Class Teacher: Mrs Ingram
Teaching Assistant: Mr Meades
PPA Cover: Mrs Feeney
Welcome to Class 5!
I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are ready to begin your Year 5 adventure! This year, your teacher is Mrs Ingram, your TA is Mr Meades and Mrs Feeney will take the class every Wednesday afternoon.
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.
- Drop off and pick up times
As ‘bubbles’ have gone, school times will go back to how they were before Covid. The morning bell will go at 8.50am. You should line up on the playground in the Year 5 line and wait to be collected by a member of staff. Pick up time will be at 3.30. You will exit school by the top door near the gate.
2. 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.
3. What will it be like in the classroom?
This year we will be allowed to sit in groups again. 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.
4. 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. If they have a positive test, your child will need to stay at home for at least 10 days starting from the date when symptoms appeared.
5. 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: [email protected]
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, while simultaneously working on 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.
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.
The children will do PE every Wednesday and Friday. On Wednesdays, the children will be doing Games with Mrs Feeney – as they may be outside some warm tracksuit bottoms may be brought in. On Mondays we will be looking at gymnastics.
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.
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.
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, comparing it to how we celebrate in the UK.
Reading Books: By Year 5, the children are expected to get themselves a new reading book when they need one during ERIC time. Please could you ensure your children read daily and write what they read in their reading records. If you could listen to your children read and ask them questions about what they have read, this will really help their comprehension skills.
Times Tables and Spellings: Children will be sent home with a spelling journal next week. They will be given a set of words to learn for a test every Friday. The children will also 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 will be sent home with the children with the spellings they need to practise. By Year 5, children are expected to know their times tables up to 12x and we regularly have times tables challenges in class as well as using Times Tables Rockstars for homework. Times tables tests will be every Friday.
Homework: Homework will be given out every Friday and is expected in by Wednesday the following week. This year, homework will be a mixture of both paper-based work and online work, to prepare the children for high school. You can find the homework folder on the One Drive for any online work.
PE Kits:Please ensure your children have their PE kits in school consisting of pumps, shorts and a t-shirt of their team colour. Please ensure these are named.
Films: In Year 5, we will be watching clips of films to aid our lessons. Some of these films, such as Harry Potter, are rated PG. If you have any objections to your children watching PG films, please let me know.
If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me: [email protected]
This year, there will be a mix of both paper and online work. If the work is online, this may be a spelling activity, Maths challenge or a research based task. The children will not be required to bring the finished item back to school but if it is not on TTRS or Spelling Frame, work should be emailed to me at [email protected]
. Homework can be accessed by clicking on the link below:
If anyone is off school due to Covid or are having to isolate, I will be putting up our lessons online for you to have a look at so you can catch up easier. The link to the work we are doing is class is below:
Go to the ‘Home Learning’ folder, click on ‘Autumn 1’ and you will find the work for every week in there.
I know that sometimes it is hard to understand the work without me going through it at the front of the class so I will try my very best to upload some helpful videos to help guide you through your work step-by-step. This won’t be for every lesson, but for ones where it is complex to understand, I will endeavour to upload a helpful video!
If any of you struggle with the work, please do not sit there for ages confused or getting upset, please do ask for help – whether this be from me, parents, big brothers and sisters, grandparents or anyone else who might be able to help! I understand parents will be busy working from home themselves and have work to do too and may not have the time to help you with your work so you are all very welcome to email me yourselves to ask for help. My email address is: [email protected] . I will be logged in every day between 9am and 3.30pm to answer any questions you have and to offer any help or support.
I hope you all keep well and stay safe. If there is anything you need, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m always here and will help as much as I can.