Summer 1 - 2021
Welcome back after the Easter break. We hope you are all well and have had a restful break with your children.
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, daily sessions will take place. 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 My Maths, Purple Mash, SPAG, TTRS and Reading Plus. The Spring 2 topic is called 'Inventors and Inventions'.
Our main focus for English will be reading and writing Information texts, 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 stories set in a different culture. 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 daily basis. So please make sure they are using it at home, regularly. Please support your children in their reading at home for ten minutes every day. Learning their weekly spellings will continue to take place and we will encourage children to improve their Oracy skills through participating in the project Voice 21.
Our Math's 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. We will be learning about Percentages, Geometry, Position and Movement and Measurement. There will also be opportunity for online learning via My Maths and Purple Mash. Please encourage your child to practice their timetables 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 Life Cycles. The children will be learning about the different types of lifecycles in animals. Through their investigating they will increase their knowledge about animals from 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.
During our Geography lessons the children will be looking at North America and South America. They will be investigating the physical and human geography surrounding Mount Blackburn and looking at the positive and negative impacts of living near volcanoes. They will then go on to explore the River Amazon, its key geographical features, the importance of the river to people in different parts of the world as well as the different kinds of settlement alongside the Amazon. They will conclude the topic by looking at deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest and the global impact of deforestation.
In Year 5 P.E will take place every Thursday 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 or shorts or leggings and their school green sweatshirt, as we will be trying to do P.E outside weather permitting. In our P.E lessons we will focus on Cricket. On a Wednesday we will continue to take part in Boxing on a Wednesday afternoon for half an hour.
Music lessons delivered by Bolton Music, the children will be changing their instruments to the flute and the clarinet for the Summer Term.
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.
Finally, I would just like to say thank you for sending your children into school during Spring 1 - Year 5's attendance was fantastic. I hope this will continue in Spring 2 - wishing all of you the best of health in these difficult times.
Mrs S Hussain (Class Teacher and KS2 Leader)
Ms S Begum (Apprentice Teacher)