Welcome to Year 5
Year 5 Newsletter March 2018
The children are now ready to make good progress and steadily move towards their time in Year Six.
During this Spring Term we will be using Crime and Punishment as our topic, which will link into our Geography and History and across our Foundation subjects where possible.
We will be looking at Properties and Changes of Materials this half term in Science. This will include knowing how to:
compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, solubility, transparency, conductivity (electrical and thermal), and response to magnets
know that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution
use knowledge of solids, liquids and gases to decide how mixtures might be separated, including through filtering, sieving and evaporating
give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials, including metals, wood and plastic
demonstrate that dissolving, mixing and changes of state are reversible changes
explain that some changes result in the formation of new materials, and that this kind of change is not usually reversible, including changes associated with burning and the action of acid on bicarbonate of soda.
During History lessons the National Curriculum requires that pupils can:
understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
On Wednesday afternoons the class will be taken by Mr Kelly and Mrs Hayward for PE and French. The first PE session of the week will be on a Wednesday afternoon with Mr Kelly and there will be a second PE session on Friday afternoons taken by myself. Please make sure that all PE kit is named and that your child has trainers for outdoor sessions. Mrs Hayward will be taking the children for French lessons on Wednesday afternoons following PE.
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 this term. It consolidates Mathematical methods and makes the learning and interaction more fun for the children at home. I intend to continue with this during the academic year. Please use this as often as possible. It will impact on the child's progress.
In English we will be looking at the story of Beowulf.
Opportunities to write will include:
Character description of Grendell and Beowulf
Letter home from Beowulf whilst he is on his travels
Different story openers
We will be creating our extended writing through our topic of 'Crime and Punishment' 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 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. Not all children are undertaking the school reading challenge, they 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 measurement and moving onto looking at shape.
We will ultimately be problem solving with the skills learnt.
In preparation for the topic of Fractions a little further into the academic year 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 notoriously difficult area of fractions.
As we enter the new half 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