Dear Parents and Carers,
Re: YEAR 5 – SPRING TERM 2019
We hope that you had a wonderful Christmas holiday! Spring term is another busy and exciting term; below you will find a brief outline of the new curriculum that we will be exploring and learning about during this forthcoming term. As the term continues we will keep you up-to-date with our progress and with more details.
This term we shall continue to developing and practise our mental maths skills regularly, concentrating on how to solve calculations quickly and efficiently. In addition to this we will be applying our knowledge of multiplication and division to problems. We will also be focusing on fractions, decimals and percentages. We will be building on the skills that we used last term as we compare and order fractions, decimals and percentages. We will also be converting from fractions to decimals, or converting improper fractions to mixed number fractions and vice versa. In each of these areas the key skills will be taught and then applied to real-life contexts, or investigations, to show how maths skills have a purpose in our everyday life. As always, we will continue practising and using our times tables knowledge, so please continue to practise this with your child.
In conjunction with our History topic, the Tudors, we will be developing our story telling skills, learning about Shakespeare’s plays, language and vocabulary. We aim to write an alternative ending to Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Following this, we will be learning how to plan, draft and write information texts to link with our Science topic about Earth and Space. After half term we will be looking at narrative writing and will be writing short stories with discussions or morals. Extra details will follow each week on our class blogs and also on the weekly Home learning sheets, so please check these regularly.
We will begin this term with a historical study of the Tudor period. A good introduction to this period can be found in the Horrible History books (available in the school and local libraries or through the stories and songs on Horrible Histories website). Another link is the CBBC site which has clips of a variety of programmes, http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/watch/by/show/horrible-histories .
In Science we will be learning about the Earth and Space. We will be thinking about the different planets in our solar system and how they move. We will think about how the Earth’s movement around the Sun impacts our seasons and the Science behind day and night. We will also be thinking about the moon, and how it moves around the Earth.
Art and DT
This half term we will be looking at examples of Tudor artists and attempting to emulate their designs and style.
Throughout the spring term we will cover a variety of topics in Religious Education lessons including; Inspirational People, Reconciliation and Other Faith: Hinduism.
This term we are going to be developing our football skills during our PE lessons as well as continuing to boost our fitness during fitness sessions. PE kits must remain in school and will be sent home for each holiday.
As part of our skill based Computing lessons we are continuing to learn how to create simple programs using basic coding methods through the ‘Scratch’ program.
In other areas of the curriculum the pupils will be using everyday skills in order to present their learning, these will include PowerPoint presentations, excel for graphs and tables and using the internet for researching a variety of topics across the curriculum.
We will continue to develop our understanding of the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools program and thinking about how children everywhere have particular rights and responsibilities. We will be working with the school’s Article 12 group to focus on how we can be global citizens and have a positive impact on our local community. For more information about Unicef’s Rights Respecting School and it’s award visit: http://www.unicef.org.uk/rights-respecting-schools/
Philosophy for Children (P4C)
P4C will continue to give children an opportunity to build on their thinking and communication skills in order to become a creative, critical, collaborative and caring thinker.
Suggested trips / websites to support learning
The Tower of London have many artefacts from the Tudor period. The tomb of St. Thomas More, is also located here. Entry is discounted for all residents of Tower Hamlets. More details can be found on www.hrp.org.uk/tower-of-london/families.
Good websites for the Tudors include:
Historic Royal Palaces have a great children’s section on the Tudors.
BBC Bitesize also have lots of really interesting video clips.
Home learning will be set in accordance with the school’s home learning policy which is available on the school’s website. Maths home learning will usually be a mental activity however your child may have written learning to complete from time to time.
As you know, it is essential that your child reads a wide range of genres (i.e. fiction, non-fiction, newspapers) and develops a good reading habit to help with their comprehension, writing and vocabulary. Children are expected to read for at least 20-25 minutes a night and to write a comment in their reading record. This comment might be a summary, a prediction about the text, observations about a character or new/unfamiliar words that they have encountered. We kindly request that you oversee the reading record by adding your signature at least once a week.
Spellings will be set on Monday. Children will be asked to write extended, imaginative sentences for their ten spellings to consolidate their understanding of the words they are learning. They will then be tested on the spellings the following Monday. These spellings will include words from the year 5/6 spelling list which is a list of spellings published in the National Curriculum which children must learn by the end of their primary education. Children may be given additional spellings if we feel that they need to be challenged further.
Drop Everything and Read
This year we are continuing our ‘Drop Everything and Read’ sessions. This means that every Friday afternoon everybody at St Anne’s (adults and children alike) will have thirty minutes to stop whatever they are doing and read a book of their choice. This could be your library book or a book that you have brought in from home. We really hope that these sessions in which we are all reading for pleasure will help to foster your child’s love of reading. Please help ensure that your child is ready for these sessions by ensuring that they bring a reading book into school on a Friday.
Should you have any questions, please contact the office to make an appointment.
Mrs Phelan and Mr Hamilton