Welcome to Year 5!
Mrs Fountain and Mrs Hambleton
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!
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.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’.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.