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Year 5

Welcome back to school Year 5!

We hope you had a relaxing summer holiday and are ready for the new school year.  It's a good time to stop and think about the targets you want to set yourself for this new year. Where do you want to be in your learning when you finish Year 5? As always there is a lot to learn and many exciting challenges in store for you this term.

We will begin Year 5 with an exciting topic where we will be exploring Anglo-Saxon life and how we have been influenced by this fascinating period of time. We will become historians and delve into the depths of our class text Beowulf as well as non-fiction reading and writing.  

We are keen to encourage children to explore the different types of texts and find out new and interesting information from them. Your writing will need to show how well you understand the texts and how your writing develops as put new reading skills into your own text. 

We will continue to challenge you in Maths, revisiting some topics and digging deeper to apply our knowledge of number, geometry, measures and formal written methods.

This term 5H will have swimming lessons every Friday and 5T will be starting lessons in the spring term. Please ensure you have your correct swimming kit with you for these lessons. For swimming, girls need to wear hats and boys should not wear loose shorts. If parents would like their children to wear goggles, please send in a note. 

P.E. Days:
5H - Swimming on Fridays, PE on Mondays.
5T - Mondays and Fridays. 

Children are required to have both plimsoles and trainers in their PE bags. As the weather is turning cooler, please ensure that children have a jumper, which is not their school jumper, to wear outside. 

Please make sure you have a water bottle in school for use throughout the day. 

Reading Records: These are checked regularly. Children must aim to read at least 5 times a week for at least 10 minutes. If reading by themselves we expect children to be writing in questions about the text or words they don't understand into their reading records.

Year 5 will receive their homework on a Wednesday and should hand it in Monday morning. Children should take the same pride in their homework books as they do their books for lessons in school; extra sheets should be stuck in, with dates and LQs underlined. Maths homework will be set online using MyMaths.

Spelling Journals
These should show evidence of children practising their spellings regularly. They now have the freedom to choose their activity but should revise this if their hard work does not result in positive results. Spellings will be tested on Fridays. At the end of each half term children are tested on a mixture of spellings from the whole half term.

Attendance and Punctuality: Year 5  are in competition with the school to win both the punctuality and attendance trophies- let's see if we can do it!
Medicines and Inhalers: If your child uses an asthma pump, please bring a spare inhaler to be kept in school and complete the Healthcare Plan and Request to Administer Medicines Form on our website.