Welcome to Year 5
Mrs Fountain and Mrs Hankinson
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!
This term we will be covering the following topics: Easter, Pentecost, Work of the Apostles and Marriage and Holy Orders. Although circumstances at present are different, we will still ensure the Catholic Life of the school in instilled in the children. Mrs Howard is coming in to deliver some class liturgies, and we will be planning some of these ourselves. We will also enjoy our weekly Gospel assemblies and Mass which are currently being held virtually.
We will be starting the term by writing our individual information texts. Each child will choose what you would like to write your information text about- it could an interest or hobby, the natural world, an object or person. 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!
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.
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.
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.
Mrs Johnson: ‘Living Things In their Habitats’
We are lucky enough to have Mrs Johnson with us, who is our specialist science teacher. She will be teaching us about 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.
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.
This term we will be planning a road trip from the north of North America to the south of South America. Which significant places would you like to visit? 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. This unit of work also investigate coasts and children will be completing practical experiments to see how longshore drift occurs.
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.
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.
Our art focus sewing, where we will be exploring the work of Jean Michel Basquiart. Through his work, we will be finding out about the Day of the Dead festival and experimenting with different sewing stitches to design and create a Creating a felt sugar skull.
In technology, we will be looking at using electrical circuits to create an alarm on a car. We will investigate reasons why alarms are needed and how they can be made. We will then design an alarm for a car, before making it and evaluating out work!
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!
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.
PE will continue to be taught on Mondays 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.
Many thanks for your continued support this year. It is such a pleasure and a privilege to work with you.