Welcome to year 5!
Welcome to the Year 5 class page.
In these exceptional circumstances, we have prepared a pack of resources to support your child’s learning at home. These include a range of resources that will help your child keep up to date with core subjects.
Daily home-learning resources are shared by the class teacher via Classdojo. This is a really strong way of keeping our learning up to date and staying connected with our class. If you have any difficulties accessing Classdojo, please contact the school office for further support.
In year 5, high expectations have been set and a clear thirst for a challenge is evident. This half term has been a busy one with children quickly adapting to various classroom roles, new topics and sports.
We have been writing descriptive narratives and focussing on character and setting descriptions using exciting vocabulary and openers to make our writing more effective, adding dialogue to move the action forward.
We have also been honing our grammar skills to recognise and use a wide range of grammatical techniques and practising answering questions from reading comprehensions to ensure we find evidence and information in the text to help support our answers and understanding inference.
Using the White Rose Maths Mastery approach, we have been learning about place value up to 8 digits, rounding, factors and multiples. We focus on formal methods for the four operations e.g. long multiplication and division and furthering our fluency by challenging ourselves with reasoning and problem solving and practising using our mathematical language.
We expect all children to read three times a week in year five and twenty minutes should be a minimum but, if your child can’t put their book down because they are so engrossed, that’s the magic of reading. Please ensure you sign the reading log to confirm this reading is taking place.
After much deliberation, here is my list of must-read books for year 5 children:
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo
Clockwork by Philip Pullman
Cosmic by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Darkmouth by Shane Hegarty
Floodland by Marcus Sedgwick
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan
Wolf Brother by Michelle Paver
Time Travelling With a Hamster by Ross Welford
There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom by Louis Sachar
Why The Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo
On Tuesday afternoons we are very fortunate to be joined by a music specialist who teaches the children how to play the ukulele. These lessons build upon the skills learnt in year four by exploring new chords and more complex songs.
Physical education is fundamental to a healthy lifestyle, therefore Year 5 has two P.E. lessons (10-11am on a Tuesday and 2-3pm on a Friday) so as to ensure this foundation is laid and they have the necessary skills for moving on to secondary school. We have been developing our skills in rugby and basketball, concentrating on passing and movement. Please ensure that the children have their correct school P.E. kit in school first thing on a Monday and it will go home with the children at 3.15pm on Friday to be washed. This allows for some flexibility in the time table and ensures that the children are prepared for any additional P.E. sessions that are delivered by external organisations.
From Monday 21st October till Friday 25th October, Year 5 took part in a residential experience at the Outward Bound site in Ullswater, in the Lake District, Cumbria. This is a wonderful experience for the children to take part in a wide variety of outdoors-based activities including mountain climbing, rock climbing, gorge walking, orienteering, canoeing, and much more.
Our class novel this term is “War Horse” by Michael Morpurgo