A very warm welcome back from Ms McLeod and me – we both hope you enjoyed the Easter break. As we enter the final term of the year, please be assured that both of us will continue to do all that we can to look after your child and ensure that they enjoy their time in school.
Our Key Instant Recall Facts are here: KIRFs
Our new topic is ‘Why are mountains important?’, which will be mostly geography-based. English will see us sharing a ‘finding story’ based on the fabulous Gargantis, to tie in with our virtual visit from author Thomas Taylor, before we move on to looking at The Three Wishes – a ‘wishing story’ based on a traditional tale. In maths we will be finishing our fraction work before moving on to look at decimals and percentages.
P.E. will be on Tuesdays and will be swimming this half term, as detailed in the letter you received before the Easter break.
Forest School will take place on Thursday afternoons this half term.
Our current class read is The Eye of the North by Sinéad O’Hart.
Our intended Curriculum for this term is here: Raven Class Summer 1 2020 Curriculum Map
And our timetable is here: Summer1 subject planner Year 5
Spellings will be added here on a Monday and tested the following Monday. Further information on spellings for year 5 (and the rest of the National Curriculum) can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum In accordance with school policy, all members of the class will be learning spellings aimed specifically at Year 5, while revising spelling rules from previous years with which they are less confident in class. As you are probably aware, spellings have been linked into handwriting previously, and I would encourage your child to practise their new spellings each week, in their best handwriting using this sheet. Until your child has gained their ‘Year 5 pen licence’, pencil is preferred to pen – especially biros or felt tips as they often smudge or leak, which impacts on the appearance of your child’s writing.
Here is an overview of our spellings up until half term: Year 5 Term 3A Overview
A paper copy of these will be stuck into your child’s reading record when they are next checked.
Here are last week’s spellings: Y5 spellings wb 12 April
And here are this week’s: Y5 spellings wb 19 April
We will be testing your child on the Lower KS2 statutory spellings and will sendt home a highlighted list of those your child has spelled correctly/needs to learn as soon as we are able. Lists for both Lower and Upper KS2 are here to enable you to continue to practise these at home:
Times tables will also be tested in school, usually on a Thursday. In order to improve your child’s speedy recall of both multiplication and division facts, please help them to practise their tables every day, in whichever way you and your child prefer. For most of the class, I would suggest that you start with the 2 x table and then move on to 4, 5 and 10 x to build confidence. The key instant recall maths facts for Year 5 are included here: KIRFs and it is essential that they are practised regularly to support your child’s learning.
This term, at home over the course of the next few weeks, I would like your child to complete an extended piece of work linked to our current topic to complement their learning in class. They should choose one of the following, which we would ask you not to bring in please, but to send photos to us by Monday May 24th to show what they have achieved so that we can share and celebrate their learning in class:
- Build a model of a famous mountain
- Create a PowerPoint presentation, which they will deliver to the class, on a famous mountain or mountaineer
- Cook a traditional summer-time dish using locally-sourced ingredients
- Create a PowerPoint presentation or short video on a favourite book, explaining why they love it and why we should read it
- Using a medium of your choice, create a piece of artwork showing a mountain
How can you continue to help?
- Read regularly with your child asking them questions about what they are reading, the characters and their opinions then signing in the reading diary to confirm that they have read with you every day. Reading diaries need to come on to be checked on a Thursday please, and will be sent back home on the following Monday. Please also encourage your child to read a variety of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts.
- Encourage your child to learn spellings, times tables and key instant recall maths facts.
- Ensure your child continues to bring in their water bottle, and has sunblock/ a sunhat now that the weather is improving.
Of course, should you have any concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via the office.