Class Teachers: Mrs Magee
LSA: Mrs Cross & Miss Ikhlaq
Please read below for all the fun and exciting topics we will be learning this half term. If you have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to ask one of the Year 5 team.
SeeSaw will be our main way of letting you know about our day-to-day activites and also any updates, homework and key messages will also be shared on our class SeeSaw page.
Key Messages and Reminders
Reading at home
We appreciate that it is not always possible to read every night with your child but we do ask that you make every effort to read at least 5 times per week. Every time your child reads, they will receive a raffle ticket to be in with a chance of winning a prize at the end of the half term.
Reading at home doesn’t always mean their school reading books, it could be anything from a newspaper, magazine, kindle books to instructions of a board game!
Please ensure that your child brings a water bottle into school every day and that it is clearly named. Children keep their bottles at their desk to help them stay hydrated throughout the day.
Year 5 and 6 homework policy:
· Read 5 times a week and bring their reading book into school on their reading day.
· Weekly spellings followed by a spelling quiz in class.
· Play TTRockstars twice a week.
· Weekly Seesaw tasks relating to any area of the curriculum as a pre or post teaching activity. For example, an activity relating to learning in Arts, Humanities, R.E, Spanish, Science and Wellbeing. The tasks will vary each week.
Homework will be set on a Friday via SeeSaw and is due in the following Friday.
Maths - Place Value
The children will start this half term by studying place value. They the cover Roman numerals, reading and writing numbers to 1,000,000, ordering and comparing numbers to 1,000,000 and rounding numbers. Please support your child by encouraging them to play the links to games we put on seesaw as place value, along side times table knowledge, is the foundation of Maths knowledge and will help your child become a success Mathematician.
English - Kensuke's Kingdom - Michael Morpurgo
This half term we will do all our reading and writing based on Kensuke's Kingdom.
"Michael is hungry, lonely and scared when he is washed up on a seemingly deserted island. He soon discovers another inhabitant - Kensuke, a former Japanese soldier - who, although initially unfriendly, provides Michael with food and water. Gradually, a strong bond develops between the two castaways."
In Science this year, we will revisit and learn new themes each week.
Biology – Animals inc humans
Changes as humans develop to old age mentally and physically.
Differences in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird.
Living things have changed over time and that fossils provide information about living things that inhabited the Earth millions of years ago.
Chemistry – investigating materials
Everyday materials and their properties
The conductivity of materials
Physics – in physics we will study elements of
Forces & Magnetism
Earth & Space
Our P.E days are Mondays and Thursdays. Please ensure that your children bring a PE kit in to school to change in to on these days. Your children need to come to school in full school uniform.
RE - Pentecost. What happened next?
This half term we will be exploring and discussing different ideas and themes represented in the story of Pentecost and how its impact has been felt in the years afterwards.
Geography - Why do some people destroy the rainforests?
We will be learning about all things rainforests - the animals the layers, its climate and weather and where in the world we are. We will build on our knowledge of human and physical features and processes as well as improving our locational knowledge.
History - The Vikings, traded, raided and settled but did they rule?
In History we will learn all about the Vikings - how they constantly disrupted the Anglo-Saxons, their way of life, their myths and legends, how and when England became England and the famous battle of 1066!
Art - Bridget Riley - Op Art
In Art we will be looking at the work of Bridget Riley. She is famous for a style of painting known as Op Art, a type of abstract art that uses geometric shapes and patterns, often in black and white. The works use optical illusions and will sometimes trick your eye into thinking that they are moving, bulging or flashing. Some of the paintings can even make you feel slightly dizzy when you look at them.
Design Technology - Pencil Cases
Children will work through a process of market research, designing, customer research, redesigning, making and evaluating. They will improve on their sewing technique from last year and produce a working pencil case.
‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart,’