Welcome to Year 5 everyone!
Our Year 5 team are looking forward to a year of excellent learning, great fun and outstanding
achievement for all!
Mrs. Patterson (Blenheim) & Miss Springate (Windsor)
Miss Reid & Mrs. Jack
Welcome back for Term 4 - well done for working so hard during Term 3 to keep up with your learning.
We know that we will face many more challenges this term but we know that you will continue to work hard to move
forward with your learning both in school and at home.
Term 4 Curriculum
Our English lessons are very much based around our Extraordinary Egyptians topic.
We will start the term by using an animation about an explorer called Tadeo Jones to write an adventure story. We will be learning about techniques to create tension and suspense in our writing as well as practising our punctuation and grammar skills. This will include the use of DADWAVERS! for starting sentences and adverbials to link ideas within our paragraphs.
Following that, we will be developing our research skills to investigate the discovery of the boy pharaoh Tutankhamun's tomb by the archaeologist Howard Carter in the 1920s. Using his own journal and other sources as inspiration, we will write our own version of his account of the discovery of a lifetime!
As we complete Term 4, we will be working on a variety of short writing pieces based on our novel study, 'Secrets of a Sun King' to consolidate all that we have learned this term.
In Year 5, we will be reading and discussing books and other texts daily
and children should ensure their reading books and reading contact books are
also in school every day.
We ask that all children, even confident readers who prefer to read to
themselves, are heard read aloud at home as often as possible.
This does not have to be their school reading book, but anything they enjoy
(eg. newspapers, TV guides, leaflets, magazines).
It would be helpful if adults could write a comment in their Reading Contact books too.
Children will need to show their reading choices and response to what they have
read regularly in their Reading Contact books and will be given ideas for
how to do this in class.
In addition, we encourage the children to review what they have read and to make recommendations to their classes in our Book Club threads on Edmodo. We look forward to seeing where their reading has taken them!
In Term 4, our novel study will be 'Secrets of a Sun King’ by Emma Carroll
which is set in the early 1920s and is full of twists, turns, sinister discoveries, hidden tombs, firm friends and deadly curses.
It tells the story of Lillian Kaye who finds a mysterious package on her
grandfather’s doorstep which holds the key to a story about an Egyptian king
whose tomb archaeologists are desperately searching for.
As well as practising the year 3 and 4 statutory spellings and introducing the year 5 and 6 statutory spellings, we investigate the year 5 spelling curriculum using a variety of resources and strategies including Spelling Shed, which the children can access at home. We also encourage children to note down words they have found tricky to spell in their own writing to practise at home too.
This term, our lists will include :
In term 4, we will start by continuing to use the White Rose Scheme on Fractions. Then we will be looking at place value, tenths and hundredths and place value of decimals. We continue to work on securing our knowledge of our times tables, including knowing all the inverse division facts, as well as reviewing other key skills in arithmetic work.
Later in the term, we will be working on Statistics based around Census day on
Did you know that a census is not new? Indeed the Ancient Egyptians, for example, used census information to help them build the pyramids and to give out land following the annual flooding of the Nile! Find out more about the history of the census in our country using the website link on our History websites page.
As children often learn different mental and written methods for number work to those you may have learned or use now, please ask your child’s class teacher if you would like to discuss how best to help them at home. We will aim to give examples of relevant methods with any homework we send home too.
Multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12 will continue to be practised and assessed in weekly tests. Please keep practising at home. We will give ideas for activities as well as the Times Tables Rock Stars website which the children have already used in previous years.
Life and Death in Ancient Egypt
Our topic focus in Term 4 is on the lives of the Ancient Egyptians, building on and linking to our work on modern day Egypt last term and is based around the key question 'How did religion affect the people of Ancient Egypt?'. We will learn about gods and goddesses, religious beliefs, pyramids+/tombs and explore a range of artefacts and sources. The children will learn about life and death in Ancient Egypt and will get the chance to mummify their very own pharaoh! The topic links closely to art and English with the children creating their own clay shabtis and creating wall painting images in the diptych style of the
modern artist Andy Warhol.
Our Science work this term continues to focus on Forces.
We will be using our knowledge of forces from last term to carry out investigations
to explore scientific questions linked to forces including air resistance and friction.
In term 4, both our P.E. sessions on a Tuesday afternoon will be outdoors as
we develop our hockey and tennis skills. It is imperative that children all have adequate warm clothing to keep themselves warm – tracksuit bottoms and a sweatshirt/jumper – as well as suitable trainers or plimsolls. They are able to
wear appropriate hats and gloves to keep the heat in however scarves are not to
be worn for health and safety reasons.
Homework is now set on Edmodo (www.edmodo.com) and children have received
a class code to enable them to become a member. If they are unable to access the website or have any difficulties, please let us know so we can help or give them an alternative copy.
Every Thursday afternoon, homework will be posted on Edmodo class pages for children to complete and upload by the following Wednesday.
- Every day they should also aim to be reading aloud at home and reflecting on what they have read in their Reading Contact book. This can also include books read digitally on Epic where a log is also kept of what they read.
- Regular practice of spellings (using Spelling Shed or alternatives) and times tables (using Times Tables Rock Stars) is also expected. These will be tested weekly.
- In addition, there will be weekly tasks to be completed based on our curriculum. Most weeks, this will be Maths and English.
Please encourage children not to leave their homework to the last minute!
If they need any help, be sure to message or get them to ask their teacher in class in plenty of time to upload by Wednesday. If possible, try to get into a routine with a specific time / day / place to complete homework each week.
Other Website Links
Message us on Edmodo if you've forgotten the school password.
A wide variety of games and links to other sites for all subjects and topics - just search for what you want!
Practise your French or learn a new language - Miss Springate practises her Italian using Duolingo!
The School Run
A very useful website to help parents help their children.