians
As your children are beginning to settle into life in Year 5, we would like to take this opportunity to pass on some information about the year ahead and how you can help your child over the coming three terms.
Our class motto is ‘We are all responsible for our own learning.’ In Upper Key Stage Two, we expect the children to take on greater responsibility as to how they learn. This includes:
- Getting enough sleep at night
- Looking after their school equipment (pens, pencils etc)
- Looking after their classroom and whole school environment (selection of monitor jobs weekly)
- Choosing their own Success Criteria from a given list which challenges them when independently working (this is monitored carefully by teaching staff) and understanding that they can move up or down depending on how they are coping with the task.
- Listening carefully to inputs and instructions so they know what they are doing
- Asking for help if they haven’t understood
- Changing and choosing their own reading books
- Recording homework in their homework diary and sharing this with their parents
- Knowing when homework is due and accessing the Homework Club if needed.
We have an effort chart in class which illustrates the amount of effort put into work / other areas of their school life. As a class, we have discussed reasons for moving forwards and backwards along the chart. These include:
- Immediately getting down to work
- Copying correctly from the board, especially dates and titles and displayed spellings.
- Remembering capital letters and full stops in sentences.
- Applying their spellings from taught spelling sessions / individual spelling cards
- Presentation of work
- Using their initiative
- Always putting their school equipment away
- Following instructions
- Helping others
- Naming work
- Bringing everything they need for the day into the classroom – not having to keep going out to their bag!
- Reading regularly to an adult
- Getting their Homework Diary signed
If a child has reached the green end of the effort chart by the end of Thursday, a prize (edible or non-edible) is given.
If, by Thursday, they reach the red end of the chart, a 30 minute lunchtime detention in the classroom is given. If they keep reaching the red end, the detention is moved to the Consequences Room. The Effort Chart is also used to inform the half-termly trackers.
PE kit – colour team t-shirt and navy blue shorts. Children take part in bare feet. Plimsolls should only be worn for a medical matter and a letter should be handed into the class teacher please.
Games kit – colour team t-shirt, plain dark jogging bottoms, plain dark jumper / hoody and plimsolls / trainers.
Kits will needed on Mondays and Wednesdays but should be left in school all week as, if a lesson is cancelled due to weather / hall being out of use, it may be moved to another day and we also have visiting coaches who work with different classes throughout the year on various days eg. Tigers Trust.
If your child is unable to take part in a PE session, please let the class teacher know.
Whole Class Guided Reading : We now carry out Guided Reading as a whole class instead of small groups. We read part of a text together and concentrate on the comprehension side – author’s intent, inference, predictions, answering questions etc. This usually takes place up to three times a week.
Individual Readers : Children will continue to be heard individually by Teaching Assistants. We also encourage the children to read to themselves and to mark this down in their own reading records. If their book has been finished and signed off in their reading record by you or a member of staff, the children are given the time immediately following afternoon registration to change their books. This is up to them to remember. We encourage them to choose their book carefully to aid enjoyment and they are responsible for recording their new book in both their school and home reading records.
Reading Rewards : When entering class in a morning, children are to put their reading books into the reading tray if they have read to an adult. These will then be ticked off and stickers on bookmarks awarded. There is a Reading Ladder on display in the class which children move themselves up on when stickers have been received. The person at the top of the Reading Ladder each week receives a prize. The ladder is begun afresh each week.
Each child has a Homework Diary where they will keep a note of any homework set as well as key events happening in school. Please try and look at the diary with your child at the end of the school week and sign to show you know what homework is set. We award all children with signed diaries a merit and a move on the Effort Chart. Diaries are checked on a Monday. This is to get your child used to using their Planner when in secondary school.
Reading to an adult at least twice a week and more if possible. The school reading week for Year 5 runs from a Friday to the following Thursday. Children are reminded on a Tuesday if they haven’t read to an adult. They know that they can always come and ask to read to the Class Teacher on a lunchtime (Mon – Wed) which will then count as reading to an adult. However, the emphasis is on them asking us, not us asking them. We understand that, sometimes, the children are not enjoying their school reading book. (We have been supplementing the school reading scheme with ‘real books’ in KS2 to combat this.) Though this still needs to be read as it forms part of an important learning structure, we are also happy for them to read their own books from home to you and themselves as well. The main purpose is to get your child to want to read regularly! These can also be recorded in their Reading Records.
Homework from other curriculum areas, when set, will be given on a Thursday (there may sometimes be exceptions to this) and children are given a week (sometimes more) in which to complete it. Details of all homework should be found in their Homework Diary. In order to support your child, please read and sign your child’s diary each weekend. Diaries will be signed in school on a Monday and merits given at that time to those that are signed from home.
Opportunity to complete Homework in school : Mrs Pratley is in the classroom most lunchtimes. (Mon – Wed) Children can ask to come in to : discuss homework, if struggling; complete their homework; ask about other areas of schoolwork; read etc. The purpose of this, as well as to help your child, is to get them starting to look at organising their lives. If they know they have a busy week at home, use a lunchtime. If they’ve forgotten all about it, use a lunchtime. If homework is not completed on time, children are offered the opportunity to complete it on Wednesday lunchtime.
All children have been tested on the most common 200 words. Words they were unsure of have been written on an individual spelling card which is located on each child’s desk to encourage them to use the correct spelling in their writing across the curriculum. Copies of these were given out at Parents’ Evening. (Some still to follow)
Years 3 to 6 also have spellings set by the New Curriculum. Most of the class have been tested on the Year 3 / 4 words and these will also be put into individual spelling cards for your child as and when appropriate (a copy will also be sent home whenever these spellings change.). As a class, we will be consolidating our knowledge of these in the first half of this year before moving onto the Year 5 / 6 spellings. (Some children may move onto Y5/6 spellings a little earlier if needed.) These are displayed on our spelling board and as a class, we explore the definitions of these words, practice putting them into context – in our aural and written work - and complete activities, such as word searches which include these words.
As a class, we will also be having a spelling lesson each week, where we focus on spelling patterns determined by the national Curriculum. We look at how the spelling pattern is made up and different strategies that can be used to aid the correct spelling of them. These will be sent home as part of a homework activity but will only be tested informally at school.
We award team points / merits for those who meet our expectations in behaviour, social skills and personal responsibilities, as well as the Effort Chart already mentioned. These team points are collected weekly and contribute to a whole school team point system.
If a child regularly does not meet expectations, they may be put into the Consequences Room. Children who have struggled to finish work in lesson time are sometimes asked to come into the classroom at lunchtime for a short period of time to discuss any difficulties and it is an opportunity to offer support when it is quieter and less distracting.
If they have not finished work due to lack of effort rather than lack of understanding, they HAVE to come into class in their own time, to finish. If this happens regularly, they may be put into the Consequences Room.
Concerns / Questions
Many problems can be sorted out by talking to the Class Teacher. Please contact the school office to arrange a time for an appointment. If the problem is urgent and you need to speak to us before school, please ask at the office. This isn’t always possible but we will try where we can. Please also let us know any information that may affect your child while in school.
Thank you for your support. We look forward to having an enjoyable and successful year together.
The Year 5 Team