Grove Junior School
Grove Junior School, Turner Street, Northwood,
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST1 2NL
Telephone: 01782 234550

Autumn Curriculum 2015

To parents and others with responsibility for children in Year 5 during the 2015/2016 academic year: 

 

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to Year 5. All of the Year 5 staff are looking forward to working with you and your child during this Autumn Term and the forthcoming year. I am sure we will have a brilliant term.

 

Curriculum: The children will be studying the following topics over the next term through the creative curriculum.

History, Geography, Music, ICT, RE, PSHE, Art and D&T: Through the theme of the Victorians.

 

PE: Fitness, Gymnastics, Invasion games

Science: Life cycles, Earth, Sun & Moon

French: Greetings, Introducing yourself, French-speaking countries

Literacy: Narrative, Non-chronological reports, Persuasion, Recounts, Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling.

Numeracy: Read and write whole numbers; Compare and order numbers, Know multiplication facts up to 12 x 12, Understand remainders when dividing, Make general statements about odd and even numbers, Construct and explain number sequences, Recognise parallel and perpendicular lines, Classify triangles, Bar-line graphs and pictograms, Measuring length and weight, Shapes and symmetry, Use fraction notation.

 

At Grove, we hope you will continue to support the children with their targets as they progress through Key Stage 2.

 

Behaviour

The highest standard of behaviour is expected from children at all times and any break in our code of conduct will be dealt with through our assertive discipline system. 

 

Dress

In order to maintain high standards, school uniform should be worn at all times.  Sweatshirts and polo shirts are available from the Uniform shop.  Shoes should be black or brown and without a large heel.  Trainers are to be worn only for physical education lessons, and if appropriate at lunchtimes.  We strongly advise against children wearing jewellery of any kind.  Where earrings are worn, only plain studs are allowed.  Earrings or any jewellery must be removed for PE lessons for safety reasons.  Piercing on other parts of the body is not allowed.

 

 

 

 

Dinner & Healthy Tuck Money

Dinner and tuck money should be kept in a purse/money container clearly marked with your child’s name and class. At lunchtime, it is your child’s responsibility to take their money to the canteen to pay for their dinner. Tuck must be ordered during registration and paid for at break time. Children quickly become used to the system which gives them greater flexibility and choice as it can be decided on a daily basis as to whether your child has sandwiches or a school lunch.

 

Equipment

The school provides all equipment your child will require including pens, pencil, rulers, calculators, books etc.  However, many children do like to bring their own pencil case into school to keep in their tray. Some children also bring pencil crayons and felt tips for art activities and for use during wet playtime.

 

Bags

We request that children only bring bags of sufficient capacity for carrying reading books, homework and dinner if required.  There is not enough capacity in the cloakrooms for unnecessarily large bags.

 

Reading books

It is the children’s responsibility to bring their reading book to school every day so that during the day, the children can read independently. During these independent reading sessions, the children will also have the opportunity of changing their own reading book. We ask that you hear your child read on a daily basis. The book you hear your child read does not necessarily have to be their school book, however, please record any reading that your child does in their reading diary. 

Aside from their home reading, the children will have small group guided reading sessions during the week led by myself to read and discuss a specific text.

 

P.E.

P.E. for Beech is on a Monday afternoon, for Birch and Fern it is on a Thursday afternoon. PE is taught by Mr Ainsley. All children must participate unless a signed letter is sent into school from the parent/guardian stating reasons for exclusion from PE, such as ill health.

  • PE kit should be contained in a separate PE bag clearly labelled with your child’s name.
  • All items of clothing should be clearly marked with your child’s name.
  • For safety reasons no jewellery is allowed, earrings must be removed.

 

 

The school P.E. kit is as follows:

  • Plain white T-shirt
  • Navy or Black shorts,
  • Black pumps for use in the hall and trainers for outdoor activities.
  • In these cold winter months, children may also want to bring a plain navy or black tracksuit to wear for outdoor lessons.

Note: Trainers are not allowed for some activities such as certain gymnastic activities for safety reasons.

 

It is your child’s responsibility to ensure that they look after their PE kit and always hang it on their peg. Any PE bags found on the floor or around school are taken to lost property.

 

French

French will be taught by Mrs Barratt, a specialist language teacher and will take place on a Wednesday afternoon.

 

Homework

Homework is intended to help your child progress in their class learning. It will take a variety of forms including reading, grammar, punctuation, spellings, comprehension, creative tasks and mathematics. As your child progresses through Key Stage 2 we work hard to develop each child’s independent skills and look for a positive attitude and effort in completing homework. Homework will be given on a weekly basis and handed in on specific days. A homework register will be taken and continual missed or late homework will be discussed with parents. It may be appropriate for you to assist your child with homework but please do not do the work for them.  The work is intended to be productive and not cause stress, although will have an element of challenge. 

If your child has issues with their home learning such as finding it too difficult, please record this in their homework books so that we can address this.

 

Thank you

If you have any questions or concerns during the year please let me know immediately in order for me to deal with the matter.  Whilst it is difficult for me to talk to parents before school due to having to bring in the children, I am free after school most evenings to discuss any concerns. If it is not convenient to get in to see me, please send a note in a sealed envelope for my attention.  I look forward to your continued co-operation and support in the year ahead.

