Welcome to Year 5
Dear Year 5 children, parents and carers,
Welcome to Year 5 and the Autumn term. We are extremely pleased to be working with you this year and have planned an exciting and busy term. This letter briefly sets out the content of the curriculum and gives information about upcoming key dates and events.
Start and end of day
We would like to remind you that the school day begins at 9:05. It is important that all children are on time so that they do not miss the beginning of the first lesson. At the beginning of the day, your child needs to line up with their class teacher in the playground and your child must ensure that they always say goodbye to the teacher at the end of the day. In order to keep your child safe, teachers will only allow your child to go home with someone else if you have clearly given permission to your child’s teacher or the school office before 3pm.
In order to ensure that we are working closely with parents and carers, it is important that we keep communication open. If you have any questions or comments about any issue relating to your child’s education, please do not hesitate to come and see us in the playground or leave a message with the office. All teachers are in the playground before and after school on a daily basis. Our first parents’ evening will be on Thursday 1st November.
Online homework for Maths and English will be set on Wednesday, and should be completed by Monday morning. Please support your child with homework and let us know if there are any problems or queries. Homework will start next week (Wednesday 12th September); a letter will be sent to you with further details.
Guided Reading and spelling homework
All children will be given a guided reading book and reading record which they will be expected to bring into school every day. Your child will be set reading homework on a weekly basis depending on which day they read with their teacher. All children are encouraged to read aloud as regularly as possible at home, this can be to you, a sibling or other family members. Children will 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 they have been taught. They will then be tested on these spellings through dictations in class the following week. Please note that this will replace the spelling journals which have been sent home in previous years. Please sign the reading record to confirm you have seen the homework and your child has practised the weekly spellings.
In English we will study ‘The Adventures of Odysseus’ to understand and apply the style of a myth in narrative writing. The children will be writing recounts, describing settings, characters and atmosphere and integrating dialogue to convey character. Next, the children will study written explanations about the Battle of Marathon, children will learn how to adapt their writing style to inform and explain, whilst engaging the reader. Following this, the children will explore poetry and the works of Benjamin Zephaniah. Children will analyse his style and use of language and dialect. They will also develop their performance skills whilst reciting poems. We will be making as many links to other subjects as possible to allow the children to become more immersed in the topics for the term.
In maths, the children will be learning how to read and write and compare numbers to 1 000 000. They will make number patterns and round numbers to the nearest 10; 1000; 10 000 and 100 000. Then the children will move on to adding and subtracting within 1 000 000. They will learn about factors, multiples, prime numbers, square and cube numbers. Following this, the children will be multiplying and dividing by 10, 100, 1000, multiplying 3 digit numbers by 2 digit numbers, dividing 4 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers and exploring word problems. Towards the end of the term, the children will study graphs, including reading and interpreting tables and line graphs.Multiplying 10, 100 and 1000Counting On to AddCounting On to AddCounting On to AddCounting On to Add
The science themes will be ‘Materials’, which will incorporate investigative work. The children will be comparing and investigating the properties of everyday materials such as wood, plastic and metal and how they are used. They will be exploring how to separate mixtures and will also learn about reversible and irreversible processes.
During the first term, in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) the children will learn how to code using the software programme Raspberry Pi and in the second half of this term, the children will learn how to control the Sphero Orb robots using both visual and text-based coding language. These lessons will be taught by Mr Lynch.
Our history topic this term is Ancient Greece. We will study many aspects of Ancient Greece including looking at everyday life, what Ancient Greece was like for women, the battle of Marathon, theatre and festivals, the legacy of Ancient Greece and key figures from the period. We will be visiting the British Museum to consolidate our learning.
This half term, we will be visiting Ufton Court, a Tudor mansion in Berkshire. This will be a three day and two night residential trip. The trip has been a huge success in previous years, and both the children and teachers have a marvellous time! We will send out more details next week.
This half term, the children will learn vocabulary that they might use were they to go on holiday, for example explaining where they’re staying and how long they’re staying for. This unit gives children the chance to develop their grammar skills by learning about the perfect-past tense. Next half term, the children will learn vocabulary and conversations linked with eating out and buying food. They will learn how to order food and drinks in cafés, as well as how to ask for a table in a restaurant.
Over the course of this term, your child will receive Physical Education (PE) in games and gymnastics taught by our PE teachers, Ms Wilson and Mr Wood. The focus in games will be on developing effective team work through OAA (Outdoor and Adventurous Activities). They will work individually and in small groups to solve problems, working both cooperatively and competitively, with an emphasis on the qualities required to make an effective team. In gymnastics the children will be building on previously taught skills exploring a variety of movements working individually and as part of a group.
