We would like to say hello and welcome to all the new Year 5 children and their families. After such a long break in their learning for many, it's been great to see the children come back so happily and enthusiastically.
For the first few days of the new term, we have all been getting used to the new routines and timetables and we're delighted to report that the children have taken everything in their stride.
We are fortunate this year that we have a student teacher working with us in Year 5 for much of this year - Miss Davidson. She will be working with children across the Year Group and has already got to know lots of them.
We are feeling so pleased and very proud of all of the children who have been completing work on Seesaw. We have found this to be successful and we have taken on all of the feedback received. Now that we have Seesaw up and running completely, we aim to contact your child by phone a minimum of 1-2 times a week to check in and see how they are getting on.
In the mean time, children can message their teachers on Seesaw by adding a response to the work that is posted for them. Alternatively, you can email your child's year group email account where one of the year group teachers will be able to respond.
PE day is Tuesday and, in the current circumstances, we ask that children come into school in their PE kits as we will not be changing in the classrooms as we normally would do. We expect children to wear a plain white t-shirt and black shorts (or black jogging bottoms in the autumn and winter months) together with appropriate footwear (black daps in the spring and summer months and trainers in the autumn and winter). We advise children wear their school jumpers on PE days as they will be learning outside.
We are lucky to have our very own blog on the Milton Park web site. It is a completely secure, managed and safe way to chat socially. All the information you need about how to use it can be found in the PDF document below. It's a great way to stay in touch with the children and adults in Year 5 and share photographs, interesting stories and even jokes. So why not give it a try?
In Year 5, we ask that the children read every day and record their endeavours in their Reading Record. The children have their home reading books with them and these can a great starting point but if you're looking for other ideas the World Book Day website (worldbookday.com) has lots of fun ideas, creative and booky challenges that are well worth looking at. In addition, the site also includes free audio-books, including full chapter books, that can be enjoyed by all the family. Below you will find some suggestions to help your children with reading.
If you're looking for some other ideas, try the Book Trust web site on the link below. Well-known authors and illustrators are coming up with fun activities for you and your family. There are also links to lots of children's authors who are reading or sharing their work in different ways.
The school has a subscription to this excellent Maths learning tool which can be accessed on-line or downloaded as an app. We have found that it is extremely successful in helping children acquire the times tables knowledge which is vital to their ongoing success in Maths. All children have access to Time Tables Rock Stars and you will find their log-in on a label in the back of their school reading record. If you do have any problems, do not hesitate to contact us.
In our PE lessons we have been planning activities based on our Personal Best. We have been managing our time to complete tasks, having a drink and of course having a rest!