Mrs Perkins Miss Eddershaw
Class teacher Learning Support Assistant
I hope you have had a lovely break and that your children are keen to continue their hard work and
learning in Year 5. I thoroughly enjoyed our first half term together, and now that we have settled
into new routines, look forward to the rest of the year.
During this half term, our class is participating in a 'Reading Around the World' challenge. When one
night's reading has been recorded and signed in reading logs, children can move on one destination.
Once destination 30 has been reached, a prize from myself and Mrs Rayner will be awarded. Please
help your child with the challenge by either listening to them read and signing their reading log or
signing their reading log if they read independently. In addition to this, for every night where reading
has been recorded ad signed, raffle tickets are awarded on a daily basis. A raffle ticket draw takes
place on the last day of every half term - happy reading!
This half term, our class text is Clockwork by Phillip Pullman.
We are enjoying this and will be writing a mystery and suspense story of our own using Phillip
Pullman's techniques. After our narrative, we will write an explanation of Automatons.
Our additional must reads are:
Wednesday 14th March 2018
Open Classroom 9am - 10-.15am - come and join us for a Maths lesson!
Also on Wednesday 14th March 2018
Wales High School Dance Festival (arrival for 5pm)
Children can come dressed in pirate themed costumes if they wish!
Pirate costume ideas:
Important routines in Year 5
As all tables are taught by the time children reach the end of Year 4, overlearning of them will take place in Year 5. Rapid recall of times tables is extremely important as it underpins the majority of aspects in Maths learning. In Year 5, it is vital that children are fluent with all of their times tables (with the expectation of being able to say any answer just as quickly as they would respond to the question, ‘what is your name?’). Once the table is firmly rooted, the inverse and other facts such as 10x, 100x, 1000x become easier for children to have at their fingertips. Research suggests that a times table fact needs to be iterated 200 times before it lodges in our memory. The trickier times tables, therefore, will be the focus for the remaining half of Year 5 with chanting, speed writes, say what you see, I say… you say and many more times tables games being played in class.
Ways to support your child
Encourage your child to read at least four times a week and sign to say that they have read in their reading logs.
Ask your child questions about the book that they are reading to improve their understanding of what they have read.
Encourage your child to practise the 3 focused times tables, every week, at home to increase their fluency as this will support their learning in all aspects of Maths.
Support your child in completing their homework but if they are struggling encourage them to speak to their class teacher.
Maths Challenge Quizzes