Class 9

September 10th 2018

Dear Parents and carers for children in Class 9,

Welcome back after the summer holiday. I hope you all had a chance to do some of your favourite things!

I am very much looking forward to teaching the year 5s in Class 9 this year. I firmly believe that when the partnership between school and home is strong, the children are happiest and achieve their best. I am keen for the class to have a really good Year 5, packed with memorable moments.

Please take a few minutes to read the following key information and maybe pin the homework timetable in a visible place, to help your child be organized for each day. The new school year begins with the topic ‘Mischief Makers’. For all those children who took part in the summer library challenge, it will be a familiar title. Our humanities and art topic this term is the Shang dynasty which the children have been finding out about during the holiday. We have already started to listen to and share what they have discovered about this ancient civilization.

In Geography and History we will use map skills to find out where the Shang dynasty was located, when it was in relation to other civilisations, how the people lived, what they believed, and what the historical evidence from an archaeological dig can tell us about these people. Art lessons will include using various mediums in connection with our topic: clay, paint, fine pencil drawing, Chinese writing and collage. D.T. will include making a model of a building of that time.

English writing will be taught through both the humanities and school topic and our class reading book,  “The ghost of Grainne O’Malley” by Michael Morpurgo. Genres will include recounts, biographies, a first person diary extract and story writing. Guided reading, reading, comprehension, GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) oracy and discrete spellings will complete the breadth of Literacy taught. Spelling homework is differentiated, following the National curriculum, and if the children do this ‘a little and often’ over the course of the week, there is more chance of learning and applying the spellings in their overall writing, as well as doing well in each Friday’s test.

In Maths, the new Abacus Maths programme is being used to extend and develop learning in: Place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The children will be further developing their breadth of Maths understanding through reasoning and problem solving to provide challenge and application to their learning.

R.E. lessons begin with ‘Creation’ followed by Judaism, then ‘Prayers, Saints and Feasts’.

In Science, we are comparing and contrasting the different life cycles of mammals, amphibians, insects, plants, birds, amphibians and reptiles.

P.E. lessons are in the hall, and in Games the children will be playing hockey in Term 1. We will be outside each week unless it is pouring with rain so outdoor kit is essential. Please can you ensure your child has both indoor and outdoor kits in school daily, as appropriate clothing needs to be worn in these compulsory lessons. I appreciate this is not easy when there has been an afternoon sports club the previous day.

At St. Mary’s, homework is relevant to the children as it supports and extends school learning. We will go over the homework together as a class for the children to have quick feedback, and have the opportunity to discuss any problems. Therefore, it is important that homework is returned on the due date. The homework is designed to be ‘little and often’ with a quick turn-around and not a long laborious task. Parents play an important role in supporting their child’s learning, and being aware of what is being taught. Please sign and date each homework, indicating if any support was needed at home. This is helpful for me to know. Also, please encourage your child to get into the habit of preparing his/her school bag the night before, to ensure letters, slips, and homework return to school on time. This will pay dividends when your child is in Secondary school. It will come around quicker than you think!

Literacy homework – GPS sheet (also known as SPAG - spelling, grammar and punctuation) or reading comprehension or topic.

Maths – various Maths topics on a sheet.

Differentiated spellings – Look, say, cover, write check (or any other preferred method) Also to write a few sentences with a grammar focus using the spellings in context, in joined handwriting with full punctuation.

Homework timetable.


Going home

Handed in


Literacy/ Topic







Friday for test

Please ensure that every item of PE kits is clearly named, with daps or trainers that fit comfortably. Hopefully, it will be a long time before any kit goes missing, but when/ if this happens, the lost property boxes in the entrance area will be the place to look. Similarly school uniform, lunchboxes and water bottles can be quickly returned if they are named.

Also, please can your child bring an old, named shirt to keep their school uniform clean for Art lessons. Thank you. We have a small number of board games for use during wet-play, but if you are happy to send an old game to supplement our stock, it would be appreciated. It will be returned in July.

Thank you for sending your child into the junior playground for the 8.30am start to the day – especially after the holiday. If your child is late, he/she will need to go to reception to register both his/ her attendance and choice of lunch. Most mornings begin with a prompt assembly in the hall, so please help your child to be on time.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s learning or anything else, I am very happy to arrange a convenient time to talk; after school is the best part of the day. Together we can help your child have a really good year 5. Thank you in advance for your support,

                                                  With kind regards, Mrs Johnson.