Welcome to Year 5

Welcome back after half term, I hope that you have enjoyed the break and the children are ready to get back in the swing of things!

The year 5 team stays the same this half term, with me, Miss Piponides as class teacher supported by Miss Dhiri and Miss Potter and Miss Carlyle from Focussed Provision. Mr Bown and Mr Brown take the class when I have my non contact time on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.

PE will now be taking place on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. 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.

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 - Ancient Greek’. 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 bell goes at 8:50am in the morning, children should be lined up on the playground at this time. Morning break is at 10:15-10.30am 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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