Welcome to the first half of the Autumn 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 ‘North America’. The children will be given many opportunities to develop their knowledge and gain a better understanding of location and place – focusing their learning on geographical features and terms. During this theme, we will also be reading ‘Queen of the Falls’ by Chris Van Allsburg and through our shared text: ‘Rebel Girls’ by Elena Favilli, we will explore the stories of several heroic women, who have had a dramatic impact on our world today – influencing human and environmental decisions of our societies throughout history. In our English lessons, we aim to building on learning from the previous year and begin to develop new writing skills with a sharp focus on diaries – written from a characters point of view. The pupils will be identifying an audience for purpose of writing, using real life events 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 ‘Forces’ – looking closely at forces in action. Pupils will have the opportunity to develop new vocabulary and alongside our investigations will gain a clearer understanding of friction, air resistance and water resistance. In Maths, we will be focusing on place value within 100,000 – securing and developing an understanding of number. 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 RE, we will be studying, the five pillars of Islam and why these are of great importance to Muslims. The children will explore the key beliefs of Islam and develop a better understanding of the five pillars, reflecting on their significance.
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 tag rugby. 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.
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.