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Rowan Class - Year Five (Miss Bickerdyke)

 Welcome to Rowan Class!
(2019 - 2020)



Welcome back to Year 5!
I hope you've had a lovely half term spent with family and friends! I hope you are ready for lots of learning and exciting things in the run up to Christmas.



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.

Class Dojo also allows parents to comment on their child’s progress, what their child is particularly enjoying in class and to inform us of upcoming events that could be discussed in school in preparation.


This year we will having a big push on vocabulary in all subject area. We will be spending one Guided Reading lesson a week focusing on new vocabulary and the meaning of these words. 

 I will be sending home "Fridge words." These are words that the children will come across in our learning and it would be useful for you to look at these to check understanding.


Autumn 2 Fridge Words - Earth, Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Spherical, Solar System, rotates, star, orbits, planets, axis



In our second half term, we will be learning about Science Fiction, we will be looking at this genre of writing through a number of different texts; ET, Timespinner, Aquila and The Fun They Had. This ties in with our topic Earthlings and our science learning about Earth and Space. We will be using the "Talk for Write" approach, we will be learning lots of new vocabulary, making predictions based on the text, infering details about the characters and justifying our own opinions. We will then create our own Science Fiction story from this learning.

During Guided Reading and in story time we are going to read Timespinner - Roy Apps . We are going to be focusing on vocabulary and reading comprehension, we will be doing a comprehension session each week. We will be reading a range of poetry, fiction and non-fiction texts and answering questions about the characters, events and the setting. We will be focusing on making inferences about the characters thoughts and feelings. 

We will be doing 2 spellings sessions a week, 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 writing our own Science Fiction story.




At the beginning of the half term, we will be focusing on statistics, we will look at how to interpret data in tables, two way tables and line graphs.


We will then move onto multiplication and division, we will start by looking at multiples, factors, prime numbers, square numbers and cube numbers. We will then begin looking at formal methods for multiplication.


We will also do a week on measurement where we will be calculating perimeter and area of a range of shapes.


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. 


It is really important that children are confident with their times tables and can recall multiplication and division facts quickly. The children can practise this in a range of ways at home - orally, writing it down, using Times Table Rockstars or using other websites to play maths games:



This half term, we will be learning about God's Covenant. We will be looking at God's Covenant with Noah, Abramham and his new covenant with us. We will be thinking about how we live out God's new covenant.

Towards the end of the half term, we will be learning about Advent and why it is an important time of waiting before Christmas,


 2 Samuel 7:28 Sovereign Lord, you are God! Your covenant is trustworthy, and you have promised these good things to your servant.






Science and Topic - Earthlings

This half term our topic is Earthlings, we will be learning about Earth and Space.

Science - We will be learning about the Solar System, how the planets orbit the Sun and how the moon orbits the Earth. We will be learning about how this creates day and night.


DT - We will be creating our own paper mache planets.


Art - We will be looking at art by Peter Thorpe and imitating it using pastels.



PE will take place every Thursday afternoon, please ensure children have their PE kits in school and they are clearly labelled.



This half term we are going to be using Scratch to code. The children will be learning about inputs and outputs on laptops, iPads and in every day life. The children will then plan their own game, create it, present it to their class and then they will have a go at each other's games.

We will be now looking at more complex programs on Scratch - we will be adding scores and lives into our games. We will also link our computing learning to our topic learning by creating a model of the Solar System.



The children will be learning French on a Wednesday afternoon 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.


General class information


  • Reading is one of the most important skills we teach our children, whether it is a non-fiction text to help them research, a set of instructions to help them make something or reading a fiction to improve their imagination and provide them with amazing vocabulary. To become a fluent reader, your child needs to take on many skills and continue to practice these throughout their lives. Some are specific skills which can be taught, others relate to atitudes, and these they will gain from the adults around them.  We ask therefore that you read with your child at least 3 times a week and it can be recorded in a reading/homework diary that we will send home.


  • Toast is available for snack but children must bring £1 at the beginning of the week and they will get a slice of toast each day. Children can bring cereal bars, fruit or veg from home for a snack too. Water will be available throughout the day, children can bring their own bottle but it must be labelled. Bagels are also available each day for breakfast, to allow each child to start the day ready to learn.
  • Homework is sent home at the beginning of each half term and they have until the last week to complete it.


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.