Dear Year 5 Parents/Carers,
I would like to take this opportunity to warmly welcome you and your child to Year 5! I’m sure we’ll all agree it’s been a strange few months and we are looking forward to welcoming your children back to school, and hopefully establishing something close to a normal routine. After such a long break, I am really looking forward to working with your children over the coming weeks and throughout the year. This letter will hopefully clarify some of your questions about curriculum coverage and classroom routines this year.
In order to ease the children back, all classes have been asked to access Literacy through reading a narrative. In year 5 we will be reading the novel ‘The Midnight Fox’ by Betsy Byars. This book will allow the children to complete a number of written tasks in a relatively short period of time. It lends itself towards journalistic writing, poetry and narrative and should provide the children with the ideal starting block as we look to move on from last year. This will be followed by units covering Explanation texts and Narrative Writing, with a focus on Myths and Legends. Throughout the term, there will be a strong emphasis on building and adapting grammar to enhance story settings and narratives. The children will enjoy several Guided Reading sessions each week, which is becoming a real focus within the school, although reading for pleasure remains at the heart of everything.
Each Monday, we will continue with the Spell to Excel scheme that the children are already familiar with; spellings will be written in their Reading and Homework Diary and tested on the following Friday. Please do help your children check the words that they have generated and work with your child/children to practise learning their spellings. The children will also be given their Learning Logs each Friday. As a precaution, it is my intention to include activities on Google Classroom as part of the homework programme, but all this will be made clear to the children. In addition, we have checked passwords for online aids such as Manga High, Number Gym and Purple Mash. To date it seems that all children have access to these resources which we will utilise throughout the term. For the record, any homework tasks should be returned by the following Wednesday unless otherwise stated.
During Maths, we shall continue to build on prior learning from Year 4, developing skills in understanding number, calculating shape, measuring and handling data. On Wednesday afternoons, there will be a Maths Challenge that will focus on arithmetic and calculation skills. We would like to emphasise the importance of times tables which should have been secured at the end of year 4, and encourage practise of any of those that your child is still uncertain with the use of Number Gym as well as your help. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss any concerns in this regard.
Our first topic for Science is The Sun, The Earth and The Moon in which we will be investigating the planets in our solar system and certain natural events. Through a range of investigations, children will consider why we on Earth experience night and day and why seasons effect our planet. We will investigate moon cycles and properties of the star that is our sun.
This term, we will be learning about Brazil in our Geography Topic. We will be finding out where Brazil is on the map and the countries that border it, before exploring the physical and human geography of this country. We will carry out a case study examining indigenous tribes and the effects that the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest is having upon them.
In the absence of swimming, P.E. will be on Wednesdays and Fridays and we would ask that the children wear their P.E. kits to school on those days. This term we will be developing skills in Rugby with the occasional session of circuit training.
In order to maintain the children’s year group ‘bubbles’ and limit the number of adults mixing with the class, it has been decided that Mrs Cheshire will teach both Music and French to the class this term.
I hope that your child will be very happy in Year 5 and I would like to thank you for your help and support in advance. As you may already be aware, Miss Pearman will be joining us next week, bringing her expertise and experience to the classroom. If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please feel free to contact me.