Welcome to Year 5

Dear Parents/Carers,

We’re back! It’s so lovely to see all of your children again and to have the chance to pick up where we left off in Year 4. I’ve seen lots of happy smiling faces and already I am seeing children picking up where they left off with their learning. Children have settled into our ‘new normal’ really well and have shown how adaptable and resilient they really are.

Ancient Greece - Our main focus this half term is on Ancient Greece. We’ll be learning the legend of the Trojan Horse, the morality in the tale of King Midas and some of the meanings behind Aesop’s fables – not to mention finding out more about Greek gods, demigods and monsters!

Maths – initially, we will be focusing on place value and securing facts around number and reactivating what they know about core concepts and strategies for addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.

Times Tables - As yet, Year 5 have not been asked to sit the Multiplications Tables Check which was meant to be done in Year 4. However, this may change…and regardless, having rapid recall of their times tables helps reduce the amount of brain power needed to solve trickier maths problems.

Please encourage your child to use TT Rockstars – it’s fun and it’s free.

Reading – there’s lots of research around reading and academic success. I hope to inspire your children to want to pick up a book at home – which I know is hard when competing against games consoles, tablets, but even a few minutes down time before bed will help. There is still a range of banded reading books available on my page at https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/ Username Bown, Password 1234 – here you will find books up to a reading age of 11.

Writing – Our focus will be on those things that makes a good story what it is. How the story flows, the detail, suspense and drama; we will be using Ancient Greek myths and legends in order to help us get there.

DT – Our other focus is DT: understanding levers and pulleys - which the Greeks were again masters of.

Class Dojo – I hope you have found it useful to be able to message me on Class Dojo when you need help with something, or to share information regarding your child. As we are back in school, I will try to limit the messages I send out to you via this route, as I appreciate we all get far too many unexpected messages via text and email. However, please do keep the app active as it can sometimes be the easiest was to share information.

Lastly, we will be putting a lot of time and energy into our ‘learning mind-set’. I have been explaining to the class how ‘teaching’ is really about me helping them to remember things, and how they are central to this.

If they don’t remember it, it hasn’t been ‘taught’. So expect to hear more about this in the year.

As always, if you have any concerns, or questions about this year – please get in touch.

Best Wishes

Carl Bown

September 2020


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