Welcome back Year 5

Welcome Back Year 5!
We hope that you have had a lovely break and are excited to get going again. Spring Term 2 is action packed with lots of things to look forward to, including World Book Day on March 1st and our highly anticipated trip to PGL 26th– 28th March.

English
Our focus this half-term will be on non-fiction writing. We will be looking at the story ‘The Man Who Walked Between’ by Mordicai Gerstein. The book tells the true story of dare-devil Philippe Petit, who walked, lay, knelt and danced on a tightrope wire between the roofs of the twin towers in 1974. We will use the story as inspiration to write our own newspaper reports for the New York Times and also create biographies about the incredible life of Petit. We will continue to develop our understanding of Year 5 SPaG and learn new spelling rules for the Year 5/6 key words. We will be focusing on how to apply all our SPAG work into our own writing.

Maths
We will continue to be in mixed groups across Y5 for maths. We will be consolidating our knowledge of multiplication and division and looking at using this to help find fractions of large amounts. We will then be focusing of fractions by revising finding equivalent fractions before moving onto improper fractions and mixed numbers. We will be looking at using bar modelling as a method to help us with our work on fractions. We will be focusing on the Using and Applying aspect of Maths through Problem Solving Challenges.

Please remember to carry on practising your times tables up to 12×12.
Aim to be a Times Tables Rockstar this half term if you’re not already!
Science
Our topic this half term is Types of Change. We will build on our knowledge of materials by looking at reversible and irreversible changes. We will be mixing materials together to learn that in these changes new materials are made and that these new materials are often in the form of gases. We will explore dissolving and then use evaporation to recover dissolved solutes and will recognise that these are reversible changes. To develop our skills of Working Scientifically, we will use evidence gathered from our own and others’ investigations into dissolving and evaporation to draw conclusions and offer explanations.

 

Topic
We will continue with our topic this term, Grand Designs. We will be learning all about famous landmarks both in Great Britain and around the World! We will look at famous architects before working in teams to design and construct our own buildings!
PHSE

We will continue with our new PHSE scheme ‘Jigsaw’. Our theme for this half term is ‘Healthy Me’, where children will explore how to recognise and explain peer pressure and be able to suggest a number of strategies for dealing with this. Through this, children will also explore thoughts and feels that may be associated with those pressures.

Computing – Graphical Images
We will be using Sketch Map, Book Creator and Seesaw programs to design our own structures. Children will be exploring drawings/illustrations representing both 2D and 3D worlds. The children will need to think about who they are designing their building for and other elements such as what materials they might use.

PE
PE will be on Mondays and Thursdays.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR PE KIT. Make sure you don’t get RED on your Assertive Mentoring! Children should have black pumps, black shorts and a plain white t-shirt.

HOMEWORK
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.
REMEMBER:
Homework handed in on Wednesday is GREEN.
Homework handed in on Thursday is YELLOW.
Homework handed in on Friday is RED.
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 Mondays 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 Turner, Miss Wood & Mr. Dawson