Hello and welcome to Year 5! I'm so glad that you're here and cannot wait for all the fun we're going to have this year! I'm sure that you have lots of questions about starting Y5 so hopefully I can answer some of those now.
Which teachers will I have?
What is it like to be a child in Y5?
First of all, it's full of fun! As you will already know, Y5 do lots of exciting things throughout the year, including the Hagley Pyramid Concert! As well as that, Y5 help out a lot around school- we do all the jobs that Y6 are too busy to do! This means that as a member of Y5, you must be responsible, independent and a role model to the younger children in school. You are getting more grown up now and will be going to high school in a couple of years! This means you need to be responsible for remembering your own things like PE kits- your parents don't need to do everything for you!
Class Dojo and Minutes
This year, instead of house points, we will be using Dojos- each of you has a little monster character and you will earn points from teachers for all the good and kind things you do around school- you can even give the teachers points!
As usual, we will be having Golden Time on a Friday, so if you make the wrong behaviour choices then you will be given minutes off that time. I hope that now you are Y5, you are sensible enough to make the right choices so that I won't be needing minutes!
What homework will I get?
Our first Enquiry Based Learning topic this year is all about Space! I know that you will love learning about it and will find out lots of amazing things! You will have a week to do your research- make sure that this is done so that you are ready for the lesson!
You will also have maths homework and spellings every week and you will get a whole week for these too! If you lose your homework- please come and ask me before the day its due so I can get you a new sheet.
PE, Swimming and Forest School
We will be having PE on a Wednesday as normal and after half-term, we will also be going swimming on a Tuesday- this will be at a different place to last year but will be just as fun!
Mrs Morris will also be taking us out for forest school every few weeks and I know that she has got lots of exciting activities planned!
Make sure you remember whichever kit you need for the right day so that you can take part in everything!
Will we still take part in the Hagley Pyramid Concert?
The short answer is yes! Mr Mallinson from Hagley will be coming in to work with us every two weeks and this years' theme is Brit Pop. I know that you are a fantastic singing class and can't wait to hear how well you will do! Even if you're not the biggest fan of singing, I guarantee that you will love it- all of the children last year had a great time!
The £5 challenge!
You might remember all the fantastic stalls that Y5 set up last year at the Christmas fayre, selling lots of different things to raise money. This year we will be giving you even longer to prepare for this and we will be raising our money at the Summer fayre. Get thinking of some creative ways to make money- you could make something to sell, run a game or clean cars! The only rule is that you will be given £5 by school and you must return that £5 plus any other money you make!
How will things be different because of COVID?
First of all (and most importantly in my opinion) we can all be together in one class as normal. We will keep apart from other classes but you will see them from a distance on the playground. We will start school at 9.15 (you will come in earlier if you have a little brother or sister) and will finish at 3.30 (or when your brother or sister goes home). Our break time will be 10.30-10.45 as normal and we will have a different part of the playground each day to stick to- the same at lunch time. We will go outside for a break at lunch first and then eat afterwards in class.
We won't have whole school assemblies but our collective worship in class will still go ahead and you will have the chance to lead prayers.
Thank you for reading- I hope some of your questions are answered- if not I will try my best to answer them when we are back.
I cannot wait for our adventure to start in September and I'm so excited to teach you all!
Mr Hyde :)