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.

Class Routines:

Monday                                   RE (Ms Campbell), PE, ICT and Topic

Tuesday                                  Drama and Art

Wednesday                             Italian and Science

Thursday                                  PE  

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. 

Best wishes,

Cath Falconer