Introduction

 
 
 
Welcome to Doves Class
 
 
Year 5
Miss Fuller (class teacher),  Mrs Williams (teacher Wednesday afternoon), Mrs Smith (Monday and Tuesday and Miss MacDonald (Wednesday and Friday) (Teaching partners) welcome you to our class.
 
 
Dear Doves and families,
 
I wanted to say a big thank you to our Doves families for making our new children and families so welcome.  It is brilliant to see and hear our new members making new friends and being invited on play dates.  It really helps children to settle in and feel welcome.  
 
Miss Fuller
Welcome to Doves Class 2020-2021!  We are really looking forward to seeing you all back in school and ready to learn.  We have lots of fun and exciting learning opportunities for you all, including outdoor learning.  
Our Autumn topic is North America.  How many states of the USA can you name?  Do you know which countries make up North America?  Can you find out any fascinating facts?  Have you read any books by North American authors?  We will be mainly focussing on the USA, and exploring the physical and human geography of this huge country.  We will also explore some of its history and how this has shaped the country it is now.  
Through our reading, we will learn about key individuals and the impact they have made.  We will explore Canada, and I am looking forward to teaching you the Canada song, which my friend wrote.  Here is a link to her youtube channel with lots of other great songs to learn.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmm_h494Gjg
 
Our first science topic is Forces.  What would you like to know?  What do you know already?  I will be putting questions up on Seesaw for you soon.  
 
PE is on Thursday and Friday.  
 
Love Miss Fuller
Please remember that reading is part of our home learning.  Reading records need to be SIGNED and handed in EVERY MONDAY.  This can be a mix of your child's levelled reading book and their reading for pleasure book (their own choice).  

Studies show that reading for pleasure makes a big difference to children’s educational performance.  Evidence suggests that children who read for enjoyment every day not only perform better in reading tests than those who don’t, but also develop a broader vocabulary, increased general knowledge and a better understanding of other cultures.

In fact, reading for pleasure is more likely to determine whether a child does well at school than their social or economic background.  

Learning to read is about listening and understanding as well as working out what’s printed on the page. Through hearing stories, children are exposed to a wide range of words. This helps them build their own vocabulary and improve their understanding when they listen, which is vital as they start to read. It’s important for them to understand how stories work too. Even if your child doesn’t understand every word, they’ll hear new sounds, words and phrases which they can then try out, copying what they have heard.  Audio books and podcasts are also a great way to vary reading materials.  A range of non-fiction and fiction will increase word knowledge and improve general knowledge.   

Thank you

Psalm 68:13