I’d like to say a warm welcome back to everyone and that you all had a lovely, restful Easter break after a busy Spring Term! The children have been so resilient and brave this year, growing in maturity and adapting to many changes. I know that they are ready for this action packed term. This Summer Term we will be continuing to be ‘stronger, braver and fearless’ and keeping our spirit strong! Children will be learning about the developments of Clifton Village and see how it has bloomed over time.
BRAVE, STRONG, FEARLESS: How has our locality bloomed?
This term we are exploring decimals, shape, position and direction and measurement, whilst using our heuristics to solve problems related to these topics. We will also be revising and consolidating our number and place value understanding, to support these topics.
In English, our writing will be inspired by ‘The Wind in the Willows’ and ’Brightstorm’ as we continue to become sophisticated writers using a range of grammar and punctuation, within a variety of genres.
Come and See
In RE, we will begin the topic of ’Transformation’, which will allow us to explore the power of faith and spirit through the time of Pentecost.
Consequently, we will then focus on ‘Freedom and Responsibility’, looking at free will and the power we have to bring goodness to the world.
Finally, we will study ‘Stewardship’ and our responsibility within the world.
Our exploration of another World Faith– Islam – will give us chance to consider the topic of Community and the communities we are part of.
During science lessons, children will be exploring the properties of materials, different states of matter and changing materials through lots of practical investigations!
History and Geography lessons will be focusing on how Clifton Village has bloomed from the Victorian era, WW1 and through to present day. We will explore what caused this and use our map skills to investigate this further.
Art lessons will provide opportunity for the children to include texture to their artwork and produce their own Willaim Morris wallpaper.
In DT Year 5 will be creating and producing their own William Morris inspired cushion by exploring textiles. In Computing the children will be developing their IT skills through Microsoft Office and will be coding through Scratch.
In PE we will begin sessions developing our athletic skills, ready for sports day. and rounders. Dance will be every Friday afternoon, focusing on the ‘braver, stronger, fearless’ theme. We hope to spend some time at Glapton Woods to build our confidence, take risks and respect for the environment, whilst looking at the features of plants during Forest Schools.
Music this half term focuses on composers and the children will be composing their own pieces of music, inspired by various artists.
RSHE: This term, the children will participate in ’Relationship and Sex Education’. The children will develop an understanding of the world around them, how to be safe and how to be global citizens of the world. The school’s RSHE policy can be found on the school website, which outlines the objectives covered in Year 5.
Help From Home
1. Please check Homework diaries regularly for weekly information about your child’s work and progress. Children’s diaries will be checked and signed on Monday mornings to ensure reading is taking place at home. Your child must be filling this in every day with what pages they have read.
2. Children will be given homework each week on a Thursday. As Year 5s, they are encouraged to take responsibility for remembering to complete their homework, but they may need the odd reminder from someone at home to get it done! Homework is not something that should worry them and I will remind them that if they are ever struggling to complete a homework task, then they should come and see me.
3. It is very important that all children can recall their number facts quickly and correctly, so when possible please encourage your child to practise their times tables and mental addition/subtraction through TTRS, Mathletics and Numbots.
4. “”The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you will go”― Dr. Seuss. Reading every day is essential. Please discuss characters, themes, plots and ask for your child’s opinions on the books they are reading; this will help with their success in English. Recording this information in their homework diary is extremely useful evidence of their reading.
5. Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school every day. They need a suitable PE kit for both indoor and outdoor PE. Their outdoor PE kit should include a hoodie and something to keep their legs warm (gym leggings or jogging bottoms).
6. Children will be given a list of spellings each week on a Thursday. These will be tested the following Thursday. Please keep a check of these regularly. A useful way to practise spellings is to include them in interesting or funny sentences.
I cannot believe that the final term is here! It has been so lovely to watch the children mature and blossom from September, ready for their next adventure in Year 6. This busy term will push the children to grow in confidence and independence further, always showing pride and responsibility. If you do have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to ask. Thank you so much for all of your support over the years and the support for this coming term.