Dear Parents & pupils
Welcome to Year 5. This is an important year as it sets the ground work for Year 6 and ultimately secondary school.
This time next year you will be making important decisions about which school your child will transfer to. During this term, many secondary schools have open days or evenings which allow you to see the pupils, the school and its facilities. We recommend that if possible you try to visit some this year. The process of selecting can seem quite rushed in Year 6 and by visiting schools this year you will have a longer time to consider your options. A list of visiting days can be found at http://www.bromley.gov.uk/events/14/secondary_school_admissions
Home learning books will come home each Friday with the home learning task stuck in the book. The spelling list for the weeks ahead will also be in this book. We would like children to read and discuss their text with an adult at least 3 times per week.
As many children will be quite accomplished readers we would suggest you encourage children to read a variety of genres alongside their school text.
The children will be tested on their spellings weekly. Children getting 3 or more incorrect spellings may have to stay in during break times to learn them.
English/ Maths/IPC – normally one piece of each will be sent home on alternate weeks.
Your child should regularly go through times tables with you in preparation for tests in class. Useful strategies include: chanting in order, writing them out in 1 minute, responding quickly to questions out of order.
Occasionally additional home learning may be sent home in relation to a particular topic or project we are studying.
Home learning will normally be set on a Friday to be completed by the following Tuesday. Children not handing home learning in at the appropriate time may have to stay in during break time and given another sheet.
Our classroom will be open for children from 8.40am. It is vitally important that your child is in school at 8.50am everyday, as registration and early morning work starts promptly at 8.55am.
Do you have any of the following you could donate to the classes? Games for wet play.
Children are welcome to bring in a pencil case. Suggested items include: One flat pencil case containing – a cartridge pen, plus spare cartridges, 2 writing pencils, a glue-stick, a pencil sharpener (preferably one that collects the shavings), a rubber and a selection of coloured pencils, white board markers and eraser.
Please see the Behaviour and Relationships Policy on the website.
Please refer to the school uniform list available in the office or on the website. Please ensure all items are named.
No nail varnish should be worn in school, plain stud earrings only should be worn, hair accessories should be in school colours. If your child has long hair, please provide them with a hairband. Mobile phones are only permitted in Year 6.
A copy of the curriculum to be taught in the autumn term is available on the website under curriculum. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to speak to either of us after school.
Mrs Dumper and Mr Farmer