What we will be learning…
Reading… Myths and Legends…we will be exploring how language can create a desired effect on the reader and also how language alters according to when and where a book is written.
Learning tip: “A calm quiet space helps you to focus on reading” advises Spencer. “Read as much as you can because it helps with writing too.” explains William.
Maths…Our topics this half term include Roman numerals, problems involving time, area and perimeter, multiplying fractions, reading and writing fractions as decimals and rounding numbers to 2 decimal places. We will continue to deepen our ability to calculate mentally and know when it is appropriate to use written methods.
Learning tip: “Resilience is the key to math, you just need to keep going!” says Zoe B.
GRAMMAR – the punctuation (and grammar) police will be out in force, setting high expectations of all Y5 pupils. We will be paying very close attention to the spelling of words we have learnt as well as basic punctuation and joined handwriting, ensuring these areas reflect our own personal best EVERY TIME we write.
Learning tip: ”Check, check and check again!” suggests Theo.
Writing- The theme of ‘Myths and Legends’ will also be a focus in our writing lessons this half term when we have a go at creating our very own Myths and Legends.
Learning tip: “Think carefully about the features to include in a Myth or Legend.” said Emily.
History and Geography – through our Vikings topic we will be developing our historical and geographical skills. In History we will consider sources and what they tell us about life in the past. In Geography we will look at the snow tundra and how this terrain affects the lives of plants, animals and people living there.
Science – As part of our work on the snow tundra we will explore the life cycles and processes which the animals and plants inhabiting this area of the world experience.
PE –Outdoor PE will be on Tuesday afternoons and the children will further develop their hockey and teamwork skills. Indoor PE, which is basketball, will be on Tuesday afternoons. This will be led by a basketball coach. Please ensure your child has the appropriate kit (including suitable footwear) for both of these sessions every week.
Music – Throughout this half term we will be perfecting our singing and performance skills as nearer to Christmas we will be caroling in the community and spreading Christmas cheer throughout the school and town! We will need some adult helpers to accompany us on these festive trips- please let Mrs Rowe or Mrs Russell know if you’re interested in coming along. We will confirm dates and locations shortly.
RE – The children will be exploring the attitudes and beliefs of the Hindu religion, with a specific focus on the festival of light, Diwali and shrines.
DT – We will be using our DT skills to construct Viking longboats during our Viking Day.
Jigsaw (PSHCE) – We will be ‘celebrating difference’ in our weekly sessions and using our learning to help us promote Anti-bullying Week.
To find out all about what we will be learning about this half term, and all about school life, please open our current Year 5 learning letter here.
All homework is set on Thursday and due in the following Tuesday.
Each week the children are expected to complete the English and math learning activity. As well as these set pieces, your child should read regularly and get an adult to sign their reading record book.
We also set spelling and times tables homework.
Spellings – 10 words are set as spelling homework each week. It is vital that not only do the children know how to spell these words, but also what they mean. Therefore, the homework involves writing the spelling word into a sentence so children can showcase their full understanding of the word.
Times tables learning – Each week, the children will bring home a times tables grid which reflects the multiplication facts they are being quizzed on at school.
Please make sure that all school uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled. We advise kits to be in school throughout the week as classes have PE on different days throughout the week. Please include joggers and a sweatshirt for outdoor PE. We have our PE sessions on: Thursday and currently have swimming on Fridays.
Please let the school and the teacher know if your child has any allergies (that we do not already know about) or needs to take any medication.
Please remind your child to bring a coat every day in the winter months.