Autumn 1 2017
Welcome back to all the children in Kingfisher Class and I hope you all had a wonderful summer holiday. We have an exciting year ahead and I thought it would be useful to give you some information in addition to our Topic Web.
We are going to start our term by studying a book called “Varmints” by Helen Ward. It is a beautifully illustrated and thought- provoking story so it lends itself well to writing descriptive passages and to thinking about characters’ feelings.
In our work on grammar, we will revise different word classes, going into each in more depth than in earlier year groups. The children will also be practising writing more complex sentences and adding interest to their work by starting sentences in different ways. Spelling will be taught through the Read Write Inc programme as in previous years.
We start off the term by looking at place value in increasingly large numbers. This leads into our work on formal calculation methods when the children will be expected to estimate sensible answers and use strategies to check that their answers are correct. Throughout the year, the children will apply their mathematical understanding to a wide range of reasoning and problem-solving challenges.
To build up accuracy and speed, the children need to be able to recall addition and subtraction facts quickly (for example adding any one-digit number to any two-digit number without using their fingers) and develop an instant recall of all their times tables to 12 x 12. We will continue with the times table challenges across the school. It is absolutely critical under the national curriculum that children are fluent with basic number skills so please encourage your child to practise daily; there are links to useful websites on our class page.
Our topic for the first half term is about living things and their habitats. We will find out about the differences in the life cycles of different animals and study the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.
Over the Autumn term, we will compare the ways in which the Christian and Hindu religions mark certain celebrations and show commitment to their faiths.
We will look at how texture is used in art and also explore graffiti as an art form.
Please remind your child that they need their (named) P.E. kits in school all week. They have cross country on Tuesday, games with Onside Coaching on Wednesday and dance or gymnastics on Friday. 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!
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 more than once, 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:
1. Topic- based home learning. Children will have a selection of activities to choose from as in previous year groups.
2. Maths –this may include mental maths questions or work linked to our topic during the week.
3. 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.
4. Grammar. Children will sometimes bring home an activity to consolidate their learning.
5. 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 me know. You can make an appointment to see me via the school office.
With best wishes for an exciting and successful Year 5!