Year 5 — 19 April 2017
Year 5 – Welcome to the Summer Term!

21st April 2017

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the Summer Term in Year 5 and I hope you all had a fantastic break over the Easter holidays.  This term, we will be starting many exciting new topics and I would like to take this opportunity to share with you a bit more information about some of them.

In English, we will be studying a variety of genres beginning with a unit on ‘Suspense and Mystery’ where the children will have the opportunity to write their own spooky story.  Following on from that, we will be studying a poetry unit on ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes and then we will be learning about recount texts.

In Maths, we will begin by learning about percentages and we will then look at the reflections of shapes in a mirror line and the translations of shapes on an axis.

One of the Science topics we will be studying this term is ‘All Living Things’. This focuses on the life cycles of different animals and also looks at reproduction in plants.  The remaining topic is ‘Animals, including humans’ which will include learning about changes in humans as they grow and develop from babies.

Our History topic for the Summer Term is ‘The Tudors’ and this will link to our unit in P.E. on Tudor dance.   To further support our history learning, I have arranged a visit to Hatfield House for Wednesday 7th June and you will receive more information on this in due course.

In PE, we will continue with our Rugby for the first few weeks as well as completing an Athletics unit and finding out about Tudor Dance.  We will also spend time learning about baseball – fingers crossed for some sunshine to help us with this!  The children will need to have their P.E. kits in school every week on Wednesdays and Thursdays for the duration of the term.

The Computing unit is ‘Data Matters’ and this topic involves learning how to use and create databases.  We will also continue thinking about eSafety.  In Art, our topic is ‘Folds and Crumples’ which will include sketching and painting different objects.

Over the course of the term, Mrs Constantin will continue teaching Year 5 Music each week, and the children will also have a weekly French lesson with Mrs Jones.

I am very much looking forward to what I am sure will be another exciting and productive term! I hope you will be able to join us for the Year 5 and 6 production at the Sandpit Theatre on Thursday 13th July or Friday 14th July.  In the next couple of weeks, the children will be given more information on this as well as audtition pieces to rehearse.

There will also be an opportunity to look at the children’s work at the Open Afternoon on Wednesday 14th June.

If you have any questions or concerns at all, please feel free to come and see me. As always, any parents who are able to spare an hour or so each week to help in the classroom would be very much appreciated!

Mrs Caroline Rich

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