Year Five - Classes Andromeda and Centaurus
Hello and welcome to Year 5: 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 Daji (M-T) & Mrs Adam (W-F) – Centaurus Class Teachers
- Miss Sowerby – Andromeda Class Teacher
- Ms Badat (M-W)– TA
- Mrs Aswat (T-F) - TA
- Ms Bint Yusuf - SEN TA
- Mrs Dadhiwala - HLTA
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.
The school day will begin at 8.45am and finish at 3.15pm.
The entry and exit point for Year 5 will be the grass area at the front of school. Children will use the hall door as an entry/exit point.
PE for Year 5 is on Thursday morning. 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 and on Parenthub every half-term. The children will be tested on their weekly spellings every Wednesday. 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, TT Rockstars and Serial Mash. Children should have their logins from previous years. If you are having trouble accessing these sites please speak to a member of staff.
- Children may bring in a book bag and a named water bottle. Bottles will need to go home every day, to be cleaned and refilled.
- School uniform must be worn - please check with the main office if you have any queries in relation to any uniform items. Book bags, sweatshirts, PE tops and water bottles are available to buy from the office.
- Children are encouraged to stay in school for lunchtime. 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 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!
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.