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Year 5 – 5LB & 5SM (Sept 2020)

 September 2020

Dear Parents,

 

Welcome to Year 5! We are so pleased to have all of the children back in school and have enjoyed the past couple of weeks of getting to know them.  As you are aware, school is very different to what the children have been used to before, with lots of restrictions and new routines to get used to. We have to say that they are doing an amazing job adjusting to this new way of working and we are very proud of how sensible they have been.

 

Within this curriculum letter, you will find an overview of the topics that we will be covering in our learning this term as well as some important information regarding what is happening at school. We hope that you find this informative.

 

Physical Education and Games

In Year 5, our P.E days are on Mondays and Wednesdays. Each class will have its own PE day but we would like all children to wear PE kit on both of these days.  For now, as Wednesday is wash day Wednesday, we would request that, although children do not need to wear their school PE kit on this day, they do need to wear something that is suitable and safe to take part in PE lessons, including trainers.

 

Swimming

Norton Road pupil’s swimming journey continues into year 5, however due to current restrictions and to keep your child safe, we will not be starting these lessons at the moment. Should the situation change, we will be in touch to confirm the details.

 

Reading and Library

Reading is very important and a key focus of both Year 5 and the school.  All children have been allocated a school reading book which they keep on their desk, in their individual packs.  Time is given to the children to read these books and we will, of course, try to hear them read as much as we can. While reading books remain at school, the children will be recording, in their reading records, the books that they have read and enjoyed, along with a short review. Additionally, they have access to the range of books in our class library, so they can also read for pleasure.  We will be allocating books on bug club, which can be accessed anytime at home using the username and password that has been sent home.

 

Learning logs and homework

At the moment, learning logs will not be sent home for children to complete their homework in. Homework set will be a combination of online activities and skills to practise at home. Online maths and reading activities will be set every other week, with paper-based tasks sent home in between.  This may include research activities, handwriting practise or times tables practise, among other things. Please DO NOT return any paper-based activities to school.  We will monitor their impact through other methods such as, feedback in lessons, information gathered used in their work, improvement in handwriting and development in knowledge or spellings of times tables.

 

Spellings

To complete their work in spellings from last year, we have already sent home the year 3/ 4 spelling words for your child to keep and practise. We will be testing these words over the coming days and weeks. Moving forward, as we introduce new spelling patterns and the year 5/6 words, spelling sheets will be sent home on their spelling day, 5LB on Mondays and 5SM on Wednesdays, with the week’s words on for your child to practise at home. These new words will be tested in our weekly spelling test. Again, we ask that you don’t return these to school but still practise daily.

 

Snacks

As in all key stage 2 classes, children will have the opportunity to have a healthy morning snack. As a school, we endeavour to promote healthy lifestyles, so we ask that children bring in a piece of fresh fruit, vegetables, some dried fruit or a cereal bar as their snack choice. Please do not include chocolate, cakes or other sugary snacks.

 

Curriculum

 

Subject

Overview

English, Reading Comprehension, Spelling and Grammar

In English, we will start the year by revising grammatical features learned in year 4 and applying them to a piece of mystery writing.  Following this, and linking in with our topic on Anglo Saxons we will be reading Beowulf and developing skills in writing letters. Children will also be creating a reference text based on Anglo-Saxon facts learned in our lessons. After half term, the writing genres will include instructions, observational poetry and drama. Our text that we will be studying this half term is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. 

In Reading Comprehension, we will be focussing on the skills of inference and deduction as well as increasing our vocabulary by looking at a wide range of texts.

In Spelling, we will be focussing on specific spelling patterns as well as looking at suffixes and how they change the root word.

In Grammar, we will be looking at improving our sentences to make them more detailed, developing the use of different conjunctions and adding adverbials. We will be building our understanding of more complex sentences as well.

Mathematics

In Maths, we will start the year by focussing on the place value of numbers, including comparing and ordering of these numbers.  Children will continue to develop skills in addition and subtraction of both whole and decimal numbers as well as multiplying and dividing by powers of ten. Further into the term, children will continue work with fractions including finding equivalents, comparing, adding and subtracting.  They will also be converting fractions into mixed numbers. Children will also develop their multiplication knowledge by using and expanding their written methods, identifying prime numbers, multiples and factors.

