What a shame that we are not able to welcome the children back into the classroom at the beginning of this Spring Term. All remote learning is available on Tapestry. Please log in to access daily tasks and videos. If you have any issues logging in, please contact the office.
We miss you all and look forward to seeing you in school as soon as we can!
In Year 5 the team is Mrs Rayman, Mrs Wallace, Mr David and Mrs Richards.
We have had a fantastic first 2 terms back at school! The children have been so enthusiastic, resilient and happy and we are so proud of them. Our topic has been World War 2 and the classroom has been filled with so many exciting activities, art and plays, we have certainly dived straight back in to it with enthusiasm and plenty of fun. Thanks to all those parents who have supported learning this term, and also enhanced our topic with information from home. The children have been amazed by some of the images and recounts they have been exposed to.
Our new topic for the Spring Term is Space and this will take us up to February half term. If you want to have a sneak peak at what we will be covering, click on the Space knowledge organiser and topic web at the bottom of this page. If you or anyone you know has any interesting information about Space, we would love to hear about it!
PE days remain the same - Maple will have Games on a Monday afternoon and PE on a Wednesday afternoon. Mangrove will have their Games on Thursday morning and PE on Friday afternoon. This means that children will need to come to school in school PE kit on those two days and then normal school uniform on the others. We will still be outside for the majority of these sessions so please ensure they have a suitable raincoat which will keep them warm.
As part of the Government guidelines, we still need to ensure the flow of fresh air throughout the classroom so if you think your child might wish to wear a base layer under their school top, this is of course fine and might ensure they are more comfortable in the classroom.
All children in Year 5 will still be set 3 mathletics pieces of homework each week on the Friday to complete by 8am the following Friday. They must see us before the Friday if they have any questions or need help with the homework. For now, we would like children to practice the times tables that they feel they need to practice using Rockstars on a weekly basis. They should, by the end of Year 4, be able to recall all of the times tables up to and including the 12 times tables, so it is important that they continue to practice these, both in school and at home. Please do speak to a teacher in year 5 if you have any problems at all with logging on, access to the internet or the use of a device.
The children have now completed the recapping of the Year 3 and 4 spellings and are really confident with them which is great. We are now moving onto the Year 5 and 6 Expected Spellings, and will be learning one set a week alongside the associated spelling rules to help them to feel confident when spelling these words. The new homework list is in the documents below to use at home. Your child will benefit from looking at and practicing these words as much as possible, both in school and at home, as some of them are words that we don't use that often in every day written and spoken language. In school we will also be ensuring that children know the meaning of the words they are expected to spell and can use them in a sentence, which might be something you wish to consolidate with them at home. Spelling checks will still be on a Friday. If you have any questions about the spellings, please do contact us.
We will still be using our raffle ticket system to identify those children who are meeting our expected reads on a weekly basis. We were hugely impressed with the children's reading efforts at home last term and would like to say thank you for finding the time to hear them read each week and also discuss their reading with them as we know that it can be quite tricky. Children should still be reading a minimum of 3-5 times a week this term. 3 reads should still be signed by a parent to acknowledge the read and we also strongly suggest the use of the VIPERS questions stuck into their reading record to go alongside these three reads to ensure children have understood what they have read.
This term we are focussing on the skills of Inference and Summarising, as these are two areas which require a little extra practice. We have written below some sentence stems taken from Year 6 SATS papers which test the skills of Inference and Summarising, which you may find useful when reading with your child if you wish to practice these skills with them also. These are the sentence stems we will be using in class so your child should feel familiar with them.
Example question stems for Inference:
• Find and copy a group of words which show that…
• How do these words make the reader feel? How does
this paragraph suggest this?
• How do the descriptions of …… show that they are ……..
• How can you tell that……
• What impression of …… do you get from these
• What voice might these characters use?
• What was …. thinking when…..
Example question stems for Summarise:
.Can you number these events 1-5 in the order that they
• What happened after …….?
• What was the first thing that happened in the story?
• Can you summarise in a sentence the
opening/middle/end of the story?
• In what order do these chapter headings come in the
We also have a recommendation area for children to do a quick review to help other children choose books more easily.
At the bottom of the page here are also the top 100 reads for Year 5 and 6 which might help your child to decide on a book.
When returning library books, the school is still operating a quarantine system whereby the book will stay in quarantine (untouched) for at least 72 hours before being returned to the library.
Any questions, please email the office and they will pass it onto the Y5 teachers.
Happy reading everyone!
At Birdwell, we are passionate about reading but we know it's sometimes tricky to find an age-appropriate book for your child. Please see below our recommended reads for children in Y5/6. We have many of these in our school library and some are included in our '6 Book Challenge'. More information about this challenge can be found on your child's class page.
This document can also be found at the bottom of the page.