Autum 1 - 2020
We hope you are all well and have had a resful break with your children and family. We will start school on the 2nd of September on Wednesday. We have followed government guidelines in terms of keeping your children safe when they return to school. I have attached the letter we emailed you in July as to the safety procedures we have put in place, taking into account our risk assessment. We have also taken into account the amount of time children have been away so there will be a period of catch up where the curriculum will be tailored to meet the needs of the children.
This year, I will be joined by Ms S Begum who is going to be working with me and knows the children well from Year 3. We look forward to welcoming all of Year 5 back to school. We will 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 rewarded with a party at the end of term. PSHE will also play a key role, daily sessions will take place due to the extended abscence from school and because of Covid-19. 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. Our topic we will be exploring for this half term is 'A Kingdom United'.
Our main focus for English will be reading and writing Persuasive texts and Legends, we will do this hrough 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. Whole class reading will continue to take place every day where we will be encouraging the children to focus on new voxabulary in the text and comprehension of the text. The school is trialing a new online Reading resource called Reading Plus, which improves pupils reading age but it relies on the children to use this resource on a daily basis so please make sure they are using it at home. 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 their English lessons but also across the curriculum.
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 starting with Place Value and calculations through the four operations. There will also be opportunity for online learning via MyMaths. 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 term we are learning more about Materials: Characteristics of materials as well as reversible and irreversible changes. The children will be learning that some materials will dissolve in liquid to form a solution, and describe how to recover a substance from a solution. They will use their knowledge of solids, liquids and gases when investigating mixtures and reversible and irreversible changes. There will be weekly quizzes so it is important they learn their knowledge organisers on a weekly basis.
Our topic is called A Kingdom United - which means that children will improve their Locational Knowledge /Human and Physical Geography. Pupils will contrast two English counties (Inverness and Glamorgan), before studying the impact of the River Severn and Lough Neagh on its surrounding area. They will further their knowledge in this area during Summer 1 when children will focus on the impact of rivers on habitation. Just like Science, there will be weekly quizzes so they need to learn the facts on their knowledge organiser.
The History will be linked to the A Kingdom United topic through which the pupils will develop chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British history during the Anglo-Saxon period. They will also analyse connections, trends and contrasts over the Anglo-Saxon period. Hopefully, they will be able to do some cross curricular writing through this unit.
In Year 5 P.E will take place every Monday so please make sure your children have a full kit in school - Yellow P.E shirt with the school's logo, black joggers or shorts or leggings and a sweatshirt as we will be trying to do P.E outside weather permitting. In our P.E lessons we will focus on our Athletic skills which will look at the fundamental movement skills of running, throwing and jumping.
We are hoping the lessons from Bolton Music will continue from last year when the children were learning to play the recorder. Through those lessons they learnt about music notes and reading music.
There will be a Year 5 Meet the Teacher meeting - via a Zoom call on the 1st of October 2020 at 1.00pm. I will be sending you a link via your email address.
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, during these uncertain times - we wish you the best of health!
Mrs S Hussain (Class Teacher and KS2 Leader)
Ms S Begum (Apprentice Teacher)