Welcome back to Year 5
Welcome back for the summer term in Year 5! We hope you have all had an enjoyable and relaxing Easter break and are looking forward to a busy Summer term.
It has been a challenging year so far due to the Covid Pandemic but the children adapted well to ‘Lockdown Learning’. It is great to have all the children back in the class working with us and their peers. I will continue to post work onto Google Classroom in case any families need to self-isolate. Also, if children are finding the work in class challenging they may also do the additional work/lessons on Google Classroom as the learning objectives will complement the work in class. All children also have login details for Accelerated Reader, Mathletics, Espresso and Word Shark; please encourage your child to use these educational programs to consolidate and extend their learning in school.
We have staggered start and finish times to preserve bubbles and maintain social distancing across the school. Year 5 are expected to be in school between 8:30am and 8:45am. Please make sure your child arrives at school on time as we begin the day with early morning work to revisit prior learning and extend their learning. It is paramount children access all learning opportunities, therefore in the event of a child arriving late and missing the early morning work this will be sent home for them to complete in their own time. However, it is beneficial for the children to complete their early morning work in school as I explain any misconceptions, clarify and extend their learning, with the support from Mrs McConalogue.
What will learning look like in Year 5?
Reading is one of the most important skills we can teach children. It is important in allowing children to access the rest of the curriculum and an essential life skill in itself. Pupils have access to a wide range of reading materials and the school works in partnership with children and parents to foster a lifelong love of reading. Please listen to your child read daily and sign their reading record.
In Year 5 we have daily Book Talk sessions to teach reading. Ask your child to explain how the Reading Rainbow (see below) works. Children also have daily opportunities to read independently and to carry out Accelerated Reader quizzes to check their understanding of the texts they have read. I monitor the results and discuss them with the children. I also read a high order class book to model reading and explore new vocabulary. We are currently reading The London Eye Mystery.
Our current writing unit is focused on the short film and book called The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore. This is a narrative unit and the children use plot points and the writing rainbow to support their writing. There is a great emphasis on vocabulary and word sharing. We will also be covering non-fiction writing through cross-curricular learning e.g. an explanation text for the journey from the bean to the bar, as well as re-visiting poetry later in the summer term.
Grammar and punctuation will be taught through all English lessons. Children can also use Espresso to support them with any areas of word, sentence, text and punctuation they may find challenging.
Spelling rules will also be taught in class and will be tested via dictated sentences. Children can use Wordshark and Espresso to consolidate their learning of spelling patterns.
The 2014 National Curriculum will continue to be taught in year 5. Maths topics will continue to consist of; number and place value, fractions including decimals, multiplication and division, addition, subtraction and measurement. Problem solving will be taught regularly, encouraging deeper thinking and mastery in maths. This enables the children to have a great opportunity to engage in critical thinking by using reasoning to support their answers to Maths problems.
There will be times tables challenges included into our weekly lessons. We are currently learning about fractions so it is important children are confident with their times tables.
The children complete 10 mathematical calculations as part of their early morning work. These questions cover all topics of the mathematics curriculum to secure gaps and extend learning.
We have been learning about the journey from the bean to the bar. Children will understand the whole process the cocoa bean goes through to become a chocolate bar in our local shops. The children will learn to use maps, atlases, globes and digital/computer mapping to locate and identify the position and significance of latitude, longitude, Equator, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, Arctic and Antarctic Circle, the Prime/Greenwich Meridian and time zones (including day and night). We will be learning about Ancient Greece for the latter part of the summer term.
Spanish and Art/DT
In addition to the weekly Spanish lessons the children will be learning about a Spanish artist and architect in Art and D/T.
Religious Education and PSHE
In RE the children will be learning about Sikhism; What is the best way for a Sikh to show commitment to God? Followed by Christianity in the second part of the summer term; What is the best way for a Christian to show commitment to God? Miss Jermain is currently teaching the RE. Our PSHE teaching will continue be through Jigsaw.
- Please make sure all items of uniform are clearly named
- Please make sure any money sent into school is in a labelled envelope
- PE kit should be worn to school on PE days. This term it will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
- Reading – children in Year 5 are expected to read at home every day and Reading Records will be checked. Opportunities for pupils to read within school time will be given should they not be able to read at home.
- Homework will be set on Fridays and will be either hard copy or on Google Classroom.
- Children should have a named water bottle in school every day.
Our motto is:
Alta Pete – Aim High
“The primary aim of the school is to help each pupil reach his or her full potential so that they may develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge to take full advantage of the opportunities available in their future lives.”
Computing will follow National Curriculum requirements and be taught by Mrs Hart. The children also have an additional ICT slot to carry out cross-curricular research and/or use Accelerated Reader, Mathletics, Espresso and Word Shark to consolidate and extend their learning.
The children are learning about musical structure this term; Binary form, Ternary form, Sonata form and Rondo form.
- PE will be taught by Miss Plant (the PE Leader) on Wednesday or Thursday (weather permitting) and by Mr Bailey on Wednesday afternoons. Current regulations will be observed in the teaching of PE and Sport, especially when using equipment, and will primarily take place outdoors. At times, PE may be barefooted (in the hall) so if there is a medical reason your child cannot remove their shoes and socks could you please send in a letter informing us of this. PE kit should be worn to school on PE days. This term it will be on Wednesdays but could also be Thursdays. I will advise via Marvellous Me and inform the children of any changes.