Welcome to Year 5
We hope you have all had a lovely summer holiday and are feeling refreshed ready for a new school year. The children have enjoyed their first few days in school and we all have got back into the swing of waking up early and being prepared for the day! For your information, Miss Leslie will be teaching the children Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with Miss Coggins taking over on Thursdays and Fridays. Mrs Collier is the Year 5 teaching assistant on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Miss Sharples is the Year 5 teaching assistant on a Thursday. We hope you find this newsletter helpful in informing you of what your children will be learning about this term.
Autumn Term 2019
In our English sessions this term, we will start by looking at ‘The Giant’s Necklace’, a short story by Michael Morpurgo. We will be focusing on developing reading skills, using drama to understand character and writing newspaper reports from the events in the story. From there, the children will be learning about and writing our own Viking Saga’s linked to our History unit of Vikings. The children will be exploring descriptive vocabulary, writing poems, short stories and after half term will be writing non-fiction reports linked to the same topic.
This term in Maths the children will:
· Read, write and order numbers to 1,000,000 and determine the value of each digit.
· Explore number patterns using these numbers
· Round numbers
· Develop their ability to add/subtract larger numbers using written methods.
· Develop their ability to multiply and divide up to and including 3 and 4 digit numbers
· Work on maths investigations applying their learning
· Be tested on their times tables knowledge weekly
Our first topic this term is ‘Vikings’. The children will be finding out thing such as:
· Why the Vikings came to Britain
· How they travelled
· Where they raided and why
· Where the Vikings settled
· How they lived when they settled in Britain
· What the lives of Viking Women were like.
In Science the children will be learning about materials and their properties, building on previous learning from Year 3 and 4. They will be considering how we separate materials, how changes can be reversible and irreversible, planning and carrying out fair tests and developing their scientific understanding through enquiry based investigations.
Miss Coggins will be teaching RE this year and will be starting with Sikhism and looking at their sacred text, and how it is used in different ceremonies
This term your child will be having PE on a Monday and a Wednesday. They will need the correct PE kit which is a red t shirt with school badge, black shorts and a black track suit, trainers are essential. Please make sure these are in at the start of the week.
Miss Coggins will be teaching the children computing and this will involve the children programming, controlling as well as safe and responsible use of the internet amongst other things. It will prepare the children well for what they will need to be able to do when they reach their secondary education.
Spring – The National Space Centre, Leicester – Details to follow Church visit and a possible visit to a different place of worship. Summer- Rectory Farm river study (Free)
The children will have a weekly English or Topic based homework, which will be set on a Friday and due in on a Wednesday. They will then have 5 Mathletics pieces of homework online which will also be set on a Friday and to be completed by the following Wednesday. It is expected that the children spend about 30mins on each homework task. Spellings will be set and tested on a Wednesday.
The children are expected to continue reading and we would ask that they write in their reading records when they have done so. If they read 3x weekly or more, they will be given house points-the more they read-the more points they earn. The reading records will be checked on a Monday.
The children will be expected to continue working on their times tables throughout the year. This may for some weeks form part of the maths homework. We will establish which times tables children need to work on early in the term and then set them targets to achieve a certain set of times tables half termly. The school website offers many games to help consolidate tables and we can give sheets to support rehearsal of tables if useful.
We are available in the morning for short messages such as if somebody else will be collecting your child.
If there is anything else you would like to discuss we are around after school.
Please email/ call the office if there are any messages throughout the day. 01280 813066
Behaviour & Rewards
In Year 5 we will continue to have rewards for the children to earn through good behaviour. Along with the house points, we are currently reviewing a brand new celebration system with the children, which will focus on effort, improvement and achievement. More news on this to follow! The class will decide on their own rewards for when they work together well as a class. These will then build towards a class treat as and when the rewards are accrued.
We are always looking for parents to come in and listen to readers each week or support the learning of individuals. Also please let us know if you have any hidden talents which you can share with us, such as: cooking, art or maths.
Please send your child in each day with a named water bottle. We would appreciate your support in encouraging your children to bring in bags which are a suitable size for the lockers. Please make sure all items of clothing are named. It would also be beneficial if pencil cases could be small enough to fit in children’s trays!
Year 5 Class Timetable
Click here to download class timetable.
Times Tables Practise
Click here to times tables games for you to practise.
Times Tables Practise Sheets
Click on the links below to download the times tables sheets we currently use in class:
Below are some reminders about what you should do to keep safe on line:
- Always tell an adult if you are using the internet and what you are using it for.
- Never talk to anybody you don’t know.
- Don’t give out any information about you (name, age, address, school) even to people you know.
- If something pops up on screen, don’t close the screen, tell an adult.
- If you get a mean message or email, ignore it and tell an adult so they can delete it.
- Don’t go on to websites you are told not to.
Click here to link to the CEOP website.