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HAVE A LOVELY SUMMER!
Welcome to Mr Round’s class of year 5s
We have Mrs Bell as our T/A and several other adult helpers who give up their valuable time to listen to the children read and also help with a variety of other tasks. (A big thanks to them all!!)

Year five is an important year for all pupils as it tends to be the last of the teaching years, in the sense that Year 6 is a year for revision and consolidation of what has been previously taught in preparation for the end of Key Stage 2 SATs. Year 5 has also taken on a greater importance in recent years due to the changes to the secondary selection procedures ,with the Medway Test taking place right at the beginning of year 6. Because of these changes year 5 now do verbal reasoning practice in the summer term and a VR test at the end of the year to help parents to make an informed decision as to whether to put their child in for the Medway Test.

As part of the Upper Juniors we are a strong benchmark for the rest of the school in terms of uniform and behaviour and, as such, standards and expectations are high and vigorously reinforced. Towards the end of the summer term, Year 5 take over some of the prefect duties from Year6 in preparation for their transfer to the top of the school.

As the children progress through the school, their homework will become more demanding and it is very important that they get into a good, steady routine and are not tempted to leave it all to the last minute when things can go badly wrong. Try to have a set timetable with lots of rewards for work completed on time and consequences when it is not. The children will benefit in the long run and peace and harmony will reign (promise!!)

Parents often ask at parents evening, “What can we do at home?” so here are a few simple things that will have a big impact.

  • Regular reading is still an essential in Year 5 and every child should be reading as much as possible at home and under adult supervision; a quiet period with no screens to distract would be ideal, with lots of discussion about the text and characters and with 2 or 3 pages being more beneficial than 20 pages from the back of the car and then the book shut. It is vital that the children understand the text and the meaning behind the words rather than simply decoding.
  • Help your child with telling the time to 1 minute and try to give them an appreciation of how long a minute/hour is. We have all suffered the “Are we there yet?” situation, right?
  • Do some cooking/baking, it’s a great way to get your child introduced to weighing and weight, both metric and imperial. Plus they have to time it and wait the set time for the item to cook. You can also use it as a time for talking about diet and healthy eating.
  • Money is another area where day to day practical activities help children to get used to coinage, adding up and subtracting to work out change etc.
  • Small amounts of handwriting practice at home will also benefit your child.
  • The best thing you can do is find time to talk, discuss the things that interest them and the things that go on in their lives. Talk about wider issues that have happened in the news, ask them what they think and why.
  • In amongst the hard work there will be a giggle or two and some interesting activities to take part in. We have a vegetable plot to plant up, swimming certificates to achieve, assemblies to perform, concerts to participate in, plays to watch, prayers to say, experiments to undertake, stories to write, poems to recite, races to win, problems to solve, jokes to tell and good times to be had by ALL.

JUST ANOTHER NORMAL YEAR REALLY!!!