As well as working with numbers, children will also develop their learning in measures. This will include different types of units, perimeter and area of shapes and temperature including negative numbers.

Science

In science we will start the year by learning about forces including gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction.  After half term, we will be investigating materials and their properties. As part of this unit we will be investigating different materials and how suitable they are for different purposes.

Computing

We will start the year by revising how to be safe when using the internet on a range of electronic devices. Children will then be learning about binary code and how it works followed by inputting and debugging code in different apps.

Topic

 

(Geography, History,

DT and Art)

We began the year by investigating lighthouses, linking in with our English unit. The children found out about what lighthouses are, where they can be found and their history. They created some beautiful pieces of art and used their scientific skills to make a circuit and create a lighthouse lamp.

Our topic for this term is the Anglo Saxons. This topic will include learning throughout different areas of the curriculum including History, Geography, Art and Design and Technology. We will start by finding out about the geography and landscape of the United Kingdom and Great Britain and making comparisons between the UK now and in Anglo Saxon times. There will be a focus on natural features and the importance that they play, the geography of counties, cities and towns and linking these to the history of Britain. We will be investigating invasions of Britain, settlements, beliefs and cultures, as well as Anglo Saxon stories, art, technology and famous monarchs. Design Technology will be linked to our work in History on the Anglo- Saxons. Children will work creatively to replicate Anglo Saxon artefacts and create models of what a typical settlement may look like.

P.E

Our PE lessons this half term will mainly focus on increasing and maintaining fitness as well as developing and building on basic movement skills.  The children will take part in a range of activities to develop core fitness and games skills and they will be set personal challenges to work towards.

PSHE

In PSHE, we will focussing on new beginnings where the children will be thinking about, discussing and generating ideas about how to manage in new situations, as well as feeling valued as part of our school community.  We will be finding out more about growth mindset and how this can help us to become better learners. Children will be discussing the value of friendship and team work, where children will work together, using cooperation and communication skills to be successful in a range of tasks.

Religious Education

This term will be learning about a range of inspirational leaders and what it means to be a good leader. We will also be learning more about the Christian faith.

Music

This term we will be receiving guitar lessons from Luton Music Service. This will include composition, reading music, response to pieces of music and developing skills.

French

This term in French we will be: revising days of the week, hobbies and numbers, times of day, months of the year, saying the date, weather and seasons.

 

Your support is much appreciated and please remember that you can make a telephone appointment with us should you have any concerns that you wish to discuss.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. L. Billington                               Mrs. S Alam                       Mrs. S Sygrove 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. N. Harriharan                           Miss. N. Groom                                                               

 

 

Dear Children,

 

Lockdown and school closures was something that none of us ever expected when we started our year together back in September. We would like to start by saying to say how proud we all are of each and every one of you for your hard work, determination and resilience this year. At times it hasn’t been easy and the past few months have been the trickiest yet, for all of us.  I’m sure that at times you may have felt frustrated or even sad at these changes, we all have. It is important to remember that you’re not alone and that you can express these feelings whether it is talking about them or even writing them down, and what you are feeling is perfectly normal.

 

The year 5 team are all back at school now and we have to say that it is very strange and empty being in the classrooms without you.  We miss you all and we miss having you here and seeing you every day but we know that, at this time, it is safest for you be at home. By staying home and staying safe, hopefully we can get back to some normality sooner.

 

Our year has sadly ended much sooner than any of us expected and we are very sad about that. When you return to school, you will be in year 6. We will not be your teachers any more, but we will always be available to listen if you need us or even if you just want to chat or catch up. 

 

We really hope that you have enjoyed your time at home with your families and have had time to complete some of the activities that we put on the school website or maybe even have learned a new skill.  As well as our own school work and coming back into school, the year 5 team have also made the most of our time at home with our families. During the lockdown, Mrs Billington took up running again and manged a personal best as well as spending time teaching her own children. Miss Miah enjoyed baking lots of goodies for her family and friends while Mrs Maroof showed great patience in teaching her sons how to ride their bikes.  Mrs Sygrove enjoyed spending some quality family time and going on long walks.

