Welcome to 5CC!
The children have settled in brilliantly into Year 5 and have been working hard on their learning. It's been great fun getting to know each other, and Mrs Kelly and I are really looking forward to the coming year.
Below is some key information that you may find useful.
We have now set up a new system for our reading books called Accelerated Reader. Once every term, children sit a Star Reader assessment which helps in identifying an appropriate book level for them. Every day, the children are given time to read a book of their choosing (based on their suggested book level). Once the children have read their books, they can sit an AR quiz which, if they get above 80%, means they can go up a book level. We ask that they spend some time reading at home - whether that’s their AR book, or in the form of a comic, magazine or a non-fiction book on cars (anything that sparks their interest in reading). So far in 5CC, many children are making rapid progress through the book levels, which is brilliant.
We ask that you ensure you record any reading that takes place at home with a simple comment inside your child’s Reading Record. They should read at least 20 minutes every day.
Spellings are handed out and tested once a week. Please make sure the children are practising their spellings every week. Children can practise their spellings in any way they like.
At the start of the year, all children in Year 5 started on their 3 times tables. It is essential the children practise their times tables regularly as they are tested 4 times a week with each test lasting 3 minutes. When the children have answered all 60 times tables questions correctly, they can then move up to the next level. We currently have 6 children on their 6 times tables! I have attached a couple of recommended websites for children to use to help with learning their times tables below.