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Welcome to Year 5

Mrs Fountain and Mrs Hambleton

Summer Term

I hope you have enjoyed the sunshine over the Easter holidays and have come back to school fully refreshed!  I am so proud of the class for their positive and enthusiastic return to school. It is wonderful to have the classroom buzzing with smiles and an eagerness to work and it is great to see the children reconnecting as a class. What a fun-packed term we are going to have!

RE

This term we will be covering the following topics: Easter, Pentecost, Work of the Apostles and Marriage and Holy Orders. The Catholic Life of the school is also interweaved  within our lessons to ensure that it is instilled in the children. We will be having our class liturgies and we will be planning some of these ourselves. We will also enjoy our weekly Gospel assemblies and Mass.

 

English

 

Writing

We will be reading ‘The London Eye Mystery’ by Siobhan Dowd  which is a gripping novel that will have the children guessing to very end! When Ted’s cousin, Salim, mysteriously disappears from a capsule on the London Eye, Ted and his sister Kat try to find him.  The children will be drawing inferences about characters’ feelings, thoughts and motives from their actions and writing in role in order to explore and develop empathy for characters.

 

We will also be studying Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo. This is a thrilling adventure about a boy, Michael who goes on a trip of a life time with his parents – to sail around the world! Unfortunately, there is an accident and he is left stranded on an island to survive – but is he alone?

We will be starting the term by writing our individual biography texts. I will be guide you through the planning and research process for your writing, and then you will be ready to write! After editing, they will be published, and we can read each other’s work and find out interesting facts from each other!  You will be glad to know that we will also be continuing our personal writing journals, where you write in genre of your choice!   

 

Reading

Every child has 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.

 

Spellings

We are following 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.

 

Maths

Over the Summer Term, we will be completing the following units: Decimals and percentages, Geometry, Position and direction, and Measure. We will see how decimals and percentages are closely related, develop our skills in geometry by using protractors to measure angles and becoming confident at converting units of measure.

 

We have access to Maths Flex, which is used alongside the maths scheme, to build confidence and support our catch up programme, so children are able to apply their maths skills in a range of contexts and situations. 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.

 

Science

 ‘Living Things and their Habitats’

We will be discovering how flowering plants reproduce, the life cycles of insects, amphibians, mammals, and birds. You will also find out about the life of a significant naturalist, such as Sir David Attenborough.

We are also lucky enough to have Mrs Swinson teaching the unit ‘Animals including humans’. This topic will explore the changes that occur as humans develop to old age as well as comparing the gestation periods of different animals.

 

History

Our exciting history sessions this term will be discovering the Maya civilisation. We will be using a range of primary and secondary sources and artefacts to interpret the past, to discover why they were so successful and what their life would have been like. We will investigate what life would have been like for the rich and poor and how they worshiped. Finally, we will be discovering what could have led to the decline of the civilisation.

 

Geography

This term we will be exploring South America. We will be discovering which countries can be found in South America, and its physical and human features.   Children will be discovering why tourists visit these places, how to get there, and what the biomes and landscape is like. The children will also be locating the places using latitude and longitude.

 

MFL

We will be describing the seasons and weather, reading a French poem, and using this to help us write our own poem in French!  We will also be writing a descriptive paragraph about a scene on a beach.

 

Computing

Mr Johnson, our computing specialist, will be teaching the children how to create their own computer game. They will be using ‘Game Creator’ through Purple Mash.

 

Art

Our art focus will be exploring the work of Jean Michel Basquiart. Through his work, we will be finding out about his drawing and painting techniques as well as exploring the Day of the Dead festival and experimenting with different sewing stitches.

 

DT

In DT this term, we will be designing and creating our own bread rolls. We will be tasting a range of different breads, experimenting with creating different shapes and flavours for our rolls.

 

Music

We are continuing to use the Charanga scheme, and this term we will be doing the following units of work: Classroom Jazz and Dancin’ in the Street. Through these lessons, we will discuss the music and listen to a range of music within the style, as well as completing fun warm-up games and learning the songs. We will also be using glockenspiels to accompany the music and create our own improvisations!

 

PE

PE will continue to be taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so please ensure the children have a full PE kit in school. These can be taken home at the end of each term to wash. We will be playing tennis, handball and rounders.

 

Homework:

Homework will be set each Wednesday, to be completed and handed in each Monday. There will be a range of activities from written responses to some online pieces of work and some more creative aspects.

 

As the weather is hopefully going to get warmer, could I remind you to make sure your child brings their own water bottle to school.

 

 

Many thanks for your continued support this year. It is such a pleasure and a privilege to work with you.

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                                            Welcome to Year 5

Welcome to Year 5!

Mrs Fountain and Mrs Hambleton

 

Autumn Term

Welcome to Year 5! What a fabulous start we have made! It has been a real delight to get to know you and I have been blown away by our many varied talents and skills we have in one class! I am really looking forward to working with you all this year – what a brilliant and exciting year it will be!

 

RE

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 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.

English

In English, we are going to be reading an awesome book, ‘Storm breaker’. It’s a brilliantly written action thriller written by Anthony Horowitz. It is based around the character of Alex Rider,  fourteen-year-old who is forcibly recruited into MI6. We will be using the text to inspire our own writing, including diary entries, letters, narratives and character profiles.

 

 

Reading

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.

 

Spellings

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.

 

 

Maths

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.

 

Science

Mrs Fountain: Properties of Materials

This term, I 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 Swinson: ‘Earth and Space

Mrs. Swinson, our specialist teacher from Painsley is really looking forward to teaching year 5. She is going to teach us about how we get day and night and the seasons, as well as finding out some interesting facts about the moon and its phases. You will also be finding out some awesome facts about the planets!

 

History

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.  

 

Geography

Our Geography unit this term is ‘Biomes’ where we will be discovering what biomes are and where they can be located around the world. We will be finding out the features of the different biomes as well as investigating the impact climate has on them.

 

MFL

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.

 

Computing

We are very fortunate this year to have our specialist teacher from Painsley to teach us computing, Mr.Johnson. We will start the term by looking at ‘Coding’ where children will be creating games using their own algorithms before learning about ‘Online Safety’.

 

Art

Our art focus is drawing, where we will be exploring the work of Lowry and Sid Kirkham. Through their work, we will be experimenting with scale, proportion and perspective before designing our own final masterpieces!

 

DT

In technology, we will be looking at a range of shelters and investigating which materials they made from and how the structures are strengthened. We will then design and make our own model bird hide!

 

Music

We are continuing to use the Charanga scheme, and our first unit, ‘How does music bring us together?’ celebrates a wide range of musical styles. We will be listening to and singing a range of songs, as well as playing, composing and performing our music.

PE

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, Gymnastics and 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.

 

Further information

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.

 

 

 

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