Class 5 Newsletter – Summer Term
Class 5 Summer Term Newsletter
Welcome back. I hope you have had a good Easter break, we have another busy term ahead of us!
Please find below a brief outline of what we will be covering this term.
English: This term we are looking at a film unit that covers a variety of descriptive writing, narratives, letter writing and persuasion. We will also cover a unit on ‘Faraway Fiction’ which will include studying texts, comprehension exercises, book reviews and culminate in writing our own stories set in a faraway location. Non-fiction work will include instruction and explanation texts.
Spelling, grammar, punctuation, handwriting, guided reading, reading comprehension, vocabulary expansion and improving self-editing skills are ongoing.
Maths: Adding and subtracting decimals including differing numbers of decimal places and crossing the whole number, sequencing decimals, multiplying and dividing decimals by 10, 100 and 1,000. Drawing and measuring angles. Identify 3D shapes from 2D representations. Using the properties of rectangles to find related facts and find missing lengths and angles. Distinguishing between regular and irregular polygons based on knowledge of equal sides and angles. Reflection and translation of shapes. Converting between different units of metric measure. Understanding and using approximate equivalences between metric units and common imperial units. We will also recap various topics covered throughout the year. Improving mental calculations-including times tables will be ongoing.
Science: We will be learning about Earth and Space this term which includes the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system, the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth, understanding the Sun, Earth and Moon are approximately spherical bodies, understanding the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky. After half term we will move on to learning about animals including humans which will include the changes we and other animals go through as we develop into old age.
Geography/History: This term we will be looking at a contrasting world location, specifically India. We will learn about the location of the country including key physical features, cities, surrounding countries and seas. We will learn about the climate and weather in India, the history of the British Empire in India, famous landmarks and influential people. We will also look at cultural differences and similarities, and human geography and sustainability.
Art, Design and Technology: Our art theme this term is Indian art, we will look at traditional Indian art including rangoli and mandala patterns and use this to design and make our own cushion covers.
French: We will be concluding our work on le weekend which will then be followed chez moi and mes amis et moi.
P.E: This term we will be covering cricket, rounders and athletics.
Music: This term we will be learning to play the ukulele.
Computing: Understanding computer networks including the World Wide Web and using search technologies effectively. We will also cover some areas of word processing and development of typing skills.
RE: We will be learning about religious symbols, followed by Hindu and Christian places of worship.
PHSE: We will be concluding work on medicine and drugs which will be followed by a unit looking at healthy lifestyles.
P.E. – Will be taught on Mondays and Tuesdays. Please make sure all kit is in school for both days ensuring PE kits are brought back into school after clubs as we have little to no spare kit available and without this children will not be able to participate in the lesson. Make sure all kit and uniform is labelled so that missing items can be easily reunited. Please make sure that children have separate socks to change into for PE, particularly if they usually wear tights.
Reading- Please encourage children to read daily and take responsibility for their reading journals. This includes bringing it to school every day, updating it when they start and finish a book and y completing their reading challenges to an acceptable standard.
Spelling – Children must bring their home spelling books to school in order to record their spellings and practice them at home. Please encourage children to practice their spellings prior to the weekly test on Fridays.
Forest School- Please ensure children come to school with a suitable change of clothes on the given dates. We will leave school after lunch and children are to be collected from the Forest School site, children will also need to bring a bottle of water with them.
Key Dates for Your Diary
20th April Forest School
27th April Forest School
11th May Forest School
25th June Houses of Parliament Trip
If you have any questions or concerns at any time please do come and talk to me after school, or make an appointment through the school office.