 

As the weather has been so kind to us, we hope that you have been able to get outside and keep active.  Exercising and keeping fit is a great way of boosting your mood; increasing positivity and making you feel good. There are lots of physical activities on the school website if you are stuck for ideas. The year 5 team have also enjoyed exploring our local areas. Luton has quite a few hidden gems to discover. Have you found anywhere new that you didn’t know was there before?

 

It has been really exciting for us to already have been sent lots of great art work and to have received letters from some of you.  It has given us a real boost to hear from you.

We would really love to hear from you in some way.  You could draw us a picture, like some of the lovely ones that have been sent in already, write us a letter or even send us photographs of things or activities that you have been enjoying while at home.

 

You are now a part of world history, this is a unique time; a time like this has never been seen before and in the future, children will learn about the Global Covid-19 pandemic of 2020. If you have been keeping a diary of this time, you may enjoy writing a letter to your future self, reminding you of what this time was like, or even create a scrap book that your future generations can look back on. However, this has been for you, this is something that is now part of your own, your families and World history.

 

We miss you all and send our best wishes to all of you and your families.

Keep safe and keep smiling.

 

See you all soon.

 

Mrs Billington                   Miss Miah                      Mrs Maroof                  Mrs Sygrove

 

 

Year 5- Home Learning

 

Dear Year 5,

 

We have come to the final work pack of the year. Sadly, we won’t get to see you now before we finish the academic year and we would just like to say that although it has not been the year that we had expected, we are proud of all of you. We want to thank you for being you, for making us laugh and reminding us why we love our job.  It might seem a little bit scary, the thought of coming back and being in Year 6 but whoever your teachers are, they will be there to help support your return and we are always here for you if you need us.  We are looking forward to seeing you all when you return and wish you all the best a you move forward.

 

In this pack, we have set work in English and maths as usual and we have continued to give you some activities related to space. There are lots of art-based work as we would have been doing this is school.  Please complete what you can with the resources that you have at home.  If you don’t have the resources that you needs, try your best with what you have or be creative and create something different. We have also included some activities to help you think about returning to school in Year 6 and some activities set by Luton Town Football Club and Premier League Primary Stars which link PE and values. We have also added some fun activities to do outdoors with your family and friends.

 

Each subject and topic pack has an information sheet, which tells you what you need to know for the activities and sheets included withing the pack. This is where you will find the more practical and research-based activities. 

If you don’t have access to a printer, you can use the information on the screen and write the answers on paper or in a notebook.

 

We have given you lots of activities in these packs, to allow you and your child to have plenty of choices. There are no expectations for you to complete all of the work set. Just do a much as you are able to do in a way which works for you and your child.

 

Children can also access the online activities that we are subscribed to as a school. Your child has been allocated a username and login for each of these websites. We have recently sent you all of your usernames and passwords that you needs for these websites along with a letter from school, to your houses.

Maths:    www.ttrosckstars.com

                 www.doodlemaths.com

Reading: www.activelearn.co.uk

 

There are other good websites that can be accessed and enjoyed by your children while you are at home. Some of these are as follows:

https://www.themathsfactor.com/ currently free during lockdown

https://www.pobble365.com/ - pictures and writing tasks

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/books/free-ebooks/ lots of free books to read online for all ages and reading levels

 

Don’t forget to keep active and have your daily dose of exercise. There are ideas on our school website with lots of weblinks to different online challenges and activities.  Keep an eye on the website as we will be adding resources and fun activities for School Sports at Home week.  This can’t make up for missing Sports Day this year but will give you the opportunity to have your very own sports day events in your own home.

Finally, don’t forget to have fun together. Get creative! We would love to see all of the arts and crafts that your children have made when we return back to school.

 

We hope that you are keeping safe and enjoying learning with your child.

