This term, our new topic is the Ancient Maya Civilisation. We will be starting off our topic by making Mayan hot chocolate and looking at the history of chocolate through the ages. The children will learn who the ancient Maya people were and where and when they lived. They will use maps and atlases to locate Maya cities and identify countries in Mesoamerica. In addition to this they will learn about the religious beliefs and rituals of the ancient Maya people and find out more about some of the many gods they worshipped. The children will learn about the work of the explorers John Lloyd Stephens and Frederick Catherwood and have the opportunity to analyse historical pictures of the cities they discovered. They will also learn about the types of food eaten by the ancient Maya people.
If you have any resources which are relevant to this topic, including books and artefacts that you wouldn’t mind lending to the class for this term, it would be greatly appreciated. However, please ensure that any resources are clearly named.
Maths and English
In English, this term we will be focusing on the book The Viewer by Gary Crew and Shaun Tan. We will be using our skills of inference to draw meaning from the detailed illustrations in the text and make informed predictions. We will also consider the story from different perspectives and rewrite the narrative from another character’s point of view. Towards the end of the term we are hoping to explore different forms of poetry and compare their similarities and differences.
In Maths, our focus is Multiplication and Division, including Fractions. We will start using the formal methods to multiply and divide and then use these skills to identify and calculate fractions. If your child is still not secure with all of their times tables up to 12, any extra practice you could do with them would be beneficial.
Our science topic this term is ‘Forces’ and we are looking forward to conducting lots of practical investigations and experiments to explore our learning. Our learning this term will focus on different types of forces such as gravity, friction, water resistance and air resistance. We will also learn about the use of mechanisms such as levers, gears and pulleys. Furthermore, we learn will identify forces and find out about scientific pioneers, Isaac Newton and Galileo Galilei, and their discoveries about gravity and forces.
PE is planned for Monday and Tuesday this term for MLK and Tuesday and Thursday for Mother Teresa; however this will be subject to change dependent on the weather and availability of the hall. Therefore, full PE kit (including trainers/plimsolls that are suitable for an outside lesson) should be in school at all times. Long hair should be tied back and if your child wears earrings, please ensure they are able to remove them independently if possible.
.Home Learning & Spellings
Home Learning and spellings will continue to be given out on Thursday and is due in on Tuesday. It is an expectation that all children complete the tasks set within this time, including their spellings. These will include words featuring focus spelling patterns and key spellings which the children will be encouraged to use in their writing. Optional, additional learning may be given to your child occasionally in order that you may support them at home.
22nd Jan Young Voices @ O2
31st Jan Mother Teresa Class Assembly
3rd Feb Sayers Croft Residential Trip Meeting (6:00pm Junior Hall)
11th Feb Internet Safety Day
14th Feb INSET Day
17th – 21st Feb Half Term Holidays
24th Feb Term 4 Starts
24th – 27th Feb Sayers Croft Residential Trip
What a way to start the New Year - Rockstar day!
In P.E the children mastered goal ball:
In gymnastics we improved our balance and created lines of symmetry using our bodies.
In Science we learnt about the Solar System and created a relative distance model using fruit to represent the sizes of the planets.
The children brought in their favourite books so we could make a display to recommend our favourite reads:
We worked so hard that we even had time for some Golden Time too:
Spellings will be an important part of your child’s learning in English this year. Words featuring focus spelling patterns and key spellings will be given each week for home learning and the children encouraged to use these in their writing.
Furthermore, below are the list of year 5 key spellings for the year. Please use them to support your children with their English.
appreciate equip (-ped – ment)
criticise (critic + ise) curiosity
Please ensure your children are reading regularly at home and their contact books are signed.
There are some online maths games that children can play at home to reinforce the skills being learned this year. Below is a small selection of sites that may be useful.
This site has lots of fun, timed activities and is particularly useful for times tables and division practice.
This site covers all of the maths skills learned in year 5 and is organised into categories so you can practice specific skills. Scores can be tracked and the level of difficulty increases as improvement is made.
This site offers differentiated activities for specific age ranges.
Lots of very visual, interactive games covering all areas of the curriculum.