Welcome back to the Summer term of Year 5! I hope you have all had a restful break and enjoyed the sunny but cold weather. As we continue to follow the roadmap out of lockdown, I would remind you that the easiest method of communication is via the Dojo. Otherwise I can be contacted via telephone at the end of the school day. Only in exceptional circumstances should meetings be face to face. This is to protect our bubble as our community begins to get back to some sort of normality.
I am delighted to let you know that swimming lessons will resume after the Easter holidays. The lessons will take place once a week on a Tuesday from 11am – 12noon at Fulwood Leisure Centre. The children will be transported to and from by bus. I know that for some children this will cause anxiety; this is natural. To prepare the children I have arranged for the swimming teachers to visit school during the first week, so they can ask any questions and reassure the class. Please be aware this is a compulsory lesson and all children must participate every week. Once in the pool, they have a marvellous time! Details of what they need are in the Year 5 information and will be sent via the Dojo.
PE is every Thursday and is led by Team Theme. For this, they will need a t-shirt, a pair of shorts and a pair of pumps/trainers. They should be clearly labelled and left in school in a named bag on their coat peg.
In this term, we shall be learning about Animals and their Habitats and Living Things including Humans. A separate letter will be sent regarding the content to be covered. We shall continue our year long study of the changing world around us. We shall also plant bulbs and seeds and watch them grow.
There is a curriculum map which shows the other subjects to be covered in the summer term.
Homework and reading
Homework is set on a Friday and should be returned to school for the following Thursday. If homework is not returned on time, your child will stay in on Thursday lunchtime to complete it.
Children should be encouraged to read regularly and their reading record should be brought into class every day. Their reading record will be monitored on a Monday. They should aim to read at home at least 3 times a week. Every week a child will be chosen as reader of the week and each month a child will be chosen as the Star Reader and presented with a £5 book token.
Many of you will be concerned about the amount of time your child has been out of class due to the two national lockdowns. The summer term will be about ‘catching up’ as a class as well as providing some additional group support during the afternoons for reading and maths. The biggest help you can be is to ensure they read every day, choosing from a wide range of text types. More information will be sent as the term progresses.
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