Welcome to 5T!
I'm Mr Thomas and I am so pleased I have the opportunity to teach your child this year. This is the first time I've taught year 5 at Irk Valley so, in some ways, we will all be learning throughout the year.
Here's a little more about me...
I have been a teacher at Irk Valley for 5 years and have worked in Year 6 during that time. I have loved every minute of my time here - it really is the best job in the world! When I'm not in school, I enjoy going to the gym, cycling, playing cricket (800 runs at an average of 49.9 so far this season!), coaching junior teams and travel.
I have however, been a teacher for 26 years now, mainly in high schools, and have the distinction of having taught every year group from nursery all the way to year 11 and A levels!
This year is going to be a great year. We will be learning lots of new things, revising things we learnt in Year 3, 4 and of course having lots of fun (Shakespeare production and other exciting trips). My main aim as 5T's teacher is to ensure your child is safe, happy and makes excellent progress at school.
I am looking forward to working together with you to support your child in Year 5. If you have any questions throughout the year, please do contact me.
If you would like to speak to me, I will be available for a quick chat at home time, or you can call the School Office to arrange a meeting. Alternatively, you can use Class Dojo - login here - to send a message directly to me and I will respond as quickly as I can. We will use Class Dojo to send photos, information and messages of 5T's fantastic learning throughout the year.
Our PE days are Monday and Friday. Please come to school wearing your school PE kit. Information about PE kit and expectations can be found by clicking here.
In Year 5, reading is vitally important. Children will be expected to bring their reading books into school every day. Children will have the opportunity have an adult listen to them read and to change their book if necessary at least once each week. As well as this, we will be having daily reading lessons and other opportunities to read throughout the week. All children are signed up to a fantastic reading resource called Reading Eggs. This can be accessed at home. Click here to log in.
Homework will set on Google Classroom each Friday and will be expected to be completed by the following Wednesday.
Each week we are on the lookout for children who have gone over and above with their learning and attitude to school.
Reading in 5T
What do parents need to know about home reading?
- Reading books should be brought in every day. Children should have books available to read during the day with an adult: before school, during school, after lunch and during down times.
- Children are listened to read by Teacher or Teaching assistant during the week.
- KS2: Children should have a one-to-one reading session every week, unless their reading age is below their chronological age. In this case, the child should have a daily reading session. The book will match the child’s reading age and be the right level for this child to read independently
- Any comments written by the teacher or TA in the reading diary will relate to fluency and/or comprehension.
- In Years 2-6 the focus will depend on their reading age assessment. If the child’s reading age is in-line with age, the comments should focus on comprehension. If the child’s reading age is below their chronological age, the session will focus on fluency.
- 5T children will have a list of possible questions that may help parents assess their child's understanding of the text.
- Bookmarks give ideas for comprehension questions related to books to share at home. To promote reading and positive attitudes school will hand out certificates, stamps, stickers and prizes.