Welcome to Year 5
As your child moves into Upper Key Stage 2 this will be a year in which to further develop their confidence, organisational skills and independent learning. It is also a year in which they prepare to make those important choices about secondary school. If there’s time we may have a bit of fun too!
Organisation, independence and confidence
All children are given a homework planning book at the beginning of the year to help them organise themselves. It is a useful place in which to record reminders to bring equipment for extra curricular sports, outdoor learning, music lessons and of course homework. In Year 5 we do expect all children to take responsibility for themselves and not to rely upon their busy parents!
Homework, reading and spelling expectations
Your child will bring home a variety of homework tasks throughout the week. Some of these tasks will be longer, such as reading comprehension, and may need several nights to complete. Others such as Topic, Maths or English may require less time and be due the next day.
Many children lead very busy lives out of school and sometimes they can forget to allow sufficient time for their homework tasks. It would therefore be really helpful if you could encourage your child to use this book in order to plan their week’s work and also to ensure that having completed their homework that it is returned to school on time. Our aim is to equip your child with the ability to organise themselves, not only throughout the rest of their time at St. Gabriel’s, but crucially as they move on to the increasing demands of secondary school.
Reading skills are vital in all aspects of school work. We invest a great deal of time into reading at St. Gabriel’s, in fact each day we look forward to sharing a class reading book. In addition, all children should continue to bring home their reading book each night. They are able to take out a school library book and change their reading books whenever necessary. Although your child is in Year 5, and may prefer to read to themselves, it is still very helpful to hear them read aloud and to discuss what they have read. Not only does this help to develop their ability to read with expression, but more importantly, to help with their comprehension skills.
The children will be taught spellings through a new systematic spelling programme – Read Write Inc. Spelling. This will enable them to spell new words correctly and give them plenty of opportunities to practice spelling them. We will be including exception words and homophones. The children will bring home the spellings that they have been learning in a spelling log book and they will be encouraged to share these with you at home.
Termly Planning Grids and Class Information letters
In the unlikely event of your child not telling you everything that they have been doing at school, I hope that you will find the planning grids and class information letters useful.
During the course of the year we have two Parents’ Evenings. However, if you have any concerns regarding your child’s progress then please do not hesitate contact me.
We are very grateful for the encouragement and help that you continue to give to your child in their education. At St. Gabriel’s we really value your support and look forward to working with you, not only this year, but as your child moves into Year 6.
Mr. C. Holmes
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