Year 5 Spring 2018 Newsletter

5th January 2018

 Dear Year 5 Parents,

 Welcome back! I hope you have all had a great break over Christmas and that the children have returned refreshed and ready to work hard.

 For your information, PE/Games this term will be on Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit and trainers in school at all times.


 Homework will remain the same as last term.

 Spellings: the children should continue to follow the schedule of spellings sent home last term. In some cases, I have sent home duplicates of this, but if your child has lost their copy, please could they ask me for another. The week shown at the top of each list is the week in which they should be learned for a test the following week.

 Grammar: each week, there will be a sheet of mixed grammar and spelling questions. These will relate to the year 5 English Grammar curriculum objectives.

 Reading: The children should continue to read at least four times per week. Please do ask the children questions about what they have read to support their comprehension skills. This term, comprehension and guided reading work in school will focus heavily on developing the children’s inference skills, so it would be particularly helpful if you could ask your child questions which make them think about why a character behaves in a particular way in a story, or what they think is meant by a particular phrase (that may not be self-explanatory). The more discussion the children can have around a book, the more confident they should become in comprehension work. Thank you for your support in this.

 Maths: each week the children will continue to be given an arithmetic homework and a reasoning homework. Please do look at and mark the arithmetic homework together with your child, so that you have a good idea of the level of demand at year 5. It is also really helpful when parents communicate with me about particular areas of arithmetic with which their child may be struggling.

 Homework will be given out on a Monday or Tuesday and should be returned the following Monday. Once it has been marked, work will be returned to your child so that they can bring it home.

 This term’s topics:

 History:  The Anglo-Saxons.

English: Narrative (adventure stories); Non-fiction (non-chronological reports linked to RE work and explanation reports).

Maths: multiplication and division methods and problem-solving and fractions.

Science: reversible and irreversible changes of materials.

RE: special focus week on world faiths in February – more details to follow.

ICT: spreadsheets and databasesthrough Purple Mash.

PE/Games: multisports with Zoe; dance/movement.


Thank you.

 Kind Regards,

Sarah-Jayne Kenyon