We wish you all a warm welcome from all the staff in Year 5. We hope you have had a fabulous break and we are really excited for the year ahead. We have some amazing activities and topics planned that we hope the children will love. If you want to keep updated on what is going on please keep checking our school twitter page, where we will share the children’s’ work as often as we can.
In Spring term we will be studying two texts in a lot of detail, with some short writing blasts and discrete grammar activities in there as well. Our first text is ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes. Throughout this unit, the children will be studying figurative language techniques, broadening their vocabulary and using these skills to write a narrative piece as well as a narrative poem. Our other key text is ‘Once’ by Moritz Gleitzman. During this unit, children will be developing their inference and deduction skills by expressing how characters feel at certain points; how they change throughout the story and justifying these using evidence from the text. The children will finish the unit by writing a series of diary entries based around the text.
In Year 5, we are trying to encourage children to gain a love of reading and we really appreciate your support with this. Children will be given a home reading diary to record any reading they do at home. We kindly ask that you sign their diary when your child has read with an adult or older sibling at home. These reading diaries need to come back into school every Tuesday, where their reading will be recorded by Miss Ambrose. For every 5 times the children read at home, with an adult, they will earn a Class Dojo. ‘Once’ is part of a series of novels that have been exceptionally popular with reluctant readers from previous year groups. They are wonderful books that we enjoy just as much as the children and therefore would be a lovely talking point between adult and child at home.
Maths during this half term will be based around fractions, decimals and percentages. We will be looking at; simplifying fractions; improper fractions and mixed numbers and equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages. Times tables are massively important in Year 5 as they are the key to a number of the topics we cover so if you could please practice times tables at home it would be hugely beneficial. We have access to Times Table Rockstars and every child has their own login that they have used in school. If your child has lost their login, please ask your class teacher for it. There is another website that has times tables games that you can do with your child (the link will be posted below) but if you do not have regular access to a computer or an iPad, feel free to ask your child’s class teacher and they will print some of them out for you.
Our topic for Spring term is ‘Crime and Punishment’.
History- Crime and Punishment throughout the ages.
Art- Freda Khalo study.
D.T.- Studying and creating mechanisms.
R.E.- Sacred texts
We would love children to bring projects in based on anything to do with our Topic. This is optional and completely down to your child but we will have a project day, where we present what we have done, during the last week of this term but would ask if any projects could be brought in by Monday 30th March.
We have P.E. on Wednesday and Thursday so children will need their P.E. kits in school on those days. The children should have a plain white t-shirt, black shorts and a pair of pumps or trainers (for outdoor activities).
If your child is being picked up by an adult not on the data form, please let us know in advance.
If you have any queries or worries, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the Junior Office.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to the next part of our amazing year in Year 5 !
Mr Cunliffe, Miss Nelson, Mrs Jones and Miss Ambrose
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