Welcome to Year 5!
(2020 - 2021)
Welcome back to Year 5!
I hope you have had a lovely break and have enjoyed time off with your family celebrating Christmas and the New Year.
We have 6 weeks of exciting learning before February half term!
I would like to make sure you all feel comfortable about coming into school (and, for parents, sending your children into school). As a school, we have worked incredibly hard to ensure all the government advice and guidelines have been followed in order for us to re-open as safely and normally as possible.
We will be continuing to use Class Dojo this year, I will be using it to reward positive behaviours such as helping others, persistence and an amazing piece of learning. I will also share learning from the children and photographs of what the children are doing in class.
If you are need to speak to me or pass any messages on, then you can email or ring the office and they will pass the message on. I can then contact you if necessary.
This year we will having a big push on vocabulary in all subject areas.
Each guided reading group will be spending one guided reading lesson a week focusing on new vocabulary and the meaning of these words.
In Spring 1, we will be focusing on The Legend of Gelert. We will be using the "Talk for Write" approach, we will begin by learning lots of new vocabulary and using dictionaries and thesaurus', making predictions based on the text, infering details about the characters and justifying our own opinions. We will be creating our own legend based on The Legend of Gelert, the children will choose their own faithful companion and precious treasure replacing the dog and the baby in the story.
Later in the half term, they will be learning about playscripts and writing their own, we will look at Macbeth and Oliver Twist to do this.
Through this unit we will continute to recap some of the Year 4 objectives that children may have missed due to the closure of school and I will introduce Year 5 objectives alongside.
During Guided Reading we are going to be focusing on a variation of different texts (fiction, non-fiction and poetry), each child is in a small guided reading group and each week they will:
- pre-read a text and answer questions about the text.
- read with an adult and discuss the text
- look at the vocabulary in the text and discuss meanings
- answer comprehension questions independently
- complete a follow up activity based on the book - it could be a prediction or a summary for example.
We will be doing a short spellings session each day, where the children are learning, practising and applying the new words. During these sessions, the children will be focusing on Year 5 words and spelling rules. I will also be sending home weekly spellings, these may come from rules taught in Year 3 and 4 also, we will have spelling tests weekly.
We will also be incorporating grammar lessons into our English when we are learning about The Legend of Gelert.
For Spring 1, we will begin by continuing our unit on multiplication and division. We will then move onto measuring perimeter and area of rectilinear shapes. We will then revisit multiplication and division and look at the formal written methods for each.
For children to be successful with multiplication and division methods, they need to be able to recall their times tables; any practise you can do with this at home would be useful - starting with 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 10x and 11x, once the children can recall these quickly move on to 6x, 7x, 8x, 9x and 12x. You could practise orally, writing it down, maths games and using Times Table Rockstars.
We will do this learning through practical, concrete and abstract learning, where the children will use a range of objects, mental strategies, jottings and formal written methods.
The objectives we will look at are:
Perimeter and area
- Measure/calculate the perimeter of composite rectilinear shapes.
- Calculate and compare the area of rectangle, use standard units square centimetres (cm2) and square metres (m2) and estimate the area of irregular shapes.
Multiplication and division
- Multiply/divide whole numbers and decimals by 10, 100 and 1000.
- Multiply numbers up to 4 digits by a one- or two-digit number using a formal written method, including long multiplication for two-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
At Sacred Heart, RE is at the core of the core curriculum, it is embedded in everything we do and say. This half term in Year 5 we will be exploring the Sacrament of Marriage and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
We will learn about what the Sacrament of Marriage is and how the ceremony is carried out, then we will move on to learning about the Sacrament of Reconciliation and why somebody may ask for forgiveness and why we may need God's help with this. We will also discuss times when it is easy to have faith in God and times when we find it more difficult.
This half term we are learning about Forces in Action. We will learn about the impact of gravity, friction, air resistance and water resistance. We will conduct lots of practical investigations and draw conclusions from these. Towards the end of the half term we will look at how mechanisms such as pulleys, levers and gears can create a larger force and make something easier.
History - Anglo-Saxons settlement in Britain.
This half term we will be learning about how and why the Anglo Saxons settled in Britain.
First we will look at why the Romans left Britain and what happened between the Romans leaving and the Anglo Saxons arriving. We will learn about their lifestyle; we will look at their kingdoms, their art and their culture. We will learn about how the Anglo-Saxons impacted the religion in Britain.
Art - Stephen Wiltshire.
Stephen Wiltshire is a British artist who focuses on drawing landscapes. We will be building up our drawing skills through the half term by looking at how to make an object appear 3D using cross hatching and stippling. We will then look at perspective and where objects appear in relation to one another, we will be putting objects in foreground, middle ground and background.
By the end of the half term, we will have created a sketch of our school building.
On Wednesday 6th January - we are having an online art workshop with cartoonist James Parsons!
PE will take place every Friday afternoon, therefore on a Friday children will wear their PE kit all day (plain red t-shirt, black shorts and black PE pumps/trainers).
This half term we will be artists, we are going to learn how to create tesselating patterns using Inkscape. We will then look at how to create repeating patterns using Scratch.
The children will be learning French on a Thursday morning with Mrs Bragg, they will be following Language Angels. This ensures that the children have lots of repetition and oral teaching of the French language before then applying this into discussions with peers and then written sentences.
The children will be learning Music on a Thursday morning with Mrs Bragg, they will be following Charanga. The children will be singing and playing rhythm games.
PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education)
This half term is dedicated to "Daring to be Different." We are going to learn about how to share our opinion with our peers and how to react appropriately if you disagree. We will learn about peer pressure and how this can be positive or negative.
Towards the end of the half term, we will link this peer pressure learning to our the online world and the internet.
General class information
If you have any queries or want to chat about your child’s progress, feel free to catch me after school on the playground, send me a message on Class Dojo or make an appointment with Mrs Thompson in the school office.