Staff: Mrs Martin and Miss Bailey
We will be starting our Maths learning in Year 5 with a focus on number and place value. This will involve identifying the value of digits within numbers with up to 7 digits and also within decimal numbers. We will then be revising strategies to calculate with a range of numbers, using both written and mental methods. Within all our lessons, we are aiming to develop our reasoning, fluency and problem-solving skills so that we are able to develop a deep understanding of mathematical concepts and apply our skills across a range of contexts.
Our first unit of English learning is based on the book 'The Story of Tutankhamun', which links brilliantly to our overall topic of the Ancient Egyptians. We will be developing our non-fiction writing, revising non-fiction writing features as well as key grammar and punctuation, before planning, researching and writing a biography of Howard Carter.
Alongside our English lessons, we will also be developing our reading skills in our Guided Reading lessons and enjoying time to read for pleasure both independently and as a group by listening to our class reader.
Our topic question this half term is 'What was it like to live in Ancient Egypt?' We will be exploring the lives and achievements of the Ancient Egyptians through our History lessons. In our Art lessons, we will apply our sculpting skills to make Egyptian Canopic Jars. Our DT project will consist of testing and modifying Egyptian flatbread recipes. In Computing, we will be revising the importance of Online Safety and appropriate use of the Internet. Our RSE unit this half term is based on 'My Feelings' and we will be looking at a Humanist approach to our big RE question of 'Is being happy the greatest purpose in life?'
Our PE days will be on a Wednesday and a Thursday. Please could your child come to school in PE kit appropriate for the weather. It is important that children change their shoes for PE so please ensure your child brings a change of shoes with them on these days.
In Year 5, we are working hard to promote the importance of reading and show children how enjoyable reading can be. We promote reading for pleasure throughout the school and encourage the children to read every day. At school, we have supplied our in-class reading area with a range of age-appropriate fiction and non-fiction high-quality texts for children to access.
Our Outdoor Learning day is a Monday. We are using our Outdoor Learning session as an extension of the classroom and using the natural resources around us to enhance our learning in different topic areas. Please could your child come to school on that day in appropriate woodland clothing (long sleeves and trousers), wear their school shoes and bring with them a sensible pair of shoes that they can change into for the session. We aim to be prepared for all weathers, unless of course it is deemed unsafe to be outside.
Class Dojo will continue to be used this year. It is a great space where you can view photos, videos and information about what is happening in Year 5 and across the school. If you require another invite, please don’t hesitate to ask.
A home learning menu will be given out at the start of each half term and is also available electronically on this page.
Please can you ensure that all belongings and named (PE Kits – Wellies – School Uniform – Bags – Coats – Water bottles etc).