 

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To parents and others with responsibility for children in Year 5 during the 2015/2016 academic year: 

 

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to Year 5. All of the Year 5 staff are looking forward to working with you and your child during this Autumn Term and the forthcoming year. I am sure we will have a brilliant term.

 

Curriculum: The children will be studying the following topics over the next term through the creative curriculum.

History, Geography, Music, ICT, RE, PSHE, Art and D&T: Through the theme of the Victorians.

 

PE: Fitness, Gymnastics, Invasion games

Science: Life cycles, Earth, Sun & Moon

French: Greetings, Introducing yourself, French-speaking countries

Literacy: Narrative, Non-chronological reports, Persuasion, Recounts, Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling.

Numeracy: Read and write whole numbers; Compare and order numbers, Know multiplication facts up to 12 x 12, Understand remainders when dividing, Make general statements about odd and even numbers, Construct and explain number sequences, Recognise parallel and perpendicular lines, Classify triangles, Bar-line graphs and pictograms, Measuring length and weight, Shapes and symmetry, Use fraction notation.

 

At Grove, we hope you will continue to support the children with their targets as they progress through Key Stage 2.

 

Behaviour

The highest standard of behaviour is expected from children at all times and any break in our code of conduct will be dealt with through our assertive discipline system. 

 

Dress

In order to maintain high standards, school uniform should be worn at all times.  Sweatshirts and polo shirts are available from the Uniform shop.  Shoes should be black or brown and without a large heel.  Trainers are to be worn only for physical education lessons, and if appropriate at lunchtimes.  We strongly advise against children wearing jewellery of any kind.  Where earrings are worn, only plain studs are allowed.  Earrings or any jewellery must be removed for PE lessons for safety reasons.  Piercing on other parts of the body is not allowed.

 

 

 

 

Dinner & Healthy Tuck Money

Dinner and tuck money should be kept in a purse/money container clearly marked with your child’s name and class. At lunchtime, it is your child’s responsibility to take their money to the canteen to pay for their dinner. Tuck must be ordered during registration and paid for at break time. Children quickly become used to the system which gives them greater flexibility and choice as it can be decided on a daily basis as to whether your child has sandwiches or a school lunch.

 

Equipment

The school provides all equipment your child will require including pens, pencil, rulers, calculators, books etc.  However, many children do like to bring their own pencil case into school to keep in their tray. Some children also bring pencil crayons and felt tips for art activities and for use during wet playtime.

 

Bags

We request that children only bring bags of sufficient capacity for carrying reading books, homework and dinner if required.  There is not enough capacity in the cloakrooms for unnecessarily large bags.

 

Reading books

It is the children’s responsibility to bring their reading book to school every day so that during the day, the children can read independently. During these independent reading sessions, the children will also have the opportunity of changing their own reading book. We ask that you hear your child read on a daily basis. The book you hear your child read does not necessarily have to be their school book, however, please record any reading that your child does in their reading diary. 

Aside from their home reading, the children will have small group guided reading sessions during the week led by myself to read and discuss a specific text.

 

P.E.

P.E. for Beech is on a Monday afternoon, for Birch and Fern it is on a Thursday afternoon. PE is taught by Mr Ainsley. All children must participate unless a signed letter is sent into school from the parent/guardian stating reasons for exclusion from PE, such as ill health.

  • PE kit should be contained in a separate PE bag clearly labelled with your child’s name.
  • All items of clothing should be clearly marked with your child’s name.
  • For safety reasons no jewellery is allowed, earrings must be removed.

 

 

The school P.E. kit is as follows:

  • Plain white T-shirt
  • Navy or Black shorts,
  • Black pumps for use in the hall and trainers for outdoor activities.
  • In these cold winter months, children may also want to bring a plain navy or black tracksuit to wear for outdoor lessons.

Note: Trainers are not allowed for some activities such as certain gymnastic activities for safety reasons.

 

It is your child’s responsibility to ensure that they look after their PE kit and always hang it on their peg. Any PE bags found on the floor or around school are taken to lost property.

 

French

French will be taught by Mrs Barratt, a specialist language teacher and will take place on a Wednesday afternoon.

 

Homework

Homework is intended to help your child progress in their class learning. It will take a variety of forms including reading, grammar, punctuation, spellings, comprehension, creative tasks and mathematics. As your child progresses through Key Stage 2 we work hard to develop each child’s independent skills and look for a positive attitude and effort in completing homework. Homework will be given on a weekly basis and handed in on specific days. A homework register will be taken and continual missed or late homework will be discussed with parents. It may be appropriate for you to assist your child with homework but please do not do the work for them.  The work is intended to be productive and not cause stress, although will have an element of challenge. 

If your child has issues with their home learning such as finding it too difficult, please record this in their homework books so that we can address this.

 

Thank you

If you have any questions or concerns during the year please let me know immediately in order for me to deal with the matter.  Whilst it is difficult for me to talk to parents before school due to having to bring in the children, I am free after school most evenings to discuss any concerns. If it is not convenient to get in to see me, please send a note in a sealed envelope for my attention.  I look forward to your continued co-operation and support in the year ahead.

 

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