Welcome to Year 5!
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.
Class Timetable: Year 5 2020-21 Class Timetable
Curriculum Yearly Overview: LTP overview 2020 21 year
In the event of remote-learning, we share learning and resources through Classdojo. Parents and children are able to post messages, photos and videos and parents can see work and send me messages too. 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.
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.
Topic – History
Children will be enabled to develop a broad and balanced understanding of history that will contribute to them becoming confident, informed, critical and responsible adult members of society. A rounded historical education reflects the nature of history itself: firstly, it is concerned with the knowledge and interpretations of the lives of people in the past; secondly, it heightens awareness of the way in which history impinges on our present day lives in the objects and institutions that surround us; and thirdly, it enables children to experience something of the way in which historians go about their work. Through exploring the past in this way, children can acquire knowledge and concepts while simultaneously developing important skills and attitudes appropriate to their individual stages of development. Children in year 5 will lean about the Ancient Mayans, Vikings and our local area.
Topic – Geography
- Develop knowledge of locations of globally significant places – including their defining physical and human characteristics.
- Understand the processes that give rise to key physical and human geographical features of the world, how these are interdependent and how they bring about spatial variation and change over time
- Competent in the geographical skills needed to:
- Collect, analyse and communicate with a range of data gathered through experiences of fieldwork that deepen their understanding of geographical processes
- Interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems
- Communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills.
- In year 5 children will concentrate on, ‘What shapes my world? (weather, water, tectonics plates, climate zones’ and ‘Fantastic Journeys’ (key countries and features of the world)
Through building up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts, pupils in year 5 are encouraged to recognise the power of rational explanation and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena. They build upon their understanding of how science can be used to explain what is occurring, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes. Develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics. Develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them and are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future.
In year 5 children concentrate their learning on the following science topics:
- Living Things & Habitats
- Properties of materials
- Animals including humans
- Marvellous mixtures
- Earth and Space
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.
My Book Journal
This is to promote independent reading in Year 5. The book is for them to use at home, and bring back to school to be checked. Included at the front of the book, is a range of tasks for your child to complete, correlating with a book they are currently reading. The tasks can be done in these books. After each activity is finished, parents / carers are expected to sign and date the activity for proof of completion. Independent reading, or reading to others can also be dated and signed for. These books will then be checked by myself and Miss Lockett, to work towards fortnightly prizes.
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 Thursday afternoons we are very fortunate to be joined by a music specialist who teaches the children how to play the Clarinet. 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, 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 health and fitness and orienteering, concentrating on team building, communication, and healthy bodies. 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 3.00pm on Friday to be washed. This allows for some flexibility in the timetable and ensures that the children are prepared for any additional P.E. sessions that are delivered by external organisations.
Our class novel this term is “Time Travelling with a Hamster” by Ross Welford
Previous terms texts include:
Throughout the academic year, we use a number of websites to support your child’s learning.
- SPAG support: https://www.spag.com/
- Maths support: https://ttrockstars.com/
- Reading support: https://www.oxfordreadingbuddy.com/uk