A huge welcome to year 5. We are looking forward to another exciting term and have already been using our new Numbots games from Times Table Rock Stars to help us with our addition and subtraction, and have undertaken some great research on Sir Isaac Newton. To keep up to date with what’s happening in school, you can visit our Twitter account and search #ElmUHPS
Top tips for year 5
Changing reading books: The children should be changing their own books whenever they finish one, on any day necessary. Most children have chosen to use the Seesaw app to record the books that they are reading. The children do need their reading books in their bags every day to allow them to read with an adult whenever possible. Regular opportunities for reading help develop confidence, fluency and have a huge impact upon language and writing skills. Children should be encouraged to read aloud where possible. Information about accessing your child’s learning journal through Seesaw have been sent home.
Home learning: Home learning is usually due each Wednesday and is a weekly task linked to/supporting learning taking place in the classroom. Children should practise their times tables daily on Times Tables Rock Stars, and their year 5/6 spelling (please see ‘useful information’).
Water bottles: Please remember that your child will need a bottle of water each day in class.
PE: Please make sure your child’s PE kit is in school every week. It is important that children have appropriate PE kits, including long sleeved top and jogging bottoms (for when it is cold) or t-shirt and shorts (for when it is warmer). It may also be a good idea to add a jumper or hooded top in their bag as the weather gets colder. PE is currently on a Wednesday afternoon, after October half term this will change to dance on a Tuesday afternoon and swimming on a Friday morning.
Everyone is included in ‘the daily mile’ during the day in school. This is part of the curriculum so it is important that your child is able to take part in sensible footwear. Thank you.
Branching Out Forest School. It was the forest school club for year 5 this term and we are looking forward to the spring term when the whole class can experience the Branching Out class sessions. For forest school, please make sure your child comes into school dressed appropriately on the relevant day- non uniform – with warm clothing (layers are important and easy to take off if it is warm). A change of footwear is essential with wellington boots or strong walking boots is advised.
Labelling: Please ensure all your children’s belongings are clearly labelled (especially jumpers and cardigans!). If your child wishes to bring in their own snack, please ensure it is healthy. Children are allowed to bring in water bottles and have regular access to them during the day. Please take the time to look at the lunch choices for the week so that your child is able to decide on what they wish to have. Don’t forget to credit your ParentPay account to ensure that there is enough credit.