 

 

Many Thanks

 

Year 5 team.

Year 5- Home Learning

 

Dear Year 5,

 

As schools are reopening for some children, I have to say that it is very strange for Miss Miah and I to be here without you all.  The classrooms just aren’t the same without all of the hustle and bustle, the sound of your voices and the sight of your faces looking back at us eager to learn.  We are all doing our best with all of the changes and restrictions that are happening and at times it can be difficult and confusing.  We are all trying our best to adapt and understand all of the new rules.  Please remember that we are all feeling this way at some point so please talk about how you are feeling, speak to an adult, a sibling, a  cousin, a friend; any one that you feel comfortable with.  We are missing you all and thinking of you all. Look after yourselves and keep smiling. 

 

We had continued to add tour work pack. Alongside the English and maths work, we have started to give you some activities related to space. We have been saving this topic as we were really hoping to be able to teach you this ourselves. However, with only a few weeks left of year 5, we would hate for you to miss out as we know that a lot of you were looking forward to this topic. We have also included a fun pack about celebrations and some activities set by Luton Town Football Club and Premier League Primary Stars which link PE and values. We thought this would be fun and with the Premier League restarting this week, very appropriate.

 

Each subject and topic pack has an information sheet, which tells you what you need to know for the activities and sheets included withing the pack. This is where you will find the more practical and research-based activities. 

If you don’t have access to a printer, you can use the information on the screen and write the answers on paper or in a notebook.

 

We have given you lots of activities in these packs, to allow you and your child to have plenty of choices. There are no expectations for you to complete all of the work set. Just do a much as you are able to do in a way which works for you and your child.

 

Children can also access the online activities that we are subscribed to as a school. Your child has been allocated a username and login for each of these websites. We have recently sent you all of your usernames and passwords that you needs for these websites along with a letter from school, to your houses.

Maths:    www.ttrosckstars.com

                 www.doodlemaths.com

Reading: www.activelearn.co.uk

 

There are other good websites that can be accessed and enjoyed by your children while you are at home. Some of these are as follows:

https://www.themathsfactor.com/ currently free during lockdown

https://www.pobble365.com/ - pictures and writing tasks

https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/books/free-ebooks/ lots of free books to read online for all ages and reading levels

 

Don’t forget to keep active and have your daily dose of exercise. There are ideas on our school website with lots of weblinks to different online challenges and activities.  Keep an eye on the website as we will be adding resources and fun activities for School Sports at Home week.  This can’t make up for missing Sports Day this year but will give you the opportunity to have your very own sports day events in your own home.

Finally, don’t forget to have fun together. Get creative! We would love to see all of the arts and crafts that your children have made when we return back to school.

 

We hope that you are keeping safe and enjoying learning with your child.

 

 

Many Thanks

 

Year 5 team.

        17th January 2020

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope that you and your family have had an enjoyable holiday and would like to wish you a happy and peaceful New Year. 

Homework

Please support your child with their homework and check that it is completed and returned to school, when required, as this will help the children practise and reinforce the learning they have been doing in school.

Below is a timetable of the homework that will be set and when it is expected to be returned to school.

 

Day Set

Subject

Day it is to be returned to school

Friday

Learning log

Wednesday

Friday

Maths

Wednesday

Friday

Spelling

Friday

 

When the spellings are given out to the children, they should use these words in sentences to show they understand the meaning. 

You can also support your child by helping them learn their times tables and other maths facts.

Reading

We are pleased at the increasing number of children who are reading at least three times per week. It is vital that your child reads whenever possible and if you have time, please ask your child questions about the book or text they are reading to help develop their comprehension and vocabulary. Your child should be reading at least 3 times a week, but the more, the better and each time a child reads it should be recorded in their reading record (not when the book is completed).

Making my Footprint

The children have really enjoyed their first half term taking part in Making my Footprint. They have taken part in team building activities and are currently in the middle of their basic first aid training, which will be completed over the next few weeks. We are looking forward to the term ahead. 5LB will be taking part in the Friday session up until half term, while 5SM complete their first training on Monday afternoons for the next couple of weeks. After half term, 5SM will continue with their sessions on Friday mornings.

