Class Teacher: Mrs Ingram
Teaching Assistant: Mr Meades
PPA Cover: Mrs Feeney
I hope you are all well and are keeping safe. I’m missing each and every one of you and it’s been lovely to hear from so many of you over the past few weeks, please continue to email me with what you have been getting up to.
In our online folder, I have started to upload work for the Summer Term.
There will be weekly English units uploaded based on different themes or books. The first English unit is based around Ancient Greece. You will explore Greek Gods, Greek myths and Greek monsters before writing your own monster vs hero fight scene! You can do the work in a word document and upload it to your own folder in our shared area and I will mark it online. If you prefer to hand write / draw your work (you will have to create your own Greek monster one day!) then you can do it on paper and ask your parents to upload/email me a photo.
You will also be continuing with your Maths No Problem books. Click on the link above in order to access the powerpoints for each lesson to explain how to do each task. Aim to do ONE WORKSHEET A DAY. Make sure you do! If you don’t, you will fall behind and we don’t want everyone at different places when we get back to school! If you whizz through that work, there are lots of extension tasks in the Maths No Problem folders to keep you working hard!
I have also uploaded powerpoints and work for other subjects such as Science, Geography, History, DT, etc. Again, you can type your work up online or print off the worksheets/ do it on paper and get your parents to upload pictures of your work for me to look at.
AN IMPORTANT LITTLE NOTE…
If there is some work that you can not do, then PLEASE don’t worry or stress about it. We will go over anything you are struggling with when you get back to school. I do not want any of you getting upset over your work, especially if your parents are working hard from home themselves or have little brothers and sisters at home to look after.
Don’t try and do work that is too difficult for you. We do different challenges in class, do the challenge you would normally do – whether its 1,2 or 3 stars on the Twinkl sheets or the Red, Blue or Gold star Classroom Secret sheets.
If you can’t do something, you could ask an older brother or sister if your parents are busy. You don’t have to do it all at once, you can leave it and come back to it later when parents have more time to look at it with you – little and often is better than sitting there for an hour getting worked up and upset! You could look up things online like the BBC Bitesize website to help you too.
You are also all, both children and parents, welcome to email me at any time. If any of you have any problems or would like something explaining, I will be checking my emails every day. Just send me an email (email@example.com) and I will get back to you as soon as possible to help! Don’t struggle alone, I’m always here to help.
I hope you all remain well over the next few weeks and I look forward to seeing you all again soon!
Miss B has put up the photographs of her group to our shared folder. I will be adding my group’s photographs over the course of the Easter Holidays. Hope you enjoy looking at them!
Spring Term Curriculum Overview
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed a bit of a break over the festive season.
This is an exciting term filled with lots of memorable Year 5 moments such a Victorian Day and our trip to Robinwood – details of which will be sent to you in a separate letter. There will also be an information meeting for parents of children going to Robinwood coming up in the next few weeks.
Year 5 will be going to Longridge High School every Tuesday for Science lessons on reversible and irreversible changes to materials. We are very lucky to be able to use their facilities to carry out investigations using equipment we do not have access to in a primary school such as Bunsen burners and a range of different materials.
Here is a curriculum overview of what we will be focussing on this coming term. A digital copy will be on our class page on the school website along with any important diary dates for Class 5.
In English this term, we will begin by looking at Older Literature. To fit in with our Victorian theme, we will be looking at Charles Dickens’ ‘Oliver Twist’ and ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty. We will be looking at both the book and film adaptations to view how characters and settings are portrayed and we will be creating our own Dickensian characters to put in a story of our own. We will progress to having a formal debate about workhouses and discuss whether they should be brought back in today’s society.
After half term, we will study the novel ‘The Nowhere Emporium’. Additionally, we will be looking at explanation texts and using what we have learned in Science to explain reversible and irreversible changes to materials. We will also be looking at poems with a variety of structures including limericks, haikus, kennings and creating our own river poems.
In Maths we will be covering all the objectives as set out by the new National Curriculum including working with Roman Numerals. We will be securing our multiplication facts through a maths challenge in which the children have to complete a grid of multiplications within a set time limit. This is to encourage fast recall of multiplications which will help the children with their mental maths skills. We will look at conversions between imperial and metric measurements as well as consolidating our knowledge of time.
In Science we will be looking at materials and their properties. We will be learning about reversible and irreversible changes to materials and understanding why. To help us we will be going to Longridge High School to conduct a variety of experiments.
In R.E. we will be looking at Jesus and his role as a teacher. We will learn how he taught people through his parables and will be looking at each of these parables and their meanings. We will complete the unit by creating our own ‘modern parable’. After half term we will look at ways to answer the question ‘Why do Christians believe Easter is a celebration of Victory?’ by looking at the Easter story and discussing what is meant by victory.
In our first topic of ‘We are Cryptographers’, the children will learn more about communicating information securely through an introduction to cryptography (the science of keeping communication and information secret). They investigate early methods of communicating over distances, learn about two early ciphers, and consider what makes a secure password. After half term, our focus of ‘We are Web Designers’ will see the children working together to create a website explaining online safety and responsible online behaviour.
In History we will be looking at the Victorians, specifically the role of children in the Victorian times. Relating this to our English work, we will look at life on the streets, in the workhouses and the different jobs children would have done in the Victorian age. To complete our topic and to consolidate our knowledge on the subject, we will have our Victorian Day where the Year 5 classroom will be transformed into a traditional Victorian classroom, complete with a blackboard and dunce’s cap! Children will come to school in Victorian clothing, answer to a Victorian name and will be expected to complete Victorian style school work. There will be traditional toys to play with during break time and it will be a day that won’t be forgotten. But children beware… there will also be a cane lurking in case of bad behaviour!
In Geography, the children will be investigating coasts. We will look at what coasts are and how they are formed. We will look at erosion of coasts and ways of preserving them as well as investigating different types of beaches.
In our first term we will be looking at drawing portraits. We will be looking at existing portraits and creating our own self-portraits. In Design Technology we will be looking at cams and mechanisms. The children will look at Victorian style moving toys. They will create a design of their own and modernise the toy by attaching a motor to the mechanism, incorporating the use of pulleys and cams.
Modern Foreign Language (MFL):
In ‘La Nourriture’ the children will learn how to ask for food items, describe how to make a sandwich, express opinions about food and talk about whether a food is healthy or unhealthy. After half term we will look at ‘En Ville’ where we will learn the different places in a town, learn to ask for and give directions, giving the time and saying where we are going.
Swimming will continue until February half term every Wednesday morning. Please make sure the children have their full kit in school and bring a towel. The children need to wear a swimming hat.
This half term we will be focussing on hockey skills. We will be working on ball control skills, dribbling and shooting. We are very fortunate to have Mrs Hoyle come in for some of our lessons to assist us in our hockey lessons in the run up to the Hockey Tournament at Longridge High School. As they will be outside, some warm tracksuit bottoms may be brought in to be worn for our PE lessons.
It would be highly beneficial if you could try and hear your children read on a daily basis and discuss what they have read to check their understanding. The children now need to be taking complete responsibility for changing their reading books when they need to. If you could encourage them to do this it would be appreciated.
Children will be following the No Nonsense Spelling scheme of work which does not require a weekly test. However, some weeks the children will come home with some spellings from the Year 5/6 word list. If you could please practice with your children as much as possible, it would be most appreciated.
Homework will be given out every Wednesday and should be returned to school the following Monday so it can be marked.
The children will have the opportunity to visit the library and change their books every week. If library books get lost, a small charge will be made to replace them.
If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I will also be available at the end of the day should you wish to discuss anything.
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