Welcome to Emerald Class
Parent/carer and pupil information
Yr 5 2019-2020
I am excited to be teaching your child in Emerald class this year. There are lots of exciting opportunities planned and many more yet to be planned! Year 5 is a great year. We will work as a team to help each other succeed and reach our full potential this year! They will continue to grow in confidence, resilience and independence and have opportunities to work on integrated projects together and build on their interests and experiences.
Autumn Term – Monsters and Mayhem – With a focus on Ancient Greece, and the fascinating myths and legends that this culture was built on, we will be looking into all things monstrous and hopefully creating some mayhem along the way. As part of our learning journey, we are hoping to squeeze in a trip to the National Museum and Art Gallery.
Spring Term – Blue Planet – Exploring the incredible world we live in and learning about how to be caretakers of our beautiful planet. A fun trip to The Welsh Water Centre is planned!
Summer Term – Off With Her Head! – A trip back in time to explore this hugely significant (and pretty gory) period of British history, the Tudors and Stuarts. During this term we will be taking a trip to Cardiff Castle.
Expectations of Behaviour
Your children will be given the opportunity to explore and discover in a variety of settings. Throughout the year our expectations of behaviour remain consistent. All pupils should treat each other with respect and speak to each other in an appropriate way. The children will be expected to stay on green or above on our behaviour chart and be ready to learn. Good listening and behaviour will be rewarded with dojo points and those who remain on green or above will be rewarded. Any disruptive behaviour will be sanctioned. We firmly believe that all children are entitled to learn in an environment where they feel safe and free from distractions. We expect exemplary behaviour from our children and we treat them with fairness and respect.
All the equipment your child needs is provided at school therefore pencil cases are optional. However, your child can bring a pencil case if they choose. Please ensure that it does not contain any rubbers or a compass. Rucksacks should be small as large rucksacks do not fit in the lockers.
Reading books, spellings and homework
All children are provided with a reading book. They will be asked to keep a record of every book they read. They will be heard read by the class teacher during guided group reading sessions. They will also be encouraged to choose a book that interests them from the reading corner for independent quiet reading sessions. If they are enjoying a book at home they are welcome to bring it in to read in school.
We hope you will also continue to listen to them read at home as this is still a vital part of developing their skills and love of reading.
I will not send home weekly homework, but the children will be given tasks to complete at home that link to our learning.
They will have a weekly times tables challenge and spellings to learn, and it is extremely beneficial to their progress if they practice these at home.
Cycling –This half term (Autumn 1), Year 5 are very lucky to be taking part in cycling lessons on Wednesdays. These lessons will all take part on the school grounds. If your child has a bike, please could they bring it to school, with their lock and helmet, every Wednesday. When they arrive at school, they must lock it to the railings at the top of the grassy bank, therefore a lock is essential. They must not ride it around the school playground. If they do not own a bike, or are unable to lock it, there will be some spares bikes available at school for them. We also have spare helmets. These lessons will be taking part in all weather, therefore your child will also need suitable clothing, such as a warm, waterproof coat, gloves and sensible footwear.
Karate – Next half term (Autumn 2), Year 5 will be taking karate lessons. Children should bring in shorts, joggers, t shirt and a warm hoodie or jumper for colder days. Trainers are not necessary for karate as they do the sessions in bare feet. Long hair must be tied back, and no jewellery should be worn.
Forest school - Forest schools will be on a Thursday afternoon. Please ensure the children have the appropriate clothing and footwear as they will be outdoors in all weathers. I strongly recommend wellies and a waterproof coat.
PE – in the Spring and Summer terms, PE will be on a Thursday morning. All pupils are expected to have P.E kit in school on P.E days. Children should bring in trainers, shorts, joggers, t shirt and a warm hoodie or jumper for colder days. Long hair must be tied back and no jewellery should be worn.
Uniform - We strongly encourage the children to wear our school uniform every day.
Drinks and snacks
We are a healthy school and encourage healthy snacks at break time. If they want to bring tuck money please ensure it is bought in a purse or wallet. It is their responsibility to look after it. We also understand the importance of children drinking water and staying hydrated throughout the school day, especially in hot weather so a water bottle with their name on is encouraged.
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