Elm Park School - Year 5 Team Newsletter - Term 2, 2013


13 May 2013

Dear Parents / Caregivers,

Year 5 Team Newsletter - Term 2, 2013

It is the start of a new term and we are preparing our school-wide Inquiry topic of Enterprise. Each class in the syndicate will be exploring a different topic related to Enterprising Partnerships related to our Elm Park School environment. In addition, this term we will also cover speeches, which will be written in class, in preparation for the speech finals in term 3. 

The children will be adding evidence and reflections to their e-portfolios, which you will be able to view before the Student Led Conferences, later in the term.

Activities for Term 2:
23rd May                   Parent workshops for e-Portfolios
22nd May                    Year 5 Meeting for Yr 6 Camp 2014          
3rd June                      Queen’s Birthday
5th June                      ICAS Science          
11th June                     Photolife Pictures                                                                
28th June                    Push-Play Day
3rd July                       Student Led Conferences Yrs 4-6
11th July                      Principal’s Awards Assembly
12th July                     End of Term and Wacky Hair Day

Homework: 
For new parents to the school, homework in the Year 5 Syndicate is completed weekly. Children are expected to do daily homework maintenance learning in the form of:

·       Weekly spelling words to learn 
·       Weekly basic facts to learn
·       Daily reading of at least 15 – 30 minutes

Remember with the spelling and basic facts, testing your child daily will help them accomplish their learning goals. Children at Years 5 and 6 are expected to self-select the reading books for their daily reading. We have found that children who are read to by their parents and who read regularly every day, get to practice the reading strategies they are learning in the classroom and become more effective and confident readers.  Please record the author, title and time spent reading in their homework books.

Uniform:
This is a reminder that all children are expected to maintain the uniform standard of EPS. Girls are expected to tie their hair back if it touches their shoulder. Although children are not required to wear a hat in terms 2 and 3, they may wear it throughout the year and are encouraged to do so. If for any reason, your child is not able to wear the correct uniform item, please write a note to your child’s  classroom teacher and a uniform pass can be given to your child for the time required to replace the clothing with the correct uniform item.

Enterprise Inquiry:
Each class will be studying a different topic and any trips for the syndicate will be as individual classes, who may be working with other classes in the school.

Gymnastics:
This term children will be working on their co-ordination and balance skills in gymnastics. Each class have their designated time for gymnastics and it is expected that children will bring their P.E uniform to change into so that they are appropriately attired for working with the gym equipment. 

 If you have any queries regarding your child, please make an appointment with your child’s classroom teacher. We look forward to an interesting and challenging term ahead.


Yours sincerely,


Irma Hughes (Team Leader, Rm 24), Lisa Biddick (Rm 25), Faenza Wanoa (Rm 23), Alicia Howard (Rm 28).

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