A very warm welcome to Summer 1 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.
'Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.'
At Sacred Heart, Religious Education is at the core of the core curriculum, it is embedded in everything we do and say. As we start the new term we will start by looking at the theme of Eucharist and Relating which will help us to focus our mind this year's Year of the Eucharist celebrations. This topic will encourage us recognise the Consecration and realise that every time the Eucharist is celebrated in Mass we are keeping the memory of Jesus alive - it is a memorial of Jesus’ death and sacrifice on the cross and so makes it present and real.
Science - This half term our science focus is Life Cycles of plants and animals. In this biology focussed topic the children will discover the ways in which plants 'clone' themselves and reproduce asexually as well as consider the reasons why humans clone plants.We will build on our learning by finding out in detail about the functions of the parts of a flower, including how reproduction occurs through pollination and germination before dissecting and labelling the parts of a flower. To support our Geography topic (see below) the children will then move on to learning about the life cycles of animals living in a woodland environment, then consider ways in which the life cycles of animals in other environments around the world might differ before conducting research into a variety of environments, the animals that live in them and their life cycles.
Our Geography based topic this half term is Amazon Adventure. The children will be introduced to this exciting topic by firstly locating the Amazon Rainforest on a map and discussing how its location and position in relation to the equator has resulted in the most spectacular vegetation and wildlife in the world. We will focus our learning on the climate of the rainforest and the various layers of vegetation that can be found in the rainforest and the wildlife that live and thrive in each layer. As part of our human geography we will examine the tribes of people who live in the rainforest and who continue to live a traditional way of life. These are people who understand the rainforest and live in harmony with it. As the half term draws to a close we will research the works of the famous rainforest artist Henri Rousseau and replicate our own works of art based on his artwork.
In English, we will spend this half of the term focussing on developing the skills to link writing outcomes to stories from other cultures. The children will have the opportunity to write a scene based on our class novels The Great Kapok Tree and the Shaman's Apprentice by Lynne Cherry which will then be developed into a short story or chapter for a novel with a differing cultural setting to our own. 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 developing the skills seen through the power of debate. The children will be given and recap on the skills needed to be able to effectively put a point of view across to an audience by writing a persuasive speech and debate the deforestation of the rainforest.
In Maths we will be start the half term by shifting our focus to Number - Decimals and Percentages. 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
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 Orienteering 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,