Please ensure that your child has appropriate kit including footwear (trainers) for both of these sessions. If the children have PE during period 1 or 2 the children can come to school in their kit; bringing their usual uniform with them to change into after the lesson. When the children have PE period 4 they can go home in their PE kits.
PE will take place on the following days:
|Class||Indoor PE - Gymnastics||
Outdoor PE - Games
|5S||Tuesday (period 3-morning)||Wednesday (period 4- afternoon)|
|5CW||Tuesday (period 2-morning)||Friday (period 4- afternoon)|
|5D||Tuesday (period 1-morning)||Wednesday (period 4 - afternoon)|
|5AL||Tuesday (period 4- afternoon)||Friday (period 1- morning)|
Art and DT
Both Ms Green and Ms Allan will be teaching art this year. The children will be learning about the Japanese contemporary artist Chiharu Shiota and making observational drawing studies of shoes that hold a memory. After half term, the children will be designing and sculpting 3D clay shoes. After half term, the children will be making musical instruments in Design and Technology (DT). We will be asking the children to bring in materials such as small and medium sized cardboard containers (cereal or shoe boxes). We will send out more details nearer the time.
In music lessons with Ms Hughes this year, the children will be exploring classical music in relation to the BBC ten pieces. This term, this will be ‘The Hall of the Mountain King’ and ‘The Nutcracker’. The children will also gain an understanding of how to read simple scores and use their knowledge to compose their own additions to musical pieces. Children are allowed to bring in musical instruments they are learning to use during their music lesson.
Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE)
We have a new and improved PSCHE programme for this year and in the autumn term the theme is: ‘Understanding our feelings’. A range of feelings (e.g. happy, sad, brave, afraid, angry, calm, generous, selfish) will be explored through storybooks, poetry, roleplay and discussion activities. We will be developing children’s language to describe different feelings, how an emotion may feel in our bodies and how our feelings can link to our actions. We will also be participating in Anti-Bullying week in November and this year the theme is ‘Choose respect’.
The children will also have a weekly Circle Time session. This is a structured class discussion which helps children to understand and support each other. The children have been introduced to Sage, the Circle Time puppet, and will be sharing their ideas about a range of themes, for example: saying good things about ourselves, cooperating with others in work and play, learning from mistakes, knowing what to do if anyone is being hurt, trying to be fair, how to show we are sorry, what makes us all special.
This half term, the children will have Religious Education (RE). The focus will be on beliefs and practices of the Islamic faith.
If any parent or carer has skills or knowledge that relates to any of our curriculum areas, we would welcome the opportunity to invite you into the classroom to share your knowledge. Do please let us know if you can help.
We encourage the children to bring in a healthy snack for break time. This should consist of fruit (fresh or dried), vegetables or a small savoury sandwich. It is also advisable that the children bring in a bottle of water on a daily basis, labelled with their name.
10th September: Year 5 Parent/carer meeting at 3:45pm in 5D at Webb’s and 5AL at Meteor (information will be on the website if you can’t attend)
5th November: 5D and 5AL visit the British Museum (details to follow)
23rd November: 5S and 5CW visit the British Museum (details to follow)
15th – 17th October 2018: 5D and 5S will be going to Ufton Court residential
17th – 19th October 2018: 5CW and 5AL will be going to Ufton Court residential
Maths and English Booster and Challenge classes will be held on a Thursday this term, a letter will be sent out where relevant.
Secondary Transfer Meeting:
Next week, Thursday 13th September, the school will be holding a Secondary Transfer Meeting at Webb’s Road.
Starting promptly at 7:00 pm in the middle hall, there will be a short presentation to explain the process, give some useful advice from previous years and to answer any questions you may have about choosing the right secondary school for your child.
From 7.00 pm onwards in the lower hall there will be a ‘schools fair’ where representatives from local schools (independent and state) will set up stands and be available to talk to you, share prospectuses and answer any school-specific questions you may have. They will also be available after the presentation. Year 5 as well as Year 6 parents and carers are welcome as some parents like to visit school open days in Year 5 and again in Year 6 to help them make their decisions.
We hope you find this information useful in supporting your child at home.
Many thanks for your continued support,
Emma Dewey India Symington Caroline Wells Fiona Allan and Siobhan Lindsay
(5D, Year Leader) (5S) (5CW) (5AL)
Download the Year 5 presentation