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Welcome to Tiger - Year 5!


Welcome to Year 5 who are known as Tiger Class. We are taught by Miss Walker and supported by Mrs Jacobs. In year 5 children are given raffle tickets for positive behaviours, so there is potential for a prize every Friday!


Keep an eye on this page as it will be updated regularly throughout the year giving information about what we are learning about.


Autumn - Term 2


This term our English curriculum is based on the text, Tom's Midnight Garden in which we will be using both the chapter book and the graphic novel. This gives the children chance to use images to understand and improve their comprehension skills. Throughout the term we will be writing descriptive passages, alternative stories and Victorian-style letters. 


Please remember to continue reading at home, and where possible document this in your Reading Record. The 40 reads of year 5 are still available for the children to read throughout the year. As of yet, I have not had any reviews from anybody in the class.


We will be continuing our understanding of English grammar throughout the term by looking at the following concepts: expanded noun phrases, tenses, commas within a list and relative clauses.


In Maths, we have completed work on the four operations and are now moving onto geometry and measure. The class have worked really hard since September to apply their knowledge of mathematical concepts to reasoning and problem solving activities. This in turn has embedded their understanding, leading to improved test scores. Topics being taught this term include: shape, angles, perimeter and coordinates, and then moving onto fractions, a new concept for the year.


Our Science topic for this term is Materials, in which we will be exploring different experiments to test the properties, such as thermal and electrical conductivity.  If the children have anything that they would like to bring in which is related to our topic, this would be greatly appreciated.


In our History topic we are learning all about the Titanic. The children have really enjoyed this so far, and are looking forward to our 'immersion' day!


In RE we will be learning about the important journeys involved in Christianity, particularly related to Christmas. In PSHE we are discussing children's positive and negative feelings and how to control these appropriately. In French we are moving onto learning the key vocabulary to describe parts of the human body. In Music we are continuing to practise songs for the Young Voices concert in January. 



Autumn - Term 1


This term our English curriculum is based on our book, The Last Wild by Piers Torday. This is a story of a boy called Kester, who finds himself living in an Academy for challenging children. Can he save the world's animals from extinction, even though he doesn't speak? This exciting text gives the children scope to write newspaper reports, diary entries and the creation of alternative endings.


Within the year 5 classroom, the children will find a display highlighting the '40 reads of year 5' - this is a list of books which I have recommended the children read throughout the year. Once they have read one of the books, they will need to write a short review; anyone that completes all 40 will be getting a prize! Unfortunately I do not have a copy of all of the books, so it might be worth investing in a library card if you don't have one already!


We will be furthering our understanding of English grammar by beginning to introduce new concepts in line with the National
Curriculum, including modal verbs and relative clauses.


In Maths we will be recapping our understanding of place value, something that underpins many mathematical concepts. In coming weeks, we will be moving onto the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and linking these to written problems. The class will be focussing on reasoning and problem solving in every lesson, applying their knowledge to a variety of different questions.


Our Science topic this term is Space, in which we will be exploring planets, the Moon, and the different theories that people had about the world. If the children have anything that they would like to bring in which is related to our topic, this would be greatly appreciated.


In RE we will be learning about the different life stages in Judaism, such as birth, marriage and the coming of age. In PSHE we will be looking at healthy living by debating a variety of issues.  


Our Art work is linked to the extraordinary book that we are studying in English, and will include visualising a setting and comparing the book to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.


Geography will involve learning about extreme weather in North America, and making a decision about which is the most destructive.


PE days will be Monday ( Mr Dickinson ) and Tuesday. Please make sure PE kits are in school everyday. 




Spellings are sent home every Monday to be tested the following week. Please help your child to learn their spellings. If children are consistently getting full marks, at half term myself and Mrs Jacobs will make the decision about adding more to learn.


Year 5 children are expected to have instant recall of all their times tables up to 12 x 12. We have a challenge every Wednesday where we try to answer 100 questions right in 5 minutes.  Some of the questions will involve division facts. Children are now able to use the website 'Times Tables Rock Stars' and have their own personal log in - this gives them a chance to improve their instant recall. 


Homework will be given out on Thursday to be handed in on Wednesday; children have a two strike rule and if not brought in on time two weeks in a row, will have to complete it either at break or lunchtime.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding homework, please get your child to speak to Miss Walker or Mrs Jacobs before it is due in.

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