Welcome To Year 5!
Mrs Williams and I are so excited to meet you all! We hope that you have had a wonderful and relaxing summer and are looking forward to returning to school for lots of fun!
Our learning in Year 5
English & Topic
This term our theme title is 'Conflict'. We'll explore both World War 1 and 2, focusing mainly on World War 2. We will find out about the people involved in these conflicts, examine key events and find out what life was like at the time. In English we will be exploring the book 'Rose Blanche' by Ian McEwan, which is a fantastic book that will help us to build our writing skills. In Guided Reading we will be reading 'The Butterfly Lion', by Michael Morpurgo.
In KS2 we all follow the Spelling programme on Spelling Shed. Each week children have lessons on how to spell the patterns needed to be successful spellers for their age group. Patterns include the various ways to spell the "shun" sound (tion, sion, ssion, cian) and the "chur" sound (ture). Children use spelling journals in class to record their learning and support their independent spelling during writing lessons. See below for a copy of the Year 5/6 spelling list from the National Curriculum.
The whole school uses the Maths No Problem approach to lessons. If you would like to know more about the Maths No Problem programme, follow this link: https://mathsnoproblem.com/en/parent-videos/
Homework - Initially homework will be set weekly on Google Classroom every Friday. Please keep an eye out for more information about this.
PE - Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school every day. We will be trying to follow our usual PE timetable as much as possible, whilst following the COVID-19 guidelines. Therefore I would appreciate it if all children could have their kit ready for a PE lesson at short notice!
PE kit should consist of:
Reading - Please hear your child read every night for around 15-20 minutes. Fluency in reading helps children to build their understanding of the world, their comprehension, vocabulary and develops empathy for others. Reading can be from many sources, not just their reading scheme book. Try this list for ideas: https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/reading-lists-for-ks2-school-pupils/suggested-reading-list-for-year-4-pupils-ks2-age-8-9/
Google Classroom - We will be encouraging the use of Google Classroom to help the children build up their technological skills and competency as quickly as possible. Please keep an eye out for your child's Google login, and more information about Google Classroom!
For support with basic number facts and times tables, encourage children to try the Top Marks website and play some fun games that help consolidate learning! https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables
We also use Times Tables Rockstars to practise our times tables - it is very important that all the children are able to recall any of the multiplication facts up to 12x12 instantly. I hope we will have lots of Rock Heroes and Rock Legends in Year 5!