Spring Term 2019
Class Newsletter 5F
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back everyone. May we also take this opportunity to thank you all for your lovely cards and gifts before Christmas.
Below is an outline of the main areas we will be covering this term and some important dates for your diary.
Spring Topic: Our topic for this term will be the Ancient Greeks with cross – curricula links to art, maths and English.
English: We will continue with Fairy Tales, building up to creative and persuasive writing. We plan on having a year 5 debate linked to the characters…
Maths: This term we will look at everything from last term again but in more depth and there are some new topics for consideration, such as 3D shapes and data. We also need to be able to calculate volume and to look at problem solving.
Science: Our topic in science is earth and space and we will be looking at the solar system.
RE: The children continue to follow units from ‘The Way, the Truth and the Life’ and we will continue looking at important characters from the Old Testament and at God’s covenants.
Monday Dance – To be confirmed and RE
Thursday Gymnastics ( 5K)
Friday Music, Singing, Gymnastics ( 5F)
Reading: Every child is expected to read every evening and note this in their Reading Journal. When a book has been completed, your child is expected to write a review of the book in their Reading Journal.
Spellings: These will be given out on Friday and tested the following week.
Homework: This is given out on Friday and there will always be mymaths as well.
Dates for your diary:
30th January Planetarium visit (5K)
6th February Planetarium Visit (5F)
14th February British Museum Workshop (Greek Myths)
18th February – 22nd February Half Term
6th March Ash Wednesday Service
6th and 7th March Open evenings
5th April Break Up
Thank you for all your continued support with homework and school trips and we really appreciate all your input at home.
If there are any concerns, please let me know. You can email Ms Killick at email@example.com or Ms Falconer at firstname.lastname@example.org
5F Autumn 2018
Dear Parents and Carers,
I have enjoyed meeting all the children and we are starting to get to know each other. It can be difficult starting a new year, with a new teacher, but your children have been incredibly kind and are settling well. We are going to have a great year!
Autumn Topic: This term we will be exploring rivers and their features which links to the book we are studying this term.
English: We will be studying ‘Journey to the River Sea’ by Iva Ibbotson. Lots of our topic, art and grammar will be linked to this. We shall focus heavily on grammar this term as the children need to have a good understanding of the different word classes, and where a clause need to end, be joined and be separated. This is crucial to the correct use of punctuation. I can see already that this is a very creative class – but in year 5 we must brush up our grammar. Guided reading will be taught daily through the core English texts, short stories and comprehensions.
Maths: In year 5, we are looking at larger numbers up to 1 million. This term, we will be looking at: approximating, place value, decimals, ordering positive and negative numbers on scales, measures, distances, interpreting percentages as fractions and decimals. 3 D shapes and co-ordinates in 4 quadrants. We will also look at prime numbers. In addition, we will be reviewing the four operations and calculation policy and we will apply these to problems.
In terms 2 and 3, I aim to repeat everything again, and to fill in any gaps. with the aim of developing deeper understanding and consolidating our learning.
Times Tables: All children should now know all their times tables – but I suspect this is not the case, so we will continue with times tables tests weekly this term until everyone is secure.
Science: We are looking this term at living things and their habitats and the life cycle of plants. We will be dissecting plants and making botanical drawings.
RE: We will be following units from ‘The Way, the Truth and the Life’, starting with the story of creation and God’s covenants.
PSHE: This term we will be focusing on what it means to be a friend and being kind. We will look closely at what strategies we can use to ensure we know how to deal with bullying
Homework: The home work will be given to children on Fridays. There is a general homework book (orange), but I will also be checking to see that the Reading Record (blue) is being completed. Children are expected to read for 20 minutes, at least 5 times a week. When they read they should record the date and page numbers in their books. When they finish a book, they must write at least a page explaining why they liked or did not like a book. There will also be spellings set on Fridays for a test on Wednesday.
I will set my maths which is online (www.mymaths.co.uk) to consolidate what we have been learning and times tables practice. This is to be the main maths homework resource. However, I will occasionally set other maths problems in the orange book, if I think it is appropriate.
It is school policy to set homework and for your child to complete it. The homework consolidates work we have done in class and encourages independence. However, if your child is unable to complete homework for any reason, such as a family trip, please just write a note to this effect in the homework book. Your child should not spend more than 20 minutes on any homework.
Monday RE (Ms Campbell), PE, ICT and Topic
Tuesday Drama and Art
Wednesday Italian and Science
Friday Music and Singing
Dates for your diary:
18th October Creekside Experience
1st November Royal Academy ‘Oceania’ Exhibition and workshop
14th December Christmas Performance (2pm)
18th December Unicorn Theatre
Contact with teacher: You can talk to me about any queries or concerns you have, at the end of the day.
I am looking forward to a great year with your children. Please give them all the support you can and encourage them in their studies.