Welcome to 5M and our very first monthly update. The children have all successfully settled into their new class and routines. It is wonderful to see happy and confident children embracing all the opportunities that school has to offer them. We have made a very positive start to our learning in Year Five with the children embedding previous learning while meeting the challenges of learning new skills and knowledge enthusiastically.
Two of the things we have discussed as a class (both of which continue to cause a great deal of excitement) are the fact that all the children who use joined up letters in their handwriting in a neat and tidy style are able to apply for a ‘Pen License’, This means they will be able to use a pen rather than pencil in their exercise books. Pen licenses continue to be very sought after and a high standard of written presentation must be maintained as they can be revoked if handwriting reverts to being messy! The other thing that the children are very keen to improve is their times tables. Everyone is keen to make progress through our school times tables achievement awards (certificates: Bronze, silver, gold and platinum followed by a gold medal then entrance to the '100 Club' with the ultimate accolade of being Champion of the 100 Club).
Our first topic of the new academic year is called 'The United Kingdom and the World'. It is a geography based topic that is always well received by the children. Some of the things we will be learning about are the countries, cities and towns of Great Britain, modern Europe and European mountains, rivers and landmarks. We also learn about The Americas with a particular focus on Peru. Our science focus is on properties of materials. Please download a copy of our topic web from our class page and keep it handy so you talk to your child about what they have been learning about in class.
I have had a few enquires from parents regarding our weekly Maths homework. If you have any queries please go to the section on our class page titled ‘5M Homework’ there you will find a link ‘Maths’ to click on. This will take you to an in-depth explanation of our weekly Maths homework and it should address any questions you have. Prior to giving out our first Maths homework I spent time explaining to the children how the homework should be approached (as detailed in our class page Maths homework section) and also shared with them my expectations for when homework should be returned to school.
Thank you to all parents and carers who attended our 'Meet the Teacher' session in the 5M classroom. It is heartening to see how interested you are in your child's education.