We hope you’ve had a restful holiday. We’re looking forward to a full calendar this second spring half term!
Spring Into Writing Competition 2020
It was wonderful to witness so many entries come flooding in, as the closing day approached for Spring into Writing 2020. If you want to submit your entries or BBC 500 words too, you haven’t got long. Don’t miss out in the opportunity.
Our stories have been shortlisted and are now being considered by a small panel of school governors and management. The entries have been very exciting and varied. We look forward to reading out the winning story at our Special Assembly in World Book Day on 5th March. The PFTA have kindly sponsored the school prizes and every class will have a winner.
We were extremely impressed with Year 5’s fantasy stories last term. When we’d finished studying Shaun Tan we moved on to studying Extreme Explorers and what we thought made explorers brave, linked to our topic Extreme Earth. First week back at school, we will use this knowledge to write a handbook for explorers going to the Amazon. Following on from this, we will focus on JK Rowling and then the intriguing world of Gothic writing.
We encourage daily independent reading in the classroom. The more we are able to read, both at school and importantly at home, the better our comprehension and writing will be. Children are welcome to borrow books from my class library but are also welcome and encouraged to read their own books in class. Above all else, we want children to love reading for pleasure! I would strongly encourage children to recommend their favourite books in a short book review, to add to our reading display in the Y5 corridor. There are already some excellent recommendations, and children are welcome to recommend books both from school and home.
This February and March, we are working to master Year 5 fractions and percentages. Retaining fluency with multiplication and division facts will be essential to support this work. Pupils need to practise regularly at home and have access to Times Tables Rock Stars. All children have usernames and passwords. We urge all children to practise in the way that suits them best, and regularly. The confidence such practice gives your child, to be able to quickly solve basic arithmetic problems, cannot be measured when it comes to the trickier mathematical problems that we encounter in Year 5! In 5RC the children get very excited when they move up on our class Times Tables Super Heroes chart too, bringing home certificates to demonstrate their progress!
As scientists we will be investigating living things and their habitats.
As geographers this half term, our enquiry will take us to Mountains and Volcanoes.
Altrincham FC will continue to support delivery of Year 5 outdoor football lessons until Easter. The class had lots of fun last term and will continue to develop their skills. PE slots may be subject to change, so it is really important that children have their PE kits (outdoor and indoor) at school from Monday through to Friday. There have been many instances of forgotten or incomplete kit so far in Year 5. It is a very popular subject for 5RC and there have been some very disappointed children when they have been unable to participate. For health and safety reasons, long hair must be tied back and children must not wear earrings (or must cover them with tape.)
Indoor kit: rubber-soled pumps not outdoor PE trainers; a plain t-shirt in the colour of Blue, Red, Yellow or Green depending on their allocated 'house'; Black shorts.
Outdoor kit: separate outdoor PE shoes which are especially important in damp weather (ideally in a separate bag to protect the rest of the PE kit); t-shirt as above; blue/navy/ black joggers (or tracksuit) and sweatshirt.
School Trips - Spring Term
The John Rylands Library is a fantastic trip on the Year 5 calendar for 17 March in Manchester, when we are studying Gothic writing. The library itself is a marvellous stimulus for writing with its Gothic architecture and the workshop experience will enable children to create their own written piece, complimented by the sketches children will make in the magnificent Reading Room.
The Chatterday homework options will be sent out this week in the red Spelling Homework Folders. We have been remarkably impressed by the standard of pieces of homework brought in last term. Well done, everyone! Don't forget, if your child wishes to do the Maths homework, the weekly challenge sheets are available to collect from the classroom.
Weekly spelling lists will continue as normal, are due in on Thursdays for marking, and will be tested on Fridays as are times tables. As mentioned before, children should read on a daily basis, with progress logged within their Reading Record book.
Mrs Chetwyn and Mrs Whitehead