Happy new year! We hope everyone had a relaxing break over the Christmas holidays and are ready to explore our new themes this term! We can't wait!
The year five team...
- The class doors will be open from 8.45-9.00am. If your child arrives after this time, please take them to the school office. (School telephone number 01322 663792)
- The school day ends at 3.15pm. If you are unable to collect your child, please telephone the school office.
- In year 5, many children begin to walk home from school alone or with friends, we are happy for them to do so (as long as you are!). Please could you write us a note if you would like this to happen.
- A note on phones- We have decided that even those children walking a short distance do not need a phone. It is safer for children to be concentrating on walking rather than being on their phone. We also feel this will support our online safety policy. If you feel there is an exceptional reason, such as travelling alone on a bus to Swanley then please make an appointment to see Mrs Hall/ Mrs Hammond.
- In term 3, P.E will be on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Please ensure at the beginning of each new term that your child has:
- Handwriting pen
- Whiteboard pen
- Glue stick
- Purple pen/biro
- Named water bottle
- Named PE kit
Home Learning & Spellings
Home Learning will continue to be set on Class Dojo, however, will now be completed in a homework book. Homework is set on a Thursday and is due in on Tuesday (we will also upload a copy of the home learning tasks onto the class page of the website). It is an expectation that all children complete the tasks set within this time. We will be completing weekly spelling tests following the spellings set on the homework grid. Optional, additional learning may be given to your child occasionally in order that you may support them at home.
In addition to all home learning each week, please remember to keep up to date with tasks and activities set on:
Dates for the diary
3rd January- INSET day
4th January- Term 4 starts
6th January- Residential trip meeting at 2:15pm
17th January- Young Voices meeting
23rd-25th January- Residential Trip
3rd February- Mother Teresa Class Assembly
7th February- E Safety Day
13th February- Half Term Starts
In English, this term we will exploring a text by Shaun Tan and Gary Crew called ‘The Viewer’. We will begin by interpreting the images from the text, discussing a wide range of symbolism and imagery within the text and developing our understanding of the characters, setting and plot. We will then write our own stories based on the story read from a different character’s point of view.
In Maths, our focus is Multiplication and Division. We will start using the formal methods to multiply and divide. 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.
History & Geography
Our new theme for the term is the Mayan Civilisation. We will be studying the history, their beliefs, way of life, clothing, food, art and ways of communicating. We will also study the human and physical geography of Mesoamerica.
Our science theme 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:
- MLK - Tuesday and Friday
- Mother Teresa – Tuesday and Friday
- Darwin – Tuesday and Friday
However, please note these sessions will be subject to change dependent on the weather and availability of the hall. Therefore, full named 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 Term 3:
Take a look at some of our favourite moments this term...
Year five fun!
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ - A range of interactive Maths games
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zv48q6f - A range of interactive English games
https://www.getepic.com/ - 1000s of books can be found here, with a free subscription for the first 30 days.
https://library.thenational.academy/ - each week there will be a new focus author, who will share a story with you!
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zcw76sg - A range of interactive History activities
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z2pfb9q - A range of interactive Science activities
Year 5 curriculum overview:
Year 5/6 Spelling List:
Below are the list of year 5/6 spellings, which we will begin to cover this year. Please use them to support your children with their English.