“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think”
– A.A. Milne/Christopher Robin
In Year 5 our teacher is Miss Banks and our amazing teaching assistant is Miss Clemmons. They want every child in the class to achieve their full potential and make good progress! In class 5 we love books and love to read for pleasure. We really enjoy our topic work – we can’t wait to be inspired and produce some fabulous pieces of writing and creative art work.
How your child is learning at home is very important. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email the School, and we will help you as best we can.
In English this half term, we are focusing on many different types of writing: including instructions, a historical narrative, a recount and writing a persuasive letter. At the moment we are looking at a narrative with a historical focus. Many of the children have related their cold write to our topic, which is about WW1. Our key areas of grammar this half term include:
- Relative clauses
- Subordinate clauses
- Comma’s in a list and to mark a clause.
- Fronted adverbials
- Ambitious vocabulary
So far this half term, we have looked at place value. Children have started to recognise the importance of digits being within the correct column as well as being able to identify what each column means. We are moving onto addition and subtraction. The children will be exposed to new terminology when referring to addition and subtraction, these being addend for addition; minuend and subtrahend for subtraction.
In Science we have been looking at Earth and Space. We have looked at the different planets within our solar system as well as identifying some of their key features, such as: how far each planet is from the sun, how hot or cold it is and whether or not life can be found there. The children are loving this topic and have even designed some of their own planets.
This term we are looking at The North Eastern Railway in WW1 and the job it played during the war. The children have enjoyed looking at the artefacts, using them to dress up and pretend that they are part of the railway during WW1. I am excited to see where the children’s interest takes us next!
- Homework has been reviewed!! Please see below the expectations for your child’s homework:
- Your child will read at least 3 times a week to an adult at home. Reading to or with your child is invaluable and will help them so much with their progress in reading. Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. Even after children learn to read by themselves, it’s still important for you to read aloud together.
- Your child will access TTRS (Times Tables Rock Stars) regularly at home. As Maths Lead, I cannot stress how important knowing your times table facts is! If your child is fluent in this recall, they will be able to access a range of mathematical concepts much easier in school. There is now a Multiplication Check in Year 4, as the expectation is that all children know their multiplication facts to 12×12. Please support us in this and encourage your child to take some time over the weekend accessing this fantastic, fun resource!
- Spellings will be sent home fortnightly. Developing your child’s spelling skills will improve confidence in writing.
- Every half term, there will be a Topic Project Grid. This will be something that you can work on with your child, or allow them to do themselves if they wish to. Not all tasks will be required to be complete, meaning that your child can select a few which appeal to them. For each project I will provide more details when projects are sent home.
- Our PE days are Tuesday and Wednesday. Please ensure your child comes to school in their PE kit. This must be a white t-shirt and red shorts. If your child will be having PE lessons outside, they may wear tracksuit bottoms however indoors, they are required to wear shorts. Earrings MUST be removed for safety purposes.
This half-term we have some key dates coming up..
- Thursday 29th September – The Beat Goes On
- Monday 18th October – Spooky Disco 4:15-5:15pm
- Thursday 9th December – Christingle
- Friday 10th December – Christmas Jumper Day
Times Table Rockstars – https://ttrockstars.com/