YEAR 5 NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2021

Welcome back everyone! We are so proud of children and parents for their hard work during home learning, we cannot thank you enough for the last two months, you’ve all done brilliantly, and we are so happy to now have you back safely in class.

We know the transition to online learning has not been easy and we appreciate all the support from both parents and children.

History

This term we are learning about The Normans. We will be learning about The Battle of Hastings, William the Conqueror and Lincoln Castle. There will be no topic homework due to our recent home learning.

Literacy

We are going to be focussing on our grammar and literacy skills, including proof reading and correcting errors. We will also be writing a compare and contrast piece based on Marcia Williams adaption and Andrew Matthews version of Romeo and Juliet.  

Reading

It is important that the children read every day. Not only does it help with fluency of reading and comprehension, but also in their writing.

As we know that children often read to themselves, we trust them to write in their own reading records writing down how many pages they had read. However, if this is the case, please ensure that they are actually doing the reading by questioning them on their book whenever possible.

Questioning is extremely important to develop the children’s comprehension skills. There are example questions in their Reading Record.

Some children will be completing reading interventions this half term to improve their fluency and comprehension. If they are involved in the intervention their reading record will be stamped.

Homework

Homework will be set on the Microsoft Teams Assignment tab on a Wednesday and is due in by the following Monday. This homework will be what we are currently learning, not recaps of what’s been taught whilst home learning.  

It would also be valuable for the children to use the Timetable Rock Star app to help them engage with timetables and improve their recall.

Spellings are given out on Monday and tested each Friday, please make sure your child/children are practising their spellings at home to ensure the best outcomes for their spelling.

This term we are not setting topic homework.

Although at this age we expect the children to be completing their homework themselves, please feel free to assist them in getting resources, ideas etc.

P.E

P.E. this half term will be on a Monday afternoon. Due to the staggered pick-up times children will leave their PE kits on to return home in so they can have the full time for their PE lesson. Please then make sure kit is washed and returned ready for the following Monday. We also suggest that children in Year 5 bring roll on deodorant for them to use after their PE lesson.

Please can girls with hair long enough to be tied up have their hair up every day.

Social Emotional Mental Health Intervention:

At Bardney, we are passionate about supporting every aspect of children’s wellbeing. In some situations, children need a little extra help with social skills such as turn taking, making good friendship choices and confidence. If you see this stamp in your child’s reading record it means they have received that kind of support in a small group that day. If you have any worries about this, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher or speak to Mrs Smith, our Family Support Worker.

Any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. If you need to contact us please put a message in the pink book, email the office or ring the school.

Again, thank you so much for your continuous support and hard work over the last few weeks, it is truly appreciated.

Miss Hancock, Mrs Walker and Mrs Stephens

March 2021