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Welcome to Year 5M...

I would sincerely like to welcome all of the children back to Christ the King. I hope you have all had a relaxing and fun filled summer holiday and that the children are feeling recharged and ready for their new academic year ahead. I am delighted to be teaching in year 5 again and very much looking forward to working alongside Miss Small.

Year 5 is the beginning of Upper KS2 for your children and it is the year before SATs, Miss Small and I both agree it is important that you understand the significance of this year.  Year 5 children will be challenged and expected to work hard to reach their full potential across the curriculum.  Independence is thoroughly encouraged at this stage in Primary School to ensure transition to Secondary Education is as smooth as possible.

How can you help?
Reading is the key to further learning. Please can you make efforts to read at home with your child as much as possible. Every child should be reading at least 4 times per week at home. When you do listen to your child read, please question them about the text they have read to assess their understanding and discuss new vocabulary. It is very important to encourage reluctant readers with lots of positive praise and I do reward those that read at least 4 times in one week with class raffle tickets. 

Spellings practice at home is vital to ensure your children are succeeding in their weekly class tests. Children will be tested and new spellings will be issued every Wednesday, spelling books will also be sent home to be signed.  Please encourage your children to practice their spellings out loud AND in written form – giving them little tests is also a great help!

Times tables knowledge is vital for further learning in maths. Children should know all of their times tables by year 5 and knowing all times tables will helps children with a range of mental and written maths work. Children will be tested on a different table each week. The children will write which table they will be tested on in their homework diaries, so please test the children at home asking for verbal or written recall to ensure they succeed in the tests each week. Again positive rewards will be given in class for good weekly marks. 

PE kits must be in school at all times during the school year (white polo shirt, red shorts, trainers and tracksuit for outdoors.)  Please encourage your children to take responsibility for their PE kit as again this will help them greatly when they transition to Secondary School.

Can I please ask that ALL uniform is clearly labelled with your child’s name and year group. This really helps us if any uniform gets lost or misplaced as we can then return it to the correct owner quickly.

Click here to view the yearly overview Miss Small and I have put together so you can see the topics we will be covering in year 5 this year. 

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to grab me at the end of the school day.

Many thanks,
Miss Martindale 


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