Times Tables Rock stars

All children in Year 5 have been given a user name and password for the Times Tables Rock stars website.  Over the Christmas break they should have logged on, chosen their rock star name and completed the initial ‘sound check’. This first activity determines what each child will need to practise.  Although TT Rock stars will not be set as a weekly homework we would like to encourage children to use this a often as possible to improve their times tables knowledge.

Spring curriculum

Below is a table to show the, knowledge, concepts or skills that the children will be learning this term.

Subject

Themes, skills, concepts and knowledge

English

Writing: writing persuasive brochures about Greece, to write a balanced argument about Athens and Sparta, write poetry based on the poems of TS Elliot and Kaye Webb, writing agony aunt letters, writing a myth based on Pandora’s Box and writing non-chronological reports about the Ancient Greek Gods.

Grammar: revision of work covered so far this year and also the use of colons, apostrophes, dashes and semicolons, commas to separate clauses and in lists, relative clauses and pronouns, language used to create cohesion when writing and punctuation used to show parenthesis.

Spelling: the spelling of words with unusual spelling rules, apostrophes for possession, homophones, ably, ibly, words that are tricky to spell and work to support the spelling of the statutory year 5 and 6 words that the children are expected to be able to spell.

Comprehension: the focus will be on developing fluency when reading. The children will be given set reading activities to improve reading speed and stamina.  Also, we will be focussing on developing specific skills in reading (vocabulary, inference, prediction, explaining, retrieval and summarising) and developing skills in how to answer questions accurately in each of these areas.

Maths

The main areas of focus during maths this term will be, data and measure including time, units of measure and area/perimeter. We will also be working on using a range of mental and written methods of all four operations, including fractions and decimals (including money). There will also be a larger focus on shape this term, where children will investigate 2D and 3D shape, use coordinates with accuracy to translate and reflect shapes, measure and draw angles in shapes, on a straight line and around a point.

Science

Our topics this term are changing materials and living things and their habitats.

Computing

In computing, children will be researching Greece using the internet.

To use programs to create games using coding and to design and use modelling software.

Topic

The Ancient Greeks

Geography:  Use maps and atlases to find places in Europe. Children will investigate a European country.

History: To understand how life in Ancient Greece has influenced life today.  We will learn about democracy, life in Athens and Sparta, the battle of Marathon, the Olympic Games and about religion.

Art and Design: The children will create work based on the Ancient Greeks using a variety of mediums.

R.E.

 

In, RE, we will start the term by finding out about how Christians decide to live, followed by exploring how faith is expressed in Islam, in the second half of the term.

PSHE

To develop problem solving and collaboration. The children will take part in various activities to develop these vital skills.

Music

The Luton Music service will continue to develop the children’s guitar playing while also developing listening skills.

P.E.

We will have gymnastics and net games for our in school PE lessons.  Swimming will continue on a Friday starting with 5SM for the first half term and 5LB for the second.

French

Children will be revising vocabulary from the previous term and then learning about buildings, directions, common phrases, food and celebrations

 

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress, homework or the topics they are learning, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher so an appointment can be made. 

Yours sincerely

 

L. Billington                             S.Miah

                                                                                                                         h September 2019

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful summer holiday and that the children have already begun to tell you some of the great things we have planned to do this term.  We are looking forward to continuing to work with your children this year.

Within this curriculum letter, you will find an overview of the topics that we will be covering in our learning this term. We hope that you find this informative.

Physical Education and Games

In Year 5, our P.E days are on Monday and Friday. Mondays will be indoor or outdoor P.E lessons taught in school, by your child’s class teacher. Fridays will be either swimming or an indoor or an outdoor PE lesson.  As trialled at the end of last year, each class will swim in blocked sessions that will last for approximately a half term. 

For the first half term, 5SM will go swimming, followed by 5LB after the half term break. We will be sending out a separate letter to confirm the dates for these sessions.

