Welcome to Year 5
Autumn Term 2018
Welcome to Year 5!
Following the excellent start that the children have made, we would like to take this opportunity to tell you more about the coming term.
Initially, our learning in English will take the following novel S.F. Said’s ‘Varjak Paw’ with a non-fiction text called ‘Earth and Space’ a Collins Fact Finder as a starting point. Closer to Christmas we will be using Michael Morpurgo’s narrative poem ‘Coming Home’ as a starting point for both writing and artwork.
In English, we will begin by focusing on:
• spelling words from Y1, 2, 3 and 4 word lists correctly in writing
• using capital letters, full stops, commas, question and exclamation marks accurately
• building cohesion across a paragraph by using pronouns and time connectives
• using words or phrases that I have heard or read to make my writing better
• identifying who I am writing for and why
• checking for subject verb agreement
• proofreading my work for spelling and punctuation errors
• using a comma to create a subordinate clause
• using descriptive language to create a setting/character
• planning with a clear purpose, audience and form
• using note making to record ideas using reading and research
• making sure that my work is of an appropriate tense
• using relative clauses beginning with who, which, where, when, whose, that or with an implied (omitted) relative pronoun e.g. The boy who lives near school … The prize that I won …
We will visit the local library as often as we can. However, because the books have to be kept in school, it would be a good idea for children to access the fantastic range of books from Shildon’s Local Library to help support their reading at home. The children have also had the chance to take part in the Auckland Project, which included a visit to the local area and working in class.
In Mathematics, we will begin by focusing on:
• interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backward, in steps, with positive and negative whole numbers through zero
• count forwards or backwards in steps of powers of 10 for any given number up to 1 000 000
• read, write, order and compare numbers to at least 1 000 000 and determine the value of each digit
• round any number up to 1 000 000 to the nearest 10, 100, 1000, 10 000 and 100 000
• read, write, order and compare numbers with up to three decimal places
• round decimals with two decimal places to the nearest whole number and to one decimal place
• multiply and divide numbers mentally drawing upon known facts
• multiply and divide whole numbers and those involving decimals by 10, 100 and 1000
• add and subtract whole numbers with more than 4 digits, including using formal written methods (columnar + and -)
• add and subtract numbers mentally with increasingly large numbers
In Computing, we will be learning how to stay safe on line, programme using Kodu, use online databases and manipulate photographs using Pixlr.
Our learning in Science will focus on Earth and Space and Forces. We will be finding out more about how to conduct a fair test and why this is important, as well as, how to determine whether scientific evidence is true.
During PE, we will be learning the skills needed for invasion games e.g. basketball, hockey. Later in the term, we will be working on gymnastics.
In other Foundation subjects, we will be:
• cooking and nutrition (DT)
• exploring how to use shading, cross-hatching and the relationships between different colours, and how to select arrange and present objects in a still-life painting (Art)
• meeting and working with Steve Rock on a special project who is a fantastic painter of landscapes (Art)
• exploring what happened after the Romans left Britain and the Anglo-Saxon and Scott’s struggles for power and settlements (History)
• finding out about locational knowledge (Geography)
• finding out about the Northern Saints and the themes of Christmas (RE)
• talking and writing about holidays (French)
• playing the recorder (Music)
• On Holiday and Hobbies (French)
• Safe and responsible use of a mobile phone, health and safety, physical mental and emotional health (PSCHE)
Maths and spelling homework will continue to be set on a Wednesday and must be returned by the following Monday. It is suggested that five minutes per day spent learning spellings and a further five minutes on times tables will enable to children to retain key facts over time. Children will be given their Spelling Frame, Fiction Express and Lexia logins again. These will be written into the reading diary.
Reading at home is still expected on a daily basis. It is recommended that now children are moving towards the end of Key Stage Two they ensure that they read daily for as long as possible. Using Lexia counts towards reading homework (so can be written in the reading diary).
Please, help your child keep track of their reading diary, homework book and spelling book.
Underpinning all of this learning will be our theme for Building Learning Powers (an initiative to scaffold children’s understanding of how to develop positive learning behaviours): we will be focusing on how to develop a growth mind set. We will explore this in our own classes, in assemblies and in Family Group time.
A Rights Respecting Schools ethos will also play a large part in our learning across the curriculum.