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Summer Term 1

 

 

 

We have made it to the summer term! I hope you enjoyed the fantastic weather over the Easter holidays!

In English this term, we will be reading a book by Sara Pennypacker called Pax: Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a cub. But when Peter is forced to return his fox to the wild his world is torn apart. Despite the encroaching war, and the three hundred miles between them, Peter sets out to find his fox. Meanwhile Pax waits hopefully for his boy...

This book brings a lot of writing opportunities including: writing a new chapter; producing a newspaper report and creating a non-fiction piece about red foxes. We will also be recapping grammar concepts from year 3 - 5. 

 

In maths this term, we will be going back over a few key concepts that were taught earlier in the year. These include: equivalent fractions, adding and subtracting fractions, multiplying fractions by whole numbers, converting between improper fractions and mixed numbers and solving problems involving fractions. We are also looking at calculating the area of compound shapes and irregular shapes. The majority of topics this term will be consistently linked back to a real life context, with Outdoor Maths cards being used regularly. 

 

Science this term is based heavily on Biology: Animals and their habitats. We will be spending much of this term outside, creating hedgehog boxes and bird feeders and investigating tadpoles and butterflies. This science topic should link well with Forest School activities.

 

In Topic, the class will be learning about sustainable energy sources, which includes solar, wind and biomass. This incorporates our school trip at Bedgebury Pinetum, where they will be learning about the use of trees for renewable energy. 

 

Art: 'A sense of place' - drawing and painting urban or rural landscapes, thinking about proportion and perspective.

D&T: salad making - this will involve lots of taster sessions!

Music: continuing with work regarding rounds.

French: directions, places in town.

R&E: completing topic about places of worship in different religions. 

 

 

PESE Presentation

Spring Term 2

 

This term, our English curriculum is based on the picture book, 'Town is by the Sea' by Joanne Schwartz and Sydney Smith. The "beautiful and haunting story of life in a seaside mining town, seen through the eyes of a young boy". We will be writing a non-chronological report, an autobiography and a story. Grammar topics will include tenses, passive versus active voice and apostrophes. We will also continue to look at improving the punctuation included in writing, such as colons and semi-colons. 

 

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! Please ensure that children are reading regularly at home, either to someone or independently. Reading records will be checked at least once a term to ensure children are reading either within school or at home. 

 

This term, children will not be having spellings to take home and be tested on; all spelling work will be completed within class. However, if you would like to do some practise at home, these are the spelling rules that we will be focusing on this term:

  • year 5 and 6 spelling word lists;
  • homophones (isle/ aisle; aloud/ allowed; affect/ effect; herd/ heard; past/ passed; led/ lead; steel/ steal; altar/ alter; assent/ ascent);
  • 'ei' and 'ie' words (for example: thief, medieval, glacier, patient, neice, freight, either, height, receipt, belief, yield, pierce, review).

 

In mathematics, we will be looking at time: converting between digital and analogue 12-hour and 24-hour, reading information in timetables, converting between units of time and problem solving. In the third week, we will be moving on to working practically with measures, including length, mass and capacity. For the second half of the term, we will be focusing on statistics, looking at both continuous and discrete data, scales, line graphs and timetables. Finally, we will be revising multiplication of up to 4d by 2d numbers and division of up to 4d by 1d.

 

Our Science topic this term will be Forces, in which we will be exploring balanced and unbalanced forces, gravity, air resistance and water resistance. This topic will again involve several experiments, which I am sure the children will enjoy!

 

In PSHE this term, we are talking about the media and body image. This will include looking at online and television adverts and comparing this to 'real life.'

 

Our Art work is looking at the famous Lowry and his famous matchstick men and how these images compare with our English text. The class will have a chance to create similar art. 

 

Geography will involve learning about Russia: where it is located in the world, famous landmarks and hobbies and how they spend everyday life. 

 

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

 

Homework has changed slightly from Term 4 and now will be the same type of work. This includes a piece of maths: either arithmetic or several four operations calculations and a comprehension text. 

Spring Term 1

 

This term, our English curriculum is based on both the poetry book, Sensational! and the picture book, The Viewer. For the first two weeks, we will be looking at a selection of different poems relating to the five senses and creating our own. For the rest of the term, we will be exploring a picture book, and writing a biography, a persuasive letter and a newspaper report. Children will focusing on their sentence structure and spellings, improving their use of dictionaries and thesaurus'. Grammar topics will include pronouns, subordinate clauses and different sentence types, all revision from previous year groups. We will also be looking at improving the punctuation included in writing, such as colons and semi-colons.

 

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! Please ensure that children are reading regularly at home, either to someone or independently. Reading records will be checked on a regular basis.

