Welcome to Year 5
Year 5 Newsletter Autumn Term
Welcome to your time with me here in Year 5. I hope that you have had a good summer break and that the children are ready for some hard work and fun in their learning during their time with me. Your child will learn very quickly that I am firm but fair and will consistently be this way with them. I am looking forward to meeting you all properly over the coming days and weeks.
Our topic for this term will be the Victorians and we will be studying History and Geography through this until Christmas. Our studies will look at the Geography of the British Empire during the reign of Queen Victoria and, in History, the lives of the Victorians along with the incredible amount of advances that were made during Victoria's reign.
We will be looking at Forces in Science. This will include knowing how to:
Explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object.
Identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces.
Recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.
In RE our religion is Christianity and the Big Question we are exploring is - Where is God in some of the Old Testament stories? We will look at different Old Testament stories and link this with some modern settings to encourage the children to develop their points of view.
There will be two PE sessions in each week so the children will require PE kit to cater for both indoor and outdoor activities. One session will be on a Tuesday afternoon and the other is to be finalised.
The homework will continue to be sent out on a Wednesday and due in on the following Monday. Mrs. Watkins and I will be running a homework club on a Thursday lunchtime when children can choose to do their homework in school time. It is extremely important that children continue to practise their tables and read regularly. The 'My Maths' has proved a really useful tool for homework and general practice of what we had been doing in class over the last three years. It consolidates Mathematical methods and makes the learning and interaction more fun for the children at home. I intend to continue with this during this academic year. Please use this as often as possible. It will impact on your child's progress.
In English, we will be looking at the story of King Kong. Opportunities to write include:
Newspaper report on the capturing of Kong.
An alternative Ending to King Kong
We will be creating our extended writing through our topic of 'The Victorians' giving the children lots of creative and interesting information for them to improve their Spelling, Grammar and text construction through research and analysis of the topic and the previously mentioned varying genres.
These opportunities form an interesting and varied list and I will endeavour to keep writing opportunities as interesting as possible.
As always, please continue to read regularly with your child as this really helps their comprehension skills and improves their understanding of English Grammar and spelling patterns. I would stress to parents of our class to discuss anything the children have read in any one session with them at home to improve their comprehension skills. This has to be a focus for us moving forward through the year and also towards their personal preparation regarding the reading test at the end of Year Six. Reading helps massively with the children's writing. The reading challenge will continue this year. The children need to get their reading record signed by parents each time they read at home. The children will progress through a series of certificates for reading enough and I fully expect this to impact on their achievement in Literacy.
If you can find the time please read with your child and ask them the meaning of the text they have read. The children need to find evidence for their reasoning within the text.
Spellings that come home will come from the Year Five National Curriculum requirements.
In Maths this half term we will be looking at Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Statistics, Multiplication and Division and Perimeter and Area.
We will ultimately be problem-solving with the skills learnt.
In preparation for the end of year tests here is a signpost to a useful tool for you at home.
This uses the Singapore Bar Model to help your child understand and unpick problems in a logical and systematic way. You may wish to have a play with this before we get to the second half of the term.
As we enter the new term I would appreciate your support and encourage you to speak to me directly should there be anything to discuss. Please feel free to speak to me at the beginning or end of the day so that I can deal with any issues that you may have as quickly as possible. This makes for good communication and relations between us all and keeps things positive and forward moving throughout the year. Good communication between myself (as a teacher) and yourselves (as parents) leads to your children being in the frame of mind where they are ready to learn.
As always, I will strive to keep your children happy at school, encourage a love of learning and to equip them with a passion for their future time in Year Six and High School.
Mr. S. Hewson
Autumn Term 2018