Welcome to Year 5!
Mr Kelly, Mr Simms and Mr Naughton would like to welcome all students and adults to our Year 5 class pages.
Q: When do students need their PE kits?
A: Students come to school in outdoor PE kits on Monday and Thursday.
Q: When should homework be handed in?
A: Thursday morning.
Q: What homework needs to be handed in?
A: Five things:
1) Seesaw homework (we set homework online instead of learning logs)
2) Completed MyMaths homework (online)
3) Reading log with five completed entries, signed/initialled by an adult
4) Spelling practice book
5) School reading book
Q: How do you use Seesaw?
A: Seesaw can be used on laptops, tablets and phones. You can watch a video of how to use it by clicking this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OceDhmNkWMymBwOUSI3s8r6r-gfHKSZY/view?usp=sharing
COVID-19 Arrangements Questions
Q: Can students bring a water bottle to school?
A: Yes they can. Students can bring water bottles into school on Monday and take them home on Friday for thorough cleaning. They must not be taken home during the week.
Q: Can students still bring bags into school?
A: Yes they can.
Q: Can students bring their own pencil case/stationary to school?
A: No. For hygiene reasons, we provide each student with their own stationary to keep in school.
Q: What sort of face mask can a student wear?
A: A student can wear a plain face mask (no designs) that is a uniform colour (grey, white, black, navy).
Year 5 Timetable
Here is a normal daily timetable for Year 5 students:
9.00am – 9.30am: RE. 1.10pm – 3.00pm: RE/Science/Topic/PE/Spanish
9.30am – 10.45am: Maths 3.15pm: Prayer and home time
10.45am – 11:00am: First break
11:00am – 11.30am: Reading
11.30am – 12.30pm: English
12.30pm – 12.45pm: Prayer and reflection
12.45pm – 1.45pm: Lunch
Students will be given the following homework each week which must be handed in on Thursday morning:
1) Seesaw online homework
This year, instead of students completing a learning log they will be set a piece of homework using the website/ app Seesaw. Seesaw has been chosen because it is extremely easy to use and works on almost every single device, including phones. If your child does not have access to a laptop or tablet, then we recommend that students complete their work on paper and that an adult uses the Seesaw app on their phone (available in both Android and Apple app stores for free) to take a picture of their work. This gives students an excellent opportunity to view each other's work and leave positive comments for their classmates.
Homework will be uploaded onto Seesaw and reviewed every Thursday - please note that your child will be trained on how to do this in school. Homework can be completed on paper and an image of it can be uploaded to Seesaw. Please click the following link for a video tutorial of how to upload work: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1OceDhmNkWMymBwOUSI3s8r6r-gfHKSZY/view?usp=sharing.
If you are finding it difficult to do this, please speak to Mr Simms for help and to make alternative arrangements.
Each week, Year 5 students will be given a list of ten words to learn how to spell. They will be tested on this every Thursday.
Each week, students will be set activities to complete online by their class teacher. These will be checked every Thursday.
4) Reading Logs and reading books
Reading Books can be changed on Thursdays only. Books from home should not be brought into school because of our COVID-19 secure arrangements. The children should keep their reading records up to date and will be expected to bring them in every Thursday even if they have not finished their book. This will allow us to monitor how much your child is reading at home. We would like parents listen to their child read, initial their reading record and to discuss their book with them at least once a week. We expect your child to read for a minimum of 30 minutes each evening. This will really help them to make good progress in all aspects of their English.
In RE we will be covering the topic Family: ourselves. We will be learning that each of us is made in the image and likeness of God. We will be learning to know ourselves better and to celebrate the uniqueness of ourselves and everybody else.
Key Scripture: 1 Peter 2:9 You are a chosen race, the Kings priests, the Holy Nation, God's own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God who called you out of darkness into his own marvellous light.
Autumn Term 1: Coasts
In the geography topic, we will study:
Autumn Term 2: The Vikings
In this history topic, we will study:
Spring Term 1: America
In this history and geography topic, we will study:
Spring Term 2: Empires
In this history topic, we will study:
In our science lessons we will cover the following topics:
Our key topics in Maths will be:
This year in English we will work to:
As well as many more exciting, creative opportunities for writing!
Helping at home - English
Oak National Academy - English https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-2/subjects/english
Oak National Academy - Grammar https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-2/subjects/english-grammar
Oak National Academy - Spelling https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-2/subjects/english-spelling
BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f
Spelling Shed: https://www.spellingshed.com/en-gb/
Helping at home - Maths
Oak National Academy - Maths https://classroom.thenational.academy/subjects-by-key-stage/key-stage-2/subjects/maths
BBC Bitesize - Maths https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z826n39
Below are links to the Year 5 Google Drive. Here, we keep copies of homework, trip letters and documents to help learning at home. We will put files into these folders as the year goes on
Documents to help learning at home: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Vadi6aRXm2pSxJgmrmH64V4esZB-RqT5?usp=sharing
Happy 2020! It does not seem like one term has already gone and we only have two left in year 5. We are looking forward to those two terms being very successful and to your children continuing to make good progress. Spring term promises to be a very busy, but exciting, term.
This letter contains some important information about what will be happening this term.
In Topic the theme for our work is North America and the Mayans, our Science topic will be Earth and Space and in RE we willing learning about our community and the Eucharist. Each week we will be having two PE lessons, outdoor PE (gaelic football) is on Thursday and indoor PE (gymnastics) is on Monday for 5H (full PE kit must be in school on these days but we suggest leaving PE kits in lockers until half term).
As St Mary’s is a healthy school we ask the children that they bring water to school in a sealable bottle clearly labelled with their name. If children bring in a different drink they will be asked to put it in their locker to take home. We also encourage children to bring fruit in for their morning snack.
Children will have reading books throughout the year. Although there will be many opportunities to read in class and across the curriculum, children make much better progress when they practice the skills they learn in class at home. All children should read to an adult when possible and be reading independently every night, they should fill in their reading records and have it signed. In addition to this, the children will be encouraged to complete accelerated reader tests every time they complete a book.
Learning log homework is expected in school every Thursday, we expect at least one high quality piece of work each week (see prompts on the front page of the learning log) and spellings test will take place each Thursday. Arithmetic tests will be sent home which we ask that the children correct and return to school on a Thursday. My Maths homework will be set regularly.
If you have anything you wish to discuss with me, please do not hesitate in making an appointment to see me at the office.
Thank you for your support,
Dates for your diary:
24th January pm : growth mindset celebration of work
27th and 28th January - bikeability
12th February : safer internet day
24th February: fair trade fortnight
6th March: world book day
12th March : poetry cafe
Your child has their own login for education city where they can access a variety of games and resources to practice their skills across all areas of the curriculum.