Happy New Year! We hope you’ve all had a ‘cracking’ time over the past couple of weeks and are ready to start the new term with a bang. This term is busy – as always – and starts with an exciting new Geography topic about ‘Amazing Africa’! We will be organising African drumming workshops this term – more details are to follow soon. In addition to this, we look forward to building on our knowledge of Africa as we explore the physical and human features of the countries surrounding this continent. In Science, children will be exploring life cycles of plants an different animals.

Children will continue to receive homework and, as always, will be expected to read at home on a regular basis. We would like to remind you that children will be expected to undertake tasks set on the Reading Eggs programme on a weekly basis, these including comprehension tasks. A comment in your child’s reading diary is always welcomed and communication between yourselves and your child’s teacher is always helpful. Children will continue to receive two sets of weekly spellings to learn from their phonics class teacher, as well as Year 5 statutory spellings and these will be tested each Tuesday and Friday.

Year 5’s will be beginning swimming this term and this will commence on Thursday 6th January. They will need to bring a swimming costume, towel, swimming hat (for those children that have long hair) and a comb/brush. The day on which your child has P.E will continue to be on Wednesday’s, so we advise children to keep their kit in school. Tracksuit bottoms and a jumper will also be useful as the weather is still cold.

As always we appreciate your support.

The Year 5 Team.