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Year Five - Classes Andromeda and Centaurus

Teacher welcome

Hello and welcome to year 5. Year 5 compromises of classes Andromeda and Centaurus.

Andromeda is the closest galaxy to the Milky Way and is one of the few galaxies that can be seen unaided from the Earth. Centaurus is one of the largest constellations of the sky and contains 2 of the top 10 brightest stars; Alpha Centauri and Beta Centauri.

Adults working in year 5 are:

  • Miss Farooq – Class Teacher Centaurus
  • Mrs Adam – Class Teacher Andomeda
  • Ms Badat – ETA (Mon-Wed)
  • Mr Soni – ETA (Thurs-Fri)
  • Mrs Bibi – HLTA (Mon)
  • Miss Gora – HLTA (Mon)

In year 5 children receive a holistic educational experience that involves enjoying all parts of the curriculum. We encourage children to use their Growth Mindset in every subject and above all, to have fun with their learning. We also focus on preparing our children for their upcoming SATs in the following year by practicing past papers and learning different exam techniques.

Parent Information

  • PE for year 5 is on a Tuesday morning. Please ensure your child has a labelled P.E kit in school for this day. It is important that your child does not come to school wearing jewellery or earrings on this day as they will not be able to participate. 

  • Spellings are handed out every Friday and the children are tested the following week on Tuesday. Please ensure your child has practiced their spellings and come prepared for their test. In year 5 we keep a record of each child’s spelling results and are prepared to share these with you if requested.

  • Homework is handed out every other Friday and is expected back on the second Monday. Again, we keep a record of completed homework for each child and take this very seriously. Please work with your child to complete their homework accurately and in a well-presented manner. Also, encourage your child to explain what they’ve been learning in class as all homework is a consolidation of class-work.

  • Home reading books are consistently changed every Tuesday and Thursday where children have a selection of levelled books to choose from. Additionally, we allow the children to borrow books at any time from our class library. A record of this is kept with the class teacher and is monitored regularly. Please read with your child at home and ask comprehensive questions as it is important to check their understanding of the text.

  • Skill Force sessions occur every Thursday and last all morning. Children taking part in skill force need to come prepared for each session as told by the instructor.

Our class rules and rewards

At the start of the year, we collectively thought of a set of class rules that children are expected to follow:

  • Always put your hand up before speaking.
  • Treat others, the way you’d like to be treated.
  • Respect yourself, your peers and ALL staff.
  • Use your growth mind set and SOS in all lessons.
  • Always behave politely with everyone.

As part of Good to be Green, children receive stickers on their individual bookmarks. Once the bookmarks are complete, they receive a prize. Every Friday, we also choose a ‘Star of The Week’ for children who have shown excellent behaviour and perseverance in lessons. These children are able to choose their own prize. In year 5, children also receive table points which are tallied at the end of every half term for a fantastic group prize!

Our class targets

  1. Ensure rapid progress is made in writing with children’s attainment at national or above by the end of the school year.
  • To meet this target, children complete a Big Write activity every Friday which is additional to their standard English sessions. The Big Write sessions involve working in groups/pairs and editing their work to up-level their writing. This activity has proved to be a great success so far.   
  1. Children are provided with increased opportunities to apply mathematical knowledge to a wide range of problem solving scenarios.
  • Where possible, we merge mathematics with other areas of the curriculum to provide children with exciting problem solving scenarios. Examples of some activities that we have already completed are making a gas mask box using a set of instructions involving measure, cracking codes as Henry VIII using roman numerals and many more. This is additional to the problem solving activities that we carry out during maths lessons.

Upcoming and exciting events

Yorkshire Wildlife Park: As part of our english unit ‘Animlas on the Move’ children will have the opportunity to observe different animals, learn about their migratory patterns and their habitats.

Temple Newsam: Whilst studying Tudors, children will visit Temple Newsam and get the chance to see how Tudors lived and the various traditions they followed.

Bollywood Vibes: One of our P.E units for spring will be ‘Dance’, therefore we will be giving our children the fantastic opportunity to learn some traditional Bollywood moves from a professional coach.

Asda: For our creative curriculum topic called Allotment, we will have children visit our local food store Asda, and learn about healthy foods, how they’re grown, how they reach the stores and why organic food is beneficial for our bodies.

York Dungeons: For our Time Traveller topic, our children will get the chance to visit York Dungeons and learn about how life has changed since the medieval times. They will also become aware of the different punishment methods used in Britain throughout history.

Junior Princes Award Residential (Skill Force): We intend to go on a residential trip in Summer Term 2, where children will have the opportunity to camp. This trip will be essential for pupils to secure the Junior Princes Award.  More information regarding this trip will be provided closer to the time.

How you can help

Reading

Reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it's the single most important thing you can do to help your child's education. It's best to read little and often, so try to put aside some time for it every day. Think of ways to make reading fun - you want your child to learn how pleasurable books can be. If you're both enjoying talking about the content of a particular page, linger over it for as long as you like. Books aren't just about reading the words on the page, they can also present new ideas and topics for you and your child to discuss.

Tips for helping your child to enjoy books:

  • Encourage your child to pretend to 'read' a book before he or she can read words.
  • Visit the library as often as possible - take out CDs and DVDs as well as books.
  • Schedule a regular time for reading - perhaps when you get home from school or just before bed.

Maths

As with reading, try to make maths as much fun as possible - games, puzzles and jigsaws are a great way to start. It's also important to show how we use maths skills in our everyday lives and to involve your child in this. Identifying problems and solving them can also help your child develop maths skills. If you see him or her puzzling over something, talk about the problem and try to work out the solution together.

Tips for helping your child to enjoy maths:

  • Point out the different shapes to be found around your home.
  • Take your child shopping and talk about the quantities of anything you buy.
  • Let your child handle money and work out how much things cost.
  • Look together for numbers on street signs and car registration plates.

The website below has many excellent ways to help you and your child with maths!

http://www.mad4maths.com/parents/