Welcome to Year 5!
(2022 - 2023)
Welcome back to school Year 5! Ready for the rest of Autumn term and the run up to Advent. We have lots of exciting things going on this half term; including a yoga day, a visitor from the Archives, a visit to church and Christmas celebrations.
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 - key vocabulary will be displayed around the classroom for each subject so that we can keep referring to it.
Each guided reading group will be spending one guided reading lesson a week focusing on new vocabulary and the meaning of these words.
In Autumn 2, we will begin the half term looking at playscripts. We will be focusing on Macbeth. We will be writing our own playscripts as well as performing them to our peers.
We will then move on to learning about Narrative poetry, we will begin this unit by reading The Ballad of Charlotte Dymond and then reading Lochinvar. The children will then create their own narrative poem based on Macbeth.
Throughout this unit we will:
- infer character's thoughts and feelings
- performing our own writing – playscripts and poetry
- looking at similes and other poetic techniques
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
- 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 four times 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 and we will have spelling tests each week.
We will also be incorporating grammar lessons into our English lessons, as well as a separate SPaG session where we will practise previous learning.
For Autumn 2, we will begin by carrying on our learning about addition and subtraction. We have focused on mental strategies and formal methods of addition and subtraction, we will now look at how to solve problems using our previous learning.
We will then be focusing on multiplication and division; we will learn lots of new vocabulary such as multiples, factors, square numbers and prime numbers. This is to prepare us for the formal methods of multiplication and division that we will look at after Christmas.
We will finish the half term looking at fractions, we will be learning about equivalent fractions, ordering and comparing fractions. We will use our addition and subtraction learning and applying this to fractions.
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 would be really useful if children continue to use TTRS and Numbots; this will ensure they are recapping previous learning and practising mental strategies. If children are confident with mental strategies they are more likely to be able to answer arithmetic questions quickly and confidently.
It is really important that children become confident with telling the time in Year 5, I will be doing lots of practising of this from the start of the year - if you can practise this at home it would be brilliant! Even just starting with the very basics of quarter past, half past, quarter to and o'clock.
At Sacred Heart, RE is at the core of the core curriculum, it is embedded in everything we do and say.We will start the half term by continuing our learning about Stewardship; we will look at good and poor examples of Stewardship and think about how our behaviour impacts the world around us.
We will then move onto learning about God's Covenants. We will look at the covenants God made with Noah, Abraham and Moses. We will then look at the New Covenant that God has made with us.
At the beginning of the half term, we will continue with our learning about Living Things And Their Habitats focusing on the reproduction of plants.
We will then move onto learning about the human life cycle, we will be learning about how we change from babies to adults. We will look at the emotional and physical changes that will happen during puberty.
Geography– United Kingdom
During Autumn 2, we will be learning about the country we live in. We will begin by learning about the Equator, Tropic of Capricorn and tropic of Cancer. We will then learn about longitude, latitude and time zones. We will use this knowledge to explain where we are in the world.
Towards the end of the half term, we will learn about the human and physical geography we can see in our local area.
Design and Technology - Textiles
During Design and Technology, we will design, make and evaluate a product. We will be creating a water bottle holder for an explorer in the UK.
As we are focusing on textiles, the children will learn how to:
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). Please ensure children are in appropriate clothing because we will be outside for PE if the weather is dry.
On a Thursday morning, Mrs Bragg will be teaching you. You will be doing computing and in Autumn 2, you will be looking communication – you will look at Semaphore Code and Morse Code and relate this to how computers communicate.
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.
Our second unit is focused on instruments, we will be focusing on Jazz and Swing music..
We will learn to:
- identify and move to a pulse.
- compare two songs in the same style and discuss similarities and differences.
- listen carefully to other people's thoughts about the music.
PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education)
This half term is dedicated to "Be Friendly, Be Wise." We are going to start by looking at how to communicate appropriately with others whether in person or online. We will look at cyberbullying as part of this. We will also look at first aid and how to deal with somebody who has been injured.
General class information
- Miss Bickerdyke is the full-time class teacher.
- Miss Crowther is the full-time class TA.
- Mrs Bragg is in class on a Thursday all day.
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 an email to the school office or make an appointment in the school office.
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 in the school office.