It has been fantastic being back in school and the children have enjoyed being together, sharing experiences and generally having fun. In Year Five we have spent lots of time processing our thoughts, emotions and feelings so that we are ready to tackle the exciting learning that lays ahead.
There are several adults working with Year Five this year. I am in class Monday to Thursday and Mrs Warren will be teaching them on Fridays. We are very lucky to have three other staff members with us – Mrs Gosney, Mrs Pazdro and Mrs Wyles.
At St John’s, all the adults are working hard to identify any gaps in your child’s learning and it is our priority to address these through our class lessons, small group work and individual support, if required. It is my role to ensure that we meet every child’s needs for catch up whilst tackling the Year Five curriculum and providing extra challenge for those who need it. It will be a busy year!
Over the coming months, your child will continue the transition to becoming an independent, self-motivated learner. In Year Five, we start expecting them to take more responsibility for their own belongings and homework in preparation for Year 6 and beyond. Please help them with this process by gently reminding them of their responsibilities – coats, lunch boxes, water bottles and PE kits for after school sports clubs. Our class PE sessions will be on Wednesday and on Friday afternoons as part of a carousel of art, PE, music and French.
Homework is going to be a little different. At the moment, we are not setting our usually topic homework but the children will have spellings on Friday, for a test the following week and, as always, there are times tables to learn and reading. Reading/library books will be changed every two weeks but reading diaries will be collected every Friday and sent home again on a Monday, so please keep up with the home reading. There will also be occasional online tasks for those who have internet access at home. Logins and passwords will be sent out again later this week.
Hopefully, I have managed to see most of you over the last two weeks. However, these strange times make it difficult to have meaningful conversations, so if you have any concerns then please phone the office and make an appointment for me to call you back at a mutual convenient time. However, a phone/online parents
meeting will be arranged before half term.
Thank you very much for continuing to support your child’s learning.
Last week, our whole school topic was Colour and incorporated the theme of Children's Mental Health Week "Express Yourself".
In Year 5 and 6, the painter, Wassily Kandinsky, was our inspiration. His colourful, abstract geometric paintings linked well with our maths lessons on angles and we considered the idea of colour expressing feelings. This enabled us to think about our emotions during lockdown in the form of colour and helped us create our own masterpieces.