Year 5 Newsletter

Term 1 - Friday 4th September 2015

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Welcome to the Year 5 Newsletter

The newsletter will be published every 2 weeks on a Friday. A link will be emailed to parents using the gateway details so please keep your email etc up-to-date.

Important reminders:

  • Please remember to send your child’s medical form back to your class teacher. If you have lost your form, replacements are available in the nurse’s office.

  • Please ensure your child is wearing appropriate school uniform. A reminder that no jewellery is to be worn to school, except for watches.

  • Swimming - swim caps are compulsory for any child will long hair. This is a regulation of the HKU Pool. Not only do they protect the pool filters but also prevents the possibility of children getting their hair caught underwater. Children MUST wear either the old Kennedy swimming costume/shorts or the new purple jammers. No other swimming attire for them is acceptable.

Unit of Inquiry

Our first unit this year is under the theme 'Who We Are'.

Central Idea: Understanding how we learn helps us to take more responsibility.

Lines of Inquiry: An inquiry into...

  • different ways of learning (responsibility, trust)

  • how behaviours affect thinking and learning (function, self-regulation)

  • our responsibilities as learners (reflection, perseverance)


As this is the start of the year we will be focusing on and revisiting our core number skills, with a specific focus on place value: this includes applying place value to partition and rename numbers to tenths and hundredths, recognising and ordering numbers to millions or beyond, modelling, rounding and ordering decimal fractions.


Our first unit in English is Explanation. The children have begun by practising and developing oral explanations, of familiar tasks, and have been busy identifying the language features and structure of an explanation from reading and discussing example texts.

LEAP (Life Education Activity Programme)

The mobile LEAP classroom will be visiting Kennedy in September and all Year 5 classes will take part in the health programme to learn more about our bodies as well as promoting healthy lifestyles. For Year 5 this will be from Monday 21st - Friday 25th September. For further information please visit


Homework will be set on a Wednesday each week and the deadline will be the following Monday. Please click on the following link to access the Year 5 VLE homework page.

Important Dates:

  • 10th September - Meet the Teacher: 5.50-6.35 pm (Please note the new time)
  • 28th September - Public Holiday
  • 1st October - school closed - Public Holiday
  • 2nd October - school closed - CPD Day
  • 19th - 23rd October - HALF TERM HOLIDAY