Wow, what a start to the Autumn term! The children have settled quickly into Year 5 and already immersed themselves into so many different areas of learning: writing and performing beautiful poetry in English inspired by Rachel Rooney; trying traditional dishes from Zambia and learning about the country as well as some African dances; visiting London to see the Lion King; learning how to play golf and carrying out lots of experiments in Science. Well done Year 5.
The first half of the Spring term has flown by and what a busy few weeks we’ve had. We started with a fantastic whole-school project based on the book ‘The Quest’ by Aaron Becker, as part of Reverence week. Since then the term has been jam-packed full of other exciting learning experiences. Highlights include taking part in the world’s largest school choir concert, Young Voices 2019, and our explosive class assembly on volcanoes! The children have produced some amazing volcano project work and the models they have produced are just brilliant. They should all feel very proud.
I hope the children have had a lovely, restful half term andthat they are now ready for another action packed few weeks.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to pop in and see me.
This half term the children will be exploring the text ‘Oranges in No Man’s Land’, written by Elizabeth Laird. The fiction text explores the life of a character during the civil war and is set in Lebanon. Pupils will spend time asking questions and developing understanding of inference and the author’s use of language. We will use discussion and role-play to explore characters and the impact of civil war. The topic will culminate with the pupils planning, editing and writing their own story from a different character’s point of view.
Our grammar and punctuation lessons will focus on developing understanding of modal verbs and revising key grammatical vocabulary.
We will continue our weekly spelling sessions to help the children develop their understanding of spelling patterns and rules and how to apply these in their own writing.
This half term we will continue to focus on developing mental maths knowledge, especially times tables. I would be grateful if you could continue to encourage your child to take part in the games on the Times Tables Rock Stars website. Pupils will use written methods (grid) to multiply pairs of 2-digit numbers and use short division to divide 3-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers, including those which leave a remainder. During our fraction lessons pupils will place mixed numbers on lines, count up in fractions using equivalents, convert improper fractions to mixed numbers, write improper fractions as mixed numbers and multiply proper fractions by whole numbers.
Our PE sessions will continue to be held on Mondays and Wednesdays. Please make sure your child has a suitable PE kit for indoor and outdoor activities and that they keep these in school all week just in case we have the opportunity for extra sessions.
This half term our Science topic will be ‘Space’. We will be describing the movement of the Earth and other planets relative to the sun, exploring how we experience day and night and the relationship between the Earth, Sun and Moon. Pupils will also spend some time finding out about the astronaut Tim Peake and his work on the International Space Station.
The title for our RE learning during this half term will be ‘Salvation’. Pupils will spend time exploring the key question ‘What did Jesus do to save human beings?’
Our Topic this half term is ‘Mexico and the Maya Civilization’. The pupils will be using a selection of different resources to find out about Mexico and the Maya and they will describe and understand the similarities and differences between Mexico and the UK. They will explore the ancient civilization and find out about the legacy they left behind.
Pupils will be exploring animals as part of our Stories for School project and then we will be looking atMexican art and having a go at designing and making our own masks.
Autumn Term 2018
Welcome to Year 5. It has been a pleasure getting to know the children and starting our Year 5 'Journey' together.
Pupils have spent the first two weeks of term exploring the text 'Journey' and this has been a great opportunity to see what creative young people they are.
Space Camp 2018
Pupils really enjoyed our Space Camp experience. During the day the pupils completely immersed themselves in astronaut training. They completed physical training and problem solving activities.
When the pupils returned for the Camp in the evening, they tested rockets with Mr Lintell, made and programmed Space Buggies and then ended the evening with a spot of Star gazing. Lots of fun was had by all.
World Book Day
We have had a lovely day celebrating World Book Day 2018. Year 5 made such an amazing effort with their costumes.
This afternoon pupils entered the 'Book Tasting Cafe'. They sampled different books and lots of them found the next book they want to explore. The classroom was alive with discussions about characters and authors - the real purpose of World Book Day.
We also discovered our new BLP challenge - designing our own soundscape to accompany 'One Small Step' text.
Mexico Experience Day
Today we launched ourselves into our 'Mexico and the Mayans' topic, wearing clothes in the colours of the Mexican flag to get us into the spirit of things.
We used atlases and IPads to research facts about the country. Afterwards we wrote our own persuasive texts to advertise the country.
In the afternoon, we used paper mache to create our own piñatas and started to use inspiration from the work of Mexican artists to design sun masks.
Oscar's Walking Challenge for Shelter
Oscar is continuing with training for his incredible challenge taking place in the summer. All of the Knightlow family are proud of his hard-work and determination.
Wow - What an exciting half term we have planned for Year 5!
We will start the 2nd half of the Autumn term with our Anglo-Saxon experience day on Tuesday 31st October. Please remember to wear your costumes!
We will be immersing ourselves in this historical period throughout the rest of the term so be prepared to take a journey back in time.
We had an amazing day and really flexed our Building Learning Power muscles.
Here is a taste of some of the activities.
Homework will be set every Friday and this will need to be handed in by the following Wednesday. Please encourage your child to complete their work on time and to a high standard.
We would like the children to read for 30 mins for a minimum of five times a week and record their reading in their reading record. Reading comprehension activities will form part of their homework. In addition, we will be reading in class and responding to our reading both orally and in writing.
The children will receive a set of weekly spellings each Friday. They will be tested on these the following Friday. Please help your child to learn their spellings through the week. We will also teach the children the rules and apply the spellings in our spelling sessions, as well as in their daily work.
Year 5 will have PE every Monday and Friday - please can the children have both indoor and outdoor PE kits in school.
If you have any queries please feel free to come and speak to us.