Hello and welcome to our new Year 5 classes!
In year 5 we are: Chestnut class with Mrs Beazley and Hawthorn class with Miss McInnes. We are helped by Mrs Pratt, Miss Kausitzova and Miss Karanis.
We are delighted to be teaching your children this year and are very excited about all the new things we will be learning about. We have a really busy term planned ahead, full of engaging and exciting topics to investigate, all linked to our termly picture: The Scream, by Edvard Munch. Through this picture we will be exploring ‘journeys’.
We have very high expectations of your children; as a team, we are all dedicated to ensuring every child has the opportunity to make the progress that they are capable of.
This year, we will continue to work extremely hard on learning and applying the 5Rs. We will focus on working together collaboratively and promote independence as responsible learners and thinkers. We will be encouraging the children to be resilient when they are faced with challenges in their work and praise their effort.
Our topics this term will allow us to explore, narratives such as Aladdin and the Journey. Following this we will also be learning about living things and their habitats in science, mountain ranges in geography, crime and punishment in history and a variety of topics in PSHE.
At this stage of the year, in English, the children will be working on developing their sentences using expanded noun phrases, prefixes (auto, sub, anti, auto, inter), suffixes (zion, ssion, cian, sion & ation), direct speech and being able to use a variety of punctuation accurately such as brackets, semi colons and hyphens.
We will begin to spell a range of Year 5 and 6 curriculum words accurately, which will be taught in both our English lessons and weekly spelling lessons. Across the year we will be exploring purpose, and the effect that different words have on an audience. From this we will also begin to explore the 6 key reading techniques that we use during our daily guided reading sessions:
In Maths, we will focus on improving our mental maths fluency, including our 1-12 times tables. We will also begin to multiply up to 4 digit numbers by powers of 10, identify the value of 6-digit numbers and compare and order numbers up to a million. We will develop our knowledge of the four operations to solve both number and word problems including both the informal and expanded method of each operation.
Here are some of the ways you can help your child at home:
oRead with your child/ hear your child read every day for 20 minutes and sign their diaries at least three times a week.
oEnsure homework is completed and handed in each week by Wednesday.
oPractise timetables from 1-12 using the timetable booklet in your child’s reading diary and using on-line Times Table Rock Stars
oEncourage them to try their best with the arithmetic homework
oApply a variety of methods to help your child learn their weekly spellings using the list of activities, which has been stuck at the front of their spelling book.
oEnsure your child has the correct school uniform and PE Kit, with appropriate school shoes and training shoes for PE and that they have a costume, towel and hat for swimming every week.
Year Group Routines & Timetables
•Homework is due on Wednesday.
•We test our spellings on a Thursday and times tables on a Friday.
•We have swimming on Tuesday and PE on Thursday. Please ensure that they bring their PE kit to school on Monday and take it home on Friday each week.
If you have any questions please speak to Mrs Beazley or Miss McInnes on the playground at the end of the day, or get in touch with the school office to arrange an appointment.
We are delighted so far with our first term with our new Year 5 classes!
Thank you for you continued support,
The Year 5 team
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