Welcome from Mrs Hansen.
Well it’s like we’ve never been away! I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute teaching your children this week and we have already been very busy! We began our year by playing a game where the children told me all about their summer holidays. Between them they have certainly done some exciting things and have been on many adventures.
Year five is a fantastic year for the children and is a year in which the children’s independence really starts to develop. I am so pleased to be with them again on their journey through Barnburgh Primary. Being in Upper Key Stage Two, the children will be faced with more challenges and will be required to show more perseverance and independence. They are already showing excellent ambition and are already proving to be excellent role models for our younger children. Our first topic this year is Beast Creator. The focus for this is science and will involve the children learning about life cycles and habitats. They will be working outside and will be creating their own mini beast hotels using a range of materials which they are already very excited about!
Throughout the year we will be focusing on the basic skills across the curriculum. We will be encouraging the children to continue developing skills such as handwriting, reading, spelling and mathematics. In
English this half term the children will be writing their own recounts about their exciting visit to Kingswood. In Maths the focus will be on place value, addition and subtraction. Reading will see children build on their comprehension skills and will develop their understanding of the meaning of words.
To develop the children’s skills in art this year and produce high quality pieces, Mrs Kilby will be working with the children. The children will develop their art skills including sketching, printing, shading and observational drawing. In order to produce high quality pieces that the children can be proud of, we have decided to spend a full afternoon every two weeks on this area of their learning. This will mean that the children will also have a double PE session with our sports specialist Mr Goddard, every other week, instead of the current one hour a week. The children will still have a weekly PE session with me and will complete the daily mile most afternoons. PE kits should be sent into school on a Monday and taken home on a Friday.
Home learning will be in a similar format to last year however new homework will be issued on a Wednesday and will be due in on a Monday. Spelling tests will be on a Monday. The children’s homework should be brought to and from school in their special home learning bag that is specifically for homework.
We recognise children love to read a wide variety of texts and in order to really promote a love of reading the children can once again choose their own reading books. I am aware that some children prefer to read a wide range of texts therefore children are able to bring in books from home too. Instead of having a reading record this year, reading at home should be recorded on the extra sheet attached to the homework.
I am really looking forward to teaching Year 5 again this year.
Thank you for your on going support,