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Autumn Term – Badgers

September 2023

Dear Parents/Carers

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome back our old year 5’s and welcome in our new year 5’s. During
the year we have parents’ evenings that give us the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress, however our door is
always open and if you have any comments or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us. We also use Class Dojo
to send ‘Work Selfies’ to you, which the children request and quick messages about class related ‘stuff’. The children
will have received new log in details by now.

Now that your child is in Year 5 or 6 there are some routines that we follow to help develop their independence.
Within class, children will be encouraged to question and research topic areas that interest them, take responsibility
for their own learning through provision, challenge learning, making them a more confident, independent learners.

PE: PE is on a Friday with a coach and Thursday with their teacher. However we ask that your child brings in a full
indoor and outdoor PE kit, including outdoor trainers, on a Monday morning and leaves it in school for the week.
Please ensure that all of your child’s clothing is clearly labelled as each year we seem to have more and more stray
clothing. If it is labelled, it is easier to find and return to the owner.

Homework: Each week your child will bring home spelling homework. These will be spellings that are appropriate
for your child’s ability. They will be tested each week. Please help your child to learn their spellings. The New
Curriculum puts a great emphasis on spelling, punctuation and grammar and the children will be tested on this
through-out the year and at the end of the learning cycle (3 times a year).

As well as this, the children are expected to read at home at least 4 times a week (signed in their reading record).
This is to help them with fluency and understanding of what they are reading. All of the books that your child brings
home are suited to their ability. Children who regularly read at home make more rapid progress with understanding
as their fluency does not slow them down. As the children are getting older, it is still important that they read to an
adult. However, we do understand that they like to read independently and, if they wish to, they can do this if you
don’t mind just asking them a few questions about their reading to ensure that they are gaining a good
understanding. We ask that you record when you have listened to them read, so that we can monitor this at school
too. Children will also have the opportunity to recommend a book for our ‘Fantastic 5 Reads’ that get pride of place
on our book shelves. Children can write a review of a Fantastic 5 book to earn dojos.

To support children with their maths, children can also practise their maths skills by logging onto prodigy maths -a
maths game we sign them up to in school and Times Table Rock Stars.

We hope that this helps you to understand some of the routines that take place on a weekly basis. We look forward
to working with you this year to ensure that your child makes maximum progress and continues to have a love of
learning.

Many thanks,
Mr Roe

Please follow the link to our class Knowledge Organiser – Y5.6 knowledge organiser- WW2

Welcome Chester – our School Dog

From time to time Chester the Dog visits school to work with the children.  A full risk assessment has been completed which will be available on our website. Chester is nearly 2 years old, a labradoodle (hypoallergenic) and belongs to myself (Mrs Owens).

There has been extensive research about the many benefits that can be seen by having a school dog.   

  • Dogs teach children about responsibility – by children having to remember to feed and give water to the dog it can give them a sense of importance and satisfaction that they may not get from other responsibilities.  
  • Dogs teach children patience – they do not always do as they are told first time!  
  • Dogs teach children compassion – just like us dogs feel pain and emotion.  
  • Dogs teach children about socialisation – by the children learning how to interact with a dog they can better learn how to socialise with other children.  
  • Dogs are fun – they greet you with a wagging tail every day and put a smile on your face, even on a bad day. 
  • Please follow the link to the Risk Assessment for this activity:-  Risk Assessment – Dogs in School- Sigg

Please follow the link to the letter which was circulated to parents/carers:-  School Dog letter