For both days the children will need to attend school wearing their PE kits.  Please remember that PE kit should consist of plain black jogging bottoms, leggings or shorts, plain white crew neck t-shirt, black or white trainers and a school jumper, fleece or hooded sweatshirt (available to order from the school office). Please make sure that children do not wear jewellery to school, earrings are removed and long hair is tied back on these days.

Reading and Library

In Year 5, we are continuing our focus on reading. Children are expected to read with an adult for around 10 minutes at least 3 times a week. This needs to be evidenced in their reading records with a comment from you. You do not need to wait until a book has been finished before you write a comment. Please comment every time you hear your child read, however many pages this may be, so we can keep a record of how often your child is reading. We expect children to have their reading book in school every day.

As an incentive to encourage as much reading as possible at home, we will be rewarding those children who read every day. The children who have read every day will receive a small prize at the end of the week and the child or children who have read the most over each half term will be rewarded with a book.

Learning logs

Continuing from last year, we will continue to set weekly tasks to be completed in their Learning log, as well as setting Maths homework and weekly spellings.

Learning logs will be sent out on Friday and will need to be returned by the following Wednesday.  There will be one objective based on the topic that children have been learning that week. However, as part of the task, there will be an English focus.

Maths homework will reinforce work which the children have been working on that particular week. It is important that children practise their times tables as an ongoing task. This is an important skill they need to have as so much of their mathematical learning is based upon these. This will also be set on a Friday and will need to be returned the following Wednesday.

Spellings will be set on a Friday to be returned and tested the following Friday. As well as practising each spelling on a daily basis, children will need to write sentences to demonstrate their understanding of each word.

All of the tasks set are very important in bridging relationships between home and school. They are designed to build on the skills and knowledge that they have been developing not only throughout each week but throughout the school year. If you have any questions please speak to your child’s class teacher.

Snacks

As in all key stage 2 classes, children will have the opportunity to have a healthy morning snack. As a school, we endeavour to promote healthy lifestyles, so we ask that children bring in a piece of fresh fruit, vegetables, some dried fruit or a cereal bar as their snack choice. Please do not include chocolate, cakes or other sugary snacks.

Curriculum

Subject

Overview

English, Reading Comprehension, Spelling and Grammar

In English, we will start the year by revising grammatical features learned in year 4 and applying them to a piece of mystery writing.  Following this, and linking in with our topic on Anglo Saxons we will be reading Beowulf and developing skills in writing letters. Children will also be creating a reference text based on Anglo-Saxon facts learned in our lessons. After half term, the writing genres will include instructions, observational poetry and drama. Our text that we will be studying this half term is A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. 

In Reading Comprehension, we will be focussing on the skills of inference and deduction as well as increasing our vocabulary by looking at a wide range of texts.

In Spelling, we will be focussing on specific spelling patterns as well as looking at suffixes and how they change the root word.

In Grammar, we will be looking at improving our sentences to make them more detailed, developing the use of different conjunctions and adding adverbials. We will be building our understanding of more complex sentences as well.

Mathematics

In Maths, we will start the year by focussing on the place value of 5 and 6-digit numbers, including comparing and ordering of these numbers.  Children will continue to develop skills in addition and subtraction of both whole and decimal numbers as well as multiplying and dividing by powers of ten. Further into the term, children will continue work with fractions including finding equivalents, comparing, adding and subtracting.  They will also be converting fractions into mixed numbers. Children will also develop their multiplication knowledge by using and expanding their written methods, identifying prime numbers, multiples and factors.

As well as working with numbers, children will also develop their learning in measures. This will include different types of units, perimeter and area of shapes and temperature including negative numbers.

Science

In science we will start the year by learning about forces including gravity, air resistance, water resistance and friction.  After half term, we will be investigating materials and their properties. As part of this unit we will be investigating different materials and how suitable they are for different purposes.

Computing

We will start the year by revising how to be safe when using the internet on a range of electronic devices. Children will then be learning about binary code and how it works followed by inputting and debugging code in different apps.

