Dear Yr5 Parents and Children,
I am the Class Teacher of 5MT and was recruited by St. Edward’s School five years ago. Since then, I have spent two years in Year One, a year in Year Four and this will be my second year in Year Five. Since I started at St. Edward’s, I have led Computing as a subject, and was appointed to the role of Phase Leader to Years’ Five and Six, last year. This is a role I have thoroughly enjoyed, as it gives me the chance to work with children across the two year groups.
When I was younger, I did a lot of dancing including tap, ballet and modern. I have always had a passion for dancing and have taken part in various charity dances over the past few years. I love to keep fit and enjoy going to the gym, as well as completing exercise classes like Clubbercise and Fightclub.
Something people are often surprised to hear, is that I started out my career not in education, but in the travel industry! I was lucky enough to work all over Spain and Greece, as a Holiday Resort Representative. Before coming back to the UK, and embarking on a career in Education Recruitment. It was this role that reignited my early dream of being a Primary School Teacher. So, here I am!
I am really looking forward to the coming year, getting to know the children, and watching them grow and develop over the year.
Welcome to the home page for 5MT!
Mrs Tait is the class teacher for this year, with the children being taught by Miss Akhtar or Mrs Curtis on occasion.
5MT have been settling in well to their new class. We have been working developing our skills in teamwork, organisation and independence.
During the Autumn term, our topic is Ancient Greece! We will look specifically into the Geography of Greece, the importance of the Ancient Greeks in History and all of the fantastic stories and myths that originate from Ancient Greece! This half term, we will study the book 'FArTHER' by Grahame Baker-Smith, using our inference skills to pull apart the book and give points of view about the text. We will compare this book to the popular Greek myth 'Icarus and Daedalus' and we will be reading more amazing myths throughout this half term and even write our own! To kick off the year, we have delved into 'Street Child' by Berlie Doherty, which takes us on a journey through Victorian Britain. The children have really enjoyed comparing their own lives, to those of the poor children living and working in Victorian Britain.
In Maths, we will work on the following objectives in Place Value:
- read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit
- count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1 000 000
- interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through zero
- round any number up to 1 000 000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000
- solve number problems and practical problems that involve all of the above
- read Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals
In Religious Education, we are studying Creation, including the stories of Genesis and creation stories of other cultures. Thinking about God's creation, we are coming to realise how important our role is within the world, being responsible for caring for his creation. We are also thinking about the gifts and talents that God has created us with and how we can use them to care for the world around us. Also this half term, we will focus on our Gospel values, which are 'Eloquent and Truthful', thinking about how we can live these values out in what we say, what we do and how we treat others.
In Science, we are studying Properties and changes in materials! We will group materials based on their properties by testing them for properties such as Buoyancy, electrical conductivity and transparency.
Our historical unit of work will focus on one of the most fascinating civilisations in history, as we discover who the ancient Greeks were. We will learn about when the ancient Greeks lived, how they lived in their separate city states, how their armies lived and fought, the gods they worshipped on Mount Olympia and much, much more. Art links will include Greek pottery design and comedy and tragedy masks.
Please ensure your child has a full PE kit in school.
Indoor kit: Blue shorts, white t-shirt with school logo and black pumps.
Outdoor kit: Blue tracksuit/jogging bottoms and trainers.
All clothing and footwear should be clearly named. All jewellery must be removed for P.E. and long hair must be tied back.
Y5’s homework rota is as follows:
Your child has a home reading book and record. Please hear your child read at home on a regular basis. When your child has finished their book, please sign your child’s reading record and they can change their book.
Spellings will be handed out on a Monday and will usually follow a pattern / rule or may be from the National Curriculum word lists. Please help your child to learn the spellings by writing them into sentences and by using 'LSCWC' (Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check). They will be tested on a Monday, before the new list is handed out.
English and Maths homework will be set on a Friday (electronically) and be submitted on a Thursday.
Please also encourage your child to use 'Times Table Rock Stars' https://play.ttrockstars.com/auth/school/student/66238 to learn all of the times tables (up to 12x12) and their related division facts. This will help your child in several aspects of mathematics.