Dear Parents & Children - Welcome to the Autumn Term
Year 5 Westall Class 2021/2022
Welcome to year 5!
As you arrive to school in September you will receive a warm welcome from myself (Miss Jones) and Mrs Donnelly. We hope you are as excited as we are to start our fun-filled learning this year.
Our first autumn term IPC unit of the year is called ‘Myths and Legends’. This is a wonderful sequence of learning that will take us on a journey through story-writing and storytelling history. People have been telling stories since prehistoric times, not just to entertain but as a means of passing on their history, beliefs and culture. Many of these stories we refer to as myths and legends, stories that are timeless and are as relevant today as when they were first told. By studying these myths and legends we can learn more about the people and the cultures who created them, and understand how we - today - can adapt and craft our own stories for future generations to enjoy.
In History, we’ll be finding out:
In Music, we’ll be finding out:
In Art, we’ll be finding out:
In Society, we’ll be finding out:
In International, we’ll be finding out:
P.E. will take place on Wednesday mornings and dace lessons will take place on Wednesday afternoons. Please send children to school wearing their P.E. kit, consisting of a sky blue polo, royal blue Oaklands jumper, royal blue cotton shorts, socks and suitable sports trainers. Hair must be tied back and any jewellery must be removed.
Alongside our IPC unit, we will continue to use the Herts for Learning back on track planning for both Literacy and Maths. This will focus on key skills that may require extra input since the national lockdowns. Elsewhere, we will have regular lessons in the other foundation subjects. Where possible, these will be tied into our topic learning and will take into account the key subject focuses of the IPC unit being taught.
Homework is a valuable opportunity for enrichment and consolidation of learning. Homework will be set on Google Classroom:
Every night: Reading for at least 15 minutes and Doodle Maths
Wednesday: Literacy or Maths and a Curriculum task (due Monday)
Friday: Spellings and times tables (due Wednesday)
These tasks are to be returned via Google Classroom unless otherwise stated.
Contact and Support
Please do not hesitate to speak to one of the year 5 teaching and support team if you have any questions or queries about your child's learning. You can speak with us on the playground after school, or alternatively, you can contact the school office to book a meeting. Additionally, if you, or anyone you know, has skills or knowledge that could enrich our in-class learning, we would love to hear from you and see if we can make use of this in our lessons.
Miss B Jones & Mrs M Donnelly
Westall Class Teacher
Please ensure you read daily with your child, as they grow it is important to foster a love of reading within them. A fantastic way to do this is to have discussions about the books they are reading and listening to them read.
When reading with your child at home it is important that they understand what they’re reading. Use these questions to help question your child:
Please comment in your child's diary each time you read with them. Pupils will also have the opportunity to bring a book home from the school library. Please make sure children have their books available to read everyday.