Welcome to Year 5
All the Year 5 team – Mr Lunt, Mrs Walker, Mrs Collins, Mrs Roscoe and Mrs Deary would like to extend a very warm welcome to all the parents and children in Year 5 to the Autumn term!
We have a busy and exciting term ahead of us. I am really looking forward to meeting everybody at the "Meet the Team" event early in the term.
I will just mention a few upcoming events and things you need to remember.
In science we start by looking at Space and after half-term, Forces and Resistance. In History we study the ancient Mayan civilization of South America and this links well to our geography topic of South America. As always, we will learn spanish - it is amazing how proficient some of the children already are!
This term we will learn the djembe drums. This will take place with Mr Folen and will build upon the children’s musical experiences last year.
Our PE session is on Thursday. Year 5 and this term we will learn tag rugby. Children need to be dressed appropriate to the prevailing weather conditions. Please be aware: The grass is wet and muddy - please ensure children have appropriate footwear.
The indoor kit consists of green shorts, white Summerhill t-shirt and black pumps. PE can often take place outside. If you would like your child to wear a navy or black tracksuit in the cooler months, please bring them in school. PE kits should be taken home at the end of each half term for it to be washed and ready to be returned when your child comes back for the new half term. Please ensure that PE kits are clearly labelled with your child’s name. In addition, please ensure that any earrings are removed for P.E. Whilst partaking in tag rugby, it is very advisable for the children to wear football boots or waterproof trainers.
In Year 5, the children in Summerhill usually take part in cycling proficiency training. This will take place in the Summer term - I will give out letters giving more details before Easter. Children need their own bikes and helmets to partake in this. However if this is a problem please come and see me as I’m sure we can work around this.
As you know, we hope to take Year 5 on a residential trip to Glaramara. This is scheduled to take place in May. This is an exciting opportunity and last year’s Year 5 really enjoyed the experience, proving that they were ready. Going away with school is a rite of passage and I hope all the children attend. We will have meetings later in the year but if you have any concerns please come and speak to me.
Homework is given out on a Friday to be given in any time before the next Friday. This will be in the form of spellings to learn, English or comprehension and Maths (online at Mymaths). There is also an expectation that children should be reading every day and by the end of the year all the children will know their times tables, associated division facts and high frequency words. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of doing this.
It is important that the children stay hydrated throughout the day. They have access to their bottles (filled with water only, not juice) throughout the day. Please ensure they are labelled as many children have the same design and colour bottle!
Also please encourage your child to have a ‘healthy’ snack.
Should your child require medicine we can only administer medication that has been prescribed for your child. This can only be done once you have completed the required forms from the school office. If your child is asthmatic, we need to have a reliever inhaler at school. We are not permitted to give children over the counter medicines eg. Calpol unless the relevant forms are completed. All medication must be delivered directly to the school office for administration.
I know we continually ask that ALL uniform is clearly labelled but sorting them out really is quite a task if all of the children take their sweatshirts off outside and put them in a pile!
Please ensure your child attends school and please only keep them off if absolutely necessary. Also, the children must be on the playground ready for the school bell at 8.55am. This enables the children to be settled in class, ready for the school day to start.
Our website is updated regularly with news of what the children have been doing and the topics and Creative Learning. Photos are put on regularly. If you have any changes to the permission that you may/may not have given for photographs on the website or in newspapers, please let me know and we will amend our records.
If anybody has any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to come and speak to one of our team, any day, before or after school.
Many thanks, Mr Lunt