At Bishop’s Waltham Junior School the health, safety and well-being of every child is our top priority.
Things to Know About Year Five
The teachers in Year Five are Mr McKenna (Tamarind Class) and Mrs Arnold (Sycamore Class). We are joined by Miss Ekless and Mrs Mogg. We are all looking forward to getting the most out of Year 5, working hard and having lots of fun!
Communication between home and school
- If you need to speak to a teacher, we will be available at the end of every school day when we bring the children out for collection.
- If you need to speak to us more formally then please make an appointment so that a convenient time can be arranged. Please avoid mornings unless it is before 8:20am.
- Alternatively, please do not hesitate to contact class teachers via school email addresses. These can be found on the school jotter app under ‘contacts’.
- There will be formal parents’ evenings in October and March.In February, you will receive a mid-year report for your child which sets out strengths and targets for the core subjects of Reading, Writing and Maths.
- In July, you will receive a formal report of your child’s progress over the year.
Expectations of Year Group
As the children move into Year Five, there will be expectations of increased independence. Our expectations of children’s work and behaviour will remain very high in order to ensure that children reach their full potential.
We will expect children to arrive in school with the equipment that they need on the correct days, and to complete tasks set for them at home. We have arranged our timetable in a way which will follow the same structure each week so children should always know what to expect.
Homework this year will be run via the Doodle platform. Children will be expected to stay within their green zones on Doodle Maths and Doodle English by doing a few daily questions which will be pitched automatically at the correct level. If it is inconvenient to use Doodle on a daily basis, questions can be tackled in larger groups every few days. In addition to Doodle Maths and Doodle English, children will also have access to Doodle Spell, Doodle Tables and Times Table Rockstars which they can use to develop their skills in these areas.
If children are unable to take part in Doodle because they don’t have a suitable device at home, the school may well be able to lend you a device; please contact Mr Campbell to find out more about this.
Mrs Daniels will be running a doodle club each week for children who would prefer to complete this work in school, and we will also be asking children to attend if we notice at our end that they are not engaging with their homework. It is very important, in Year Six, that children learn homework habits that will help them through their time at secondary school.
Reading is our top homework priority at BWJS – it is the thing that makes the biggest difference to children’s progress across the curriculum. Children should be reading at home, ideally every day. During our library sessions, children will have the chance to talk about books that they have been enjoying.
We follow a spelling curriculum at school, and we spend plenty of time learning new spellings. We will not be sending spellings home on a regular basis, but we will provide copies of the word lists children are working on so they can have access them at home.
PE will be on a Wednesday and swimming will be on a Thursday afternoon. Your child will need to wear their kit (suitable for outdoor PE) into school on a PE day. On a Tuesday and Friday, children will have the opportunity to visit the library. Children who use library books as their reading books will have an opportunity to borrow two books, and these books should last them until their next visit. Please help us to maintain a good library selection by monitoring your child’s reading at home and helping us with returning books on time. We encourage children to explore different genres of book and would appreciate your support with this.
The timetable for a normal day will run as follows:
8:45 – Registration
9:00 – Session 1
10:35 – Break
10:50 – Session 2
12:00 – Lunch
12:55 – Afternoon session
2:50 – Assembly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
3:15 – Home time
Trips & Visitors
As part of the curriculum, we will be arranging for visitors to speak to the children to extend their understanding of our topic areas. Details of any trips will be available nearer the time. If you or somebody you know has an interest in, or experience of, one of our topic areas, we would appreciate the opportunity to discuss a visit to the school.
Food and Nutrition
All the children should bring in a water bottle. This should be in school every day and taken home every evening for washing. The school has a healthy eating policy, so we would ask for your help ensuring packed lunches and snacks are appropriate.