Spring Term 2018
Welcome to the Year 5 class page!
Mrs Stimpson, Tamsin and Mrs Rigby (Class 5S)
Miss Falcon, Tamsin and Mrs Rigby (Class 5F)
Week Commencing 15th January- Whitemoor Lakes Residential trip
Classroom doors will be open from 8:30am to allow a smooth transition into the classroom.
Classroom doors will close at 8:45am. Any arrivals after this time must go the office to get their mark.
School finishes at 3:15pm.
We follow a ‘thematic approach’.
Topics that will be covered during the year:
Autumn 1: Off With Her Head (History focus)
Autumn 2: Stargazer (Science focus)
Spring 1: Traders and Raiders (History focus)
Spring 2: Allotment (Geography focus)
Summer 1: Scream Machine (Science focus)
Summer 2: Time Traveller (Art & D.T. focus)
All areas taught will be underpinned by the new curriculum.
Our Spine Text is:
In English, our non-fiction work will examine recount texts with a particular focus on newspaper reports, linking work to ‘Varjak Paw’ – one of our key Year 5 texts. Other non-fiction work will focus on ‘instructional writing’; we will be using some of our culinary skills and getting creative with some origami! Throughout this work, 'key' punctuation and grammar skills will be revised/introduced.
In our fiction work we will be looking at how a 'dilemma' can be the driving force of a narrative text. Following on from this we will be writing diary entries in role as one of the lead characters in the story; again, throughout this work, we will be revising/introducing 'key' punctuation and grammar skills.
Some English work will also be linked to our Anglo-Saxons/Vikings topic and we will be looking at myths/legends, and Anglo-Saxon riddles. Poetry work will also have a separate focus on ‘classic poems’.
We are continuing to make use of our new 'Abacus' scheme of work linked to the new curriculum. A variety of topics will be covered this half term including: place value; 'special' properties of numbers such as prime numbers and square numbers; fractions/equivalent fractions/decimal equivalents for fractions; use of a protractor to measure and draw angles, and terminology associated with this; 2D shapes, particularly focusing on triangles; place value and rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000 and mental/written problem solving using all four operations
It is still CRUCIAL that children have a thorough knowledge of all their times tables and can recall these number facts speedily and accurately. PLEASE learn any that you have not learnt already!! :-)
We will study a variety of religions, their customs and practices, around the themes of "Being Silent and Attentive to, and Cultivating a Sense For, the Sacred and Transcendence" and "Being Open Honest and Truthful."
Our topic this half term is 'Traders and Raiders', and has a strong focus on History. However, work will also very much be 'cross-curricular'. Examples of work to be covered include: the Anglo Saxons and Vikings (their arrival in Britain; their time in Britain and their legacies); use of historical and current maps at a variety of scales; print making, jewellery and weapon making.
"We are architects": Use a range of software to create 2D and 3D representations.
We will also continue to make use of our computing skills for research and presentation.
‘E-Safety’ will underpin all work carried out.
During this half term the children will have chance to participate in both indoor and outdoor PE activities. Indoor P.E. will initially continue to be gymnastics (floor work/apparatus work); we will then progress onto 'fitness' activities. Outdoor P.E. will focus on ‘invasion games’, including hockey and netball.
The children will continue to be taught by Mr Jarrett. They will be practising conversational skills by listening and responding and also further developing written language skills. The focus topic is called 'Me and My School', and the children will be learning about all things 'school-related', including telling the time, in French! They will continue to look at key French Festivals that might occur during the term.
Children will both listen and respond to, and perform a variety of music, making use of our new ‘Charanga’ music scheme. Jazz music will be a particular focus, as will the life and work of Benjamin Britten.
We will be looking at ‘respect’, ‘living in a diverse world’, and ‘human rights’.
Homework due in.
Reading diaries/review books collected and checked.
Homework sent home (this includes English, Maths and, occasionally, topic work).
Weekly Spelling Test
In Year 5 children will continue with ‘Guided Reading’ in class. Please note, these books do not go home.
‘Home Readers’ will either be ‘Oxford Reading Tree’ books, or library books.
Children DO NOT always have to read ‘out loud’ to an adult as we aim to further develop their ‘independent learning skills’ during the course of the year. However, in order for your child to change their book, their ‘Reading Record’ should be signed/commented in by an adult at least once during the week. Many thanks, in anticipation, for your support with this – reading is vital to a child’s development in all areas of the curriculum.
Please ensure a prompt reply to educational visit letters.