Welcome to Year 5!
2021 - 2022
Class teacher: Miss Sowinski
Learning Support Assistants: Miss Thomas and Mrs Khasgiwala
Welcome to Year 5's class page. Here you will find everything you need to know about Year 5 and what we will be learning. If you need to get in touch, please email your teacher. We will be learning about a lot of interesting topics including 'Viking Invaders', 'Extreme Earth' and 'Fairgrounds' as well as developing our skills and understanding in all subjects in the curriculum. We are looking forward to an exciting year ahead in Year 5!
Have a look in Year 5's Gallery below which will be updated throughout the year to find out what we have been learning.
Year 5's PE days are:
Remember to bring your PE kit in on a Monday so you can participate in PE lessons and take it home on Fridays to be washed.
For Outdoor PE, you will need a t-shirt, shorts/trousers and trainers.
For Indoor PE, you will need a t-shirt and shorts.
If you wear jewellery, please remove it before school on PE days.
Other important information:
Homework will be handed out on a Friday and will be due on the following Wednesday. The homework and newsletter for this term can be found in the link at the top of this page.
The activities are divided into three areas: Spelling, Mathematics and Other Learning. Every week the children are expected to complete at least two spelling activities (green section) and one maths activity (blue section). In addition the children are expected to complete three other activities from our learning e.g. History, Geography, Science or Art (purple section) every term.
The spelling words for the week will be stuck in purple Homework books every Friday to learn using the activities in the green section. Activities should be spread throughout the week rather than completed on one day. Whichever activities they choose, it is important that children know the words ready for a weekly test. All activities, for spelling and maths, should be completed or recorded in the purple Homework books. If completing an activity from MyMaths, please make sure you record it in your Homework Book and give an example of what you have learnt or even better write a question for your teacher to answer using what you have learnt. Any written activities from the purple section should also be completed in the Homework books.
Homework books with the completed spelling and maths activities must be returned by the following Wednesday.
Spellings will be handed out on a Friday and tested on the following Friday. At the start of Year 5 we will be recapping some of the Year 3 and 4 spelling words. We will then be focusing on the Year 5 and 6 list in the document below as well as spelling rules related to Year 5 words.
In Year 5, we are keen readers. We love to read both fiction and non-fiction texts. We are developing our reading skills everyday. At school, we read for 25 minutes every day to help children develop confidence as well as enjoyment of reading. We would also like Year 5 to be reading for 20 minutes, Monday to Friday, to help build their reading stamina.
Once they have finished reading a book, they take an Accelerated Reader quiz. These quizzes check that your child has understood the book. The percentage correct score and the points that are awarded for passing a quiz are highly motivating. We challenge the children to attain 85% or above.
We encourage children to try to read both fiction and non-fiction texts to develop reading skills. We would also like children complete their Reading Log every night by writing the number of pages they have read and after a few pages or a chapter, they should writing a notes about what they have read.
Accelerated Reader Top Tips
Choose a book within the target range set by your teacher.
Read consistently every day. 15-20 minutes at least.
Test yourself as you read. If there is a quiz within the book use this. If not make up your own questions and test yourself at the end of your reading.
Make a list as you read of key characters, events, facts that might be asked about in the quiz.
Talk to a friend who has read the book before. What do they remember? Ask them to test you before you take your quiz.
Make sure you quiz within 24 hours of reading the book; any later and you run the risk of forgetting things.
Choose a book that interests you. Without interest you are unlikely to remember the content.
Try to take both the comprehension and vocabulary quizzes if they are available. Reading one book but learning from it in two different ways will increase your chances of moving towards your overall target more quickly.
Try to read and quiz on at least one book every week without fail. If you can, read more.
Stretch yourself. Accelerated Reader quizzes are available on many non-fiction as well as fiction texts. Don’t be afraid to try something new.
We have had lots of children achieving 100% after just a couple of weeks back at school and we are looking forward to celebrating more successes in reading.
Every week we will be awarding a class member 'Reader of the Week' and we will also be celebrating our 100% readers. We are looking forward to finding out who our first Million Word Reader will be!
Cracking Times Tables is the scheme we will be using to monitor the learning of multiplication facts. The children are expected to learn times tables at home (about 5-10 minutes each day is ideal) and they will be tested each week (Friday) in class.
The learning and testing are based around a series of 27 levels which get increasingly more difficult to provide the children with more of a challenge. The test is written, and each child will be given five minutes to complete a test. This ensures that the children are able to give responses quickly and accurately. The tests become increasingly difficult as children move through the levels but five minutes remains the time limit.
There are links below to websites which have fun games to help children learn times tables.
|A bronze badge is awarded for Level 15, silver for Level 19 and gold for Level 23.|
Follow instructions with thought and care.
Show respect at all times.
Care for everyone and everything.
We know it can be difficult at times to have face-to face time with your children's teacher. If you have any questions or queries please get in touch and I will endeavor to help in any way I can.