Welcome to Year 5!
Mrs C Perkins Miss L Eddershaw
Class Teacher Learning Support Assistant
I hope you have had a fantastic Easter break and that your children are refreshed and ready to continue their hard work and learning in Year 5. We had an amazing term together (including a fantastic Pirates of the Caribbean dance performance at the Wales High School Gym and Dance Festival in addition to supporting the Big 50 Sofa challenge) and as ever, I look forward to an exciting and jam-packed Summer Term.
During this half term, our class will continue to participate in the '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 The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.
We will be using this as a stimulus to write a fictional biography, a newspaper report and an adventure narrative of our own!
Our additional must reads are:
What an amazing production of Alice the Musical we had on Wednesday 9th May.
Thank you to all parents, family members and friends who supported your children with preparation as well as attended the show. I'm so proud of all of the children.
Tuesday 22nd May 2018 - Bloodhound workshop (am)
Friday 25th May 2018 - Last day of half term
Tuesday 5th June 2018 - Pupils first day back after the half term holidays
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