Welcome to a new academic year. It was fantastic to see so many of you at the Meet the Teacher evening last week.
Year 5 is a very eventful and important year, as we will be covering all writing genres and maths topics in preparation for Year 6. Not to mention our Paris trip to see our Pen-Friends in the summer term.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. Please also see the Autumn School Newsletter for school dates.
This term in English we will be exploring different authors and genres in reading and writing with a focus on ‘Talk for Writing’. We will be looking at familiar stories which we will use as a stimulus for children to write their own stories. It is therefore very important for your child/children to read every day at home as this will expand their vocabulary and give them the tools to be successful writers.
Even though your child is now in Year 5, s/he will still benefit greatly from reading with and discussing texts with you. Children will take a book of their choice from the class library home to read at their leisure.
Our English programme includes: weekly grammar practice, learning new spelling strategies and daily guided reading sessions with a focus on prediction and inference skills.
Our History/Geography topic is The Vicious Vikings. We will look in particular at the Viking and Anglo-Saxons struggle for land in Britain. To further enhance the learning, we will have a Viking day at school. We will look at all aspects of “How to be a Viking”. You will be informed of any other Topic based trips.
We will be learning about Old Testament Stories: David and Goliath. The 10 Commandments. The Bible: Sacred Texts – what are the books of the Bible? We will also be covering Harvest and modern Christian Values.
Year 5 children will also be studying Latin this term. Lesson will cover Classical culture studies, Latin language studies and a host of fun practical activities to bring the subject to life.
In Maths this term we will be looking at place value, the number system, multiplication and division. We will be looking for children to develop their depth of understanding in these areas. Lessons will be very practical to embed abstract concepts.
In addition to this, children will be participating in maths fluency sessions to consolidate mental strategies and quick recall. Instant interventions to close gaps will take place in class time.
Our Science topic this term is Properties and the changing of materials. We will be dissolving, separating and investigating reversible and irreversible changes. Lessons will involve predicting, carrying out fair tests, recording results and drawing conclusions and modifying their experiments. There will also be a focus on how materials behave in the world around them and working scientifically.
PE will be on a Wednesdays and Swimming will take place on Thursdays for Topaz class. Sapphire and Turquoise class will have an additional PE session on a Thursday morning. Please make sure your child has correct PE kit in school all week and Swimming kit on Thursdays. Please make sure your child has any medication, including inhalers at school.
In addition, children will be encouraged to run daily around a playground circuit.