Hello Year 5!
Welcome back, we hope you have had a wonderful summer and look forward to welcoming you back to the Autumn term. Here are a few things you need to know:
We are looking forward to a fantastic term!
☺ Mr Musk and Mr Mason☺
Mr Musk - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Mason - email@example.com
Meet the Teachers!
Mr Mason has been teaching for 4 years and is really excited about starting at Thomas Jolyffe! He is passionate about sport and is delighted to be co-PE Leader at TJ. He has a keen interest in teamwork and will be looking to help and develop this important life skill with the children.
Mr Musk has been teaching for slightly longer! He is so glad to now be working at TJ full-time and has taken on the responsibility of Music Leader in the school. He is looking forward to supporting the children in their learning and personal development.
It is the expectation in Year 5 that children read for approximately 25 minutes per day at home. It is important that after finishing each book, the children are quizzing independently to demonstrate how well they have understood what they have read. Quizzing can be done either at school or at home (login details can be found in your child’s reading record).
Times Table Rock Stars
We are also continuing with our Times Tables Rock Stars programme, which children can access at school and at home using the link above.
Year 5's weekly homework will include Maths, Spelling Practice and Reading
As mentioned above, spellings will be set each Wednesday on Spelling Shed and the children will complete their test online on the following Tuesday. Maths homework is currently under review and as mentioned above, will start later this term.
We are expecting all children to be reading for at least 25 minutes each day.
Email Communication Statement
As a school we recognise the value of providing email addresses for parents to communicate non-urgent issues with members of staff - especially this year where face to face contact is rare. At Thomas Jolyffe teachers are free to check their emails as they wish in order to fit to their own preferred work pattern but are not expected to check while they are teaching, while they are at home, or at weekends - so response times may vary. We believe that up to 48 working hours is a reasonable length of time to receive a considered reply. However, children who are self isolating or quarantining will be given priority. Urgent matters are best discussed via the school office, who will ensure the message is delivered as quickly as possible.
As with all messages, the meaning and tone may vary depending on who is reading it. Please consider this before choosing to email any member of staff. We would also encourage all parents to consider information sent to teachers regarding other children very carefully as this can be requested by other parents under the rules governing GDPR.