Welcome to the first half of the Spring Term. We have two classes in Year 5, Birch and Elm. You can meet your teachers to the right.
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Welcome to Year 5, we have an exciting half term ahead and a full curriculum of activities planned. Our main theme this half term will be Anglo-Saxons Vs Vikings. The children will be given many opportunities to further develop their knowledge and gain a better understanding of these invaders and settlers in Britain. Learning will be focused around discovered evidence, significant events and historical terms. We also look forward to researching the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the kingdom of England!
During this theme, we will also be reading ‘Authur and the Golden Rope’ by Joe Todd-Stanton and and through our shared text: ‘Myths of the Norsemen’ by Roger Lancelyn Green, we will explore new lands and stories of heroes, villains and mythical creatures. These stories will ignite our imagination and support our discussions around vocabulary choices and the use of figurative language. In our English lessons, we aim to building on learning from the previous term and begin to develop new writing skills with a sharp focus on narrative – developing our confidence when describing setting, characters and atmosphere. The pupils will be identifying an audience for purpose of writing, integrating dialogue to convey character and effectively applying a wide range of SPAG skills. Reading sessions will develop the skills of inference, retrieving information and using the evidence from a text to justify responses and understanding.
In Science, we will be studying ‘Properties and changes of materials’ – looking closely at how different materials are used for particular jobs based on their properties. Pupils will have the opportunity to develop new vocabulary and alongside our investigations will gain a clearer understanding of changes states and the properties of materials used. In Maths, we will be focusing on fractions – securing and developing an understanding of improper fraction, mixed numbers and using fractions to solve word problems. Pupils will be given a range of opportunities to improve their confidence and accuracy, using pictorial models and structures to support this. When problem solving, pupils will be encourage to apply their new learning and become more independent thinkers. In computing we will be developing our knowledge of physical programming, learning how to use a micro:bit
In RE, we will be studying, the five pillars of Islam and why these are of great importance to Muslims. The children will explore key beliefs of Islam and develop a better understanding of the five pillars, reflecting on their significance within the family and daily life.
PE: Elm will have PE on a Wednesday morning and Birch will have P.E on a Friday afternoon with Activity For All coaches. The focus this half term will be Hockey and Health. The children should come into school with their PE kit on and school jumper. If the weather is cold, children can also bring in an additional jumper or hoodie for outdoor activities. This half term Elm will have swimming lessons on Tuesday afternoons.
Reading Books: Reading books should be brought in every day. Children will read daily and any reading at home could be noted on Seesaw. As always, the children are responsible for completing reading quizzes. They will be given plenty of opportunities to change their reading books.
Home learning will be set each Thursday for children on Seesaw. In addition, we would like the children to be reading regularly (preferably each day) and practicing their timetables on Times Table Rockstars.