Year 5

 
Welcome to Year 5

Our staffing team consists of Mrs Walker (Year Leader), Miss Burrell, Miss Chandler, Miss Rogers and Mrs Yates who are supported by Mr Dawson, Miss Hutt, Mrs Khan and Mrs Sheehan. 

 

It is great to welcome the children back for the summer term! Our topic this half term is Hola Mexico and we have already made a start learning about the interesting country of Mexico and the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil.

 

Homework

May we remind parents that all children are expected to complete their Maths Challenge work every night on Google Classroom, practise their spellings and read every night. In addition to this, the children also have SPAG home learning once a week, set on a Tuesday and due in on a Thursday. Please note that the home learning tasks are designed to be completed after the lessons and not the morning before school. This will enable the children to be more successfully when completing the tasks. 

 

Once these have been completed and checked, their purple record books need to be signed by an adult. We really do appreciate the support of parents and carers in ensuring that homework is completed on time and to a high standard. However, please would parents kindly remember that Google Classroom is for the children to use and is not designed for a communication tool between parents and teachers. 

 
As always, should you wish to contact your child’s class teacher, please email the office and the message will be forwarded. Please try to avoid trying to discuss things at pick-up time, this is not appropriate for two reasons: it is difficult to have discussions while maintaining social distancing; the teacher’s priority at pick-up is ensuring that each child is safely dismissed from school to an adult who we know.

English

 

Writing

This half term, we will be writing a wide range of genres including diaries, discussion texts and narratives based on our text - The Jaguar Trials. 

We will focus on grammar, punctuation and spellings within our daily lessons. The children will be given spellings to learn for a test once a week on a Monday and will have a week to practise them. 

Please encourage your children to complete their daily spelling practice tasks. 

 

Reading

Our text for the first half term is The Jaguar Trails by Ruth Eastham. This follows the story of Ben, a boy who is exploring the Amazon Rainforest with his dad when disaster strikes throwing him into a world of superstition and adventure! As well as being a fantastically written story, Ruth is an award winning author who has won many National awards including the prestigious Carnegie Medal. 

Ways to support your child with English 
 
Please find below a list of websites which will help your child succeed in reading and writing: 
 
https://www.ictgames.com/mobilePage/spookySpellings/index.html 
https://readtheory.org/auth/login (please use your child's google classroom log in details)
https://www.roomrecess.com
 
In addition to the above it is important to listen to your child read regularly as this develops their oral fluency as well as asking questions about the text they are reading. 
 

Maths

 

In Maths,  we are currently continuing our focus on fractions, decimals and percentages. We will explore how to add, subtract and compare numbers with varying decimal places. 

Our daily homework will consist of extra practice from the day's lesson and prior learning with the addition of daily times table practice using Times Table Rock Stars. 

Ways to support your child with Maths 
 
 
Please find below a list of websites which will help your child succeed in maths: 
 
https://mathsframe.co.uk/ 
https://ttrockstars.com/
Science
 
Within Science, we will be studying the different life cycles of mammals, birds, amphibians, insects and plants. We will focus on each life cycle and then find the similarities and differences. 
 
Here are some useful websites to further support your child in science:
 
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zgssgk7 

PE

This half term, the children will be playing cricket on Mondays and in class PE lessons they will be participating in OAA (Outdoor Adventurous Activities). These activities will focus on further developing the children's skills in team work, problem solving and leadership.

Please ensure your child has their PE kits and that they are suitable for the activities the children will be involved in. 

Computing
 
In computing, we will be learning about online safety and how to keep ourselves safe. We will study what personal information is and how we can protect ourselves when using the internet. 
RE
 
Within RE, we will continue to learn about Christianity and Sikhism whilst comparing to our own religious beliefs. This half term, we are focusing on the important people within these two religions, in particular Mother Teresa and Guru Nanak. 
Learning for Life
 
On a Wednesday afternoon, Year 5 will be continuing their Learning for Life lessons. This half term, we will be looking at road safety, how litter affects our local community and considering the impact of single-use plastics on our world.  
Year 5 Enriching Experiences
 
Over the year, Year 5 have participated in several amazing learning experiences. Check out the News section of the website to see the photos of these events.
 
This half term, Year 5 will be having an Ancient Mayan Day on Friday 21st May. The children will have the opportunity to learn about how the Mayans lived, handle Ancient Mayan artefacts and even play Ancient Mayan Sport. 
 
To give permission for your child to participate in the experience, please log on to your parent pay and give consent. 
 

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