Croeso i Blwyddyn 5! Welcome to Year 5!
We are enjoying a very positive start to the school year 2021-2022. The children have settled really well and are making the most of the extra space we have this year to work more often in smaller, adult-led groups.
We are determined for each of our children to experience success, and to reach their full potential. To do this, we encourage them to focus on their own learning journey, and not compare themselves to others. Your child’s aim should be to see a clear improvement in their own work and confidence over the course of the year. Everyone will receive help when they need it (and everyone does need help at some point), and everyone will be pushed to develop their talents. We hope you will echo this sentiment at home, and join us in celebrating the fact that all children are unique.
Any homework set in Year 5 will be chosen because it either revises or prepares for the learning we do in class, therefore it is important that the children complete it. The children have planners that they should bring home every night, and they will write the due dates for any homework inside their planners. The due dates will not always be on the same day of the week because we want the children to get used to using a planner before they go to secondary school. Children who complete their homework get one step closer to winning a prize on our reward chart. There are no consequences for not completing homework.
Your child has been asked to read at home every day. They will have a ‘banded’ book that caters to their precise reading level, and a library book that they have chosen to borrow. If you have time to listen to them reading a few pages each day, please note that you have done this in their reading record. If you are busy, then they are old enough to get out their reading book, read a few pages to themselves, and note this in the reading record themselves. They have been shown how to do this. They should bring their books and reading record to school every day, in case an adult in the classroom wishes to hear them read. They must aim to complete their banded book by Friday, as this is the day that new books are handed out. They can take as long as they want to with their library book. If you find that your child is finishing their banded book very quickly, they can have two new books each Friday.
Your child can wear PE kit to school on Wednesdays with their normal school jumper on top. PE kit consists of black bottoms, a plain T-shirt (either white, or your child’s house colour), and trainers. We will write to parents and carers before we begin swimming lessons later in the year.
If you have any further questions, suggestions or concerns, please contact Mr Smith via email: SmithR347@hwbcymru.net