Mrs Patterson (Blenheim) & Miss Magog (Windsor)
Miss Reid, Mrs Nolan & Mrs Bomers
Welcome to upper school! We are looking forward to a year of excellent learning, great fun and outstanding achievement for all. In Year 5, you will embed all of the knowledge you have learnt in lower Key Stage 2 and start the preparations for transition to secondary school. You will gain a greater independence and confidence from being given more responsibility in your learning because Year 5 is very much about encouraging independence in preparation for bigger things to come.
'The Time Slip Scarab' tells the story of how Emily is magically transported back in time to Ancient Egypt. You will be writing your own portal story where the main character travels back in time.
In the animation, 'Treasure', Esther, a homeless woman, is searching through a junkyard. She passes by objects of possible use and worth in favour of things broken or old, until she finds just the right treasure. Your first person diary will describe the old lady's day.
Your final writing project will be an online Travel Guide to Egypt - our geography topic for term 1. Your travel writing will inform and inspire your readers to take a trip to Egypt - the oldest tourist destination on Earth!
We would encourage all children to read widely and frequently, outside as well as in school, for pleasure and information. 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.
Our daily reading lessons focus on the key areas which the children need to know and understand in order to improve their reading comprehension skills. We call these skills VIPERS and we use them everyday to help the children become confident close readers of texts, deepening their understanding and enjoyment of a range of challenging texts. We will be reading some fantastic books in class this year, all of which are linked to our topics.
Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll
With our first book, we will enter a world of Egyptian pharaohs and ancient curses from the Queen of Historical Fiction.
The book is set in London, 1922. When Lilian Kaye finds a parcel on her grandad's doorstep, she is shocked to see who sent it: a famous Egyptologist, found dead that very morning, according to every newspaper in England! The mysterious package holds the key to a story . . . about a king whose tomb archaeologists are desperately hunting for.
Lil and her friends must embark on an incredible journey – to return the package to its resting place, to protect those they love, and to break the deadly pharaoh's curse . . .
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.
We keep working 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. Multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12 will continue to be assessed in weekly tests. Please keep practising at home. We give ideas for activities as well as the Times Tables Rock Stars website and others (see the link below).
Homework is 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.
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.