Welcome back! We hope that you have had a lovely break and are now ready and raring to go. We have lots of exciting things planned for the first half term. Have a read below and find out more:
We will start the year as film directors by writing and creating a short trailer for our own scary movie! Then our focus will be on ‘Leon and the Place Between’ by Angela McAllister. This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of a young boy who journeys on a magical adventure to a fantasy land. The children will use this story to inspire their own narrative and we will be applying different aspects of Year 5 SPaG within our writing throughout the course of the year.
It is crucial that your child practises their spellings each week including their homework and words from the Y5/6 key spelling words.
The children will start the year by looking at number and place value. They will learn to read, write and compare 5 digit numbers. We will then develop different strategies to add and subtract mentally and look at choosing the most effective method. The children will then look at multiplying and dividing numbers by 10, 100 and 100 before focusing on measurement. The children will develop and apply their reasoning and problem solving skills across all areas of the curriculum.
Your child must be fluent in all of their multiplication tables. Make sure you’re a Times Table Rockstar by practising regularly. Each child has their own login to Times Table Rockstars.
Our topic this half term will be Earth and Space. The children will learn about the movement of Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in our Solar System. They will learn about how we get seasons, the day and night, and the different phases of the moon. They will also have the opportunity to find out about how ideas about the solar system have developed and changed over time. The children will develop their working scientifically skills, by planning an enquiry using a shadow stick to look at changes over time to investigate the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.
Our topic this term will be The Tudors. We will be learning about famous Tudor Kings and Queens and about what life was like during the Tudor times.
Please see the curriculum page to find out more.
“Why do some people believe God exists?”
This is the question we will be focusing on this half term. The children will consider why people do or don’t believe in God and the impact that might have on the way they live their everyday life.
This half term will look at becoming more aware of the dangers of using the internet and looking at ways to stay safe online.
We will be using our skills across the curriculum to embed our learning including using various apps.
The children will be having P.E. every Tuesday. Our focus this half term will Gymnastics.
Your child must have their P.E. kit in school with them. Please make sure that your child’s kit consists of a pair of black pumps, plain black shorts or plain black jogging bottoms and a plain white t-shirt or one with the school logo.
Our theme for this half term is ‘Being me in my World’, where we will discuss what’s good about ourselves and explore what we want to achieve to continue growing and excelling with our unique talents.
In Year 5 homework is given out each Friday and is to be returned every Wednesday. Each week the children will be set Maths, Topic and Spelling homework. The children can choose from the Tudor homework menu or think of their own activity. Homework can be presented in any way the children wish, so if they have published something using an iPad, tablet or computer, please email it to us.
F.A.O Miss Pinington or Mr Macdonald to firstname.lastname@example.org
The children are also asked to read at least twice a week to someone at home. We ask the children to record this in their Reading Log and they are checked once a week by the teacher. Reading books are changed daily – whenever your child is ready for a new book.
Don’t forget that your homework and reading are monitored as part of your Assertive Mentoring Profile.
On time by Wednesday – GREEN
Late on Thursday – YELLOW
Late by Friday or no homework- RED
If you have any questions or concerns, please come and talk to us at the start or end of each school day. We are looking forward to a new school year and helping your children to learn and grow.