Welcome to the last term in Year 5. The summer term is always particularly busy and we have lots of exciting things planned.
We have started this term looking at balanced arguments. This is quite a difficult genre because we have to present arguments from two opposing points of view and it’s often tempting to concentrate on our own opinion! To begin with, we have been thinking about the advantages and disadvantages of digital technology and we will then discuss the pros and cons of immortality using the text “How to live for ever”. In our grammar lessons, we will develop our understanding of brackets, dashes and commas. Spelling will continue to be taught through the Read Write Inc programme, with a particular focus on those challenging words that do not follow a spelling pattern. Meanwhile, our reading will draw together all the skills we have been practising throughout the year such as inference, author’s choice of vocabulary and summarising.
We will be continuing our work on fractions and making links between these, decimals and percentages. We will learn how to multiply fractions by a whole number and apply our skills in reasoning and problem solving activities. In our shape and measurement topics, we will be looking at area and perimeter, recognising and drawing the nets of 3D shapes and working out the volume of cubes and cuboids.
Our topic for the next few weeks is the Anglo-Saxons where we will discover where they came from and why, study Saxon culture, their laws and their religions. At the end of this, we will be able to debate whether or not the Dark Ages were as dark as we have been led to believe!
During the first half term, our theme is ‘materials and their properties’. This is a brilliant topic as it involves lots of investigations. We will be asking, what material makes the best thermal insulator? Which material is the best electrical conductor? And what factors affect the speed a substance dissolves? During the second half term, we will be studying Earth and its place in space.
Our R.E. will centre on the following questions: “If God is everywhere why go to a place of worship?” and “What would Jesus do?” which thinks about whether it is possible to apply the values of Jesus in the 21st century.
Please remind your child that they need their (named) P.E. kits in school all week. They now have cross country on Monday, and games with Onside Coaching on Wednesday. After cross country, they need to make sure they have clean P.E. shoes for the rest of the week so that they do not bring mud into the hall! On Fridays we will be doing forest school, so please remind your child to bring in a spare set of clothes that they don’t mind getting muddy. They will need appropriate clothing for wet and cold weather!
As before, Home Learning will be given out on a Friday and needs to be brought back on the following Friday. If a child forgets their work, without a note from home, they are expected to miss a playtime but, of course, if they are struggling with any aspect, they can always ask for help. However, this should be done at the start of the week rather than the day work is due in, please! Home Learning includes the following:
Topic- based home learning. Children will have a selection of activities to choose from.
Maths –this may include mental maths questions or work linked to our topic during the week.
Spelling. In addition to their Read Write Inc. log books, the children will be given word lists to reinforce their learning ahead of a weekly test. Please ask them to explain the spelling rules or patterns to you.
Grammar. Children will sometimes bring home an activity to consolidate their learning.
Children should be reading every day. Please encourage them to read a wide range of authors and to discuss their reading with you. Details should be recorded in their reading records.
On Wednesday afternoons, the children will be taught music by Mrs Amphlett and games by Onside Coaching.
Please take a look at our class page for links to useful websites.
Finally, if you have any concerns do let us know. You can make an appointment to see one of us via the school office.
With best wishes.
Miss Lee and Mrs. Walton