Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Year 5! I hope you had a lovely summer and are ready for the start of the new school year. It has been a strange and uncertain time for all of us and I am sure that, while many of you are ready and happy to return to school, some of you have mixed or anxious feelings about the safety of your child as they return to school for the first time since March.
In order to make the classroom as safe as possible (for the pupils and also for the adults working in it) the tables have been rearranged to be forward-facing, which will be wiped down and disinfected at the end of every lesson to maintain cleanliness. Each pupil has their own equipment labelled with their name, in their own pencil case, so there will be absolutely no sharing of equipment. Pupils have an individual workstation that no other pupil will use, and will be expected to stay in their places throughout the day (apart from toilet breaks as they occur). Lunchboxes will also be stored in these personal areas. Along with the many measures the school has put into place to keep everyone as safe as possible, we will be promoting good hand hygiene after each lesson, before and after lunch and after break-times.
We are all anxious to different degrees about reopening school, so we will be doing lots of work to promote wellbeing and mindfulness to support your child. Having been the teacher for one of the Year 6 bubbles in June and July, I can speak from experience when I say that, although things seem odd and worrisome at first, it does not take the pupils long to adapt to the changes and to feel safe and secure. If after a few days in school, your child is still worried, please let us know so we can provide further support.
In terms of education, we will be implementing a recovery curriculum to help your child practice key skills in Maths and English, catch up the missing Year 4 Summer Term and fill in the gaps in their knowledge, while moving them forward and challenging them with the Year 5 curriculum. The aim is to have fully caught up by the end of the Autumn Term and to make that possible, we have scheduled extra English and Maths lessons each day. Obviously we will still do lots of the fun stuff, but the priority is to make sure that your child’s future prospects haven’t been harmed by their lengthy absence from the classroom. At this point, I would also like to sincerely thank you for all hard work and support you have provided over the lockdown with home learning and other enriching activities. We are looking forward to hearing about any new skills your child has learned since the last time they were in school!
Year 5 is a big step up from Year 4, with more expectations on your child to be able to show independence and apply their learning. Therefore, it would help us to better help your child if you can make sure they read every night and practice their spellings nightly as well. For your information:
If you have any questions or issues, please feel free to get in touch. We are always happy to support you in any way we can.
Mr Wright, Mrs Robinson, Mrs Hendley
Year 5 Team
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