Topic

 

(Geography, History,

DT and Art)

Our topic for this term is the Anglo Saxons. This topic will include learning throughout different areas of the curriculum including History, Geography, Art and Design and Technology. We will start by finding out about the geography and landscape of the United Kingdom and Great Britain and making comparisons between the UK now and in Anglo Saxon times. There will be a focus on natural features and the importance that they play, the geography of counties, cities and towns and linking these to the history of Britain. We will be investigating invasions of Britain, settlements, beliefs and cultures, as well as Anglo Saxon stories, art, technology and famous monarchs. Design Technology will be linked to our work in History on the Anglo- Saxons. Children will work creatively to replicate Anglo Saxon artefacts and create models of what a typical settlement may look like.

P.E

In P.E we will be concentrating on team sports. Children will be developing new skills in football and other team games. Indoor P.E this term will be dance.  Children will also be taking it in turns to swim on a half termly basis.

PSHE

In PSHE, we will focussing on new beginnings where the children will be thinking about, discussing and generating ideas about how to manage in new situations, as well as feeling valued as part of our school community. We will be finding out more about growth mind set and how this can help us to become better learners. Children will be discussing the value of friendship and team work, where children will work together, using cooperation and communication skills to be successful in a range of tasks.

Religious Education

This term will be learning about a range or inspirational leaders and what it means to be a good leader. We will also be looking at who inspires us.

Music

This term we will be receiving guitar lessons from Luton Music Service. This will include composition, reading music, response to pieces of music and developing skills.

French

This term in French we will be: revising days of the week, hobbies and numbers, times of day, months of the year, saying the date, weather and seasons.

 

Your support is much appreciated and please remember that you can make an appointment with us should you have any concerns that you wish to discuss.

Yours sincerely,

Mrs. L. Billington                               Miss. S. Miah                       Miss. K. Sznejder                            Mrs. H. Neale

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you had an enjoyable holiday.

Homework:  

Please support your child with their homework and check that it is completed and returned to school, when required, as this will help the children practise and reinforce the learning they have been doing in school. From next week, the homework will change to prepare them for their transition to year 6.

Below is a timetable of the homework that will be set and when it is expected to be returned to school.

Day Set

Subject

Day it is to be returned to school.

Monday

Spellings

Friday

Wednesday

Maths

Friday

Friday

Comprehension

The following Wednesday

 

When the Spellings are given out to the children, they should use these words in sentences to show they understand the meaning.

You can also support your child by helping them learn their times tables and other maths facts.

Reading:

It is vital that your child reads whenever possible and if you have time, please ask your child questions about the book or text they are reading to help develop their comprehension and vocabulary. Your child should be reading at least 5 times a week and each time a child reads it should be recorded in their reading record (not when the book is completed).

Reading Challenge.

This term we have decided to hold a challenge for all the Year 5 children.   This challenge will be to read at least 5 times a week (for about 10 mins each time although they can read for longer). Each day, their reading records will be checked to see if they have read the previous day. If they have, they will receive a sticker on the class chart.  At the end of each half term, the children who have read the most will receive a treat or prize.

Active learn:

All children in Year 5 have a username and password for the active learn website www.activelearnprimary.co.uk

On this website there are maths and reading activities set up for your child to access at home or a local library. Children should be using this resource regularly as part of their homework.

Below is a table to show the learning, knowledge, concepts or skills that the children will be learning this term.

Subject

Themes, skills, concepts and knowledge

English

Writing: writing persuasive brochures about Greece, to write a balanced argument about Athens and Sparta, write poetry based on the poems of TS Elliot and Kaye Webb, writing agony aunt letters, writing a myth based on Pandora’s Box and writing non-chronological reports about the Ancient Greek Gods.

Grammar:  revision of work covered this year and also the use of colons, apostrophes, dashes and semi-colons, commas to separate clauses and in lists, relative clauses and pronouns, language used to create cohesion when writing and punctuation used to show parenthesis.

Spelling: the spelling of words with ie or ei, tial, silent letters, able, ibly,  words that are tricky to spell and work to support the spelling of the statutory year 5 and  6 words that the children are expected to be able to spell.

