Happy New Year! Hope you’ve all had a brilliant holiday and are ready and raring to go again. We are really looking forward to this half term and we hope you are too! Spring Term 1 is a very busy one, so here’s what we’ll be up to!
As usual, we’ve got lots of exciting activities planned in English. The start of this term, our focus is on writing non-fiction. We will start the year by writing our own epic poem based on The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes. The focus of this poem is about a girl named Bess who falls in love with the notorious Highwayman. The children will be using stanzas and poetic devices to create their own epic poem. #
We will develop our SPAG knowledge through continuing to learn about the various word classes and different spelling patterns, including the Y5/6 word list. We will be focusing on how to apply all our SPAG work into our own writing.
We will continue to be in mixed groups across Y5 for maths. We will continue to develop our skills in the 4 operations, our understanding of Place Value, Decimals, Percentages and Fractions and Measurement. We will then move onto geometry and look at the properties of different triangles and investigate the angles in a triangle. We will be focusing on the Using and Applying aspect of Maths through Problem Solving Challenges.
Please remember to carry on practicing your times tables up to 12×12.
Aim to be a Times Tables Rockstar this half term if you’re not already!
Our topic this half term is Properties of Materials. In this unit the children will compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, response to magnets and electrical and thermal conductivity. They will have given reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular use of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic. We will develop our working scientifically skills by be carrying out investigations to test materials to see if they are dissolvable and whether they are good insulators or conductors.
Our topic for the whole of this term is Grand Designs. We will be learning all about famous landmarks both in Great Britain and around the World! We will then design and build our own 3D structures.
We will continue to use Jigsaw in our PSHE sessions and our topic this half term is ‘Dreams and Goals’ we will think about our future aspirations and what we need to do in order to help us achieve these.
Computing – Coding
We will be using a programme called Scratch. The children will be using coding to create their own maze games. We will also be using Powerpoint to present information that we research in our topic lessons. The children will use book creator on the iPads in order to develop eBooks about the wonders of the world.
PE will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Our focus this half term will be gymnastics. We will look at different jumps, rolls and ways to travel in order to create our own sequences.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR PE KIT. Make sure you don’t get RED on your Assertive Mentoring!
We will continue to have a creative approach to our homework this term. You will be given Maths and Spelling homework each week as well as being able to choose from a range of creative activities in Topic.
Homework is given out on Friday and is due in the following Wednesday.
Homework handed in on Wednesday is GREEN.
Homework handed in on Thursday is YELLOW.
Homework handed in on Friday is RED.
If you cannot do your homework at home then homework club is open to everyone on a Wednesday and Thursday lunch time.
We read in class every day, so make sure you always have your Reading Log in school.
Please make sure you also read regularly each week at home and ask an adult to sign your Reading Log for you. We will sign your Reading Log every WEDNESDAY to check you have read at home, so please don’t forget!!
KEEP IN TOUCH!
Parents & Carers are always very welcome to call in to discuss any aspect of their child’s learning, any other area of their school life or just to say ‘hello’. We are available anytime before or after school, except on Wednesdays because that’s when we have our Staff Meeting.
We are really looking forward to a great half term with you all!
Thank you for your continued support.
Miss Pinington, Mr MacDonald, Miss Jackson and Mrs Sharrock.
We’ve been learning about space exploration in science. We’ve created our own video diaries pretending to be Tim Peake living on the ISS.
Welcome to our class! If you’re new or just want to learn a little bit about us then watch this video. As a whole class we created it and we hope that it will teach you everything you need to know.
Today is Roald Dahl day and 5P spent it exploring some of Roald Dahl’s poems.
Roald Dahl Day
Welcome back! We hope that you have had a lovely summer break and are now ready and raring to go. We have lots of exciting things planned for the first half term, have a look below to 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.
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 Rocksars.
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, day at 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.
The children will be having P.E. on Monday and Wednesday each week. Our focus this half term will be on street dance.
Your child must have their P.E. kit in with them. Please make sure that your child’s P.E. 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 every Wednesday and signed by a teacher or teaching assistant. 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.