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Whissendine CE Primary School

Year 5

Welcome to Class 5. 


We will be learning about Ancient Greece in T5  but not before we look back to the Maya in T2.  This will link nicely with our work on South America and, in particular, the Amazon Rain Forest in T1.

Science will include animals including humans, living things and their habitats, properties and changes of materials, forces and Earth and space.  Other learning will include sculpture, music, PE, French, yoga, secular / non religious communities and, a production at the end of the academic year! 


Homework and Routines (not much has changed!):


Spelling homework is over a fortnight and focuses on learning the spelling rule, so that it can be applied, rather than the set words.  Fifteen spellings, linked to the new spelling rule, will be handed out on a Monday.  During the course of the first week the children are expected to practice daily and will be tested, at the end of the week, on a combination of these words and others that follow the rule.  The second week of spellings is an opportunity for the children to further practice by writing sentences that include the 15 set words.  Another test will take place at the end of the second week.


As well as the spelling 'rule', the children will also be given 3 'High Frequency' words.  These are the words that, often, don't follow a rule but that we just need to know how to spell.  These should be included in the sentences that are written for the 'rule words', they don't need a separate sentence of their own, and will be tested. 


Maths homework, either giving an opportunity to embed learning that has taken place during the week or preparing the children for new learning, will be set on Tuesday and will be collected in the following Monday.


In Term 3, PE lessons with Mrs Redmond happen on Monday afternoon and with myself on Wednesday afternoon - please make sure that you arrive in school wearing your PE kit on those days.




With all that the past year has thrown at the children , they grew tremendously in independence.  We appreciate your continued support in encouraging this further by allowing the children to take responsibility for getting their homework into school when it is due, taking care of their own belongings and delivering messages to me.


Can I remind you that notification of absence or a change in who will collect your child, needs to go directly to the office.  We cannot let children go home with someone other than you unless that message has been given to the office.  We will not take the children's word for it and will need to contact you for confirmation before we let them go.


DOJO will be my primary method of communication with families and so I ask that you check it regularly.  If you need me for anything, please either contact the office, who will pass on a message, or send me a message on DOJO and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I cannot tell you how exciting it for us to be throwing open the doors once more and I hope that I get a chance to see you all, in person, before too long.


Mrs Wx

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