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Year Five - Classes Andromeda and Centaurus

Teacher welcome

Hello and welcome to Year 5. 

Year 5 comprises 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 Chaus & Mr Mayfield – Centaurus Class Teachers
  • Mrs Adam – Andromeda Class Teacher
  • Mrs Shahari – TA 
  • Miss Patel - SEN TA

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.

Parent Information

  • PE for Year 5 is on a Tuesday afternoon. Please ensure your child comes to school wearing their PE kit 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 will be uploaded onto the website every half-term and are tested on Mondays. Please ensure your child has practised their spellings and come prepared for their test. 

  • Homework will be uploaded weekly onto the following online platforms: Mathletics and Serial Mash.  

  • We will not be sending home reading books and children should not bring book bags into school. 

Covid safety measures

  • Year 5 will be using the bottom gate as an entry and exit point. Our entrance/exit door wil be the single door in the bottom playground next to the kitchen, which leads into the library. 

         BOTTOM GATE                                                                 YEAR 5 ENTRY/EXIT DOOR

  • We will be implementing staggered start/finish times for different bubbles. Registration for Year 5 will be at 8.30am prompt and their day will finish at 3pm. From Year 5 onwards, children are allowed to make their own way home with their parents' consent. If you choose to pick your child up yourself, It is really important that pick ups and drop off are strictly punctual to avoid mixing with other bubbles. Also, if you are late, your child cannot wait in the office - again to prevent mixing of bubbles.

 

  • There will be no breakfast or after school clubs.

 

  • Please do not bring any personal belongings into school, apart from a named water bottle. These must be filled from home and cannot be refilled in school.  Bottles will need to go home every day, to be cleaned and refilled.

 

  • School uniforms must be worn - please ensure these are clean and washed regularly. 

 

  • Children need to stay in school for lunch time. They can choose between a home packed lunch or a school meal. Whatever you decide on, will need to be kept the same for the half term. 

 

  • Children will have staggered playtimes and lunchtimes to prevent bubbles from mixing.

 

  •  Children will be asked to sanitise their hands regularly through the day, whenever they change sessions or activities. 

 

Our class rules and rewards

Our class rules are:

  • To be respectful.
  • Always be honest.
  • To have FUN!
  • To contribute to class discussions.
  • To look after the environment.
  • Never give up!

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.

 

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 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. 

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 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.