Welcome to Year 5’s class page!
We have had a fantastic start to Year 5. All of the children have settled in nicely to their new classrooms and are excited about starting their new topics! We have already discussed our Golden Rules and have introduced our new topics in Science, History and Geography. All of the children have made a great start adapting to the challenges in Year 5.
We will be celebrating the ‘Year of the Word’ where children will be given the opportunity to ‘Prepare to Hear the Word’, ‘Hear and Encounter the Word’ and ‘Respond to the Word’. Children will explore the many forms of prayer and the reasons we pray. An emphasis will be placed on further developing our spiritual well-being through the use of Catholic meditation as another form of prayer.
We will also be focusing on the topics, ‘In the Beginning’ and ‘From Advent to Christmas’ during the Autumn term. Within these lessons, children will learn about the significance of Psalms as a form of prayer in both Christian and Jewish liturgies. The children will continue to plan and take part in the deliverance of Collective Acts of Worship and weekly Hymn Singing sessions.
In English, we will begin by reading, ‘Cloud Tea Monkeys’. Children will explore the setting of the text and the character’s struggle when overcoming difficult circumstances. Our text links to our geography topic of ‘Fair Trade’ and the children will be take part in narrative writing opportunities and drama. We will also be reading the text, ‘Journey to Jo’burg’ during Black History Week to ensure the children build an understanding of stories set in different cultures and the relevance of learning about influential individuals, past and present. In the second half of the autumn term, we will be focussing on extracts from ‘Oliver Twist’. This will be taught in conjunction with our history topic, ‘A Victorian Christmas’ and children will work on their skills of writing recounts, story writing and explanation texts.
In maths, we are learning how to recognise the value of numbers up to one million and adding and subtracting numbers with up to two decimal places. Throughout the term, we will be incorporating the key basic skills of mathematics, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. The children will be building on their maths knowledge from Lower Key Stage 2, and we will continue to encourage the children to be proficient in their times tables and mental arithmetic, as these are vital in many aspects of mathematical problems.
We will begin Year 5 with the topic of ‘Fair Trade’ in geography. To embed this topic, we have chosen our English text, which has themes of Fair Trade in order for the children to explore this topic within a narrative context. The children will gain an understanding of where Fairtrade products are grown, the importance of Fair Trade and investigating whether Fair Trade is fair.
This term children will be learning about the Victorian era, particularly ‘A Victorian Christmas’. We will explore life this time, as well as working conditions for children and the lifestyle people led, comparing it to the present day. Our English text extracts from ‘Oliver Twist’ and our school trip to the V&A museum will aid in providing a rich and diverse learning experience for the children.
In science, children will be encouraged to ‘take charge’ of their learning by confirming what they already know about their given topic and, more importantly, what it is they would like to find out. The information they want to find out will then determine the structure of the subsequent lessons and practical investigations.
During this half-term, Year 5 will be covering the topic ‘Animals Including Humans’ by exploring ways in which we can keep our bodies fit and healthy as we get older. In doing so, we will find answers to the following questions through research, practical investigation and data collection:
• Does our heart beat change as we get older?
• How can we take care of our heart?
• When I get older, will my bones be weaker?
• How does our eyesight and hearing change as we get older?
• Why do people get sick as they get older even if they have a healthy diet and lifestyle?
• How do our emotions and tears affect our health as we get older?
Our next topic will then be ‘Properties and Changes of Materials – Mixtures and Filtration’. There will be a focus on: grouping materials on the basis of their properties, using knowledge on the states of matter to predict the outcome of chemical reactions, and recognising that reactions can be reversible and irreversible.
We encourage all children to demonstrate a high standard of behaviour at all times in order to create a safe, respectful and happy learning environment.
Each class has participated in the process of making a set of ‘Golden Rules.’ The children have agreed to follow the rules as they understand that this will help their learning.
Respecting each other and all members of staff is expected and reflects the ethos of our school.
The children are required to listen carefully and to develop their self-control and concentration in class and in the playground.
Working together with parents and guardians plays a big part in establishing good relationships and standards of behaviour.
Homework: A detailed homework timetable has been given out accompanied by a homework diary that is to be checked and signed each week by parents. Homework diaries will be checked by teachers every Friday morning,
- Spellings and grammar activities
- Times Tables
- English (Reading & Writing)
Homework not handed in on the due date will result in a demerit and recorded in homework diaries by class teacher, as well as on our new online school rewards system ‘Epraise’.
Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to term ahead!
‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’