Staff: Mr Coe and Mrs Cameron
For maths this term year 5, as part of the UKS2 bubble in school and at home have been working on fractions. Starting with recognising fractions and their equivalents. After half term, we will be delving deeper into understanding fractions. Following on we will move on to addition, subtraction and multiplication of fractions, finally finding fractions of amounts and using fractions as operators.
Children are always encouraged to look for patterns, we always include problem solving and developing the ability to explain our ideas clearly.
English has centred on texts this Spring term. We started by reading ‘The Promise’ by Nicola Davies where a young girl steals a bag from an old lady and is allowed to keep the contents (acorns) so long as she ‘plants them all’. This leads the young thief to begin a journey that changes her own life and the lives of others for generations to come. The outcome of the unit was to write a sequel to continue the cyclical story of the book.
Following this, we then read ‘Hidden Figures’ which is the story of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four inspirational black women who were instrumental in helping NASA to launch men into space. We also completed a science unit on space alongside reading the book. The children were asked to produce ‘Double Page Spreads’ to demonstrate their learning.
In the second half of the Spring Term, we have been enjoying ‘The Lost Thing’ by Shaun Tan, which is a story of belonging and unusual friendships. The children have thought about creating their Lost Things and will work towards writing their own ‘Lost Thing’ narrative.
On returning to school, we will be using Curiosity: The Story of a Mars Rover by Markus Motum as our inspiration; linking in to the very exciting current news about the latest Mars project and NASA’s new rover, Perseverance.
This term we have studied sound, space and evolution in science. In history, we have looked at the Shang Dynasty of ancient China and in geography, we have learned about mountains, earthquakes and volcanoes. We have also looked at app design and used Scratch to create a band. As part of their home learning, the children have really enjoyed trying Spanish in preparation for their lessons in high school. Every Friday afternoon, as part of home schooling, the children have been given the opportunity to carry out self-directed learning linked to their own interests. For children in school, they have taken part in Woodland learning sessions every Friday afternoon.
During Lockdown children in school and children at home have been following PE with Joe Wicks three days a week. They have also had the opportunity to take part in online Cricket matches and learning Four Square.
Reading is an essential part of every child’s education. We promote reading for pleasure throughout the whole school and encourage the children to read every day. Year 5 are challenged to read a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction. They have thoroughly devoured the new books that came just before Christmas. Children keep a record of their reading and are rewarded with Dojo points for every entry.
Outdoor learning is on Fridays. We are planning to use some of this time to enhance our Science lessons, in particular, raising questions about how animals are adapted to their environment.
Children come into school in their woodland clothes on a Friday: long sleeves and trousers. They will need to bring a change of footwear suitable for the woods.
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 homework menu will be given out at the beginning of each half term. Your child will need to complete a minimum of 5 activities each half term, handing one piece in each week on a Thursday. There is a homework club available if help or resources are needed.
Please can you ensure that all belongings and named (PE Kits – Wellies – School Uniform – Bags – Coats – Water bottles etc).