Class 5 Newsletter Autumn Term 2021
Welcome to Class 5!
I hope you all had an enjoyable and relaxing summer break and are looking forward to the academic year ahead! The children have made an excellent start to class 5 during our ‘Class Swap Day’, and I have been very pleased with their efforts and enthusiasm so far.
Following government guidance, I am pleased to say we will be returning to a normal school routine! This means that assemblies and breaktime/lunchtime will resume as normal and we will no longer have class ‘bubbles’. With this being said, we will still be vigilant with ensuring good hygiene for everyone, maintain appropriate cleaning regimes, keep occupied spaces well ventilated and follow public health advice on testing, self-isolation and managing confirmed cases of COVID-19. For more information on this, please read ‘Returning to School in September 2021 – Covid 19 Update’ letter which has been sent to parents.
If at any point you have any worries or concerns, or you just need to let me know something, please contact me via email (LFlett@british.gloucs.sch.uk) or you can call the school office to make a telephone appointment.
Miss Flett will be the class 5 teacher, teaching all day Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Smith will teach all day Wednesday for PPA cover. Mrs Butler is the class TA, who will also be working with class 6. Mr Kay will be working mornings as a 1:1 from Monday to Friday.
The School Day
The school gates open at 8:40am, with children able to enter the school from this time. Please enter through the gate next to the main entrance on Shepherds Leaze and walk up the path to the infant playground. I will meet the children outside the class 5 classroom. All children should be in class ready for the register at 8:50am to allow for a prompt start to learning. After placing belongings in the spare classroom/ music room, we will walk calmly to the class and wash or sanitise hands. Each child will have an allocated seat in the classroom and tables will be in groups. There is a seating plan in place that I feel best supports the children.
The morning will mainly consist of Maths and Literacy activities, with some activities linked to this terms Topic – Invasion and Resistance. During the morning lessons, Class 5 will go outside to complete their Fit for 15 activity, which will be a time for some fresh air and movement. When returning to the class, hand hygiene routine will take place. We provide all necessary hand sanitizers, so children don’t need to bring this in.
Breaktime will be from 11:00am – 11:15am. When returning to the class, hand hygiene routine will take place.
Lunch time will be at 12:30pm. All children in Class 5 are now able to eat in the hall with other year groups, whether they have a school dinner or a packed lunch. Children will wash their hands before eating.
The afternoon session will begin at 13:30pm. This is when curriculum subject such as History, Music, Science or PSHE, amongst others are taught. Assemblies will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons, where the latter will be our usual Celebration Assembly.
Class 5 will finish their day at 15:15pm and I or Mrs Smith will escort the children out of the classroom where you can meet your child.
What to bring to school:
Outdoor footwear - Class 5 will be spending a lot of time on the astro turf and school field, so it is essential the children have a change of footwear. This can either be wellies or trainers, that must be kept in school at all time and not taken home.
Pencil case – We have asked all children to bring in a pencil case. This should contain a pencil, writing pen (black or blue), pink, green and purple pens/pencils for marking, a ruler, a rubber and a sharpener, a glue stick and scissors. If children require additional equipment, we will provide this.
Reading books - The children have been encouraged to bring in a book from home to read in school. We also have a selection of books in the classroom for children to use and access to the library.
PE Kit – PE kit consists of a pair of shorts (blue or black) and a coloured T-shirt, depending on your child’s House colours (children will be reminded which house they are in). Please also provide a well-fitting pair of trainers. For the colder months ahead, we recommend that children have a spare pair of socks, as they can get wet in trainers on the field, a hoody or jumper and a pair of jogging bottoms/leggings. PE will be on Monday mornings led by Atlas Sports.
Coats – All children will need a coat as we will be going outside every day, whatever the weather (unless it is pouring with rain).
Book Bags – These can be brought to and from school each day to carry any school work, reading books and reading journals.
Water Bottle & Packed Lunch – children are able to bring their water bottle to and from school daily. Their water bottles will be kept in the practical area. Please ensure these are plastic/non-breakable. If children are eating a packed lunch, these can be brought into school and kept on your child’s peg in the cloakroom until lunch time.
Uniform - Please can you ensure that your child has their name in all items of school uniform, particularly school jumpers and cardigans as they can easily be misplaced. Correct uniform must be worn daily.
There is a curriculum map for Class 5 on the Class 5 webpage with details of the topic areas we are covering this term, up to Christmas. This can be found on the following link: https://www.thebritishschool.co.uk/class-5/
Towards the end of each day, we will be reading our class book – War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Children will take turns to read chapters of the book to the rest of the class. It talks of an invasion from another era (WWI) and is a beautiful story. If children decide to purchase a copy of the text, please can children keep their copies in school and not read the book in advance/read on, since our Guided reading discussions and follow up work will draw on these class texts (as well as on shorter extracts) and we want the children to be approaching the book with “new eyes”. Thank you.
We also encourage the children to select their own books to read for pleasure and will be making regular visits to the school library, with its new supply of fantastic books for all ages and computerised tracking system!
A list of suggested reads can be found using the links below:
Topic: ‘Invasion and Resistance’
We begin the school year with a really fabulous History focus on ‘Invasion and Resistance in Britain’, from the Celts and Romans, through to the Picts and Scots, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. Children will develop their knowledge and skills in chronology and source work as well as study significant events and key individuals during these specific time periods. Historical content will often fuel our Literacy and written tasks, and I am very much looking forward to seeing some fantastic pieces!
If you are interested in sharing some local Celtic, Roman or Saxon history with your children, the following links might be of interest:
Recent Radio 4 series about the Anglo Saxons, available on Sounds:
Some foundation subjects will be taught in ‘blocks’, rather than every day/week. This allows the children to become more immersed in content and skills.
As before, children will be expected to read 5 times a week. This year, we will be using a new system for recording home reading- our British School Reading Journal. This will replace the reading diary and will be rolled out for all to use throughout this academic year. Our new Reading Journal will ensure that reading at home is interactive and gives children an opportunity to be creative with their reading. For children in Key Stage 2, the Reading Journal will be accessed and completed independently. More information explaining the new journal will be sent out via TEAMS and Parent Mail soon.
We have introduced a Reading Reward badge using our Marvellous Me system, which will be rewarded to children who are regularly reading at home and keeping up with our homework expectation. We hope that lots of Reading Rewards will be given out!
We will continue to learn spelling strategies and children will be assessed informally in class on their progress. Extra spelling practice at home is to be encouraged and we recommend the following site for an interactive approach. https://spellingframe.co.uk/spelling-rule/5/Year-5-and-6
The Roar Challenge:
We are taking part in a national competition, the ROAR challenge, run by the Lyon’s Club. This competition inspires children to think big and to create world changing ideas! The children will develop their ideas in teams of 3 or 4, creating the ideas, posters, models, jingles, and a sales pitch to share the advantages of their world changing big ideas! We plan to devote a couple of off-timetable days to work on this.
Topic home Learning
Children will be given a series of homework tasks to complete throughout the term which link to our topic ‘Invasion and Resistance’. The children are encouraged, as always, to continue with Manga High (new logins have been sent home) and to pursue their own interests (or perhaps a class topic), read, research, write and so on at home.
If you feel there is anything I should know or be aware of that may help to support your child, please feel free to contact via email. A quick chat is often sufficient, but a longer appointment can be made.
I look forward to the year ahead and hope your child enjoys their return to school!
Miss Flett - Class 5 teacher
Other useful links
BBC Bitesize history https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zcw76sg
Manga High www.mangahigh.com
Active Learn www.activelearnprimary.co.uk