September 2018 Newsletter

Thursday 6thSeptember 2018

Dear Parents,

It’s been lovely to see everybody after the long break and hear all about the fun they have had over summer. I have enjoyed watching your children grow as they have moved through primary school and I am looking forward to helping them progress in Year 5 and get ready for the final step in this part of their educational journey. I am very keen to ensure that the children understand the expectations for both their learning and behaviour now that they have reached upper Key Stage 2; everyone has signed a class contract that reflects the increased responsibility, independence and hard work required.

Teaching arrangements this year are as follows:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday morning, Thursday, Friday – Mrs Horton

Wednesday afternoon – Preparation, Planning and Assessment cover

(this will be provided by different staff, leading different activities throughout the year)



Fiction: Fantasy / Narrative with a different setting

Non-Fiction: Persuasive texts / Non-chronological reports

Poetry: Benjamin Zephaniah


We are following the White Rose planning in line with the National Curriculum


Forces: Why do things move and how do they stop?

Living things and their habits: How do plants and animals adapt to their environment?

Lifecycles: How do plants and animals change throughout their lifecycles?


Online safety / coding


Mountains and the water cycle


The Aboriginal people of Canada

Design and Technology:

Canadian cookery

Needlework: quilt making


Pencil, ink and charcoal

Religious Education:

Why is the Bible so important for Christians today?

Why is the Guru Granth Sahib / Qur’an so important for Sikhs/Muslims? 


Caring, Cooperation, Courage, Helpfulness, Kindness


How can instruments tell a story? BBC 10 pieces

Physical Education:

Indoor – Gymnastics / Dance (Monday Afternoon)

Outdoor – Games skills (Wednesday or Thursday Afternoon)

Please remember, everyone needs to have a complete indoor and outdoor PE kit in school at all times. Ensure all the kit is named, as unnamed t-shirts, black shorts and tracksuits are very difficult to identify. (The same is true for school sweatshirts, polo shirts, trousers, dresses and coats!) We have explained to children that for hygiene reasons it is important to have a change of both clothing and shoes for taking part in physical exercise, this is particularly important now the children have reached Upper Juniors! 


Your child will be bringing home their homework book next week. A letter will accompany this, explaining all of the routines and requirements for homework in Year 5.

Water Bottles:  We encourage the children to drink water at appropriate times during the day, so it is helpful if they have a fresh bottle of water in school.  Please make sure that bottles are clearly named and have a sports top to avoid spillages.

I always appreciate extra adult help in my classroom, if you are able to help in any way, either on a regular or one-off basis, please let me know.  Anyone helping in school does require CRB clearance. If you do not have this, please contact the office for a form to complete.

Finally, if you have any concerns or questions during the term, please contact me to arrange a convenient time for us to meet. You can find me in the classroom after school most evenings, ring me at lunchtime or leave a message with Mrs Lowe / Mrs Hallam.

Yours sincerely

Mrs D Horton