Dear Parents/ Carers,
As we approach the final sixth of the school year, we are grateful – as ever - for your children’s hard work and your support.
Year 5 children begin the term by completing their study of New Kid by Jerry Craft. This will be followed by a unit based upon Troofriend by Kirsty Applebaum: this science-fiction novel explores the concepts of artificial intelligence and friendship. A gripping text, it will provide a stimulus for a newspaper report, an advertisement for a commercial humanoid and an informal letter (set after the novel’s climax). To conclude the year, children will have a narrative unit culminating in them writing their own choice of story to be read/ performed to peers. Before they write, children will look at different sources of inspiration for stories, including images, short films and real-life experience.
This half term, children will look at Area and Perimeter, finding the area and perimeter of both regular and irregular shapes, before moving on to Volume. Once we have completed the mathematics curriculum, we will consolidate areas that will be beneficial and, where appropriate, provide opportunities for children to attain mastery in certain topics. This will include revisiting formal methods of calculations, fractions, percentages, geometry and problem solving.
Science – Classification and Life Cycles
Following on from our recent life cycle work, we will move on to studying the life cycle of humans, considering how we change. In addition, children will reflect on the life cycles of the butterflies and stick insects in our classrooms.
Geography – The Amazon and Rainforests
In Geography, the children will be learning about the Amazon. They will study and learn key geographical features and that human geographical features, such as farming and industry, can have an impact on the surrounding area. We will also study the global and local impact of deforestation.
PSHCE and RSE
You will have already received a letter on the content of our RSE teaching in Summer 2. In addition, children will investigate the concept of citizenship.
In Summer 2, children will be exploring the musical works of Shostakovich and learning how to compose music with sounds that reflect justice and protest. Children will learn how to listen and understand music, compose, notate and record their own ideas and perform in small ensembles. In addition, children will learn about the composer, his life and create information leaflets about him.
Next half term, we will focus on net games, including tennis, badminton and volleyball (including the Paralympic version of the sport). We will be building upon fundamental movement skills of agility, balance and coordination, applying these in a broad range of collaborative and modified competitive games.
In dance, using the stimulus of secret agents (such as James Bond a.k.a. 007), children will create solo, group and class dances that they are able to share and comment upon. The children will have an opportunity to work on solo, duet and group creations.
French – On Holiday
During this half term, pupils will continue to learn the vocabulary needed to describe holidays. They will learn vocabulary associated with expressing duration as well as other holiday activities (for example, zoos, beaches and theme parks).
In Summer 2, children will be creating a virtual work and their own video game using Kodu.
English (spag.com - fortnightly) and maths (mathletics.com - weekly) homework will both be set on Wednesdays and should be completed by the following Monday.
Children will continue to be given a list of spellings in their Reading Records each week. They should practise spelling these words at home, using a range of strategies (as shown in the Reading Records). They will then be tested on these spellings through dictations in class in the following week.
In the Reading Record, the children can record and complete their reading homework as well as using it to record their independent reading both at home and at school (in the Wider Reading section). We will note your child’s reading targets for that half term in the record and comment on their reading and comprehension skills every two weeks. We recommend that all children spend at least 30 minutes each day reading independently at home to improve fluency, vocabulary and confidence.
Children will need to bring their Reading Record to school with them every day. Please sign the record each week, as this is an essential form of parent/teacher communication to show that your child has practised their spellings and that you have seen their reading homework.
Mobile Phones and Smart Watches
Some children are given mobile phones to let their parents know they have arrived/left school when they go home alone. All phones should be switched off when they come onto site and given to their teacher at the start of the day.
We strongly recommend that your child has a simple, cheap phone for this as expensive smartphones can unfortunately make them a target for street robberies.
Children should not be bringing smart watches to school for any reason and will be asked to hand these in if they do bring them.
Healthy Eating at Playtime
Children can bring in a healthy snack to eat during break time. They are allowed to bring a piece of fresh or dried fruit or vegetable, or a small savoury sandwich (no crisps, biscuits, sweets, yogurts, cakes etc. please) – teachers will monitor these snacks to make sure they are suitable. There should be no foods containing nuts brought into school.
All children need to bring a small, labelled bottle of plain water to drink throughout the day and take it home each night to be washed. They can re-fill this bottle from the water stations in school during the day.
Communication between Home and School
In Year 5, many children start to come to school by themselves. If you would like your child to go home alone, please give written permission to your child’s class teacher.
At the end of the school day, your child must always say goodbye to their teacher before leaving the school premises.
In order to keep your child safe, teachers will only allow your child to go home with someone else provided you have clearly given advance permission to your child’s teacher or the school office. It is important for your child’s safety that the school has two accurate contact numbers in case of an emergency but also for us to be able to contact you and discuss what is happening in school. Please ensure that home and any mobile contact numbers that have been sent into school are correct and current.
We will work in close partnership with families to ensure your child’s time at school is successful – if you have any queries concerning your child’s education or welfare, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher on the playground or through the office and we will be glad to discuss any queries with you.
Year 5 Team