Hello, my name is Mrs Elliott and I would like to welcome you to Year 5. I am new to the staff team here at St. Oswald’s and I am thrilled to be working in such a fantastic school with a wonderful group of young people.
I will be teaching Year 5 each morning and Mrs. Dawson will be teaching the class in the afternoon, along with Year 6. We will be joined by our fabulous Learning and Support Assistants; Mrs Clarke, who will join us on a Monday and Wednesday morning, Mrs Beresford will be with us each morning and Mrs Rowlands each afternoon.
The Year 5 teaching team are very excited for the year ahead and we look forward to sharing lots of wonderful learning opportunities together. Please join us and explore our page throughout the year where you will find notices and photographs of our fantastic learning.
If you have any questions, I will be available briefly each morning and Mrs. Dawson afterschool. However, if you would like to discuss any matter in private or in more detail then please do not hesitate to make an appointment.
Our topic this half term is ‘Ancient Greece’. This topic has a history and Geography focus, however it is also linked to English where the whole class will study the text ‘Who Let The Gods Out’ by Maz Evans, together with studying the quest tale ‘Theseus and the Minotaur’ with the aim of creating our own exciting quest style story.
Spellings: Your child will get a new set of spellings every Friday. Take some time to practice these with your child, little and often is best. We use lots of different techniques to learn our spellings in class – ‘pyramid words’ are always a popular choice!
Times Tables; Each week your child will have a x table to learn. Please ensure your child is practising these at home ready for their x table test on a FRIDAY. Remember to use the Times Table Rockstars app for support (the Arena will allow them to play against friends!).
Homework; Your child will receive a piece of Maths and English homework each week in their CGP booklets. The children will write the pages that they need to complete in their reading record every Friday and it should be returned to school by the following THURSDAY so that I can mark it. Please support and encourage your child to do their homework as independently as they can, we are really striving for that independence and personal responsibility now we are Juniors. If you are unsure as to what homework your child needs to be doing there is a notice on the notice board outside of the classroom which is updated each week.
Reading; Please encourage your child to read for at least 15 minutes EVERY NIGHT at home. Please record this in your child’s reading record. In our class we understand that it is important to have a ‘love for reading’. Therefore, if your child is not enjoying their book, please do let me know and they are more than welcome to change their book.
PE Days; Please make sure your child’s PE kit remains in school throughout the half term. We have PE on a Wednesday afternoon at the Leisure Centre.
Please bring a healthy snack to school for breaktime.