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YEAr 5

Welcome to Year 5's Learning Page 

MEET THE TEAM

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Dear Parents / Carers and Year 5 children,

We hope you all had an enjoyable half term break and managed to have lots of fun and family time.  As a team we are really looking forward to welcoming you back, with lots of fun and learning along the way, as we pass the half way mark and head towards Easter - lighter days and hopefully warmer weather!  

Please feel free to come and speak with us with any questions, suggestions or concerns - we are always willing to listen and help in any way we can. You can contact us via the office, in the playground after school, or via year5@stthomas.org.uk  

All the best, Mr Sykes, Mrs Jones and Mrs Fullwood, plus all the great adults that will be supporting us!

             

Our TOPIC . . . Sow, Grow, Farm

Our topic this term continues with ‘Sow, Grow and Farm’. In the Sow, Grow and Farm project, your child has already been learning about allotments in the United Kingdom and how the government encouraged people to have them to support food rationing during the Second World War. They will learn about food webs and animal life cycles, including how living things are dependent on one another within a habitat. They will investigate the different ways that plants reproduce and will dissect flowering plants to identify the different structures. They will have the opportunity to learn about farming in the United Kingdom and the techniques used in modern farming, including the challenges that farmers face. They will learn about the benefits of eating seasonally and about the pros and cons of importing food. They will also learn about world farming and how the different climate zones affect where different foods can be grown. We are hoping to end the project with a school trip to a working farm!

English: We are going to start the half term by looking at  non-chronological reports, creating our own information leaflets about allotments. Following that we will consider other units within the English curriculum, including poetry, related to the curriculum driver; Sow, Grow, Farm.

Maths: We are following the White Rose Curriculum, so will start with decimals and percentages before moving on to Perimeter and Area, and then finish the half term with Statistics. The White Rose Maths website has lots of free support and guidance, plus we always suggest children use the BBC Bitesize for effective teaching guidance as well. 

Reading: Pupils will be focusing on building their reading comprehension skills this half term and working on answering extended answers in detail – using evidence from the text to back up their thoughts and ideas, as well as summarising. We are really pleased with the progress of most children, and regular book changing is proving the key with many, so thanks to all you adults for that continued support in this area.

Science: This half-term continues with Animal life cycles, classifying animals, and also the stages of a Human life. All lessons are age appropriate and as they form part of the National Science Curriculum, all pupils will be expected to be a part of this learning.

Music: All the learning is focused around one song: Fresh Prince of Bel Air, by Will Smith - a class favourite every year! The material presents an integrated approach to music where games, the dimensions of music (pulse, rhythm, pitch etc.), singing and playing instruments are all linked. 

PSHCE:  Year 5s will continue the theme of "What makes up a person's identity", before moving on to "How we manage money". We are also introducing a weekly lesson 

RE: In RE we will be considering topical questions to generate thought and class discussions while linking it with Christianity and the many other religions. We follow the National Curriculum for R.E., and link to the school's key values - This half term it's ASPIRE!

Computing: Creating media - Video editing, planning, capturing and editing video to produce a short film.

A&D: Children will continue exploring the work of Pablo Picasso and Rembrandt under the theme heading "Line, Light and Shadows". This will involve using lots of different techniques - from continuous pencil line drawings to photography. 

PE/Sport: Swimming starts for 5S on TUESDAYS - though they will also have an extra PE lesson, on a Friday. For 5JF; they have finished their swimming and will now return to regular PE lessons in school.

MFL: Pupils are speaking, reading & writing in French with increasing confidence, using the iLanguages learning scheme. Merci!

Home Learning

We are still using a paper-based homework besides actively using Kahoot and Seesaw. Homework is sent out weekly so we can use it to consolidate our understanding from lessons. It will be given out on a Tuesday or Wednesday, to be returned the following week prior to the next one being handed out. We would like more pupils to take ownership of this essential extra learning, and hope that adults in their home are able to support this.

Please can you also ensure that your child reads 4/5 times a week at home – with an emphasis on reading for pleasure.

Reading books need returning every Thursday, which need to have signatures and comments in the Reading Record Booklet.


If children want any extra help, from home, with any subject at all levels;
         BBC BITESIZE is a fabulous web-based resource that will help with any topic within the curriculum. 

 

Thank you for your continued help and support.
Please do not hesitate to get i
n touch with the Year 5 team if you have any questions or queries, 

 
Mrs Jones, Mrs Fullwood and Mr Sykes.

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Here is your Year 5 Class Charter challenge sheet. You can also download a copy by clicking on the image.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

If you can share any knowledge relating to our topic we would love to hear about it, plus if you have any skills (and time) related to the lessons we would do our best to include you in an afternoon with the children! 

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