Welcome to Year 5
Year 5 Newsletter September 2017
I hope that you have all had a fabulous Summer break and the children are suitably refreshed and ready to push their academic progress on. Your child will be entering a positive and nurturing classroom environment. I believe that happy children learn best and will strive to ensure that your child has a positive experience in Year 5. Your child will learn that rules and boundaries are there to put them in a position to learn and to ensure the consistent learning of all children in my care.
During this Autumn Term we will be using The Victorians as our topic, which will link into our Geography and History and across our Foundation subjects where possible.
We will be looking at 'Forces' this half term 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.
During Geography lessons the National Curriculum requires that pupils can:
Extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area to include the United Kingdom and Europe, North and South America. This will include the location and characteristics of a range of the world’s most significant human and physical features. They should develop their use of geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to enhance their locational and place knowledge.
In addition we will be studying the Geography of the Victorian Empire and understanding the continents that these Countries were spead over.
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 practise of what we had been doing in class last year. It consolidatates Mathematical methods and makes the learning and interaction more fun for the children at home. I intend to continue with this this academic year. Please use this as often as possible. It will impact on the children's progress.
In English we will be using the text of King Kong to learn about several different genres of writing.
Opportunities to write will include:
Setting description of Skull Island
Setting description of New York
Postcard home from Anne
King Kong’s feelings
Persuasive letter from Carl Denham
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 afore mentioned varying genres.
These opportunities form an interesting and varied list of exciting opportunites to write 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. Also, and I will be looking for the children to undertake 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 starting with place value before we move onto Roman Numerals and start to look at the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).
The children will be learning to:
read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit
count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1 000 000
interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through zero
round any number up to 1 000 000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000
solve number problems and practical problems that involve all of the above
read Roman numerals to 1000 (M) and recognise years written in Roman numerals.
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.
I am really looking forward to meeting the children and getting to know them. I will, of course, meet you all very soon.
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