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Welcome to Year Five - Rowan Class

My name is Mrs Hyde and I am your child’s class teacher for Year 5. I am also very lucky to have two Teaching Assistants working with the class every day - Mrs Wilson and Miss Winter.

We are all very excited to start getting to know the new Year 5s! If our change over week is anything to go by, I know we are going to have a lot of fun together, behave well and produce some brilliant work.

I will be updating our webpage throughout the year to include photos of the children’s learning and information about our class topics, so be sure to take a look.

I have attached a list of notices and general information, but if you have any questions or would like to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your child in school, please do not hesitate to speak to me (or any other adult from the class).
year five - rowan class
Information & Notices:

P.E. will be taught by Mr Nobes on a Thursday afternoon. Along with Year 6, we will also be going swimming one morning a week (please look out for a letter containing more details). Please make sure your child has suitable P.E. and swimming kit in school every week. Please also ensure that this is labelled with your child’s name.
Other teachers
The children will also be taught By Mr Nobes on Monday afternoons, and Mrs Chivers on Friday afternoons (this is to cover my management time). During these sessions, the children will cover some of the foundation subjects (Geography, History, RE, ICT, etc) and this learning will be linked to our class topics.

Homework will be set on Mondays and is expected to be returned to school, completed to the best of their ability, by the following Moday. This will include a weekly list of spellings to be learnt and times tables to be practiced.
Each term, I will also be setting a homework project which needs to be completed by the end of the term. This will be a more creative piece, which will be linked to our class topic (I will send a letter with more details about this in the second or third week). 
Your child should be spending around 45 minutes a week on their homework. Children can, of course, spend more time on their homework if they wish.  If your child fails to do their homework, I will keep them in during Friday break or lunch time to complete it. There will be a homework club running once a week, which your child may find helpful to attend (day of the week to be confirmed).
In addition, it would be beneficial if you could find some time each day to listen to and discuss the content of the reading books your child brings home. Please remember to sign your child’s reading record each time and ensure they bring both their reading book and record into school each day.

Class topics
Term 1&2: Space
Term 3: Anglo Saxons
Term 4: Author study
Term 5&6: Japan
Rewards and behaviour systems
I have a firm but fair approach to behaviour in my classroom. I will always endeavour to get all sides of the story and sort any problems out as soon after they have occurred as possible.
I will be continuing to follow the school behaviour policy, including the traffic light system and house points. In addition to this I will be using a rewards system called class dojo, in which children earn (and loose - although hopefully not!) points for displaying good learning and behaviour. I plan to send home a summary of this at the end of each week, so that you can see what your child has been earning points for during the week.  Reward time will be given at the end of the week if class dojo shows that we have had a good week!
I also give out a certificate at the end of each day to children who have been especially impressive. All children who earn a certificate get a prize from Mrs Wilson’s prize box on Fridays.
I am also partial to the odd sweet and do like to give little treats out as rewards!
Please do not hesitate to come and talk to me if you wish to discuss your child’s wellbeing in school, as I feel this is central to a child’s ability to learn.

Philosophy for Children (P4C)
This year, the whole school will be teaching something called Philosophy for Children. This is essentially about getting children to discuss ‘big questions’ (for example, what makes a good friend? Why do we have rules?) - so prepare for your children to come home and want to discuss deep questions such as these!
Central to P4C is the idea that all children feel valued, respected and able to both share their opinion and respect the views of others. I think this could have a big impact on Year 5’s wellbeing and behaviour at school. I do hope that parents will embrace P4C and encourage their children to share their learning in this area at home.
Year Five - Rowan Class
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