Croeso i Blwyddyn Pump – Welcome to Year 5
I would very much like to welcome both you and your child to Year 5. I am taking this opportunity at the beginning of the new school year to inform you about all aspects of school life in this year group. Here at Tre Uchaf we feel that if we all work together, your child will achieve the appropriate levels for their age and ability as well as enjoying the work they do.
Year 5 staff
Mr Civil – Year 5 Class teacher
Mrs Tench – Maths and Literacy support and TA.
This year we will continue to work within our new and exciting Cornerstones Curriculum. We will be covering five topics over the course of the school year. Our current topic ‘Blitz’ looks at how ordinary people’s lives were affected by World War 2. We have already had our first air raid practise with children diving for cover under tables. As part of the process of engaging pupils with the topic we will be visiting Swansea’s 1940s Museum next Friday (16th September). We will be hoping to express all that we have learnt on this topic during a class assembly at the end of this half term. It will be held in the school hall on Thursday 20th October, it would be great to see you all there.
Other topics this year include a range of enticing titles such as Potions, Mods and Rockers, Allotment and Bend and Flow. It’s going to be another busy one!
Routines and Organisation
PE takes place up to twice a week. These sessions will usually be on a Tuesday (and sometimes on a Thursday) for children in 5. Our class will be taking part in weekly swimming sessions at Penyrheol during the Spring term. These sessions will take place every Friday between nine and ten am. Children should have their full PE kit in school available for these sessions. Weather permitting, we will be outside for at least one of the sessions so outdoor trainers are advisable. Our focus in games this half term will be Invasion games such as Basketball and Hockey. In our more creative sessions later this term our topic will be Gymnastics. I have urged pupils to wear daps for the gymnastics sessions as trainers are not appropriate for the activities they will be taking part in.
The school is able to provide two yellow handwriting pens for every child which should be labelled top and bottom. One is to be kept safe in school and the other is for use at home when completing homework tasks. We encourage children in Year 5 to be organised and responsible for their own property and to promptly have a pen and pencil ready at the beginning of each lesson.
Learning Logs: Last year, the children produced some excellent work and enjoyed the creative and investigative challenges set. These logs will start to be used this half term and alternating creative and research based challenges ill be set fortnightly.
In addition, I will also be giving out a weekly Maths or English based homework task (to be alternated weekly) which will reflect and build upon the work they have done in class that week. The children will have one whole week to complete these tasks. Homework tasks will be given out, reviewed and peer marked every Thursday so please ensure your child brings their learning logs/homework folders back to school on the correct day.
It is important that each child has an up to date Reading Log and reading book which should go home with them and come back to school everyday. We encourage children to be organised and responsible for these whether using a school book bag or their own school bag. We ask parents and guardians to please listen to your children read as often as possible (even if it’s for a few minutes each evening) and ask children to discuss and share opinions about what they are reading.
In school, we try to hear each child read individually at least once or twice a week as well as during weekly group reading slots. Teaching and support staff will need to sign reading logs whenever we hear children read, so it is really important that they have them in school everyday.
Please feel free to arrange a time to speak to me about any aspect of your child’s education. We look forward to working with you to achieve the best support for your children over the following year.
Mr Civil and Mrs Tench