Year Five - Classes Andromeda and Centaurus
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:
- Mrs Aswat – Class Teacher Centaurus
- Miss Buckley – Class Teacher Andromeda
- Mrs Shahari – ETA (Mon to Fri)
- Miss Badat - ETA (Mon - Wed)
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 practising past papers and learning different exam techniques.
PE for Year 5, is on a Wednesday afternoon. 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 every half-term and are tested on Mondays. Please ensure your child has practised their spellings and come prepared for their test.
Homework is handed out every Friday and is expected back on Monday. Please 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 Monday where children have a selection of levelled books to choose from. Additionally, we allow the children to borrow books from our school or class library. Please read with your child at home and ask questions to check their understanding as it is important that they understand what they read.
- Skill Force sessions are every Thursday, from 9am to 11:30am. Children taking part in these sessions 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 about a set of class rules that children will be expected to follow:
- To be respectful.
- Always be honest.
- To have FUN!
- To contribute to class discussions.
- To look after the environment.
- Never give up!
In addition to these, we have a new class target each week which is designed to help us to be the best year group that we can be.
In Year 5, we also utilise the Class Dojo website; this is a reward system which allows the teacher to reward positive behaviour instantly. The child with the most dojos at the end of the half-term will be rewarded with a prize.
Upcoming and exciting events
London Imperial War Museum: The children will be provided with the opportunity to discover the story of the First World War through the eyes of the British people and the Empire, both on the home front and the fighting fronts.
War Veteran Visit: What was life like during the World War? This special visit will allow the children to gather information regarding the World War from a first-hand resource.
Batley Memorial Garden: Children will explore the impact the World War has had on our local area.
How you can help
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 develop reading skills:
- 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.
- Ask probing questions in order to check understanding and enhance inference skills.
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 thinking 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.
Our class targets are:
- Rapid progress for Bronze and Bronze+ children.
- To improve progress of vulnerable groups in Reading, Writing and Maths.
- To ensure the full year group make rapid progress in all areas of the curriculum.