Welcome to Year 5
Mrs Fountain & Mrs Roberts
Welcome back Year 5! I hope you have had a lovely Christmas and enjoyed spending time with your families. I can’t wait to begin this term as it is crammed-packed full of fun and exciting activities!
This term we will be covering the following topics: Baptism, Sikhism, Lent, Holy Week. We will be learning about different artistic interpretations of the Baptism of Jesus and the symbols that are associated around Baptism. We will be planning and delivering some class liturgies as well as looking forward to Mass and our weekly Gospel assemblies.
We will be writing a character description to develop our narrative writing skills and an explanation and newspaper recount over the term. We will be focusing on the features of each text type and also the specific grammar and sentence construction that is associated with it.
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. Remember that the school library is open at lunchtimes for those who wish to choose a book to read for pleasure.
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 Spring Term, we will be completing the following units: Multiplication, Division, Fractions, Decimals and Percentages. These will cover the mental and written calculations for multiplication and division, and multiplying fractions, and calculating fractions of amounts.
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.
We will be completing our unit of work on materials and their properties. We will be learning about the properties of solids, liquids and gasses and then applying our knowledge of these properties to carry out several investigations. We will also start our next unit of work: Living Things and their Habitats. This involves exploring and comparing the life cycles of different animals as well as where they live.
Our exciting history sessions this term will be discovering the Ancient Greeks. We will be using a range of primary and secondary sources and artefacts to interpret the past, looking specifically at the life of women, the Battle of Marathon and the impact and influence this incredible Ancient civilisation has had on our society today.
This unit explores mountains, volcanoes and earthquakes. We will find out how the tectonic plates move and discover how and why earthquakes and volcanoes occur. We will also be looking at some case studies so we can find out what it is like to live in places where volcanoes erupt and earthquakes occur.
We will be describing the planets, building up sentences and making compound sentences. We will then develop this further by describing the seasons and weather.
Mr Reynolds, our computing specialist, will be teaching the children ‘Coding’.
Our art focus is drawing, where we will be exploring the work of Alberto Giacometti. Through his work, we will be experimenting with different drawing techniques and perspectives, as well as using a range of media. Our final masterpiece will be a class sculpture!
This term we will be exploring a balanced diet and creating healthy foods while demonstrating key cutting and baking skills.
We are very lucky to have a music teacher from Entrust to come every Monday morning to teach the class how to play the violin. The class enjoy our lessons and are becoming very creative with their improvisations – I can’t wait to hear more of their musical creations! Please ensure children bring their violins every Monday to make the most of this super opportunity.
WE will be developing our gymnastics skills over the term. Gymnastics sessions will be taught on Tuesday afternoons, while ASM will be completing a fundamental movement skills unit focusing on gymnastics skills every Wednesday afternoon. This will change to net/wall games after half term when the weather should be more suitable.
Homework is set on a weekly basis. It is usually set on a Wednesday and is due in on Monday. There is a range of homework activities, including a Maths, English and RE activity, as well as a foundation subject. Children should be consolidating their times tables recall to increase their recall speed as well as reading for 30 minutes every night.
Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss any queries or concerns you may have about your child. You may leave a message on Class Dojo which are checked frequently, or you can call/email the office. I am also available on the playground at the end of the day.
Thank you for all your support – your children are incredible and it is a privilege to teach them.