Year 5 is made up of three classes
Costa Rica, Jamaica and USA
Welcome to the Year 5 home page!
Costa Rica- Mr Cooper
Jamaica - Mrs Lake
USA- Mrs Davies and Mrs Wepener
The start and the end of the day
Our school day starts at 8.45am and ends at 3.10pm. Please bear with us as we are seeing children out as we need to release them one at a time as we see parents and carers. Please make sure that all names are on the collection list, if you wish to add a person please speak to a member of the office staff.
What to bring to school
All children should have a water bottle in school every day – they will be in charge of filling and refreshing these during the day and will bring them home to be washed. These should be in addition to the drink they bring for lunch.
They do not need to bring a pencil case, any toys or notebooks from home.
Year 5 PE days will be Wednesday and Friday every week, please ensure that on PE days your child wears trainers, black shorts or jogging bottoms and a white t-shirt. In cold weather your child may also wear a plain black hoodie or school jumper.
Healthy snack and lunchboxes
Children need to bring in a healthy snack, for example: fruit, crackers and nut-free cereal bars for breaktime. Please can those bringing a packed lunch from home ensure there is a healthy balance of food and a separate drink.
We find children are more able to concentrate on their learning when they have a healthy diet and are hydrated throughout the day. Please also do not send your child to school with sweets or fizzy drinks in their lunch boxes. Some ideas can be found here https://www.nhs.uk/change4life/recipes/healthier-lunchboxes
Homework and reading expectations
All homework will go out on a Friday and needs to be back in on the following Wednesday.
The expectations in Year 5 for homework is 2 hours a week, this includes reading. The expectation for reading is that children read every day with an adult at home, we recommend about 10 to 15 minutes with a short chat at the end about what they have read, and for this to be recorded in their reading log. This will also help them contribute to the school reading challenge.
As well as reading, your child will get weekly spellings to learn and these will be tested on Friday and some maths or literacy practice which will vary from week to week.
If homework is incomplete they will be asked to stay in during Thursday lunchtime to complete it.
How you can help your child in Year 5
Encourage your child to be responsible for their own belongings, eg. bringing in their reading record daily, ensuring homework is brought in on the correct day
Read regularly with your child.
Take your child to the town library and choose different types of books to read.
Practise multiplication tables together.
Play games such as Monopoly, Chess, Blokus, Dobble and Scrabble with your child to support their learning in Maths and English.
Spend time cooking with your child to practise reading and following instructions and understanding weights and measures.
Our topic this term in Science is Space. If you have any ‘Space’ related items you wish to send in with your child to show, please make sure they are named. The Year 5 team will be launching a competition to see which class can bring in the most items.
What to do if you have any worries or concerns
administration (e.g. replying to letters, reporting a child ill or finance and payment enquiries) please contact the school office on 01264 365166.
If you have any non-urgent learning or personal and social concerns about your child that you would like to discuss with a class teacher please use the class teachers email addresses, or catch them at the end of the school day at pick up.
Mornings are a very busy time for teachers as they prepare for your child’s learning for the day, so please avoid trying to speak with them at that time.
Costa Rica Class- Mr Cooper firstname.lastname@example.org
Jamaica Class- Mrs Lake email@example.com
USA Class- Mrs Davies firstname.lastname@example.org and Mrs Wepener email@example.com
Please bear in mind that as class teachers we are focussed on teaching children during the day and will not necessarily see emails immediately (which is why we ask for urgent enquiries to go via the office so that they can be brought to our attention). Your child’s wellbeing is hugely important to us and we will respond as soon as possible to any messages you send.
At Vigo Primary School we have 6 Designated Safeguarding Leads. They are Julie Bray, Kim Parry, Laura Pearson, Gary Kew, Kelly Roach and Suzy Wright. If you have any concerns about the welfare of a child or the behaviour of an adult please contact one of them directly. Our safeguarding governor is Marty Johnson.
If you see something, help us to stop it by sharing your concerns.
We look forward to a really happy and successful year.
The Year 5 Team