A warm welcome back to the Year 5 children and parents. This year the children will be encouraged to be BRAVE, STRONG and COURAGEOUS in everything they do.
KEEP YOUR WITS ABOUT YOU: Is Our World Always As It Seems?
Year 5 will deepen their understanding of mental and written methods to ensure they have a range of ways to solve problems. We will focus on: Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Measurement and Statistics. Throughout these topics, we will explore contextualised problems that will encourage the children’s independence in maths so they become life-long mathematicians.
Our class texts this term will be: Journey by Aaron Becker, Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Using these varied and exciting texts alongside imagination, we will create original pieces of writing and poetry. There will be lots of discussion and group writing to ensure the children can confidently use the skills when asked to independently. As always, there will be a focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar to ensure Year 5 produce writing of the highest quality.
Come and See
Children will firstly begin their topic of Ourselves, where they will explore their talents and gifts and how our beliefs shape our lives.
They will also have a chance to look forward and consider their Life choices and how to make the right choices whilst spreading the Good News.
The topic of Hope, just before Christmas, will allow the children to think about using our faith to hope and how to use our time wisely whilst waiting.
Our exploration of another World Faith– Judaism – will give us chance to consider the topic of Community and the communities we are part of.
During science lessons, children will be learning the symbols of an electrical circuit, making electrical circuits and investigating how to make bulbs brighter and buzzers louder.
History will see Year 5 looking at the history of propaganda through the Tudors, Elizabethans and WW2 and how this impacted society then and now.
In Geography, we will be learning about Mountains in the UK and globally. We will be looking at the human and physical geography and our locational skills.
DT will allow us to design and create our own structures using a pulley system for our fantastic castles. In Art we will take inspiration from Marc Chagall to explore the use of colour.
In PE we will be developing our hockey skills and we also have sessions with Gordon. We also hope to spend some time at Glapton Woods to develop our confidence and respect for nature and the environment in our Forest Schools programme.
Year Five will also be studying French, building up a basic vocabulary and essential conversation skills through singing and other interactive media. Pupils will have an opportunity to practice their pronunciation through speaking and listening activities. In Computing, the children will be able to develop their coding and inventive skills, whilst working with a variety of software
Help From Home
1. Please check Homework diaries regularly for weekly information about your child’s work and progress. Diary checks will be made on a Monday. Year 5 will be expected to have their previous week’s page filled in with their reading successes and signed by an adult.
2. Children will be given homework each week usually on a Tuesday and a Friday (English/Maths). They will be reminded to write down their homework and its due date in their diary and, 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 multiplication, division, addition and subtraction skills. It is an essential skill.
4. “Books shouldn’t be daunting, they should be funny, exciting and wonderful; and learning to be a reader gives a terrific advantage.” ― Roald Dahl. 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. Swimming will hopefully begin after October half-term Please ensure that girls are wearing one piece swimming costumes and for boys, above the knee shorts with no pockets. All jewellery must be removed. Please write a note your child’s diary if you would like them to wear goggles. Standard PE kits should be in school all week.
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.
7. Your support this year will be crucial and I’d like to thank you in advance for your support over the coming term.