A very warm welcome to Autumn 2 in Year 5. As alway, we have a very busy yet fun-packed half term planned for us all. Attached below is a summary of the subject focuses we will be looking this half term.
‘God loves each of us as if there was only one of us.’ (St Augustine)
At Sacred Heart, Religious Education is at the core of the core curriculum, it is embedded in everything we do and say. We will start the half term by looking at the theme of God’s call to people in the Old Testament. Within this theme we will explore the Covenants made between God and His chosen people such as Noah Moses and Abraham and ways in which He continues to guide and challenge us in our everyday lives.
'I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.' (Genesis 9:15)
As Christmas approaches we will turn our attention to scripture showing how people of God waited for the Messiah, and how Christians today hope to welcome Christ at Christmas and at the second coming. This will lead us to explore the joy and challenge of giving and receiving in relationships.
Science - This half term will see us take a trip to outer space in our 'Earth and Space' topic. With the assistance of plenty of fun, hands on investigations, the children will become experts on the Earth, Sun and Moon, finding out facts like how big each one is, how far away from each other they are, how their relationship to each other creates night, day and different time zones, and much more.
Our Art and Music topic this half term is 'Earthlings' This topic really encourages the children to get their hand dirty as we design and make and hang our very own solar system. Each child will make a planet of their choice using paper mache and plenty of paint. If you wish to protect your child's uniform, please send into school an apron or old shirt and I will ensure that they are wearing these during the relevant lessons. Watch this space for plenty of photographs as our classroom transforms into a whole new universe. In music we will be composing our own sound effects for the science fiction genre which we will rehearse and perform for other children in school.
In English, we will spend this half of the term focussing on the Science Fiction genre with the intended outcome of being able to write a science fiction story of our very own for an audience. By drawing on some wonderful resources and texts such 'Beauty and the Beast' for personification and 'Time Spinner' by Roy Apps and everybody's favourite E.T, the children will develop their SPaG skills to create expanded noun phrases to convey complicated information, add parenthesis to sentences and blend action and dialogue to create some wonderful stories
In Maths we will be start the half term by really focussing on number in terms of multiplication and division. To be successful in this crucial area the children will be required to multiply and divide numbers mentally drawing upon known facts. Multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one or two digit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for 2 digit numbers. Divide numbers up to 4 digits by a one digit number using the formal written method of short division and interpret remainders appropriately for the context. And finally, solve problems involving addition and subtraction, multiplication and division and a combination of these, including understanding the use of the equals sign. Please encourage your children to practise their timetables at home as this will greatly assist them not just in this area but in all areas of mathematics. As we approach Christmas we shall shift our focus to area and perimeter when we will measure and calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes in cm and m alongside with, calculating and comparing the area of rectangles including using standard units, cm2, m2 estimate the area of irregular shapes.
I will set further MyMaths homework tasks that should compliment what they children have been learning in class that week. I understand that some may not have access to MyMaths at home and so I will give the children time to complete these activities during school time. We have discovered a free app you can download which will allow you to access MyMaths on an iPad so if you use an iPad at home then download Puffin Academy App from the App store and MyMaths (and other educational programmes) will work through that.
If you are unsure about what to do to get on MyMaths then here is the web link
Homework is an important part of children’s learning and, therefore, I will be ensuring that all children complete the tasks set. Any child who does not complete homework tasks will be made to complete them during dinnertimes at Homework Club.
As Upper Key Stage 2, the children in Rowan Class will be expected to read continuously throughout the week and have their reading records signed by parents at least THREE times per week. This is to ensure that the excellent reading standards remain high and to enthuse and encourage the children to read as much and as wide a variety of literature as possible!
Please make sure you (or any other adult who hears your child read) signs the reading record so that we can keep track of how often the children are reading outside of school. If the children do not read at home then they will read to an adult during Monday dinnertime at Homework Club.
P.E is an important part of the curriculum and, therefore, it is necessary that children have their P.E kits in school at all times. Children who do not have P.E kits will have to participate in recording and helping other children during P.E lessons. Please ensure your child has their P.E kit on these days (or leave it in school during the week) so that your child may benefit fully from our P.E lessons. Our P.E lessons this half term will place on a Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure that your child has the correct equipment in school on that day.
If you do have any queries or issues you would like to raise with me then please do not hesitate to speak to me after school or, alternatively, you can arrange a meeting with me, through Mrs Thompson at the Office, if you would like to discuss anything in more detail.
Many thanks for your continued support,