A very warm welcome to Year 5 and Rowan Class. I am very much looking forward to working with and getting to know each of your wonderful children over the course of the year and 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 the 'Dignity of the Human Being' in which we will recognise that each and every person in this world is unique and irreplaceable. As the above quote form St Augustine tell us, we are all equal in the eyes of God and we are loved equally by Him. The children will use this knowledge to then analyse the gifts that they have been given by God and judge how they can best use those gifts for the good of others.
This will lead us seamlessly into the new theme of Stewardship of Creation. Within this theme, the children will recognise that as Christians, we believe that every human being is created in the image of God and has the special gift and challenge of sharing in God’s creation. We ourselves are part of creation, and are dependent upon it: we are made aware that caring for creation is part of caring for ourselves.
'Then God said: “And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds, and all animals, domestic and wild, large and small." (Gen 1:26)
Science lessons this half term will be devoted to the stages of growth and development in humans. Here the children will learn about life cycle of humans starting with gestation, how young children grow and develop, the changes that occur as we move into adulthood as well as discovering about the changing needs of humans during old age. The children will take part in lots of exciting hands on activities as each lesson contains challenging questions to prompt discussion and detailed scientific diagrams.
Our Geography topic this half term is 'A Kingdom United" This topic really encourages the children to develop their locational knowledge to name and locate counties and cities of the United Kingdom. We will use our knowledge of physical and human characteristics of the geography of the UK to describe and understand key aspects of physical geography, including rivers, mountains and human geography, including: types of settlement and land use, economic activity including trade links, and the distribution of natural resources including energy, food, minerals and water.
In English, we will spend the first half of the term learning all about some of the legends of the British Isles. Our intended outcome here is to plan and write a legend of our own based on a model and to tell our stories to an audience. The legend that we will be using as our model is the Welsh legend of 'Gelert' We will use Talk For Write techniques to enable the children to learn and recite the legend by heart which can then be adopted and adapted to create legends of our very own! The second part of the half term will see our focus remaining on The British Isles but with our key learning based on persuasion. The class will have the opportunity to write a persuasive Film/TV broadcast about a country within the British Isles and present their writing as a formal presentation which includes modal verbs, the use of appropriate grammar and vocabulary and persuasive devices including images, words and phrases.
In Maths we will be start the half term by really focussing on and embedding our skills in number and place value. The children will
develop the skills to read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1,000,000 and determine the value of each digit, count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1000000 and interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers including through zero. Once the children have mastered this huge area we will then move on to addition and subtraction focusing on adding and subtracting whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods and how to use rounding to check answers to calculations and determine levels of accuracy. We will then use these skills and apply them to solve addition and subtraction multi-step problems. We will finish the half term by turning our attention to statistics and will be solving comparison, sum and difference problems using information presented in a line graph and complete, read and interpret information in tables including timetables.
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,