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Rowan Class - Year Five (Miss Bickerdyke)

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Home learning - Spring term

 Welcome to Rowan Class!
(2019 - 2020)



Welcome back to Year 5!

I hope you all had a lovely half term and are ready to learn lots more this half term! 



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.

If you are reporting absence or an appointment please can you ring the office rather than message on Class Dojo.


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 2 Fridge Words - 


Amazon Basin,










In Spring 1, we will be focusing on stories from other cultures - we will be reading The Great Kapok Tree which is a story set in the Amazon Basin. 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 be creating our own story set in the Amazon Rainforest and we will then be looking at arguments for and against the way of life of the people who live in the rainforest.

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 The Great Kapok Tree.




We will be continuing our learning about fractions, we will be focusing on fractions up until Easter. We have already started to look at how to add and subtract fractions, this will continue over the half term. We will then move onto finding fractions of amounts and problem solving with this knowledge.


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:



At the beginning of the half term, we will be learning about giving and how we can give to help others. 


We will then learn about Lent and the Easter story. We will be thinking about what Jesus gave to help others and what that sacrifice means for us today.


Luke 6:38 "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."



Topic - Amazon Adventures


This half term our topic is Amazon Adventures. We will be learning about the Amazon Basin:

Geography - The location of the Amazon Basin, the layers of the rainforest, the climate of the rainforest and we will make comparisons to the UK.

Art - We will be studying Henri Rousseau's paintings - firstly we will evaluate them, then we will learn shading and colour mixing skills before creating our own Henri Rousseau inspired painting.

Science - Living Things and their habitats, we will be looking at the life cycle of a variety of animals and how it differs in different species. We will then move onto looking at the life cycle of different plants.




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



We are going to carry on using our search engine knowledge to create a range of multimedia that shows our learning.

We are going to create:

- a class website

- a class blog

- a podcast

- an iMovie.



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.