Hello and welcome,
We have hit the ground running and the learning behaviours in the year group are superb! The children are quizzing, the TT Rock Stars battles between the two classes have been intense and the weekly spelling tests are showing that the children’s spellings are improving. The knowledge of life as a Victorian child is deepening by the week.
Here is the key information that you need to know about Year Five:
- Learning Logs will be checked and signed every Friday.
We expect to see that the children have read at least five times, with five entries to evidence this. In addition, we would like to see that the children have been practising their times tables on TT Rock Stars and are recording their times and scores up to three minutes, five times a week (a secure knowledge of tables and corresponding division facts support children throughout the maths curriculum).
New spelling patterns will be taught and tested on a Friday morning.
On a Friday, we will set a planning piece of homework for writing to be brought in on the following Wednesday. This is to support their Big Write and a chance to share and develop their ideas at home.
- On a Wednesday, we visit the library where the children can choose one of the many books on offer. We expect them to be ready to quiz on Accelerated Reader every two weeks. There is an opportunity to quiz, in the classroom, every day.
- PE is on a Tuesday afternoon with Miss Hemming. Children need a full P.E. kit and as the autumn nights draw in, a warm tracksuit would be ideal. Please can you ensure that all items of clothing are labelled.
5A swim at Stafford Leisure Centre on a Wednesday afternoon until Christmas.
5S will be swimming for the entire spring term until Easter.
The best way to communicate with us is through your child’s learning log. However, if you need to speak to us then you can catch us at the end of the day or, failing that, get in touch via the office and we can arrange an appointment. Our door is always open.
Thank you for your support.
Mr Sandy, Miss Anderson, Mrs Bright, Mrs Roberts, Mrs Turton (Phase Leader)
Autumn Term 2
During this term, the children have immersed themselves in the question-'How has my life been shaped by the Victorians?' We had a very successful trip to the Black Country Living Museum, the highlights of which were the trip down the coal-mine, visiting Victorian back-to-back houses, the cinema and of course, the sweet shop!
Our Victorian learning journey has taken us from Victorian attitudes to alcohol and drugs, inventions such as cars, telephones, flushing toilets, vaccines and the sewer systems to the revolutionary impact of the railways and the resilience that it took to shape Britain and our lives today.
Something that we are really proud of in Year 5 is how we have linked our learning to the local community, where our study in art of William Morris took us to Mr Glyn Rayson of Rayson Reclamation at Wolsley Bridges. The children designed some stained glass windows, influenced by Morris and Mr Rayson, himself a designer of stained glass windows, visited the classes and took away two designs which he then made into actual stained glass windows that the children have kept.
The term ended with a fantastic Cantata concert held at the Holy Trinity Church in Baswich where the children sang Christmas carols and shared readings linked to some of the Victorian influences on how we celebrate Christmas today.
This term, we have been reflecting on the reasons why the school changed the name of a Shugborough house back to its original title, which is Anson house. Few people in Stafford are aware that the reason that the Shugborough grounds exist is because of Lord George Anson and his tumultuous circumnavigation of the world between 1740 and 1744, where he successfully captured a Spanish treasure galleon, alongside over a million pieces of eight. The children have been reflecting on this epic journey and learned, through his route, about the geography of South America, navigation and points on a compass. They have been writing from the perspective of Anson's decrepit crew about the awful conditions on each of the five ships, compounded by repeated outbreaks of scurvy and of course, mutiny.
- Inset Day: Monday 6th January 2019 (pupils not in)
- Pupils return to school: Tuesday 7th January 2019
- Parents Evening Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th February 2020
- Half term Monday 17th February - Friday 21st February 2020