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Year 5

Welcome Back!

Welcome to the next stage in our Year 5 learning journey.  We hope you had an enjoyable half term break and are ready for more exciting learning this term. As the lockdown is returning, you will see some more changes that have been introduced to help keep you safe at school.

English and Reading
This half term, our core book is ‘A Long Walk to Water.’ by Linda Sue Park.
Children will continue to develop their reading and comprehension skills by making predictions based on visual images and the text, inferring and clarifying their understanding of words and phrases in order to develop their vocabulary. They will make links with real events happening in the world around us and continue to develop learning behaviours such as supporting and actively listening to each other.  We will also be investigating non-fiction texts linked to our history topics.
In writing, they will focus on writing a biography, ensuring that they include all the structural and language features. Children will also be writing a missing persons entry to be featured in a newspaper article.

In maths, children will consolidate their knowledge of decimals, percentages and fractions.  They will learn to convert mixed number to improper fractions.  They will also add, subtract and multiply fractions and mixed numbers.  The vocabulary associated with fractions will be emphasised and there will be opportunities to apply what they have learnt on a daily basis, through reasoning and problem-solving activities.  They will be building on their knowledge of other numerical systems. This will be in the application of Roman numerals to calculations.

Linked to our core text, children will build on their knowledge of water.  Unclean water is a problem in many parts of the world and the children will be examining several ways these waters are unsuitable for drinking. They will explain how unclean water can be made suitable for people to safely drink. They will investigate how different acidity levels affect the quality of the water.  The children will make predictions based on their own investigations of water and use scientific language to explain their findings.

Art/Design Technology
The children will investigating Michel Rauscher, an artist who has taken inspiration from parts of Africa. They will be learning about print making, mixing colours and the use of monotones for different effects. They will also be using colours to create texture.                                                                     

We will be developing our ball skills by playing mini volleyball and tennis inside and in outdoor PE, the children will also be developing their ball skills to improve their throwing and catching, when standing or moving and learn how to function effectively as part of a team.

Useful Information

PE Kit
Please ensure your child has the correct PE kit in school on Mondays/Fridays for Pine class and Thursdays/Fridays for Poplar class. Having all PE items clearly labelled, with their full name will help reduce the need to replace lost items.

Reading Records and Passports
Please check your child’s book bag for a reading diary, books and reading passport. The reading diary needs to be signed and handed in EVERY DAY, the same as the reading passport. Please date and initial (not just tick) their reading passport for every 5 minutes of reading inside the small box.

Water Bottles/Clothing
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.

Homework/Spellings/Times Tables
Children will be given spelling and times tables to learn each week. They will be given out on a Friday and tested the following Friday.

Timings for Year 5
School starts at 8:45am and ends at 3:15 pm. Break time is 10:20am – 10:35am. Lunch break is 12:25pm – 1:25pm.

Diary Dates

Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th November – Parent consultations

Friday 4th December 2020 – INSET day-school closed to children

Friday 18th December 2020 – Last day of  autumn term

Monday 4th January 2021- First day of spring term