Autumn Newsletter, Year 5
Welcome to Year 5 – it’s lovely to see so many of you again and to get to know some newer members of the class! We hope you have enjoyed your holidays, despite the strange times and, like us, are looking forward to a busy term ahead. We outline below the curriculum areas to be covered this term as well as ways you can help us to support your child’s learning in Year 5, particularly after the time away from school last term.
As the children grow in independence and maturity in their reading and their writing, we will be supporting them to develop their own voices, discussing and highlighting the options available to them, both stylistically and in their choices of vocabulary. We will be encouraging self-assessment to develop the children’s awareness of detail, particularly in spelling and punctuation, and will be discussing the texts we read in class, expressing our own ideas and responses and justifying these with evidence found within the texts. We will begin the term with the study of a visual text, The Alchemist’s Letter, and will follow this by looking at Greek Myths and writing argument texts inspired by the Elgin Marbles issue. We will also be reading some classic narrative poetry – Alfred Noyes’ The Highwayman – and considering our responses to poetry. We will continue to study spelling patterns and will be asking the children to practise these at home, identifying further examples and noting their use within texts.
We will be following a recovery curriculum in maths; some areas will be revisited and covered in more depth than usual to give children the opportunity to reconnect and reengage. We have identified the areas in maths which were not directly taught in Year 4 and we will teach these across the term/year.
We will start this term by looking at place value in whole numbers. We will also cover written and mental addition and subtraction methods, including using column addition/subtraction to add/subtract pairs of 4/5-digit numbers. The children will practise their times tables regularly and they will use mental multiplication and division. They will multiply/divide by 10, 100, 1000 and write decimal numbers as tenths and hundredths. Children will add/subtract decimals and add/subtract equivalent fractions. When looking at measures, the children will measure and compare capacities, weights and lengths and convert between different units of measurement. They will solve problems involving time and calculate perimeters and areas. We will regularly set the children problem solving investigations to develop their problem solving and reasoning skills.
History and Geography
We begin the year with a history focus, learning about Ancient Greece and its influence on life today. We will explore the issue of where artefacts such as the Elgin Marbles should reside and will take a virtual tour of the British Museum’s displays.
For the first half term we will learn about the properties of materials. The children will compare and group together everyday materials on the basis of their properties, including their hardness, transparency, and conductivity (electrical and thermal). They will give reasons, based on evidence from comparative and fair tests, for the particular uses of everyday materials. In the second half term, we will be learning about forces; discussing what gravity and resistance are and identifying the effects of friction and water resistance. The children will have lots of opportunities to work scientifically, planning different types of scientific enquiries to answer questions. They will take measurements, use a range of scientific equipment, record results and report and present their findings.
The children will continue to learn about ESafety, looking at privacy and being a good ‘online citizen.’ The class will be using internet research and they will communicate findings through digital literacy.
Art and DT
Our art during the autumn term will be inspired by Gustav Klimt’s Birchwoods paintings, developing the use of tonal colour in painting. We will also be making simple pots in the style of ancient Greek pottery, using sgraffito techniques to apply patterns.
In DT, we will be looking at structures and choices of materials to build our own ‘Trojan horse-inspired’ designs to smuggle soldiers into troy as well as exploring the contents of our allotments to design a soup to inspire the kitchen staff!
RE and PSHE
In RE, we will be reading stories from the New Testament as well as considering the significance of Christmas for Christians. We will also be learning about Hinduism and the festival of Diwali.
Our PSHE learning will lead us to think about citizenship and values, discussing how we can make a positive contribution and considering our feelings and relationships with others. This term in particular, we will be giving time to exploring our own wellbeing and re-enforcing this with mindful practices and learning.
This term in music, we will be discussing and responding to music in a variety of ways, listening to chosen composers and musical genres and considering key features and which we enjoy most.
This term, PE will be taught on a Wednesday afternoon and Friday afternoon and the children will need to come to school dressed for outdoor PE on these days, with a suitable, light-weight coat to be worn when the weather is colder and damp. The children will be taught Sports Hall Athletics (outdoors!) and football.
Our key themes this term will be to describe family members and knowing the names of items of clothing, describing them with a range of adjectives. We will focus on developing the children’s ability to understand increasingly complex sentences and to build sentences of their own, adding adjectives and remembering the importance of ensuring that adjectives reflect gender and number in French. We will supplement the weekly lesson with short, additional sessions practising verbal and listening skills; any additional practise that you are able to offer at home is extremely beneficial for building confidence and embedding vocabulary in any new foreign language so please do give this a try if you feel able.
Homework and how you can support your child’s learning
The children will be asked to complete 3 pieces of homework each week; these will include spellings and one piece each of English and maths homework, each taking approximately 40 minutes to complete. Homework will be posted on Teams in the Assignment section (please see ParentMail with instructions on how to access/use). English is usually set on a Wednesday, to be returned the following Tuesday, and Maths is set on a Friday, to be returned the following Thursday. Children will usually have the option of a ‘spicy’ extension to their homework, which they should tackle if they feel confident and only if they have not exceeded the time they should be taking to complete the work. Homework should build upon and consolidate work in class and it should be clear to your child what is required of them. Please limit your support to ensuring that they have the opportunity to complete their work in a timely fashion and that they present their work neatly and to the best of their ability. If they have any questions, we are always happy to answer them; the aim of our homework is to re-enforce the children’s classroom learning and to see that they are applying their learning independently, in line with national expectations.
Reading continues to be important for your child’s development; please encourage your child to sample a wide range of text types and support their interest in reading by discussing what they have read and by continuing to share texts together when possible. They should read daily at home where possible, completing reading challenges regularly as they wish.
Please be assured that we will be working to identify and address any gaps or rustiness in your children’s learning since they were last in school in Spring but if you have any particular concerns or issues you would like to discuss regarding your child, please do not hesitate to contact us (please contact the office and they will arrange for one of us to call you).
Mrs Rudkin and Miss Sabin