Welcome to Year Five!

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to school. We have an exciting and busy autumn term ahead. Find out what’s happening in Year 5 and Year 6 below.

Homework:

The children will be given homework periodically which will need to be returned by the date given. It would be useful if each child could have a decent-sized homework folder in order to carry their work safely to and from school.

English

The children need to bring their reading book and reading-record book to school with them on their allocated day. They (generally) will not be reading these books to an adult in school as we will be hearing them read their Group Guided Reading book so we rely on parents to make sure they do read these books. Please set aside some time to listen to your child read regularly. Even the most able readers benefit from this.

   They will have weekly spellings to learn which are tailored to meet the individual needs of the children and curriculum. Spelling tests are on a Friday and they will need to have their spelling books with them every Friday. We advise the children to practise their spellings for five minutes every day.

In addition to reading and spelling there will be other pieces of English to be completed at home, periodically. These usually reinforce work that we have covered in school.

Maths

The most important thing you can do to help your child with their Maths is to ensure that they know their tables inside-out, upside-down and back-to-front!! Don’t listen to a child who says, ‘I know my 7 x tables’! Accuracy and speed are of the essence! (They can always learn their 13-20 x tables!) Additionally, we will be sending home maths homework every Tuesday to reinforce work covered in school. This needs to be returned on a Wednesday.

P.E Kits: P.E will be on a Friday this year. When it’s cold the children may wear track-suit bottoms and a sweat-shirt. They will also need trainers – a change of footwear is advisable for these sessions. As the term progresses, we will be doing indoor and outdoor PE so they need to be fully equipped for both these sessions every Friday. Year 5 will be going swimming every Thursday up until half term in February. The cost of this is £2 per week to cover transport.

 

Other curriculum areas:

Our topic this half term is ‘More than Mods and Rockers’ which is all about the 1960s! After half term we will be studying a topic called ‘Heroes and Villains’ which will focus on real life heroes and villains such as Nelson Mandela, Princess Diana, Bob Geldof, Hitler, Osama Bin Laden etc. Both these topics are history based. If you or a member of your family have any games, clothes, toys, memorabilia from the 1960s, we’d love to have a look at them.

Sometimes your child will be asked to produce a project or piece of research at home which they may need your help/guidance with.

Residential Trips

Year 5 will be going to Morfa bay in the Summer Term (dates/forms to follow) and Year 6 will also be going on a residential trip (date/place to be confirmed.) 

   Please call in to see us at any time if you feel your child has a problem. If we work together, your child will have a happy, successful year.

  

Thank you for your time and patience!

 

Mrs. T. Pugh and Mr. G. Langdon

Years 5 & 6 teachers

 

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P.E:

Your child will be having PE every Friday afternoon and will need their kit in school. When the weather is colder they will need an old pair of joggers and sweatshirt as well as shorts and T Shirt.

 

Swimming:

Swimming this term (until Christmas) will take place EVERY Thursday morning so please make sure you child's swimming kit and £2 for the bus is in school each Thursday - thank you.

Morfa Bay:

After the enormous success of this year’s trip, I have provisionally booked to take Year 5 to Morfa Bay Adventure Centre, Carmarthen on Friday 30th June – Monday 3rd July, 2017. Please have a look at the Morfa Bay photos on the website  if you want to see what we did on the trip. Alternatively, ask one of the parents of the children who went last year, to seek their opinions.

   The cost will be £160 per pupil (unless the centre has increased the cost) plus the cost of transport which I am hoping to raise funds for. If you wish your child to accompany us, please sign the necessary form asap. A non-refundable deposit of £40 will be required by October 1st and then three further monthly instalments after that (1st February, 1st March, 1st April – or closest available school day.) Of course, you may pay in full or in weekly instalments instead if you wish. Cheques need to be made payable to ‘Llantilio Pertholey School’.

   I need to know asap who will be going on the trip in order to secure our places at the Centre. If your child chooses not to go, they will need to attend school on the Friday and Monday that we are away and receive their education in another class. Please call in to see me if you have any queries re: the trip.

It really was a fantastic trip and I'm hoping all of the children will accompany us.