Welcome back! We hope you all had a lovely half term break. This will be a busy term but with lots of fantastic learning and festivities! Read on to find out about what we will be learning…
Maths and English
In English, this term we will exploring different genres of writing. We will begin the term with non-fiction by learning about different forms of recounts and the different language and style used for each type. We will then move onto fiction and learn about spooky narratives and how to build tension and suspense through our writing. We will then learn about reading and writing some more non-fiction by focusing on how to write and develop a balanced and persuasive argument.
In Maths our focus is multiplication and division. Using our knowledge of place value from last term, we will be learning and using written methods for multiplication and division and applying these to single and multi-step worded problems. Any extra tables practise at home would be hugely beneficial! Towards the end of the term, we will be looking at area and perimeter.
This term, we will continue our learning about Ancient Greece. Now that we have learned about some key facts about the creation of Ancient Greece and its physical and human geography, we will be comparing the daily life of an Ancient Greek to our lives in modern day Britain. 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.
Furthermore, if you want to help your child explore this learning in greater depth, the British Museum has a fantastic Ancient Greece exhibition. You can also find lots of information on their website.
This term, we will be focusing on ‘Properties and Changes of Materials’ in Science. In this unit, we will learn about different materials, their uses and their properties, as well as dissolving, separating mixtures and irreversible changes. The children will sort and classify objects according to their properties. They will explore the properties of materials to find the most suitable material for different purposes. They will have the opportunity to work in a hands-on way to explore dissolving, identifying the different variables in their own investigations. They will find out about different ways to separate mixtures of materials, using filtering, sieving and evaporating. Finally, they will learn about irreversible changes, and participate in some exciting investigations to create new materials.
PE is planned for:
- MLK - Monday and Thursday
- Mother Teresa – Monday 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 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 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. Optional, additional learning may be given to your child occasionally in order that you may support them at home with specific concepts that they need extra practice with.
Please ensure that children have the appropriate equipment in school at all times, including:
Ruler Handwriting pen
Erasers Whiteboard pen
Glue stick Purple pen/biro
Dates for the diary
4th Nov Mother Teresa & MLK Parent Telephone consultations
5th Nov Darwin Parent Telephone Conversation
11th Nov Remembrance Day
13th Nov Children In Need
17th Nov Skipping Workshop
3rd Dec Christmas Tree Dressing
16th Dec Christmas Parties
17th Dec Christmas Lunch
18th Dec Last Day of Term
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.