Welcome to Year 5

Class teachers are:

Mr T Hurd

Class teacher, Mental Health & Wellbeing Lead, Senior Leaders Team, and Science Lead

Miss K Sarjeant

Class Teacher, Senior Leadership Team and Maths Lead

Mrs K Elliot

SENDCO, Designated Safeguarding Lead and Maths group teacher

The support staff includes the following:-

Mrs K Thompson

Teaching Support

Mrs T McGahan

Teaching Support and SENDCO Assistant

Mrs Bruen

Higher Level Teaching Support

Miss S Sonnex

Teaching Support

Year 5 will be holding a welcome meeting on Wednesday 14th September 2022 from 3.30-4.30pm

Please find below the handout for the welcome meeting

Year 5 Welcome meeting

Topics and Curriculum

You will find the weekly timetable in your child’s diary.   Year 5 covers some exciting topics such as:-

  • History topics: Ancient Maya and Shang Dynasty (Ancient China)
  • Geography topics: Rivers and Settlements
  • Science topics: Plants, Materials, Ourselves, Light and sound, Electricity, and Science Fair
  • Art Topics: Leaves, Van Gogh, Maya discovery landscapes, and Shang Dynasty Jade Masks
  • Design & Technology Topics & Projects: Shelters, Biscuits and Alarm systems
  • PSHE topics: Laws, Financial responsibility, Healthy eating, Drugs and alcohol, Safety, Birth and death, Identity, Stereotypes, and Friendship changes
  • SRE (Sex & Relationship Education): Puberty, Changes and Hygiene
  • Computing includes (key areas only): Cryptography, Game programming,  Digital art, Audio and Video editing
  • PE & Games includes: Gymnastics, Rock & roll dancing, Football, Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Rounders, Yoga, Tennis, Athletics, Cricket and Swimming for 8 weeks
  • Faith and Philosophy includes the introduction to our new way of studying religious education, with a particular focus on Christianity and Islam

For more specific information on what the Year 5 pupils will be studying this term see below. 

Year 5 Curriculum maps

If you wish to find out more about the National Curriculum then you can click here.

Homework

The homework expectations are as follows:

  • Monday – English (45-50 mins) due Wednesday – Spelling Shed x 3 and one SPaG mat 
  • Wednesday – Maths (45-50 mins) due Friday – TTRS x 3 and Mathletics Quest x 2 linked with learning that week 
  • Project based homework will be given 4 times over a term (2 per half term). This will be fully explained, with extra advice given through Google Classroom and extra sheets of information uploaded where needed or required. Extra details may include rough drafts or plans of activities to do over the course of 3 – 4 weeks. We expect the children to spend 45 minutes per week on their topic homework. For a 4 week project, three hours of work should be evident as appropriate to the level and ability of the child. The children will also have ample time to ask any questions over the course of a piece of homework. It is essential for the children to begin to plan their homework effectively in order to be Year 6 ready and for moving in to their secondary education.

If homework is not completed on time children will be asked to go to the catch up zone until work is handed in.

Reading at home:

Reading is expected to be carried out outside of school, a minimum of three times per week. The children will be expected to record their reading in their homework diaries and signed by an adult. 

Books we study in Year 5:

The books we study in detail are:  

  • The Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell, 
  • How to save the world with a chicken and an egg by Emma Shevah, and 
  • Can You See Me? by Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott. 

Please avoid reading these at home prior to the teaching unit. 

Click here to see our year group padlet to share, recommend and review all the books we are all reading at home.

For more information about how we teach English go to the English link.

Times tables

Please practise times tables at home and we will test them in class so they can work towards their certificates. The children will be set regular times tables practise using Time Tables Rockstars and the expectation is that this will form part of their Maths homework and should be completed a minimum of 3 times per week. They may have other battles and challenges set and they will be advised of this for recording in to their homework diaries as required.  For more information about how we teach maths and measure times table go to the Maths link.

Extra activities:

  • All children have a log in for Spelling Shed, TTRS and Mathletics – there are a huge array of activities to do that will support your children’s growing fluency and understanding in spelling and times tables
  • Support reading if needed, this can include continuing reading to and with your child, as well as independent reading and summarising afterwards
  • Support homework if needed
  • Encourage personal organisation and responsibility where needed

Visits and trips

To help broaden the children’s learning, enjoyment and understanding of their topics, we offer a range of visits and trips.

  • We have a day trip to Ewell with a focus on the Hogsmill River (more details at the start of Autumn Term). 
  •  The residential trip is PGL, Little Canada, Isle of Wight which is 12th-16th June 2023. Information about requirements will be sent out closer to the time.

More information about all these trips and visits and any costs will be sent out nearer the time.

Personal growth

Your child is now part of the Upper school and we start to build their personal organisation and responsibility with the lead up to Secondary School so please encourage your child to hand in their own slips, and remember their water bottles, homework diary, homework etc.

Any questions or concerns

Your class teacher should be your first point of contact and can be contacted with their professional email Mr Hurd at THurd@wallacefields-jun.surrey.sch.uk and Miss Sarjeant at KSarjeant@wallacefields-jun.surrey.sch.uk If it is an urgent matter please speak to someone in the office and they will be able to help you.

Please note: We will endeavour to respond to our professional emails within 48 hours of receipt, during the working week. These are for quick messages or information that cannot go through the office, direct queries or positive feedback. Please note that we will not check emails sent over the weekend or school holidays until we return to work. In addition, we are unable to check and respond to emails whilst we are teaching (or preparing lessons) between the hours of 8.45 - 4.00, therefore please contact the office for any pick up changes or if there is an urgent message contact the office so that the message can be relayed to us during these hours.

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