 

This term, children will not be having spellings to take home and be tested on; all spelling work will be completed within class. However, if you would like to do some practise at home, these are the spelling rules that we will be focusing on this term:

  • words with apostrophes for possession;
  • rare GPCs (bruise, guarantee, immediately, vehicle, yacht);
  • words ending in -ably and -ibly;
  • homophones (led/ lead, steel/ steal, alter/altar);
  • year 5 and 6 spelling word lists.

 

In mathematics, we will be starting our fractions, decimals and percentages topic. This will include both revision and new concepts: we will be looking at equivalent fractions, comparing and ordering fractions, converting mixed numbers to improper fractions, decimals in relation to fractions and how percentages relate to both decimals and fractions. The class will be focusing on reasoning and problem solving in every lesson, applying their knowledge to a variety of different questions. This will also be reflected in their weekly homework. 

 

Our Science topic this term will be a continuation of last term, which is Materials, in which we will be exploring soundproofing, thermal and electrical conductivity and transparency of different materials. This topic will involve weekly experiments, which I am sure that the children will enjoy! If the children have anything that they would like to bring in which is related to our topic, this would be greatly appreciated.

 

In PSHE this term, we are talking about different feelings, both positive and negative, and how to cope with them appropriately.

 

Our Art work is to design and create a Viking brooch, which relates to our topic work this term.

 

History will involve learning about the Vikings, which leads on from last year, in which they learnt about Anglo-Saxons. This will include looking at home life, wars, Kings and children.

 

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

Autumn Term 2

 

This term our English curriculum is based on the text, The Last Wild by Piers Torday. This is the story of a boy named Kester. He is extraordinary, but he doesn't know that yet. We will be writing several newspaper reports, persuasive letters, a script and a diary entry. There will be plenty of opportunity for acting out parts of the book, including conscience alleys and role play. Children will focusing on their sentence structure and spellings, improving their use of dictionaries and thesaurus'.

 

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! Please ensure that children are reading regularly at home, either to someone or independently. Reading records will be checked on a regular basis.

 

We will be furthering our understanding of English grammar by beginning to introduce new concepts in line with the National
Curriculum, including expanded noun phrases, verb prefixes and building cohesion within a paragraph. 

 

In mathematics, we will be finishing off our topic of the four operations, with both multiplication and division. This will involve solving calculations with numbers of up to 4-digits by 2-digits. After two weeks, we will be moving onto shapes, looking at comparing and classifying different quadrilaterals and triangles. We will also be learning about position and direction, such as reflection and translation. Finally, in the last two weeks before Christmas, we will be checking the understanding of time, both analogue and digital. The class will be focusing on reasoning and problem solving in every lesson, applying their knowledge to a variety of different questions. This will also be reflected in their weekly homework. 

 

Our Science topic this term is Materials, in which we will be exploring soundproofing, thermal and electrical conductivity and transparency of different materials. This topic will involve weekly experiments, which I am sure that the children will enjoy! 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 continue to learn about the reasons why people believe in God, in both Christian and Muslim religions. 

 

Our Art work is to create a sculpture for the local area. The class will look at great artists in history (Picasso and Louise Nevelson) before creating a sketchbook of ideas.

 

History will involve learning about the Titanic, which includes looking at the interior of the boat and the reasons why it ended in tragedy. The class also get a ticket relating to somebody that was on the Titanic's only voyage and get to role play in their different ranks (classes). Some children will get fizzy lemonade and muffins, whilst others will get dry biscuits!

 

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

Spellings list for Term 2

Spelling lists for term 1

Welcome to Tiger - Year 5!

 

Welcome to Year 5 who are known as Tiger Class. Tiger Class is 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 1

 

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. 

 

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! Please ensure that children are reading regularly at home, either to someone or independently. Reading records will be checked on a regular basis.

 

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 mathematics, 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 focusing 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 reasons why people believe in God, in both Christian and Muslim religions. 

 

Our Art work is linked to the book that we are studying in English, and will include visualising a setting, creating a new wallpaper and designing a Victorian house.

 

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. 

 

Information

 

Spellings are sent home every Monday to be tested the following week. Please help your child to learn their spellings. As a school, we are following a slightly different spelling plan and therefore the most spellings that any child will get in year 5 is 15. 

 

Year 5 children are expected to have instant recall of all their times tables up to 12 x 12. We have a challenge three times a week in which children have to answer 60 questions in 3 minutes. Some of the questions will involve division facts. Children are 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. This will include a mixture of mathematics and English relating to work completed during the week, and one other piece. This may be Topic or Science based.  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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