Welcome to Year 5!
Mrs Fountain and Mrs Roberts
Welcome to Year 5! Well, what a glorious summer we have had! I can’t wait to hear what you have all been up to over the holidays. We have some awesome units of work that will involve lots of creativity and fun! I am really looking forward to working with you all this year – what a brilliant and exciting year it will be!
Our vehicle this year is centred around our history and DT unit where we will be creating a Victorian pop-up book to sell at the Christmas fair.
This term we will be covering the following units:
Creation, Miracles and the Sacrament of the Sick, Sikhism and Advent. We will be learning about these through Gospel readings, artists interpretations, and discovering how we can live out our lives today. We also look forward to Mass and our weekly Gospel assemblies. We will also ensure the Catholic Life of the school in instilled in the children.
In English, we are going to start off by looking at poetry and focusing on the vocabulary we can use for impact. After analysing some poems, we will use the structures and ideas as inspiration to create our own poems.
Every child will be given a reading book from our reading scheme. It is imperative that children read at home as it stimulates imagination and expands their understanding of the world. Children should read for 30 minutes each night and have their reading records signed. Children change their reading books when necessary and we ensure we hear them read at school and monitor their reading carefully on a one-to-one basis and during their guided reading sessions.
We are continuing to follow the robust Read Write Inc. Spelling scheme, which the children are finding engaging and fun! Once the children have been introduced to the weekly spelling pattern, they complete interactive and written activities to consolidate these and words that are more challenging to each individual are logged in their reading record to learn at home.
We begin the term looking at place value, starting at 100,000 before extending to 1,000,000. We will then move onto consolidating and extending our mental and written calculations for addition and subtraction. The class will be glad to know that they can still practice their times tables as Times Tables Rockstars and 22 Club are also being used to engage and motivate children to learn their times tables facts, which need to be practiced at home as much as possible.
Mrs Swinson: Properties of Materials
Mrs. Swinson, our specialist teacher from Painsley is really looking forward to teaching year 5. This term, she will be teaching you about the properties of solids, liquids and gasses. We will be applying our knowledge of these properties to be able to separate mixtures and carry out several investigations.
Mrs Fountain: Forces
We will be finding out about gravity, air and water resistance as well as mechanisms including pullies, levers and gears. I’m sure we will have fun designing our own buggies!
In history, we are going to be discovering what Cheadle was like in the Victorian times. We will be looking at the drastic changes that took place during Queen Victoria’s reign and what impact this had in Cheadle. We will be exploring the people who were behind these changes and looking at a range of artefacts and sources.
We will be exploring how coasts are formed and how they change over time. Through practical experiments, we will be discovering how erosion and deposition impact the coast line. After half term, we will also be finding out how deserts are formed and where they are located around the world. We will be discovering the impacts of desertification on the environment.
We are learning he names of places in our locality, such as the hospital, post office etc. and how to give directions to them. We will also be learning how to say some types of food, and our likes and dislikes.
We are very fortunate this year to have our specialist teacher from Painsley to teach us computing, Mr.Reynolds. We will start the term by looking at ‘Coding’ where children will be creating games using their own algorithms before learning about ‘Online Safety’.
Our art focus is drawing, where we will be exploring the work of Lowry. Through their work, we will be experimenting with scale, proportion and perspective before designing our own final masterpieces!
This term we will be learning how pop-up books work using levers and spacers. We will then design and our own Victorian pop-up book which will be sold at the Christmas fair. We will also be exploring structures and bridges and creating our own!
We are fortunate enough to have Mrs Hughes teaching the class how to play the violin for the year. We will be continuing our learning form Year 4 as well as listening to and singing a range of songs, as well as playing, composing and performing our music.
This term we are fortunate to have ASM teaching one PE sessions while I will be teaching the other. Up to Christmas, we will be covering: Health Related Fitness, Invasion Games (netball) Dance.
PE sessions will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so please make sure children have their PE kit in school on these days, making sure every item is clearly labelled.
Please remind children to bring in a named water bottle each day. Homework will be set on a regular basis and it will be handed out on Wednesdays and it will be expected in on Mondays. It will consist of a mixture of written and computer based work. Each child will be given a list of logins in their Reading Diary so they can have access to a variety of brilliant APPs that will support and consolidate their learning. Please encourage your child to use these as much as possible.
Please make sure that all items of clothing and any lunch boxes/drinks bottles are clearly labelled as it does help immensely when we try to return items to their owners. As it is still warm, please ensure that children have a water bottle in school with them every day.
I am really looking forward to meeting your children and really getting to know them. They were an amazing class on the transition day and I am so excited to be teaching them this year.