Class Information
Year 5

This information should give you a good outline of the expectations for the year ahead for your child in Year 5. This year sees the children becoming more established members of the school as the move up in to Upper Key Stage Two. They are expected to set a good example to the younger children in terms of behaviour and attitude throughout each day and will be given a number of key roles of responsibility in the school.

English

English will be taught using four different focuses this year – Comprehension, Grammar, Spelling and Composition lessons, which will make up the 5 hours of English taught throughout a week. Work will be differentiated, as in all areas in order to meet the various needs and work levels. This year we are following the Collins Treasure House schemes of work – which clearly set out expectations for the children as well as providing them with a rich library of example texts to be used in supporting their own composition of work.

Group activities during the week will give opportunities for the children to practise skills introduced during the class shared session. Once a fortnight, one group will work intensively with their class teacher in developing and extending their reading skills. This is 'Guided Reading' and it will be noted in your child's home school book. Each child will also read with an adult once a fortnight which will be noted in the home-school book.

Reading at home with your child is still expected and this should be recorded in the column of the home/school book that you have allocated for parent comments.

Mathematics

Daily Mathematics lessons cover number, measurement, geometry, and statistics. We will be using a range of materials to suit the learning objective being taught and to match the needs of your children. These make the work more accessible and appealing to each different type of learner within our class.

We also carry out small group activities with the class teacher each day in order to support or extend children as necessary. Again your child’s knowledge of their multiplication tables up to 12x12 are important and are an underlying element needed for success and progress in most areas of mathematics. We will be spending short periods of time  through the week to practice these times tables and we will have a ‘Grand National’ Test on a Friday –  it is vital that the students practice these at home regularly.

Religious Education

We are continuing to follow the 'Come and See' syllabus for Catholic Schools. This term we start with 'Ourselves'. Through the year the children work to explore their thoughts and feelings through a range of different stories and bible passages. As we move through the school year, the children will also have a fantastic opportunity to learn about other faiths, this year focussing on Judaism and Islam. This enables the children to understand the signs, symbols and traditions of alternative faiths.

Each class has a Saint, in Year 5 we will learn about Saint John Payne.

Science

This year we will be following the Collins Snap Science scheme of work which will cover a wide range of topics, encouraging the use of enquiry to develop practical exploration and investigations.
 
The topics for Year 5, in no particular order are as follows:
Life Processes; Classification, Life Cycles, Materials, Light and Sound, Electricity, Forces; and Earth in Space.

Computing

In Year 5 we shall be studying computing rather than ICT as it has been in previous years. The big change with this approach is that computing education will equip your children to use computational thinking and creativity that will be used and applied across the world. The areas of lessons will focus on different aspects of computing from programming and computational thinking to creativity and productivity. The activities that will take place as a result will be to develop educational games and producing digital music.

Handwriting and Presentation​

The children should take pride and show enthusiasm towards their learning. We will work to develop good working habits and to remember to neatly present our work - underlining the date and title, sitting our writing on the lines etc. Handwriting practice will continue weekly during our early morning work.

I will send some handwriting packs home for children who need to develop their cursive handwriting, please encourage your child to complete this regularly. It is very important for the children to take pride in the presentation of their work.

Homework

Homework forms an important part of your child's independent learning. Please encourage them to complete their homework on time. The children should be able to complete most tasks independently as the work is differentiated to suit their needs. All homework is set to consolidate or extend skills taught in the lessons each week. It may also be used as an initial assessment of the children's skills before we begin a new topic. Homework will be given out once a week on a Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. If there are any problems with homework children should come to see me on Monday morning for support, or if there are any other issues in completing homework, please let me know and I will be happy to help!

Reading: daily reading at home is still very important – the more children read, the better they become at writing. The children should be challenging themselves with more classical literature (See suggested reading list). The children are encouraged to read a wide range of material, including non-fiction texts. They should also be supported in making use of their reading skills by applying with ‘real-life’ sources for example, newspapers.  

Spelling: these are differentiated by ability. The spelling tests will also take place on Fridays.

Key Words: reading and spelling of key words should be carried out regularly; the children will be assessed on a termly basis. These words are essential for children to learn and make life easier when working in class on an independent level.

Mathletics: Some of the maths homework set may use Mathletics as a resource. It is also an expectation that children should spend 20 minutes daily on Mathletics Live. This is the amount of time recommended in order for children to achieve the maximum benefit.

Home School Books​

The home school book is an important way of communicating; please write any messages for me, comments about reading, etc. in your child's home school book! Each week the main Maths and English objectives will be glued in for you to read and support. Homework, spellings and multiplication tables tests are also recorded in the home school book.

The children are asked to think of a personal target for the week and to write it into their home school book. Please encourage and support your child to complete this and review it at the end of each week.

Assessment

Assessment is an ongoing process throughout the year. We do carry out half termly summative assessments in addition to the daily monitoring of children's progress. Half termly assessments of reading and spelling of key words will be carried out; these can be found at the front of the home school book and should be revised regularly.

Formative assessment is used daily in class, this kind of assessment helps me to understand how the children are feeling about their learning and to support or extend children as appropriate in our everyday lessons.

The children use and are familiar with the traffic light fans and use of thumbs to share their feeling about a given learning objective.

For example:

Red = I need some more help with this.
Amber = I am getting there.
Green = I'm confident.

Children are also encouraged to evaluate their own work using our lesson success criteria (things to remember in our work) - for example: use of adjectives or correct punctuation.

Finally, if you do have any concerns, worries or questions, please come and see me at the end of the day, alternatively you are can make an appointment to see me if you would like more time.

The children have certainly benefited from a very smooth transition in to Year 5 and continue to be a pleasure to teach. I look forward to a challenging but exciting and enjoyable year ahead. I have high expectations for all the children and expect them to work hard. I really welcome and appreciate the support you can and already have offered.

Thank you.

Mrs A. Howard

Class Teacher