Welcome to Year 5!
In Year 5 we have two classes - Ruben and Empire Class:
Class Teacher: Mrs J Jordan
Teaching Assistants: Mrs M Robertson (am)
Class Teachers: Mrs S Wade
Teaching Assistants: Mrs V Spice (am)
Year 5 is all about working hard and having fun. We will be covering topics such as Sustainability, Vikings, Mayans and Extreme Weather, whilst learning through writing, drama, discussions, investigations and much more.
Let our journey begin ....
2020 - 2021
We are starting this term by looking at A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare. We will be looking at the relationships and personalities of the characters through modern day interpretations.
We will be ending the term by looking at Viking Myths, Stories of the Norse Gods and Goddesses retold by Thor Ewing and investigating the Nine Worlds.
Guided Reading - Empire Class will be reading the book Street Child by Berlie Doherty, and Ruben Class will be reading Journey to The River Sea by Eva Ibbotson.
Please talk to the children about their reading, and encourage them to write a book report for each book in order to grow their comprehension skills.
This term we will be focusing on converting different units of measure as well as building on the children's learning about angles and shape.
We expect that all children will challenge themselves in lessons by attempting reasoning and problem solving questions. This will enable children to develop their understanding o the Mathematical concepts being covered. Please ensure your child is confident with all their times tables.
In Term 4 and 5 we will be focusing on Living things and their Habitats.
During this term we will focus on the life cycle of a flowering plant, being able to describe the life processes and reproduction of other plants and some animals. We will also be researching if mammals, amphibians and plants reproduce in the same way. At the end of the term we will be creating a fact file on a famous Naturalist.
This term we will be discussing how significant it is for Christians to believe God intended Jesus to die. The children will be adding to their understanding of the Easter Story by learning the history of Easter as well as how people in other countries celebrate Easter.
This term the children will be learning the names of animals and how to pronounce them clearly and correctly. They will be learning singular and plural spellings and how to write simple sentences with the animals.
Topic and Art
Our main Topic this term is learning all about the Vikings. We will be discussing how they travelled around to different lands, how they invaded and settled in England. In Art, we will be developing how to organise line, tone and shape and the children will be able to identify and draw objects using marks and lines to produce texture.
This term we will be looking at the Viking Sagas. Learning to maintain a strong sense of pulse and recognise good timing.
This term we will be learning OAA (Outdoor Adventurous Activities) on a Thursday. This will help the children build their confidence with communication skills as well as beginning to show leadership qualities.
Please make sure all children come to school on a Thursday in FULL school PE kits. No sports shirts in the colour of their houses, they need to be plain t-shirts and they must come dressed suitable for the weather on the day. NO earrings to be worn in school at all that day please, unless the children are comfortable with removing them themselves, they should bring in a small pot to put them in in the their trays. We are not allowed to remove them for the children and they cannot take part if they cannot remove them by themselves.
This term we will be reflecting on different views of famous people in history. We will then research, discuss and debate topical issues, problems and events.
2020 to 2021
In Term 1 we will begin by reading The Song of the Dolphin Boy by Elizabeth Laird which links to our topic on Sustainability. Throughout this term we will be concentrating on punctuation, spelling, paragraphs and presentation.
During our Guided Reading sessions, the two classes will be reading different books. Empire will be reading The Girl of ink and Stars by Kieran Millwood and Ruben will be reading The Legend of Podkin One-ear by Kieran Larwood. The children will be focusing on understanding words in context as well as their meaning and learning new skills like; reading and retrieving information, skimming and scanning, summarising as well as using 'deeper thinking' questions to get the children asking questions or thinking more in-depth about the books they are reading.
In Maths, we will be focusing on Place Value with an emphasis on building up the children's confidence in all four of the main operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This will give us time to practice the Year 4 skills whilst introducing the Year 5 elements.
We expect that all children will challenge themselves in lessons by attempting reasoning and problem solving questions; this will enable them to develop their understanding of Mathematical concepts being covered.
Please help your child gain confidence with all of their timetables. They can use Times table Rockstars for practice.
In Science this Term we will be looking at Forces with the focus on gravity, friction as well as air and water resistance.
Our topic in RE this term will be the Buddha's teaching through the Eightfold Path: Right mindfulness, right effort, right livelihood, right speech, right action, right concentration and right understanding.
In Spanish this term the children will be focusing on greeting and introductions as well as learning numbers to 10 and how to say their school subjects.
Topic and Art will be linked this term to focus on Sustainability, looking at different renewable and non-renewable energies. We will also be considering whether we can continue to live the way we do and what we can do to make the UK sustainable. In Art we will be discussing whether fashion is sustainable.
In Music we will be looking at music as an art form.
In PE/Games this term we will be taking part in outdoor adventure activities, this will promote team work and communication to overcome problems.
In PSHE this term will will be reflecting on climate change. What is the impact and what can we do? We will also be focusing on wellbeing.
How you can support your child's learning:
Feel free to use the many helpful websites for practising Maths and literacy skills - some relevant links for Year 5 learning are at the bottom of our Class Page. All you need to do is click the subject area you want to work on to open up the options.
If they would like to do some extra work, it is preferable that you hear your child read a few times each week, as well as reading to them, to model expression. We would like to see the children logging how often they read in their contact books, feel free to add any notes to their books for us to see.
Days that the children have PE:
We will be having PE on Thursday and Friday, please come to school dressed in your PE kit which should be weather appropriate.
If you have any short queries, please write them in your child's contact book and ensure they know they need to let us see the note. Please sign their contact books at the end of each week, so we know you have seen them, these will be collected and checked everyday.
Thank you in advance from the whole of the Year 5 Team for your on-going support.
Handy, fun websites with extra learning:
If you want to get moving and learning at the same time, have a go at this on the BBC website:
Port Lympne Reserve have a great booklet for both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 children to complete. Use the link below to access your copy for a bit of informative fun about the animals they look after.
Year 3 to Year 6 – Read for 30 minutes a day.
Times table Work:
Year 4 - Go on Time table Rockstars for 20 minutes a day.
Year 5 Online Learning Opportunities
Click on the subject below to take you to the Online Learning:
To ensure the children are reaching their attainment, it is important that they are completing the following homework on a regular basis:
1. Read at least 20 mins at least 3 times a week and log this in your contact books. Regular reading builds on your vocabulary skills.
2. When you have finished reading, please write a book review as this will help with your comprehension skills.
3. Practise timetables as often as you can. Timetables are the basic Mathematical skill needed to support your learning.
4. Practise your spellings. Spellings are a key part of your writing. Poor spelling can make your work less cohesive.
Don't forget to access your Times tables Rockstar account (your account details are in your contact books). Will we be seeing your name at the top of the Year 5 leader board?