Year 5

 Welcome to Year 5!
 
Summer 1 was a fantastic term for year 5. We are so proud of their enthusiasm, positive attitude to learning and their thirst for knowledge. 
 
We have a 7 week half term to enjoy together before they rest and prepare for being the oldest children in the school. Let's work really hard to make lots of progress this term. 
 
 
 

Miss Sarah Moores

Forgiveness Class teacher

smoores@northamfederation.devon.sch.uk

Mr Matthew Smith

Class Teacher

msmith@northamfederation.devon.sch.uk

Miss Sarah Fancourt

Class Teacher

sfancourt@northamfederation.devon.sch.uk
TOPICS
Summer 1 and Summer 2
 
Our topic this half term is 'WHERE WE LIVE - Local Climate'
 
This fun filled geography topic will cover the human impact on the environment - looking specifically at our local climate.
Prior Topics this year:
 
Autumn 1:
'When I was a...Roman!' 
 
Autumn 2: 
Floods
 
Spring 1: 
Vikings
 
Spring 2: 
Brazil
Weekly reading challenge!!!
 
Last term, to celebrate and encourage a love for reading for pleasure, we rewarded children's fantastic efforts with a 'Picnic in the Park'. This was well received by the children and we thank you for the positive support you have been giving your children this term with their reading. 
 
Due to the popular feedback, this term, children can work towards 'Hockings on the Ho!' We will be checking their home school diaries each week, to ensure that they are reading lots at home. Please continue to support your children with keeping up to date with this and bringing to school on a Friday morning. It is important that children in upper key stage 2, begin to become responsible for their belongings and home learning as they start their transition into Key Stage 3. 
 
Home Learning - Summer Update
 
Following the intensity of home learning during lockdowns, we gave the children a few weeks to transition to a normal working week at school. 
 
After the easter break, we have been uploading a piece of home learning each week for children to complete on the Google Classroom. This can be printed and be completed on paper if you have any access issues at home. Please ask your child to request a paper copy or contact your child's class teacher for this to be arranged on a weekly basis. 
 
Children use their log-ins from school to access the home learning.
 
We set this on a Friday to be returned by the following Friday.
 
There will always be at least 3 pieces of work for the child to-do set by the year 5 team.
 
In addition to this work, school have set an expectation that children will read a minimum of 4 times per week at home which will be checked by the year 5 team on a Friday morning. Please ensure that reading records are definitely in this school on this day.

How can I help my child in Year 5?

Continue to hear your child read, practise times tables, help them with homework and talk to them about their day.

Encourage them to take responsibility

Just like in school, give your child some independence and responsibility for their learning at home. Here are a couple of ways you can start giving them some responsibility at home:

  1. Make them pack their own bag for school so that they get into the habit of thinking for themselves about what they need and what they will be doing that day.
  2. Allow them to make mistakes. If they forget their homework, make them tell the teacher themselves (they learn more quickly from their mistake and they are taking responsibility for it too).
  3. Get into the routine of doing homework at a set time each week if possible. By all means help them, but make sure they make their own decisions about presentation.

If your child is not very organised, then taping a list by the door or to a lunch box works well, as does getting equipment ready the night before.

Be encouraging

Another simple thing that you can do as a parent is to be a good example. Never say: 'I was no good at spelling at school!' Never tell your child: 'Go to Dad and let him help you with your maths because he is better than me.' Children need adults to show them that learning is fun, relevant and enjoyable — and difficult sometimes. Does it matter if you don’t know the answer? Of course, it doesn’t. Instead, look it up together and show that you want to find things out too.

Take it easy

Finally, remember that even in Year 5 your child will still need some down-time playing outside or reading a much-loved book. Let them be silly. Let them dress up. Play board games together.

PE DAYS
 
Please ensure that your child wears appropriate School PE Kit on the following days:
 
Trinity - Tuesday and Friday
Peace - Monday and Tuesday
Forgiveness - Monday and Friday.
 
White T Shirt
Black or Navy Tracksuit bottoms/shorts/leggings/skirt
Black or Navy Tracksuit top/sweatshirt
Trainers (with appropriate ankle support)