Welcome to Year 5!
Our teachers are Mrs Stewart and Miss Grylls. Miss Garrick and Mrs Lee are our hard working teaching assistants and they help to hold our whole year group together as all adults that work with children must do their best to support them (Article 3).
Our topics are very creative and we involve the children as much as possible in their learning as we fully support the children’s right to say what they think should happen and to have their views taken seriously (Article 12). We will introduce an initial topic and the children will decide what they want to investigate further. This works well in our year group and every now and then, even the teachers will learn something new!
To show our commitment to the children’s right to an education (Article 28) and the children’s right to be the best that they can be (Article 29) our weekly timetable is full of fun and learning. As well as exciting topic lessons, we have daily English sessions, which include reading, writing, spelling, grammar and punctuation. We expect that your child reads at least three times a week at home and we would appreciate it if this is recorded in their reading diary with the letter (H) next to the reading. Reading can take many forms and we would expect that in Year 5, children read additional texts other than a school banded reading book.
Mathematics sessions are also taught each day. We focus on basic skills including mental strategies and then move on to applying these skills in a wide range of contexts. Times tables are essential to support calculations and problem solving, so it would be helpful if in addition to basic skills homework, time is spent learning these at home.
Our creative homework allows the children the freedom to express themselves in different ways, so that we appeal to all learning styles and encourage children to develop their talents and abilities (Article 29). Creative homework is set half termly – we encourage children to take great pride in their homework, ensuring that it is always presented to a high standard. All homework is shared with the class and the very best work homework is then displayed in our classrooms.