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Rowan Class - Year Five (Miss Bickerdyke)

 Welcome to Rowan Class!
(2019 - 2020)



Welcome back to Year 5!

Happy New Year! 
I hope you all had a lovely break over the Christmas holidays and spent time doing things you enjoy and relaxing.

We have an exciting half term coming up with a Drone Workshop booked and our class trip to Eureka!



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.


Spring 1 Fridge Words - 


Mechanisms – cams, levers, pulleys



Air resistance

Water resistance



In Spring 1, we will be focusing on a novel for the whole half term. The novel we are looking at is: Fantastic Frankie and The Brain Drain Machine, this ties in with our topic Inventors and Inventions. 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. 

During Guided Reading we are going to be focusing on how to answer comprehension questions in the style of SATS papers. We will be looking at a short text each week; 1 lesson focusing on the understanding of the text and the vocabulary and the other lesson focusing on how to answer questions.

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 Fantastic Frankie and The Brain Drain Machine.




At the beginning of the half term, we on how to use will be carrying on our multiplication and division learning from before Christmas. We will be focusing on how to use formal methods to divide 4 digits by 1 and 2 digit numbers. We will then apply these methods to problem solving situations.


We will then move onto fractions, we will be focusing on fraction up until Easter - we will be looking at converting fractions and adding and subtracting fractions this half term.


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 belonging and life choices - we will be looking at marriage and what it means for catholics and why it is an important part of life.

 We will then move onto learning about reconcilliation and confession, why it is important to admit to yourself when you have done something wrong and how to ask for forgiveness or support from God.


Ephesians 4:2-3: “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."



Topic - Inventors and Inventions


This half term our topic is Inventors and Inventions. We will be learning about the Islamic Golden Age of Baghdad.

Geography - Baghdad's location and comparing it to Preston.

History - Baghdad in 900AD and which inventors were around at the time and what they created.

D&T - creating a toy with mechanisms (gears, pulleys and levers)

Science - Forces (friction, air resistance and mechanisms).




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 looking at how to use search engines effectively when researching on a laptop or iPad. We will then use this knowledge to research inventors and inventions and eventually we will create our own webpage with this information.

On week 3, we will have a drone workshop too!



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.