Class Teacher: Mrs Ingram
Teaching Assistant: Mr Meades
PPA Cover: Mrs Feeney
Welcome to Class 5!
We are happy to welcome you back to school and into Year 5. This year, your teacher is Mrs Ingram, your TA is Mr Meades and Mrs Feeney will take the class every Wednesday afternoon to cover PPA time.
Due to Covid 19 there are a lot of changes to structure and routine at school. We have done everything possible to ensure school is as safe as possible and as such there are several rules that need to be kept to ensure we keep Covid secure. The safety of all children and staff is the main priority and so please read the instructions below for returning to school.
1.Drop off time 09:00 am
Please can your child enter school by walking down the drive and entering the yard at the side gate. Please can you send them unaccompanied down the drive and I will be there to meet your child at the allocated time. Please do not drop them off earlier, as times have been staggered throughout the school.
2.Pick up time 3:30 pm
Please can you pick your child up at 3:30 from the gate of the small yard. I will bring out all of the children on to the yard and dismiss them when I see whoever is picking up your child. Please be prompt as once again times have been staggered. The children have all been placed into bubbles and these need to be kept apart.
3. What do the children need to bring?
All children need to be wearing school uniform. They should bring with them a bag with their PE kit in; pencil case; water bottle; their packed lunch and also a snack for play times, as there will be no tuck shop. Children should not bring in toys of any description.
4. What will it be like in the classroom?
When the children enter the classroom they will be sitting in rows facing the front. They will not be in groups facing each other. On entering the room, the children will wash and sanitise their hands and will do so regularly throughout the day . Lessons will be taught as normal, but will consist of ‘catch up’ materials as well as the Year 5 curriculum.
5. What do I need to do if my child shows symptoms?
Common symptoms of Covid 19 are a high temperature, persistent cough or loss of taste or smell. If your child displays any of these symptoms, please notify school immediately and arrange for your child to be tested. Your child will need to stay at home for at least 10 days starting from the date when symptoms appeared, all other household members must stay at home for 14 days.
6. What work do the children need to do if isolating at home?
I have uploaded all the work we will be doing in class to our class one drive. If the children are off and well, please could you ensure they access the home learning material on the one drive and email the work to me so I can print it off and put it in their books. It is vital the children keep up with their class work, especially Maths and English as we are revising the Year 4 curriculum along side the Year 5 curriculum.
If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a curriculum overview of what we will be looking at this coming term. We will recap all the basic skills from Year 4 to make sure the children haven’t missed any vital pieces of learning through the time we were off due to Covid-19, before moving onto our Year 5 objectives.
In English this term, we will be looking at stories from other cultures. We will be using the book ‘The Egyptian Cinderella’ and will be creating our own traditional fairy tale but using an Ancient Egyptian setting. We will also be looking at recounts and using Howard Carter’s Diary as inspiration to create our own recount text. After half term we will be looking at poems with figurative language. Our class novel will be ‘George’s Secret Key to the Universe’ by Lucy and Stephen Hawking to fit in with our Space topic and we will be writing our own magazine articles to create our own ‘All About Space’ magazine.
In Maths, we will be using Maths No Problem. The children, who have been using the scheme for the past few years, will continue learning using the Singapore maths spiral format. We will spend the first few weeks looking at Place Value before moving onto addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. There will be lots of revision to cover any material not covered in Year 4 due to Covid.
In Science this half term we will be looking at Forces. The children will carry out a series of experiments to investigate the different forces acting on objects including friction, water resistance and air resistance. After the half term holidays, we will be looking at Earth and Space.
In R.E. we will be looking at the Bible as a holy book and holy books of other faiths. We will learn about the history of the bible and its translation into several different languages and look at holy books of other faiths such as the Qur’an and the Torah. After half term we will be looking at Christmas according to the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. We will compare the Nativity story in both books and explore which Christmas traditions we celebrate from each of these Gospels. We will move on to look at Christmas celebrations around the world and look at the traditions of other countries and how they celebrate Christmas.
In History we will be looking at the Ancient Egyptians. The children have asked some insightful questions in class: When did they live? Why did they build pyramids? Why did they make mummies and how did they do it? Were there shops in Ancient Egypt? What did they do for fun? We will explore the answer to these (and the many other) questions posed by the children. After half term, we will be looking at Water in Geography.
In ‘We are Bloggers’, pupils will create a media-rich blog, comment on blogs and respond to comments. Blogging provides a worldwide audience for pupils’ work. Commenting on others’ work extends pupils’ sense of membership of a learning community beyond school. In ‘We are Architects’ the pupils research examples of art gallery architecture, before using Trimble SketchUp to create their own virtual gallery. Finally, they use the gallery to exhibit their own artwork.
We will look at Mechanical systems in DT and create our own mechanical system using cams, levers and pulleys. In Art we will look at 3d artwork and use modelling clay to create our own Canopic jars.
The children will do PE every Monday and Wednesday. On Mondays we will be looking at gymnastics. On Wednesdays, the children will be doing Games Mrs Feeney – as they may be outside some warm tracksuit bottoms may be brought in.
Modern Foreign Language (MFL):
This year the children will continue learning French using the interactive programme ‘Rigolo’. We will be looking at having conversations about ourselves before moving on to talking about school after half term.
Due to Covid-19, reading books will only be changed by the class teacher or TA once a week. All returned books will be quarantined in class for 72 hours before being put back into circulation. If the children finish their school book, they are very much encouraged to read books from home. Whether it is a school book or a book from home, please write what they have been reading in their reading records so we can see how much reading they are doing out of class. It would be highly beneficial if you could try and hear your children read and discuss what they have read to check their understanding.
Children will be following the No Nonsense Spelling scheme of work which does not require a weekly test. However, some weeks the children will be tested on their reading, spelling and understanding of words from the Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 spelling lists – a copy of which can be found on the school website.
By Year 5, children are expected to know their times tables up to 12x. In Year 5 we regularly have times tables challenges in class as well as division challenges using their knowledge of multiplications. We will also be using Times Tables Rockstars for homework. If there are any times tables your children are unsure of, please encourage them to practice regularly. It really does make a difference in their Maths lessons if their multiplication and division knowledge is secure.
There will be no paper-based homework going home from school. However, the children will be given a task to complete at home ‘online.’ This may be a spelling activity, Maths challenge, or an activity from Purple Mash or Education City. The children will not be required to bring the finished item back to school. Homework can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
2nd September 2020 – Back to school
22nd October 20202 – Tempest Family and Individual Photographs
23rd October 2020 – School closes for half term
3rd November 2020 – Back to school
18th December 2020 – School closes for Christmas
4th January 2021 – Back to school
12th February 2021 – School closes for half term
22nd February – Back to school
26th March – School closes for Easter
12th April – Back to school
3rd May – May Day bank holiday
27th May – School closes for half term
7th June – Back to school
16th July – School closes for Summer!
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