We hope you had a fantastic half term break and managed to have some time relaxing with your family. The warmer weather has made going outdoors more attractive and our garden is showing the benefits of the warmth. We hope you enjoyed watching your pea plants sprout during the half term break. Now we will be able to water and watch our seedlings grow. We hope to start our harvesting before the summer holidays begin.
We are looking forward to learning about our new topics this half term. Walking in the local woods will be one of our first trips out again. Local vegetation and wildlife will be the focus of our visit.
English and Reading
This half term, our core text is the ‘The Boy at the Back of the Class’. It is a book by Onjali Q. Raúfout about a refugee boy who has recently arrived and has no understanding of English. The children will be analysing the characters’ motivations and reactions. We will then be writing a prequil to the story and a letter to his family.
In reading, we will be studying some poetry about the Windrush generation. We will be reading from an information (non-fiction) book - about flowering plants. Prequels and playscripts will also feature in our reading sessions. We will be applying a range of reading strategies to examine these texts.
During this half term, we will be revisiting some of the areas the children found challenging due to lockdown and restrictions. We will revise properties of numbers - rounding, reading and writing numbers to one million; factors and division; prime, square and cube numbers. Then we will move onto multiplication. This will involve fractions decimals and percentages. Finally, we will focus on angles and shapes.
The arithmetic focus will be on square and cube numbers, multiplying by 10, 100 and 1,000, ordering fractions, decimals and percentages. Finally, we will be looking at strategies to clarify the order calculations should be done in a number sentence.
In science this half term, we will be studying living things and their habitats. We will be learning about the life cycles of plants and animals in our local environment. We will also be learning how leaders in science e.g. naturalists and behaviourists have contributed to our current understanding of science.
We will be learning about ‘Changes happening to me.’ This will involve self-image and body image as well as learning about puberty and conception. The following key vocabulary will be used in our sessions: pregnancy, IVF, intercourse, hormones, sperm, semen, menstruation. We will also spend time talking about transitioning to Y6 and answering any questions the children may have.
In French we will be learning about feelings and interactions.
We will be focusing on the song – Dancing In The Street by Martha And The Vandellas.
During Arts Fortnight this term, we will be learning how to make 3-D models inspired by Shelby McQuilkin. We will be using papier mâché to create symbolic sculptures of ourselves within the themes of culture and diversity.
We will be learning about the Commonwealth and its affect upon the countries within it. Next, we will be learning about migration and citizenship with a focus on parts of the Caribbean. There will be a case study of the Windrush generation - their rights, citizenship and what should happen next.
We will be learning about designing and making 3-D images using design software.
We will have PE every Monday morning and Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure your child comes to school wearing their PE kit on these days and that all items are clearly labelled with their full name.
Reading Records and Passports
Please ensure your child reads for at least 15 minutes a day, either independently or aloud and continue to comment in your child’s reading record book. We like to remind you that every child has access to an exciting range of online texts via Bug Club. There are games, quizzes and questions available to help develop their reading. This may help to give more variety to your reading sessions with your child.
Children will need to bring their own water bottle to keep in class which they can access throughout the day. Please make sure your child’s name is written clearly on their water bottle and jumper.
This will be given out on a Friday and be due back on the following Thursday. Spellings and times tables will be given out on a Friday and be tested the following Friday.
Timings for Year 5
School starts at 8:45am and ends at 3:15 pm.