Year 5 Autumn 2
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. My name is Miss Martin and I am the new year 5 class teacher, I am thrilled to be a part of Brookhouse and excited to get to know you all. 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: Food, Glorious Food!
English: We begin this half term’s English by exploring stories from a historical setting. Our book for this half term is 'Oliver Twist' by Charles Dickens. We will investigate the time period, characters, settings and themes within a variety of stories with a historical setting and use them to plan and write our very own chapter utilising the three stage process of imitation, innovation and invention. Following the unit of work, we will then explore film and play scripts and the classic narrative poetry towards the end of the half term. As a school we have launched a whole class reading framework, year 5 are currently reading 'Tom's Midnight Garden' by Philippa Pearce.
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 Monday.
Maths: Maths is a core subject this year 5 cohort are passionate about. Over the course of the term, children will have covered a numbers of topics starting with 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 Food Glorious Food, the unit is divided into Geography, Art and Design Technology. In Geography we will continue to develop locational knowledge, human and physical geography and mapping. The Art sessions will consist of digital art, drawing painting and evaluating. Towards the end of term we will focus on Design technology, children will design, create and evaluate food.
PSHE: In PSHE children will talk about their emotions and discuss effective coping strategies. We will are learning about healthy lifestyles in order to educate and promote health and well-being, this is achievable through a balanced diet and atleast 60 minutes of physical activity daily.
Science: We will be continuing the Properties and Changes of Materials Unit, 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 are currently being taught how to play the recorder by a professional music teacher. As they were learning the recorder last year, these sessions will be adding to their existing skills. Throughout the year they will have the chance to play different instruments and develop musically.
Computing: For our computing this half term we will become cryptographers. Pupils will learn more about communicating information securely through an introduction to cryptography (the science of keeping communication and information secret). 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.
P.E: This half term Blackburn Rovers Football Club (BRFC) will be leading the P.E sessions on Thursday afternoon, focusing on athletics. 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 Fridays 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 bring it back in 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 F Khonat Mrs H Sheikh
Class Teacher Teaching Assistant Special Support Assistant