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 5 Astronaut Cadets!
We are looking forward to a whole term together exploring Space without any interruptions to our learning,
hard work and fun!
Term 5 Curriculum
Our writing lessons will be very much based around our Space topic this term.
We will start by using the planets and other aspects of space as inspiration to
further develop our use of figurative language by writing poetry including
metaphors, similes and personification.
Following that, we will be learning how to include quotes as well as facts in a newspaper article about a significant event in space exploration history.
As we complete Term 5, 'Hidden Figures' will be used as a stimulus for writing persuasive speeches inspired by Mary Jackson’s speech to convince a judge to allow her to study courses to be an engineer at NASA.
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!
The week beginning 26th April will be our Read! Read! Read! Sponsored Event week (see newsletters for more details) so why not use our Recommended Reading Lists below or log in to Epic to find something new to read that week to help us raise money for new books for our school.
In Term 5, we will continue to study the novel '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.
Following that, linked to our topic for the term, we will be reading
'Hidden Figures' by Margot Lee Shetterly – a children’s version of the bestselling book and the Academy Award–nominated film which tells the incredibly inspiring true story of four black women who had to overcome many challenges in order to help NASA launch men into space.
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 5, we will be continuing to revise our number work, starting with column multiplication methods moving on to written division methods. This will be followed by work on factors, multiples, prime and square numbers. This will support the next unit where we revise equivalent fractions and mixed numbers / improper fractions.
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).
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.
Mission : Space
In Term 5, our topic investigates the Solar System and its exploration in the past, present and future.
We will learn about the history of space travel and what life is like in space
for the astronauts on the International Space Station.
The children will learn all about our Solar System including the relative sizes of and distances between the planets and the Earth, Sun and Moon. Following this, they will explore how the movement of the Earth and Moon are related to each other and the Sun and how that affects what happens on Earth.
As part of our topic, the children will be investigating dehydrated food to consider how astronauts survive in space. This will lead into them designing, creating and tasting their own space meals!
In term 5, both our P.E. sessions on a Tuesday afternoon will be outdoors as
we develop our rounders and tag rugby skills. As the weather hopefully warms up, it is imperative that children all have appropriate clothing with hats for sun protection and water bottles. In line with our P.E. policy (see the curriculum pages), children are not allowed to wear jewellery or watches and must have hair of shoulder length or longer safely secured with an appropriate hair tie.
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
A wide variety of games and links to other sites for all subjects and topics - just search for what you want!
Practise your Spanish 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.