Who are the Y5 teachers?
What do we expect from your child in Y5?
Our focus this year is to build up your child's independence ready for Year 6 and High School. We believe that children should be taking more responsibility for themselves and their learning. This means, remembering their own PE kit, research book etc. We encourage children to ask for help when they need it but at the same time aim to equip them to find other ways of getting answers by using each other or appropriate resources.
Rewards and sanctions
This year in school, we will be using Class Dojo to reward children for a range of different things, from showing gospel virtues to contribution and teamwork. This will replace the current house point system but will work in a similar way.
As before, we will be using 'minutes' as a sanction- these will be taken off Golden Time at the end of a week.
As always, parental involvement is key and we will work with you to give praise or tackle any issues.
PE, Swimming and Forest School
Again this year, we will be having PE on a Wednesday so every child will come to school dressed in their PE kit. This should be their indoor kits (shorts/t-shirt) with black or navy joggers on top and outdoor trainers. Any hoodies worn should be either school branded or plain navy/black. Please ensure your kit is labelled to avoid any mix-ups or lost items!
CHANGE TO SWIMMING- Due to ongoing changes with COVID-19 and the wishes of the swimming baths, we will now be going swimming AFTER October Half-Term- please ensure your child has appropriate swimming kit and goggles if need be- please send a letter if you wish your child to wear goggles. Swimming is a large part of the PE curriculum so children need to take part every week.
We will have forest school on a rota basis on a Friday afternoon- you will be notified in advance but please have a kit ready including wellies/trainers, clothes you don't mind getting muddy and a waterproof jacket.
This year we are continuing with Enquiry Based Learning, so your child will be given a research question each week for them to make notes on in their research book. This will be given out on a Wednesday ready for the following Wednesday- please ensure that this is done or your child will have to catch this up at a lunch/break time.
Every Friday, your child will be given maths homework and spellings to learn- again they have a week to complete this and will have to do it at lunch/break if not complete.
If your child loses a sheet, it is their responsibility to come and ask for a new one so that their work can still be completed.
Reading- Your child must be reading every night, with an adult with possible. Your child will have a reading diary and we ask you to sign this to say you have heard them read. We will be checking diaries each week. Please note, this is a home reading diary so teachers at school will NOT sign every time your child is heard reading.
High school will seem like a scary thought to most of you but believe me it will not seem like long before you are having to make your choices! We recommend that you view high schools this year so that you can rule out any and so that your child has chance to get their head around each school and make an informed choice.
Hagley Pyramid Concert
I'm sure that many of you will have seen our wonderful performances at Birmingham Town Hall over the past few years. I'm delighted to say that we will be taking part in the Hagley Pyramid Concert again this year and the theme is Brit Pop. Mr Mallinson from Hagley will be working with the children every other week starting from September so that we are ready for the concert in February. This is always a fantastic experience for the children- and hopefully you'll like the songs! It is a great opportunity to share in music with your child and I know that many parents last year knew the songs as well as the children did!
The £5 Challenge
Each year in Y5, we run an enterprise challenge where the children are each given £5 and they have to use that to raise even more money. This year, the children will be raising money at our Summer fayre, giving them the whole year to prepare. We ask that you as the parents help out where necessary and encourage your child in this challenge. You may spend over the £5 but we do encourage you to stick to that limit. This is always a great experience for the children and teaches them a wide range of life skills.
Thank you for reading! If you have any queries/questions, do not hesitate to get in touch.
Mr Hyde :)