Year 5

Class Teacher: Mrs Ingram

Teaching Assistant: Mr Meades

PPA Cover: Mrs Feeney

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Welcome Back! I hope you all had fantastic summer holidays. Here is a summary of our Autumn 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 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.

Maths:

In Maths, we will be using Maths No Problem for the first time in Year 5. The children, who have been using the scheme for the past few years, will continue learning using the Singapore maths style. We will spend the first few weeks looking at Place Value before moving onto addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Science:

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.

R.E.

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 Quran and the Torah After half term we will be looking at Christmas according to the gospels of Matthew and Luke and comparing the nativity story in both books to find similarities and differences as well as looking at Christmas celebrations around the world.

History/Geography:

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.

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.

In our first term 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.

P.E.

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 working on their gymnastics skills.

Swimming will commence after the October half term every Wednesday. Details will be given out closer to the time.

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

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.

Tuesday 24th September – Eco Project

Thursday 26th October – Film Night! ‘Missing Link’

Friday 27th September – Longridge High School Taster Day

Friday 4th October – Longridge High School Taster Day

Thursday 10th October – School Harvest Festival

Sunday 13th October – Harvest Festival at St Lawrence’s

Monday 14th October – Parents’ Evening  (4pm – 6pm)

Tuesday 15th October – Parents’ Evening (6pm – 8pm)

Friday 18th October – Half Term!

Tuesday 29th October – Back to School!

Thursday 31st October – School Photos

Friday 1st November – Open Morning! 9.30am – 11.30am

Wednesday 6th November – Swimming Lessons commence

Tuesday 12th November – Longridge High School Hockey Lesson

Friday 15th November – Non-Uniform Day

Thursday 28th November – Christmas Market

Tuesday 10th December – Pantomime! Peter Pan at Clitheroe

Thursday 19th December – School closes for Christmas

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