Welcome to Year 5

Welcome back following the summer holiday. I hope that you have all enjoyed the sunshine and are ready to kick-start the new academic year in an entertaining CIRCUS way!

My name is Zoe Piponides and I will be your child’s teacher this academic year. We are also very lucky to have Seema Dhiri working with us and two outstanding focus provision staff, Jo Potter and Michelle Carlyle.

I would like to inform you of a couple of changes to this academic year.

PE will now be taking place on Thursday and Swimming on Monday afternoons. Swimming begins on the 10th September and our last session is on the 22nd of October. Could you please make sure swimming trunks/a costume and a towel are in a small bag. Please ensure that children have their PE kits in school on all days as PE sessions may take place during none scheduled days. PE kits consist of black shorts, a white top (no logo please), suitable trainers or pumps and all jewellery must be removed. I will suggest that children should have a pair of plain black jogging bottoms or leggings and a fleece for our outdoor sessions.

Some exciting news is that we now have an amazing new curriculum across school which has a focus around the theme of the circus. The published curriculum map is in the sidebar panel.

The Year 5 homework policy is as follows: Children are given spellings every Monday and will be tested upon these the following Monday. In order to help children learn their spellings, parental/carer involvement is essential. Spelling sentences or dictionary definitions are to be written by the children in their ‘Thinking Skills’ books in order to ensure their understanding of the meaning of each spelling word. Weekly Mental Maths test will be carried out as children are expected to learn all of their multiplication and division facts by the end of Year 5, if they do not know them already. Other home learning tasks are included on the ‘Homework Menu - Circus Skills sheet’. The more homework points the children achieve, the better the reward.

I would also like to take this opportunity to reinforce the importance of children reading for at least 20 minutes every evening. Reading is vital for your child’s success and it helps enormously in their writing. As Year 5’s, it is now the children’s responsibility to change their books independently, although this will be monitored. Either myself or another adult in the class will be reading with your child weekly and we will be rewarding those children who read five or more times a week at home every half term.

In order for us to monitor and inform you on reading, homework tasks and school events, each child has been issued with a personal planner. It is an easy and effective way for us to communicate. Please sign the Home/School agreement.

Therefore, please check your child’s planner on a daily basis. Children must look after their planners because if they lose/damage them, a new one will be issued at a cost of £3.

Our whole school Behaviour and Reward Systems are as follows:

The Reward System is based on earning ‘Firbeck Pounds’. Children will be issued a ‘Firbeck Pound’ by any member of staff when they exhibit excellent behaviour and excellent work. Children can ‘buy’ rewards from their class ‘Rewards Menu’. The rewards given range from extra football time to choosing their own lesson. Costs do vary!

In order to help children behave positively around school, we are following a ‘Traffic Light System’. Children who are having a perfect day are on a ‘green’. Children can also now ‘move up’ the behaviour chart by having an Amazing Day, An Extraordinary Day and a Golden VIP Day which involves many exciting privileges. Please ask your child for more information! When a child misbehaves they are given a verbal warning followed by a move on the ‘yellow’, if the inappropriate behaviour persists, children are given 10 minutes time out. Failing to turn it around when back in class, children will miss a playtime. After four warnings, if the child continues to misbehave, they are moved to ‘red’ which involves a phone call home.

As a reminder, the school will be opening its doors at 8:50 in the morning for children to enter the building. Morning break is at 10:50-11:05 so please can you either provide your child with a mid-morning snack or money for toast/drink.

If you have any further questions or worries, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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