Please come to our 'meet the teacher' meeting on Friday 20th September at 2:45pm.
Welcome back to school and to Year 5! We hope you had a fantastic summer and have come back to school relaxed, refreshed and ready to work really hard! Term 1 is always so exciting, starting a new year group and we are looking forward to a super busy and fun term!
Our topic this term is Ancient Greece. We will be studying all aspects of ancient Greek history and daily life in detail, and will be making comparisons between modern day and ancient civilisations. 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.
Maths and English
In English this term we will looking at Greek Myths, making links with our Ancient Greece topic. In particular, we will be reading ‘The Adventures of Odysseus’ and then moving on to Recounts.
In Maths, we will be consolidating our knowledge of the place value of numbers up to 1 million as well as developing our written methods for addition and subtraction. Children will be encouraged to use their mathematical vocabulary and reasoning skills to solve problems involving these concepts.
Our science topic this term is Earth and Space, focusing on the movement of the Earth and the Solar System.
To find out more, a visit to the Science Museum or the Royal Observatory in London will support your child’s learning.
PE is planned for Monday and Wednesday this term 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 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
3rd September – Back to School!
13th September – Inflatables (3:30-5:30pm)
20th September – Meet the Teacher (2:45-3:15pm)
3rd October – National Poetry Day
8th October – Individual Photos
11th October – Harvest Festival Assembly Y4 (Church)
14th & 16th October – Parent Consultations
18th October – MLK class assembly (9:15-9:45am)
21st October – Half Term
28th & 29th October – INSET Days
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.