The Year 5 team consists of four class teachers; Mrs Brown, Mrs Coppen, Miss Fairbank and Mr Verderame. Year 5 children at Ralph Sadleir are divided into four mixed ability classes. They are taught by a range of specialist teachers as well as having several taught lessons with their class tutor. The pupils are taught in tutor groups for all lessons except for Numeracy, when children are assessed on entry and divided into ability based groups.
Upon starting Year 5, children will be issued with a planner which will be used for home school communication, recording homework as well as recording rewards and sanctions.
We insist that this is checked and signed on a weekly basis so that important information is not missed.
Class teachers will usually check and sign children’s planner every Monday.
We believe that homework is an important and integral part of children’s education and we encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own homework routine.
Children will get an extended piece of homework which will be related to a single subject or it may be cross curricular. This will be set on a Friday to be handed in the following week. Extended cross curricular projects will sometimes be set and completed over a longer period of time.
In addition to this, we require all pupils to complete a minimum of 30 minutes homework per day consisting of 10 minutes of each of the following; reading, spelling practice and times table practice.
Finally, children will receive maths homework which will vary depending on their maths group.
Pupil progress updates
There are several points throughout the year when parents will be informed of their child’s progress as well as opportunities for them to discuss this directly with members of staff. These will take the form of an interim report in October to inform about how their child has settled in, a parents “drop-in” session after school in the first half term, two pupil progress days in which parents will have a 15 minute appointment to discuss progress and targets and a formal written report.
Absence / Holidays
We would like to ask for parents’ cooperation in avoiding booking holidays during term time as it is highly disruptive to your child’s learning. Any holiday that is taken which is not approved by the Headteacher will be recorded as an “unauthorised absence”.
Please click here to read about the current enrichment activities for Year 5 children when absent from school. If you are not in school, we do expect you to still do your daily homework.
We run several trips throughout the year to enhance children’s learning. Children in previous years have enjoyed visits to Hatfield House to study Tudor life, Clacton- on -Sea to study coastal erosion and management, outside visitors such as the local PCSOs, the Blue Cross and a drama workshop by Anthony Glenn.
We have a rewards system at Ralph Sadleir, where students receive merits and credits for effort and good work. Students can achieve merit certificates which are handed out in whole school assembly and may get a postcard sent home for an outstanding piece of work or contribution to the school or lessons. In Year 5 we also nominate a pupil to be our “Ralphie of the Month”. This may be a pupil who has made good progress, has produced excellent work or a pupil who has been a valued member of the year group in some way.