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Welcome back to the start of a new year!

Our class 5 teacher is Miss Greenwood, with support from Mrs Garnham throughout the week and Mrs Nichols every morning. Mrs Milner will take the class on a Monday and Friday afternoon for some extra project work.

Reading

Our accelerated reader programme gives children the opportunity to read from a wide range of books in school that are targeted at their specific reading age. The children will all have their reading age written in their planners, which can change depending on how much they read in school and at home. Feel free to ask any members of staff from class 5 if you have any questions about the programme and encourage your children to read at home as much as they can! It is important that children take their books home for this, but that they return them to school the next day for afternoon allocated reading time.

Project

Class 5’s project for this half term is The Monarchy. We will be finding out about all of the different monarchs since 1066 and focusing on a few in particular, including Richard III and King Harold. We will investigate different sources to get this information and decide which ones provide the most facts in order to find out about the battle of Hastings and some fascinating artefacts. This half term, a piece of homework will be sent home that includes a range of activities that the children can choose one from, to complete at home. They are engaging, enjoyable activities which may take up a little bit more time than weekly homework, so it would be greatly appreciated for them to be completed with your support.

PE

Our PE lessons take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, please bring the correct PE kit on these days. This consists of a plain white t-shirt and plain black shorts, leggings or jogging bottoms. Children can leave their PE kits in school throughout the week to be taken home at the weekend, but please ensure they return back for PE days. If kept in the cloakroom, we will make sure they are sent home each half term for washing.

Phonics

All children take part in a daily phonics session for 20 minutes in different groups around school. Each teacher will give out weekly spellings to be learnt for a weekly spelling test. It is important that the children look at these spellings in preparation.

Homework

As well as regular reading and weekly spellings, maths and literacy homework will be given out every Friday. This will to be completed and returned by the following Wednesday where it will be marked and any misunderstandings in their learning can be addressed. It is about the quality of the children’s work, not the quantity and we would greatly appreciate your support in their learning at home.

Planners

Each child has a planner in which they can write in their homework, reading age and any other information. It is important that children take these home and bring them back daily so that staff members can write any important information directly to you, or to read any concerns or information you have added. We will sign the planners weekly to ensure we can see any notes you have made and we would appreciate if you could do the same. They will be signed by us every Monday.

Feel free to speak to any of the staff in class five if you have any queries, at the door every morning and at home time, or by calling the office on 01274 335500.

I would like to take this time to thank you for your support.

Many thanks,

Miss Greenwood.