Welcome to Year 5!
In Year 5 we have two classes - Ruben and Empire Class:
Class Teacher: Mrs J Jordan
Teaching Assistants: Mrs V Spice (am)
Key Worker: Mrs J Jabarkhel
Class Teachers: Mrs S Wade
Teaching Assistants: Mrs M Robertson (am)
Tuesday (Every other week) - PPA Time all day
Mrs D McLeish - Empire Class
Mrs L Ingram - Ruben Class
Mrs J Jordan will be out every other Monday for her NQT day.
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We are very excited to be able to introduce our new book to the Year 5 children. They will be reading 'The Adventures of a Girl called Bicycle' by Christina Uss. This text links nicely to our Topic on North America. By the end of the term the children would have produced diary entries, written their own postcards and letters using well-chosen detail and vocabulary to draw the reader in.
New Term 3 spellings will be sent home in contact books first Friday back. Please go through their spellings on a regular basis along with other vocabulary that you can find on the spelling list further down this page.
Please continue to read with your children (at least 20 minutes, 3 times a week) and get them to complete a book review at the end to enhance and grow their comprehension skills. Thank you for your continued support with this.
This term in Maths the children will cover key skills to help them:-
1) Read and interpret graphs (line, timetables, bar graphs) - This will link with our Topic work on North America giving the children a refresher and the confidence to be able to complete tasks. They will also get the chance to plot graphs from given data.
2) Fractions - We will be building on the knowledge of fractions by teaching them to recognise mixed numbers and improper fractions allowing them to convert from one to the other and back again. As well as, Comparing and ordering fractions whose denominators are all multiples of the same numbers.
3) Measures - The children will be learning about volume and capacity along with being able to convert between different units of metric measures (e.g km/m; cm/m; g/kg; l/ml).
Topic and Art
This term during our Topic lessons, we will be focusing on Geography and looking at the 23 countries that make up North America. The children will also be discussing the different climate zones, geographical features and gathering information on the capital cities. This will allow them to compare the locations they are learning about.
During Art this term, the children will be researching the work of Kehinde Wiley with the view to replicating their style of art.
This term we will be focusing on Earth and Space. The children will be discussing, exploring and explaining the solar system in detail. Understanding what other planets are like which will allow the children to produce a class booklet that will be on display in our classrooms. They will also be producing a persuasive letter they will be writing to the Pope as if they were Galileo fighting to be released from house arrest. This means they will have to understand why he was put under house arrest by learning how he challenged the belief of a former astronomer and religious man Copernicus. Our end piece of written work will be to produce a newspaper article all about the first landing on the Moon.
This term the children will be working with Mrs Ingram on recapping numbers and colours.
This term the children will be adding to their knowledge on the Islam faith they were introduced to in Year 3. The key learning will look at the best way for a Muslim to show commitment to their God, Allah.
This term we will be looking at playin' the blues where the children will get the chance to perform, listen, review and evaluate music.
During our indoor PE session the children will be completing both Gymnastics and Fitness sessions with Mr Crouch from PASS.
In our outdoor PE sessions the children will be building on their basketball skills, focusing on ball handling, team spirit ending the term with a few mini matches.
This term we will be looking how to set up and create spreadsheets and databases using Purple Mash.
This term we will be reflecting on mutual respect and tolerance of others who have different faiths and beliefs alongside diversity. We will also focus on healthy lifestyles including the benefits of exercise and healthy eating.
This Term in English we will be reading The Curse of the Maya (A truth-seekers' story) by Johnny Pearce and Andy Loneragan, the gripping tale of twin twelve year old's, Verity and Ethan, who travel to Guatemala with their father. We will be concentrating on paragraphs, correct tense, sentence starters, punctuation, using a thesaurus for alternative word choices and developing characters through action, description and dialogue.
Our English text will link closely to out topic on the Maya, where we will be discussing who the Maya were? How the Maya number and alphabet systems work? How to select and collect historical information?; and lastly, how Maya history differs from British history?
In Maths this term we will be focusing on multiplication, common factors, prime, squared and cubed numbers, moving on to working out the perimeter and area on objects and shapes. Here are a few examples of the different methods we will be using:-
Children are expected to read for 20 minutes most days; regularly practise their times tables to develop their Maths skills and complete the homework menu for the Term (see attached for Term 1). There is an expectation that children do a minimum of 3 activities, however if they would like to complete more then they are more than welcome. The tasks are designed to allow the children to continue to enjoy the classroom learning at home. We hope this will lead to the children finding pleasure in homework rather than it being a battle for them to complete it.
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?
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.
We have two trips to look forward to, Kent Life and Maidstone Museum, and some dressing up throughout the year.
In Term 1 we will begin by reading The Song of the Dophin Boy by Elzabeth Laird and linking this to our topic on Sustainability. What is renewable energy and how can we make a difference? This will also link to Science where we will be looking at forces.
In Maths we will be starting the term by building on our knowledge of place value and Roman numerals before moving on to addition and subtraction. Please ensure you continue to practise your timetables, as knowing all of them will help secure your understanding in all areas of Mathematics. It is also advised that you read regularly in order to build on your vocabulary.
Let our journey begin ....