Year 5

Class Teacher: Mrs Ingram

Teaching Assistant: Mr Meades

PPA Cover: Mrs Feeney

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Welcome to the Summer term! I hope you all had fantastic Easter holidays. Here is a summary of our summer curriculum.

English:

In English this term, we will be looking at stories with historical settings. 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 creating an information booklet with a range of text types based on our Egyptian theme. After half term we will be looking at Narrative Poetry, specifically ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes. We will be writing formal reports on Rivers and looking at play scripts.

Maths:

In Maths we will be covering all the objectives as set out by the 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.

Science:

In Science we will be looking at living things and their habitats. We will learn about flowering plants, non-flowering plants, birds, mammals and the complete and incomplete metamorphosis of amphibians and insects. We will move on to explore human life cycles and look in depth at how humans grow and develop throughout the different stages in their life.

R.E.

In R.E. we will be looking at women in the Old Testament. We will look at the remarkable choices they made in their lives, explore what qualities they had that we could emulate and how their actions reflect their values and commitments. After half term we will look at the Christian values of Courage and Faith. We will explore this through the book of Daniel and by reading through his story, the children will find that there is more to discover about Daniel than just his escape from the lion’s den.

History:

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.

Geography:

In Geography, we will be looking at rivers. We will look at key features of a river and how oxbow lakes are created. The children will create their own river models as a home learning project.

Computing:

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.

Art/D.T.

We will be looking at painting and printing in Art. Looking at Egyptian landscapes we will be creating our own landscape paintings. We will experiment with different types of printing, eventually creating our very own Hieroglyphics wall.

In DT, we will look at Bread. The children will have an opportunity to taste a variety of different breads from around the world and will analyse them, commenting on which tastes and textures they prefer. We will investigate what happens when yeast is added and finish by making our own bread rolls.

P.E.

In P.E. the children will be doing athletics, working on their running, throwing and jumping skills. This will take place every Wednesday. The children will be doing games on Monday afternoons with Mrs Feeney. As these sessions will be outdoors, please could you ensure the children have the appropriate P.E. kit including sun-hats and lotion on particularly sunny days. Many thanks.

Modern Foreign Language (MFL):

The children will continue to use the Rigalo French language scheme to look at describing people, learning about different nationalities, telling the time, vocabulary about leisure time, celebrating festivals and giving presents. This will build on the vocabulary already learnt.

General Information

Reading Books:

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.

Spellings:

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:

Homework will be given out every Wednesday and should be returned to school the following Monday so it can be marked.

Library:

Wednesday is our library day so the children will have the opportunity to visit the library and change their books. If library books get lost, a small charge will be made to replace them.

PE:

On Mondays, the children will be doing Games Mrs Feeney – as they may be outside some warm tracksuit bottoms may be brought in.

On Wednesdays, they will be doing PE with Mrs Ingram.

Please can you ensure all children have the correct kit in school and that all items are labelled with their names.

Victorian Day

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 Year 5 had a brilliant day discovering what life would have been like at school for a Victorian child. There were plenty of punishments including the Dunce’s Cap, Cane and Back Straightener for those caught doing what they shouldn’t! We would like to say a particularly big thank you to Mrs Rogers Waterman who helped set up and run the day and Mr Fred Little who came in to take photographs of the children throughout their experience. DVDs will be available of Victorian Day, information of which will be given out after half-term.

Chinese New Year

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On the 5th January Year 5 learned all about Chinese New Year. Mrs Ingram is half Chinese and wanted to share her culture and heritage with the children. They learned all about Chinese customs such as the giving of red money envelopes (lai see), how people decorate their houses and the stories and legends surrounding new year and the Chinese zodiac. At lunch time the children and teachers were able to sample authentic cooking in the form of chicken, broccoli, carrots and mangetout in oyster sauce with rice. All of the children enjoyed the food and many of them came back for seconds, thirds and fourths…! (Although I’m not too sure how many would have been willing to try it if they had known it was oyster sauce to begin with!). We would like to say a very big thank you to Aldi who donated the vegetables for free for the taster session. Below are some of the photographs taken throughout the day.

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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.

On this page you will find curriculum updates, important dates and pictures of our class throughout the year.

General Information

Reading Books:

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.

Spellings:

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:

Homework will be given out every Friday and should be returned to school the following Wednesday so it can be marked.

Library:

Wednesday is our library day so the children will have the opportunity to visit the library and change their books. If library books get lost, a small charge will be made to replace them.

PE:

On Mondays, the children will be doing Games Mrs Feeney – as they may be outside some warm tracksuit bottoms may be brought in.

On Wednesdays, they will be doing PE with Mrs Ingram.

Please can you ensure all children have the correct kit in school and that all items are labelled with their names.

Swimming:

Swimming will continue this half term. Please ensure your children have all the relevant kit every Wednesday.

Spring Term

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English:

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 be looking at formal reports and use what we learn to write a formal report about Robinwood. We will also be looking at poems with a variety of structures including limericks, haikus, kennings and creating our own river poems.

Maths:

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.

Science:

In Science we will be looking at forces. We will conduct a range of experiments to help us understand gravity, friction, air resistance and water resistance. We will also be looking at living things and their habitats. We will learn about flowering plants, non-flowering plants, birds, mammals and the complete and incomplete metamorphosis of amphibians and insects.

R.E.

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.

History:

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!

Geography:

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.

Computing:

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.

Art/D.T.

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.

P.E.

After half term we will be looking at Gymnastics in P.E. This will take place on Wednesday mornings. The children will be doing games on Monday afternoons with Mrs Feeney. As they may be outside, some warm tracksuit bottoms may be brought in.

Swimming:

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.

Modern Foreign Language (MFL):

This year the children will continue learning French using the interactive programme ‘Rigolo’ as well as though interactive lessons spoken entirely in French. They will complete written tasks  as well as having a chance to practice their speaking and listening skills.

Friday 25th January – Year 5 Taster Day at Longridge High School

Monday 28th January – Victorian Day

Friday 1st February – Year 5 Taster Day at Longridge High School

Tuesday 5th February – Chinese New Year

Friday 15th February – Break up for half term

Monday 25th February – Back to school!

Tuesday 5th March – Shrove Tuesday

Wednesday 6th March – Book Bus in school

Thursday 7th March – World Book Day! Dress up as your favourite book character!

Friday 29th March – Non-Uniform Day

Monday 1st April – Parents’ Evening 4pm – 6pm

Tuesday 2nd April – Parents’ Evening 6pm -8pm

Thursday 4th April – PTFA Chocolate Bingo

Friday 5th April – End of Term!