Welcome to Year 5
Information for parents/carers of pupils in Year 5
Attendance and Punctuality
On a Monday, Thursday and Friday, a whole school assembly will take place at 8:55am, while on a Tuesday and Wednesday, assemblies take place at 10:15 am. It is therefore extremely important that your child arrives at school on time and is lined up, ready to come in at 8:50am, ready for registration. Should your child be unwell, please ensure that you have contacted the office in good time so that absences can be recorded and passed on.
Holidays in term time are not allowed. In line with all other schools in the Wolverley Pyramid, holidays will be marked as unauthorised. Authorised leave for exceptional reasons may be granted dependent on attendance in the previous twelve months. It is important to state that excellent attendance is of paramount importance particularly in Upper Key Stage 2 due to the pace and challenge demanded by the new curriculum.
PE/Games are taken by Mr R. Wheeler, our sports coach, on a Wednesday for Year 5. There will be additional sports sessions timetabled on other afternoons throughout the year. It is important that your child has the correct kit for PE, this includes a tracksuit, a pair of black shorts, a white t-shirt and also a pair of trainers. Your child will be expected to have their hair tied back and any earrings must be removed. Please could you ensure that all kit is clearly named.
Numeracy and Literacy
We are anxious as a school to fulfil every child’s potential academically and realise that at the same time there are some children who, due to a lack of confidence, work more competently in a small group situation. Therefore, for core subjects, pupils may work in specific groups to ensure that tasks are appropriate for their level of learning. Differentiation within lessons enables the more able children to be challenged and those that need a little more support to have what is needed for them to access the learning.
Homework and Reading Diaries
Every week, the children in Year 5 will receive homework to be completed by a certain date. A record will be kept to ensure that children are completing these tasks. Maths homework will be handed out each Tuesday and will be expected to be returned on a Monday. English homework will be handed out each Friday and will be expected to be returned on a Thursday.
The children in Year 5 are expected to read each night, and it would be greatly appreciated if parents/carers could sign to confirm this in their reading diaries. In school, reading is taught predominantly through group reading and English lessons.
The Daily Mile
Your children will be taking part in The Daily Mile each day with the aim to get your ‘children fit for life’. They will be able jog or walk the mile, providing it is completed to gain the full benefits. It is important that your child has well-fitting trainers in school every day, as well as a water bottle to keep them hydrated.
Water is necessary for the brain to function correctly and although it may seem a nuisance to remember to send a bottle of water in each morning, it really does help your child.
It is extremely important that we work together to encourage your child to strive for increased confidence and independence in school. We believe that they should be able to be responsible for their own belongings and engage in tasks independently.
We all wish our classrooms to be active learning environments but also recognise that occasionally a child may need to be disciplined. We have a layered set of behaviour sanctions, which, if not adhered to may result in a detention during a dinnertime. These detentions are not expected to be regular occurrences as the children have been made aware of the fact that they are monitored and parents may be requested to attend a meeting if several occur.
Our first Parents’ Evening will take during the Autumn term (wk beg 16.10) and we look forward to having the opportunity of meeting with you to discuss your child. You will need to book your own appointment and booking forms will be made available nearer the time.
We hope that you find the above information helpful.
Thank you once again for your support.
Mrs Crisp, Mrs Williams, Mrs Morris