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Y4 Class Newsletter

Dear Parents & Carers,

Welcome to the new school year, after what I hope was a really enjoyable summer break. I thought it would be useful, as your child begins Upper Key Stage 2, to give you some information about what you and your child can expect in Year 5.

There will be two other adults working with your children this year. Kim Wells will teach the class on Wednesday afternoon and all day Thursday. We are also lucky to have Caitlin Evans as our Teaching Assistant, who will help to support the children in the mornings. During the afternoon some children will work with Mrs Hale or Mrs Hutton on either English or Maths interventions.

Topic Web
A topic web has been sent out with this letter via book bags and is also on the website. Topic webs give you information about what your child will be learning this term. If you would like further information or have any questions, I will be happy to address these during the ‘Meet the Teacher’ session on Monday 7th September at 3.15pm. If you can’t make this meeting please feel free to either come and find me after school one day, or telephone me.

I am very excited about our topic this term, World War II, and I know that the children will share my enthusiasm! We have planned an exciting workshop for 15th September and we will also be visiting Didcot Railway Museum for an ‘Evacuation Experience Day’ on 5th November. There are many good websites for you and your child to explore at home and I will be encouraging the children to do independent research. Good websites include:

Homework is important in Year 5 and I will expect all children to hand in their homework on time each week. Homework will be handed out on Friday and be due in by the following Thursday. In addition to homework, the children will receive spellings to learn each week ( usually on a Monday) and we will have a weekly times table focus.

This term we will be doing PE on Thursday afternoon. When the weather permits, we will go down to the ‘Rec’ with Year 6. It is therefore really important that your child has the correct PE kit. This includes:

White polo shirt or plain white T-shirt (no logos please); plain dark shorts; and trainers (plimsolls are optional for indoor wear); tracksuits are permitted during outdoor PE; long hair must be tied back during all PE lessons.

Small studs must be taped or, ideally removed for PE . Children should bring their own Microporous Surgical Tape to school in a clearly named box.

School uniform

All children at Garsington Primary School are expected to adhere to the Uniform Policy. The school uniform is as follows: 
White shirt or polo shirt; Mulberry school sweatshirt or cardigan

Girls: grey or black skirt, pinafore or trousers (jogger type trousers are not appropriate for wear during the school day); tights and socks must be plain grey or black; in the summer, a red checked dress is optional, with white socks or tights.

Boys: grey or black trousers or shorts (jogger type trousers and trainers are not appropriate for wear during the school day); socks must be plain grey or black.

Footwear: Suitable outdoor shoes; plimsolls to wear indoors.

Pupils should not wear nail varnish or jewellery with the exception of small ear studs and watches.

Children are encouraged to bring in a water bottle, but are reminded that they should only drink water. They may also bring fresh fruit or vegetables to eat during morning break, but they will not be allowed to eat any other snack.

There are a number of events planned for this term and the dates for these are as follows:

Events for Term 1

Wb 1/9/15: Inset Days, Class newsletters

Wb 7/9/15: Meet the teachers meetings

Wb 21/9/15: Open Morning (Fri) Reading focus

Wb 5/10/15: Harvest Festival

Wb 12/10/15: Friendship Time

WB 19/10/15: Choir performance (Thurs), International Evening (Thurs), Inset Day (Fri)

Friday Assemblies for Term 1

All parents are welcome to come and watch our Friday afternoon assemblies starting at 2.35 in the hall.

Friday 4th September: Welcome Back

Friday 11th September: Responsibilities

Friday 18th September: Celebrations

Friday 25th September: Celebrations

Friday 2nd October: Year 4

Friday 9th October: Harvest Festival

Friday 16th October: Friendship

Thursday 22nd October: Achievement

If there is any information I have left out, or if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask me. The best time to catch me is after school.

Kind regards
Sasha Arbuckle
Class teacher, Year 5