My name is Mrs. Elliott and I would like to welcome you to our wonderful class, Year 5. Each day we are joined by our fabulous Learning and Support Assistants: Mrs. Murphy, Mrs. Richmond (who joins us each morning), Mrs. Dacre (who is also with us each morning) and Mrs. Beresford (each afternoon). Mrs. Allen is our midday supervisor. Please join us and explore our page throughout the year where you will find notices and photographs of our fantastic learning.
Update: Happy New Year! I hope you have all had a wonderful (albeit quiet) Christmas break and are looking forward to the Year ahead. Our topic this term is Vikings – Traders and Raiders. By now you should have accessed your Google classroom account and started to learn the ‘Danegeld poem’ by Rudyard Kipling (please leave me a message to state that you have read the poem). Please see the overview for the half term which takes us up to 12th February. Here’s to a healthy and happy half term!
Autumn Term 2 curriculum information: Vikings – Spring Term 1 overview
Year 5 love to read, therefore you will notice on the overview that this term I am introducing ‘Read and Tell’ and asking for volunteers to prepare a 5-minute presentation about their favourite author. The book review will be presented on a Friday afternoon and I shall be looking for volunteers – there will be prizes.
Curriculum Information: The school day starts at 9am in Upper Key Stage 2. Children should enter the ramp at 8.55am, unless they have a sibling in school who requires to be in earlier. Lessons finish at 3.30pm.
Spellings: Your child will get a new set of spellings every Friday. Take some time to practise 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 times table to learn. Please ensure your child is practising these at home ready for their times 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 Upper Key Stage 2. If you are unsure as to what homework your child needs to be doing please email me.
Reading: Please encourage your child to read for at least 15 minutes every night at home and record this in their 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. Each child has now got a ‘reading map’ stapled in the front of their reading record whereby they can earn rewards and prizes for reading with an adult at home.
Breaktimes: Please bring a healthy snack to school for breaktime.
PE Days: Our PE lessons will be on a Wednesday afternoon with Primary Stars. On a PE day, your child needs to come to school in their PE kit. Pick up is at 3.30pm as usual.
Clubs: Currently, extra-curricular clubs are on hold but as soon as they are available we will let you know.
Early Birds and Evening Owls: These are still operating, please see Mrs. Wright if you need to use the afterschool care service.
PE: At St Oswald’s we recognise the importance of keeping children active; children do not only benefit physically from exercise but it will support their mental health too. Our local School Games network and Active Derbyshire have been working together to create and publish a weekly programme of activities to support families.
Maths; Corbett Maths Primary 5 a day – You can access videos and worksheets
Times Table Rockstars– practise all times tables and division facts.
Top Marks – lots of great games to practise maths skills
SPAG.com tests to practice – all children will soon have their own log ins.
Reading; http://www.oxfordowl.co.ukhttp://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/ There are lots of e books you can read with questions to answer. These are a great way to share and improve your reading skills at home.
http://stories.audible.com/start-listen What imaginary worlds will the stories you listen to take you?
BBC Bitesize KS2 – There are lots of good learner guides and videos for many areas of the curriculum.
Scratch is a free website to practise computer coding skills https://scratch.mit.edu/
Year 5 had fun making clay pottery in the shape of the Greek amphora pot.