Welcome back to the new academic year at Elston Hall! We hope that you had a fantastic holiday and the children have been able to recharge their batteries!
For details of our learning this term please click on the Autumn Term Overview.
Purple creative homework books will continue this year and we aim for it to allow our children to both consolidate their learning from class as well as move their learning on. This homework book will be coming home with your child next week – please look out for this! The insert to the book will provide further information about this.
Children will continue to receive reading books linked to their ability from school. Expectations of completing a reading journal on a weekly basis will continue. Like last year, they must be handed to the class teacher or teaching assistant to mark, books will then be able to be changed and the process can begin again.
Phonics will be ability set across Year 5 and will take place once per week. Your child may be with a different teacher for this. Children will be told their group for phonics later this week. Children will receive 10 spellings on a Tuesday, to be tested on the following Tuesday. Additionally, children will also receive 10 spellings from their class teacher which are related to their age, these will be given out on a Friday and tested the following Friday.
PE will take place on a Monday and Friday for Class 16 and Monday and Tuesday for Classes 17 & 18.
Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school. White t-shirt, shorts (preferably black or navy) and black pumps. In Autumn Year 5 will be taught by Progressive Sports and Soccer 2000 or Swimming for Class 16. It would also be appreciated if all uniform (including PE kit and pumps) is labelled with your child’s full name and class. Please can we remind parents that jewellery should not be worn in school with the exception of stud earrings, and in line with Health and Safety guidelines these should not be worn on PE days. Children may be asked to remove earrings before PE sessions.
As you may have already seen, we are adopting a new thematic approach to teaching, which will enable us to teach through a theme. Our theme this term is ‘Cosmic Cosmos’ and we cannot wait to get stuck in learning about the planets and space travel. To help us kick off our topic in style, we will be visiting space through Prime VR goggles. A letter regarding this session will be sent out at the beginning of term.
The gate to the playground will continue to be opened at 8.45am and closed at 8.55am. Late children will need to report to the main office.
We look forward to working with you over the next year to ensure your children have a valuable year. If you have any questions/queries now or throughout the year, please do not hesitate to speak to us. Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs Howell Mrs Lavill Ms Mitchell
October 23rd 2018
Year 5 had a fantastic time at Moseley Old Hall recently. They joined in re-enacting King Charles II infamous escape to Moseley Old Hall and took part in writing secret messages using quills! They even had the opportunity to see priest hole, where Charles had to hide from the Roundheads! Year 5 were an absolute pleasure to take on the trip and, as always, were excellent representatives of our school. They answered questions, listened well and showed 'Outstanding' behaviour throughout. We are very proud of you all.
Photos from 2017/2018
Year 5 had a visit from a Police Community Support Officer. She talked to the children about safety and making the right choices. She also helped the children develop an awareness of legal consequences for 10 year olds.
Year 5 have been visiting Aldersley High School as part of our transition programme. They have been cooking - making cookies and pizza and bread. They will also be having French lessons.