Welcome back after the half term break. We hope you are all well and have had a restful break with your children, celebrating the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
We will continue to remind children about our school values of Respect, Good Manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty. We will use our reward system 'Brookhouse Monster's University' to recognise good behaviour and attitudes. If your child is in the winning University team, they will be given a reward at the end of the term. PSHE will also play a key role, this will take place through class and assembly sessions. The topic for the Summer Term is called Economic Wellbeing.
Homework will be given out on a Friday and we will expect the children to hand it in on a Wednesday, so it can be marked. There will also be some online homework, which will be through a variety of online platforms such as Purple Mash, SPAG, TTRS and Reading Plus. The Summer 2 Term topic is called 'Faster, Higher Stronger'.
Our main focus for English will be reading and writing Poetry and Myths, we will do this through the use of ‘Talk for Writing’ strategy of imitate, innovate and invent. As well as this, we will be focusing on the skills needed to invent our own piece of writing and look at writing cross-curricular through other subject areas. The theme of our stories will be Greek Myths, linked to our History topic. Whole class reading will continue to take place every day, through which we encourage children to focus on new vocabulary in the text and the comprehension of the text. The school has purchased a three year subscription with an online reading resource called Reading Plus, which improves pupil's reading age but it does rely on the children using this resource on a regular basis, so please make sure they are using it at home. Please support your children in their reading of school books, at home, for ten minutes every day. We will continue to encourage children to improve their Oracy skills through participating in the project Voice 21.
Maths lessons will provide pupils with the opportunity to learn using concrete, pictorial and abstract models. They will then learn to apply this knowledge to reasoning and problem solving (QUACK - Please ask your children what this means). This half term they will be learning about Area, Perimeter, Volume and Roman Numerals. There will also be opportunity for online learning via Purple Mash. Please encourage your child to practice their times tables at home. In order to aid them with this, your child can use the online program, 'Times Table Rockstars'
This half we will be learning all about how humans grow and change throughout their lives. They will be learning about the human life-cycle. Through their research they will increase their knowledge about animals including human biology building on prior learning which took place in Year 4. Please encourage your child to learn their knowledge organiser which should help them with their weekly quiz.
In Year 5, P.E will take place every Friday so please make sure your children come to school in their full P.E kit - Yellow P.E shirt with the school's logo, black joggers, shorts or leggings and their school green sweatshirt. In their P.E lessons they will focus on Orienteering and Cricket.
Music lessons are delivered by Bolton Music. The children will continue to learn how to play the instruments Clarinet or the Flute. These lessons take place every week, on a Tuesday. We are hoping to perform to you all at some point this half term.
Art and Design
Year 5's Artwork is going to be inspired by the greek artist Exekias who was an ancient Greek vase painter and potter who was active in Athens between roughly 545 BC and 530 BC. Exekias worked mainly in the black-figure technique, which involved the painting of scenes using a clay slip that fired to black, with details created through incision Their final piece of artwork will be a pottery piece which will have artwork inspired by Exekias.
Our history topic will be the ancient civilisation of Greece. They will learn about life during that era, key events and people. They will sequence events, dates in chronological order whilst also trying to link with prior learning in Year 5, Year 4 and Year 3. Please encourage your child to learn their knowledge organiser which should help them with their weekly quiz.
Year 5 are looking forward to meeting the Mayor of Blackburn on the 8th June and spending the day at Hothersall Lodge on the 9th of June.
Finally, this is an extremely important half term for your children, as it is preparation for Year 6. Therefore it is essential that your child attends school every day.
Any queries feel free to talk to us in the morning or at the end of the day or arrange an appointment through the school office.
Thank you in advance for your continued support.
Mrs S Hussain (Class 5 Teacher and KS2 Leader)
Mrs F Patel (Higher Level Teaching Assistant)
Mrs R Esmail (SSA)