Year 5 Summer 1
I hope you had an enjoyable break with your families.
Our topic this half term is Amazon Adventure!
English: We begin this half term’s English by reading a lovely book called 'The Great Kapok Tree' which is a tale of the Amazon Rainforest by Lynne Cherry. We will explore the text and use the novel to inspire our creative writing in the form of short writing tasks, including setting descriptions, drama and the exploration of characters. We will then use this text to write our own stories set in the rainforest. We will then move onto debates and persuasive writing.
Please encourage your child to read regularly, books will be changed at least twice a week, and to learn their spellings each week ready for their spelling tests on Mondays.
Maths: We will begin our maths this half term with fractions, building our knowledge from the spring term, before exploring area and volume. We will then continue to deepen our knowledge from topics we have studied in the autumn and spring term, this time focusing on problem solving and reasoning.
Please encourage your child to practise their times tables up to and including 12x12 and to use Mathletics at home which is a useful tool for revisiting areas of maths which they may need more practise with.
Topic: As this half term’s topic is Amazing Amazon, the lead subjects during this topic are geography and science. In geography, we will explore rain forests, the importance of them and issues surrounding damage to rain forests around the world. In science we will explore the life cycles of animals and plants. As part of this topic, we will also be going on our class trip to Lancaster Butterfly House to continue to learn about the tropical rain forests are life cycles. Finally, we will be completing some Design and technology work as we use sewing techniques to make an object to carry things for an Amazon explorer.
Computing: For our computing this half term we will become bloggers and will learn how to share opinions and experiences safely on the internet. As e-safety is important, we will also discuss the importance of staying safe online throughout the topic. With this in mind, please ensure that you monitor your child's use of the internet and have open discussions about how to stay safe online with your children at home.
PE: This half term, our PE sessions will be on Wednesday afternoons and will be led by Blackburn Rovers PE specialists. This half term our topic is move and learn. The sessions will be both practical and classroom based with a focus on the effect of sport on the body. Please ensure your child has their PE kit each week, and can I please ask that children do not wear earrings on these days.
We will also have the opportunity to complete our bike ability this half term, learning to ride our bikes safely on the road.
Your child will be set homework tasks to complete each week which will be sent home on Fridays focusing on reading, spelling and learning our times tables up to 12x12.
If you have any concerns, there will be opportunities for informal chats at the end of the school day, but if you would like a more formal meeting, please arrange a time with a member of the year 5 staff at the office.
Miss H Russell Mrs F Khonat
Class Teacher Teaching Assistant
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