YEAR 5

Dolphins Sharks
              Mrs Gunn               Miss Swift (Team Leader)


 Welcome!

Year 5 have settled in well to their new responsibilities and challenges in this year group. We are half way through our great World War 2 topic, in which we have begun to learn about how the war began, which countries were involved and some of the main events.

 

Topic & Science

We are already very immersed in our World War 2 topic.Following on from our fantastic visits to Hill End we will continue to find out about life on the Home Front, evacuees, air raids and much more! In the Spring term we will move to studying the Victorians and in the summer it will be Ancient Greeks!

In Science, we are currently investigating properties of materials. We have just completed a whole class experiment involving filtering, sieving and evaporating. Coming up, the Science topics will be Space as well as Animals and Living Things.

 

Reading

In our Guided Reading sessions we are continuing to focus on our inference and deduction skills, by looking for clues in the text. There are lots of interesting and exciting books for Year Fives to read and we encourage them to read as much as they can across a range of genres. 

Children are encouraged to read regularly at home to ensure they get regular practice. A reading club is available on a Friday for children to continue their reading.

 

English

In English we are using our WW2 topic to explore a variety of text types. We have written chronological reports based on film clips such as 'The Piano' and written accounts of being in an Anderson Shelter. Next we will use CS Lewis' amazing book 'The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe' to immerse ourselves in descriptive settings and life for evacuees, using high level sentence structure and grammar.

We give our children as many opportunities to write as possible. We will be exploring a range of Space and Victorian themes in the Spring term. To view the English objectives that we will cover this year, please click on the link below:

Year 5 English Objectives

 

 BIG Write and the BIG Talk!

Every Thursday your child takes part in the Big Write.The children can independently show their creativity and imagination. We would love for your child to discuss the Big Write with you so they are full of ideas for the session! You can find details on the Big Write on our homework page. 

 

Maths

Maths subject areas being taught in these two terms include: multiplication and division methods, geometry, converting measurements, prime numbers and perimeter/area. Children will also revisit some of the areas of Maths which have been most challenging during the year, so that they can review, develop and master these areas of learning.  The children will apply their skills to real life problems and within Maths investigations. We will also continue to set homework through the ‘MyMaths’ website. 

MyMaths

PE
 
It is really important that your child has the correct PE kit in school at all times – P.E is a national curriculum subject and without a P.E kit it is not possible to take part in these lessons. If necessary kit should be taken home for washing at the end of the week and returned on Monday morning.
 
Tuesday: Dolphins Squash

Thursday: Football skills/Indoor Gymnastics

(Swimming will return in the summer term for Dolphins in Term 5 and any children who need further practice in Term 6)

(Sharks will be taking part in Squash sessions in the Spring Term on Tuesday afternoons)

 

Homework

This will be set each Friday.
 
Children will have a piece of Maths work (usually a mymaths online homework); a reading comprehension; a small talk for the big write - due Thursdays; and spellings to learn (tests will be on Fridays). Homework club is available on Friday lunchtimes for any children who need to catch up.
 
No piece of homework should take longer than 20-30 minutes to complete.
 
Children still need to read on a minimum of 3 times a week at home– this could be snuggled up with a book at bedtime! We keep reading records in Year 5.