Welcome to Year 5!
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Welcome to fantastic Year 5! We are very fortunate to have a phenomenal team of which your child is a very important member.
Mr Clewes - Class Teacher
I am Mr Clewes; I originally taught in Stourbridge but I have been teaching at Westgate since 2014. At Westgate, I am also the English co-ordinator; however, I also specialised in Maths during my PGCE and I have a keen interest for all subjects, especially History. I believe it is important for everyone to try their best and show respect for one another and the environment, which we demonstrate every day in the classroom. As a result, the children can feel safe and supported. Outside of school, I am passionate about films (I met my wife training to project 35mm film), enjoy games and keep fit by playing badminton.
Things to remember:
Mondays - Swimming in the morning
Tuesday - Homework due in
Wednesday - PE and Forest School in the afternoon
Thursday - New homework goes out to children
Friday - Praise assembly
The children are also expected to read at home daily. One of the key things to help your child is to encourage them to read regularly. This could include reading with them or discussing books as well. As a way of encouragement, the children are given house points for reading regularly and doing well on their Accelerated Reader quizzes.
The children receive times tables sheets regularly so that they can practise their times tables as much as possible. By the end of Year 4, all children should be able to answer questions from the 1-12 times tables. If they can't, they need to be practising!
The children get their new spellings at the start of each week and practise these every morning, which makes it so important that they arrive in school on time. They should also be writing these spellings into their homework diaries so that they can practise at home.
Every child has a homework diary. At the end of most days, we write any notes and reminders into these diaries and adults may write messages to parents into these books, which makes it important for parents to read as well. Furthermore, if you wish to send the teacher a message, the diary is a great way to do this. However, it is the child's responsibility to show their teacher any messages written by a parent or carer.
www.arbookfind.co.uk - This helps you find out what books are available at an appropriate reading level for your child.
ttrockstars.com - All pupils have log-ins for this fun times tables website. If you are having trouble getting on, speak to your class teacher or Mr Townrow (who organises the subscription).
bbc.co.uk/bitesize - This is great website to help pupils and parents get to grips with what children are learning in KS2.
Our class reader
We are currently reading Once by Morris Gleitzman.
Once is an incredible novel set in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II. Told from the point of view of Felix, it follows the story of a Jewish boy whose parents sent him to live - or hideaway - at a Catholic orphanage. He escapes the orphanage - unaware of how terrible the situation is for the Jewish people - and slowly begins to learn some hard truths.
It's a phenomenal novel, written from a child's perspective about a serious subject. However, it manages to bring humour into its scenarios too.
If you are interested in more books set during World War II, I would recommend:
Letters from the Lighthouse by Emma Carroll
Goodnight Mr Tom by Michelle Magorian
The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall
Or continue Felix's story with Then.