Welcome to Year 5.
Mr Harverson is the class teacher for year five. Now we are getting nearer to the top of the school we have lots of work to do this year but it will also be plenty of fun.
Our Spring Term topic is called Amazonia and we are setting off to explore the Amazon. There will be lots about living things and their habitats - how we classify living things and describe their life cycles. Computing lessons will help us designing databases for sorting things too.
Following on from this, we will be completing a unit on evolution and inheritance.
RE lessons will be based on the life of Moses; PSHE will be about our dreams and goals and our health.
Look forward to seeing how we use colour to represent the rainforest in our art lessons.
As ever, we are always looking to increase our awareness of internet safety and thinking before sharing online is just as important as thinking before speaking out loud.
Our PE days are Monday and Thursday. We will be outside on Thursdays with Mr North, our sports specialist, where we will be learning the skills of invasion games such as football and hockey.
Full kits are needed on both days with long hair tied back and no jewellery. Trainers and tracksuits can be worn for outside PE during the colder weather. Any colour, any style is fine.
The Curriculum Map gives a more detailed picture of the areas we will cover during the course of the year.
In addition to the homework tasks already sent home, the essential daily work at home should be to do with reading, spelling and times tables. Reading out loud and listening to reading out loud and then talking about the reading has many, many benefits.
Spelling work at home will reinforce what your child has been learning at school. There is also a strong need by now to be fluent with all times tables up to 12 x 12 so any catch-up work at home will ensure that your child is able to keep up to date with the year five curriculum for maths.
As the homework tasks are completed, children can bring them in to sticky into their homework books. They can be completed in any order and returned for the teacher to look at, at any time.
Spellings are personalised for each child and they will bring home a set of 10 'tricky' words to practise. As they begin to learn their spelling, we are asking you to test them on a regular basis and tick each word that they spell correctly. We ask that children spell each word correctly on 10 separate occasions. Once they have done this, the spelling is likely to be in their long-term memory. Please then sign off each word until the entire sheet is completed and they can bring it in for a sticker and a new sheet.
Please keep practising the multiplication tables with your child from 0 to 12. It is vital that they start to know these times tables by heart and swiftly in order to succeed in many aspects of the Maths curriculum.
Also please continue to encourage your child to read regularly at home each week and take the time to ask them some questions about what they have read.