Welcome to Year 5!
Dear Parents and Children,
The teachers in Year 5 are Mrs Stevenson (Mondays & Tuesdays) and Mrs Thompson (Wednesdays-Fridays). We are ably supported by our TA, Mrs Hamilton who is in class every day. We are really looking forward to seeing you all back in school and can't wait to start our learning journey in Year 5. Due to the current situation, please come into school in your PE kit on Tuesday and Thursday. You will remain in this all day so please do not bring in anything to change into. (Please see the "PE" section below for other guidance.) You will also need to bring in your own equipment in a pencil case for your own use in class as the sharing of resources is currently restricted.
Our class page contains lots of information about what we will be focusing on this year, as well as links to useful websites. Children are positively encouraged to bring in any work that has been completed that relates to our topic as we love to see it (although we may not be able to display it at the current time due to restrictions).
During the current restrictions, we are aware that parents are not allowed on site and so face-to-face interaction with us will be limited. If you do have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us through the school office. Our contact details will be shared during our virtual "Meet the Teacher" meeting.
Very best wishes
Mrs Stevenson and Mrs Thompson
|Autumn 1||Pharaohs||Properties & Changes of Materials||
|Autumn 2||Stargazers||Earth & Space||Maidenhead Astronomical Society|
|Spring 1||Peasants, Princes & Pestilence||Forces||
Tales of the Plague
|Spring 2||Time Traveller||Animals Including Humans||Stanley Spencer Gallery|
|Summer 1||Beast Creator||Living Things & Their Habitats||Braywick|
|Summer 2||Off With Her Head||Ufton Court|
Pick & Mix
The Pick and Mix homework is now stored on MS Teams on our "Year 5 Home Learning 2020" Team. It is under the "Files" tab, "Classroom Materials," "Pick and Mix Resources." There is a separate folder for each of the topics we are studying.
The children are encouraged to upload any electronic work completed to their folder in MS Teams to share in class (if they wish.)
During this term both sessions of PE will take place outside on Tuesday (morning)and Thursday (afternoon). Please ensure your child wears a full PE kit including trainers to school on these days. We aim to go outside every week, (even during the winter!) so please feel free to include base layers (preferably plain black), gloves and hat. Scarves are not permitted for safety reasons during games lessons although children can wear snoods.
We really hope to instill a 'love of reading' in Year 5 and we have a wide selection of recommended Year 5 books for the children to choose from. We ask that the children have their reading diary and reading book in school every day. It is really important that the children are reading at least 3 times a week and that they continue to read to an adult (even for a few pages). We would really appreciate parental support with asking your child about the book they are reading, in order to continue to develop their comprehension.
Throughout the year, we will be studying recommended reading texts for Year 5, during Guided Reading. Fortunately, we have some class sets of books, but we may ask if you are able to buy or borrow copies of a particular book, in order for us to be able to study a text in detail. We really appreciate your support and generosity with this.
Homework will be sent out on a Thursday and needs to be handed in on the following Thursday. The children will be given plastic folders to keep their homework in.
English & Maths
English homework will be sent home usually in paper form, but maths homework will be set online, using Mathletics.
Each week, the children will be taught a particular spelling pattern/rule from the Year 5 curriculum. The children will have opportunities to explore words with the particular pattern and daily morning spelling practice. The children have also been individually tested on year group word lists. They will be given 10 spelling words with the spelling pattern that they have been taught that week, and they will also choose 5 of the words that they need to learn from the year group word list. The children will be tested on their spellings every Friday morning and given new spellings for the following week. More information about useful spelling strategies has been included within this pack.
In addition to this, the children will have research that must be completed by Monday of the following week. This is normally given out on a Monday (and is also uploaded to MS Teams under the relevant topic/week number in the "English" folder) and will help the children feel prepared for the topic learning ahead. The children are welcome to upload any notes etc to their folder in MS Teams to access at school. They will have the opportunity to share their research with the rest of the class every Monday.
Every other week we will be testing the children on their times tables, and giving them a mental maths test. It is important that the children continue to practise their times tables on a weekly basis.
‘Pick n Mix’
We have given the children ‘Pick n Mix’ style Topic homework (uploaded to MS Teams under the relevant topic in the "Pick & Mix" folder) . We would like the children to complete at least 3 items from the list given, during each half term. We love seeing any topic work that the children have completed at home and encourage them to bring these in (or upload to their folder in MS Teams) when they are completed to share with the class.
Please see the document above for ideas on how to keep fit and healthy.
Cookham Dean CE Primary School, Bigfrith Lane,
Cookham Dean, Maidenhead SL6 9PH.
Tel: 01628 482734.