Welcome to Rowling Class – Year 5
Class Teacher: Miss Peters and Mrs Norriss
TAs: Mrs Munns
Rowling class is the Year 5 class at St James.
We would like to welcome you and your children back to school for the second part of the Spring term and hope you had a lovely break together.
We really enjoyed teaching the children about India last term and were overwhelmed by the effort they all put in with their topic projects. Thank you so much for all the support you gave them with these.
We have also seen an improvement in Click, Learn It’s and Times Tables with our regular weekly tests and catch up groups to support individual children with the areas they are struggling with. We have been sending weekly spelling words home in the form of word searches and testing the children on Friday. These seems a more exciting way to learn spellings, please can you make sure the children learn these words. It is very important that they learn the keywords at home as we are seeing a real improvement in their spelling within their written work.
This term we are looking at the text ‘The Firebird’ and our topic homework will be to design and make a Firebird from any material to hang around the classroom. These will be due on the 9th March and if you need any materials please let us know and we will supply these. We will continue to send Maths homework home every Wednesday. This week it will be some recorded work based on what the children are learning and then we will send some Learn Its and Times Table grids home the following week. English homework next week will be a comprehension followed by a written piece the week after. Please use the Dojo if you have any concerns about homework, we differentiate the work three ways, but some children are more visual learners. If you want to make the activities practical and record evidence photographically that would also be great.
On some occasions we might send home additional work home that was not completed during the allocated class time. This will only be sent home if it has not been completed due to the individual child’s behaviour or attitude to learning in class, not if it was missed through no fault of their own.
This term our topic is a science-based topic studying the text ‘The Firebird’ which is based on a ballet by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. The Big Question being: Do all plants and animals start life as an egg? We have lots of exciting lessons and investigations planned to help the children discover the answer to this question.
Our topic web on our class page at St James School website, will also provide details of the work we will be covering this term.
Information on our topic, maths, literacy will all be put on the Rowling class page of the school website. Topic information and planning will also be available there for you as well as links to games and online resources to support your child at home. The school calendar is also there, with important upcoming dates. Please let me know if you would like a paper copy of any of these resources
This has proved to be a great way of communicating with you and we will continue to answer any of your emails daily. We have been adding the children’s Dojo points twice a week and they all seem to be very keen to earn these.
Home/School Reading Log
We would like to ensure that all our children are reading high quality texts regularly, and as such we will be sending home a home/school log book. This will allow children to record what they have read at home and at school giving us the opportunity to check that children are getting the most out of their reading material. On our class page is a link to an excellent website, www.lovereading4kids.co.uk which gives recommended reads for all ages and interests. Please talk to us if your child is finding it difficult to get ‘into’ a good book and we will support them to find one that is at a suitable level.
Maths homework will be given out every Wednesday starting on 21/2/18 to be returned the following Monday
We will give the first piece out on the 26/2/18 in the form of a comprehension so that you can start on your topic homework this week.
Our PE days this term will continue to be Tuesday (Football) and Wednesday (Orienteering) and we will also have other opportunities during the week to work on dance sequences linked to our topic so please ensure your child has a full named PE kit in school always.
Please let us know if there is anything else you need to know and we both look forward to seeing you at parents evening.
Miss Peters, Mrs Norriss and Mrs Munn
Forest School will begin on a Wednesday afternoon for half of the class, while the other half will be taking part in orienteering activities and R.E. If your child has not taken part in Forest school this school year it will be their turn this term. If you have any Wednesday afternoons free to help, please let Mrs Munns know.
Our PE days this term will be Tuesday (Rugby) and Wednesday (Orienteering) and we will also have other opportunities to take part in physical activities linked to our topic so please ensure your child has a full named PE kit in school at all times.
Please let us know if there is anything else you need to know and we both look forward to meeting you all over the next few weeks.
Miss Peters, Mrs Norriss and Mrs Munns
Helpful Sites for Spelling and Maths Games
Although a site to help those with dyslexia, these are great fun for all spellers.
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