Welcome to Year 5
Year 5 Newsletter May 2017
This term will see the children progress confidently towards their time in Year Six.
During this Spring Term we will be using The Mayans as our topic, which will link into our Geography and History and across our Foundation subjects where possible.
We will be looking at 'Earth and Space' this half term in Science. This will include knowing how to:
describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system
describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth
describe the Sun, Earth and Moon as approximately spherical bodies
use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.
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.
On Thursday afternoons the class will be taken by myself or Mrs Hayward for French/Spelling. The first PE session of the week will be on a Tuesday morning with Mr Hall and there will be a second PE session on Wednesday afternoons with Mr Kelly and Mrs Hayward. 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 RE 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' is really proving a useful tool for homework and general practise of what we have been doing in class and across the year for consolidation of Mathematical methods. Please continue to use this as often as possible. It is having an impact on the children's progress.
In English we will be completing the work associated with 'The Wolves in the Walls', paying particular attention to working towards writing a diary entry from the perspective of the main character. We will be creating our extended writing through our topic of 'The Mayans' giving the children lots of creative and interesting information for them to improve their spelling and grammar through research and analysis of new grammatical challenges. These two elements of writing during the term will fit snugly together ensuring every opportunity for cross-curricular writing.
As always, please continue to read regularly with your child as this really helps their comprehension skills and improves their understanding of English Grammar. 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 towards the end of this year and also towards their personal preparation regarding the reading test at the end of Year Six.
This is so very important!
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 completing the properties of shape and moving on to Statistics. Please encourage your child to keep well rehearsed with the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and fractions work learnt so that we can use these skills towards the application of problem-solving in the areas of Maths we still need to explore.
Notoriously, children can find the concept of Fractions difficult especially in word problems. To help with this you can support your child by using a great supporting website:
This uses the Singapore Bar Model to help your child understand and unpick problems in a logical and systematic way.
The children are now ready to push towards meeting the requirements of their age group and they are such a lovely group of children that I feel we should all be celebrating their achievements both academically and socially. I am very proud of them.
As we enter the new term I appreciate your continued support and encourage you to continue 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, as has been the case over the last term. The 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 equip them with a passion for their future time in Year Six and High School.
Mr. S. Hewson