Year 5 Spring 1
Happy New Year!
Welcome back, I hope everyone has had a lovely half term spent with family and friends. Everyone should be refreshed and ready to continue the academic year ahead. We will continue to remind the children about our school values of Respect, Good Manners, Patience, Perseverance and Honesty. Also, we will hold a celebratory golden assembly every Friday for those children that are upholding our values and working extremely hard. Our rewards system is Brookhouse Monster's University dojo points - if your child's team wins, they will be rewarded with a party at the end of term.
Our topic for this half term: Earthlings
English: During this half term English will be divided into three areas of focus starting with Science Fiction Stories. Our book for this half term is 'The Portal' by Andrew Norriss. We will investigate the genre, features, characters, settings and themes within a variety of Science Fiction Stories, then children will plan and write their very own Science Fiction Story utilising the three stage process of imitation, innovation and invention. Following the unit of work, we will then explore Information Booklets and towards the end of this term Poems with a Structure.
As a school we have launched a whole class reading framework, year 5 will begin reading 'Aquila' which is also written by Andrew Norriss.
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 test on Tuesday.
Maths: Maths is a core subject this year 5 cohort are passionate about. Over the course of the term, children will have covered numerous topics starting with number and place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, geometry and measure and statistics. We will continue to focus on developing three key areas of maths: fluency, problem solving and reasoning.
Please encourage your child to practise their times tables up to and including 12x12 and to use MyMaths at home which is a useful tool for revisiting areas of maths which they may need more practise with and homework.
Topic: As this half term’s topic is Earthlings, there will be a main focus on Earth and Space in Science alongside Geography and Art, Craft and Design. In Geography we will continue to develop locational knowledge, human and physical geography, fieldwork and mapping. The Art, Craft and Design sessions will consist of researching a famous artist - Vincent van Gogh where children are required to learn about the history, practise his techniques and create a final piece utilising the skills they have learned and evaluate their own and others work.
PSHE: Our next focus in PSHE is 'Keeping Safe', it is essential to raise awareness and provide opportunities for children to discuss strategies for keeping safe and to implement them accordingly. We will also create a class assembly on 'Keeping Safe', you are all more than welcome to come and watch.
Science: We will be learning about Earth and Space, children will have the opportunity to work scientifically and conduct science investigations. It is essential for children to known and understand the scientific vocabulary, by revising the knowledge organiser they are more prepared for the session and critical thinking can be further developed.
Music: Children will be taught how to play the clarinet or flute by our professional music teacher Emily. As they have mastered the recorder, they will be challenged by learning to play a new instrument hence adding to their existing skills. Throughout the year they will have the opportunity to play different instruments and develop musically.
Computing: For our computing this half term we will become 'Artisits'. Pupils will learn about Tessellation (a repeating pattern of shapes that fit perfectly together) and have the opportunity to plan and create their own. As e-safety is important and a focus for this half term, we will 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.
P.E: This half term Blackburn Rovers Football Club (BRFC) will be leading the P.E sessions on Wednesday afternoons. Please ensure your child has their correct P.E kit each week including a yellow P.E top, black shorts/joggers and black pumps. Can I please ask that children do not wear earrings on these days.
Homework: Will be given out on Friday and is expected to return to school by Wednesday. Each week children will have home reading, times tables up to 12x12, MyMaths and Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (S.P.A.G). Occasionally children will have topic homework to complete. Children are expected to complete their homework to a high standard and return it on time.
Thank you for taking the time to read through our class page. If you have any queries, there will be opportunity to speak 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. I am looking forward to the academic year ahead.
Miss S. Martin Mrs S. Ali Mrs H. Sheikh
Class Teacher Higher Level Teaching Assistant Special Support Assistant