A very warm welcome to Spring 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.
‘Love one another as I have loved you.’
At Sacred Heart, Religious Education is at the core of the core curriculum, it is embedded in everything we do and say. As we approach Easter we will start by looking at the theme of 'Giving' and in particular 'The Poor and the Vulnerable' as Lent is a time to grow spiritually. This topic will encourage us to raise awareness of poverty and the affect it has on people's lives. We will live in the image of God as we recognise Christ’s voice in our area for those who need us most and research what Jesus did for people who were sick and poor before exploring how we can respond today to Christs’ actions.
Science - This half term our science focus is Chemistry. We will explore the world of Properties and Changes through practical activities and scientific enquiries to help us understand the differences between a variety of materials and how materials can be mixed and dissolved, and reversibly and irreversibly changed. Through looking at dissolving, separating mixtures, irreversible reactions, heating and cooling, and burning, the children will become chemists and the experts on the changes in materials.
Our Design Technology topic this half term is Food! Glorious Food. Our class will have the mouth-watering task of tasting a variety of different breads from around the world and thinking about how bread can contribute to a balanced diet before going on to design, make, evaluate (and, of course, eat!) our own breads.
In English, we will spend this half of the term focussing on developing the skills to link writing outcomes to a novel through diary entries, summaries and predictions. The children will have the opportunity to write a scene based on Oliver Twist, Romeo and Juliet and Macbeth which will then be developed into a short story or chapter for a novel with a historical setting. The children will continue to use all the grammar skills acquired so far this year to demonstrate their understanding and development of a theme. The second part of the half term will be dedicated to a different form of writing - Poetry. The children will use the real life tragedy of Charlotte Dymond and poem by Charles Causley to lead them to be able to write a narrative piece of poetry with an historical setting.
In Maths we will be start the half term by continuing our focus on Fractions. To succeed in this area the children will need to become skilled at:
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.
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.
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. P.E. this half term is Striking and Fielding and therefore will take place outdoors. Please ensure that your child has appropriate clothing such as track suit bottoms and jumpers to keep them warm during these cooler months for their P.E. lessons.
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,