Comprehension: the focus will be on developing fluency when reading. Also, we will be looking at what answers are expected for different question types.

Maths

Place value and negative numbers.

Use of formal methods for all operations including long multiplication.

Ordering numbers

Roman Numerals

Solve word problems using all four operations.

Equivalent fractions and the addition and subtraction of fractions.

Shapes , including the properties of 2D shapes, angles and symmetry.

Common multiples and factors, square and cube numbers.

Reading the time and timetables

Interpret data including line graphs.

We will also use bar modelling to support the children when solving problems.

Science

Our topics this term are:

The art of living where the children will learn about plants and animals.

Life explorers where the children will learn about life cycles and changes as we age.

Computing

Researching Greece using the internet.

Scratch software.

To use programs to create sequences using coding.

Geography

Use maps and atlases to find places around the world.

History

To understand how life in Ancient Greece has influenced life today.  We will learn about democracy, life in Athens and Sparta, the battle of Marathon, the Olympic Games and about religion.

Art and design

The children will learn about the art of Georgia O’Keefe and use her work to inspire their own plant and flower artwork.

The children will create work based on the Ancient Greeks using a variety of mediums.

R.E.

A focus on what it means to belong to a religion with a focus on Hinduism.

PSHE

To develop problem solving and collaboration. The children will take part in various activities to develop these vital skills.

Music

The Luton Music service will continue to develop the children’s ukulele playing while also developing listening skills.

P.E.

Orienteering

Athletics.

Dance based on the Olympics.

French

A review of the year-directions, foods, shops, greetings.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress, homework or the topics they are learning, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher so an appointment can be made.

Yours sincerely

  V. Filmer   A.Cox  A. Wyatt

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

We hope you had an enjoyable holiday. This term will be a very busy one as usual and we are looking forward to the visit to the National Space Centre on Tuesday 29th January.

Homework:

Please support your child with their homework and check that it is completed and returned to school, when required, as this will help the children practise and reinforce the learning they have been doing in school.

Reading:

It is vital that your child reads whenever possible and if you have time, please ask your child questions about the book or text they are reading to help develop their comprehension and vocabulary. Your child should be reading at least 5 times a week and these should be recorded in their reading record.

Spellings and Times Tables:

Spellings are given out to the children (usually on a Friday) and the children are expected to use their spellings in sentences to show they understand the meaning.

You can also support your child by helping them learn their times tables and other maths facts.

Active learn:

All children in Year 5 have a username and password for the active learn website www.activelearnprimary.co.uk

On this website there are maths and reading activities set up for your child to access at home or a local library. Children should be using this resource regularly as part of their homework.

This half term we will be working on the topic Space: Earth, Moon and Sun while also continuing to develop skills and knowledge in other subject areas. After half term, we will be finding out about World War 2. Below is a table showing what we will be covering with the children.

Subject

Themes, skills, concepts and knowledge

English

Writing:

Diary writing about seeing a U.F.O.

Story writing based on the book ‘Tales from Outer Space’ by Shaun Tan.

Explanations and instructions about futuristic technology.

Letter writing based on the book ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’ by Michelle Magorian.

Newspaper articles based on World War 2

Report writing based on World War 2

Poetry based on the work of Michael Rosen and Roger McGough.

Reading:

Comprehension skills including retrieval, inference, deduction and explanations – finding evidence in the text for their answers. We will also look at the difference between fact and opinion and getting the pupils to predict what might happen in the texts they read.

Grammar:

Adverbials of time, space and number.

Using commas correctly to separate adverbials, to create lists and to separate clauses.

Expanded noun phrases and modal verbs.

Punctuation required when writing speech and using colons, semi-colons, brackets, dashes, hyphens and commas for parenthesis.

Spelling:

The ei and ie rule, words ending in ence, ency, tious, ent, and ant.

We will also look at some of the statutory words for year 5 and 6.

Maths

Place value and negative numbers.

Fractions: comparing them, finding equivalent fractions, simplifying fractions, adding and subtracting fractions and changing improper fractions into mixed numbers and vica versa. Multiplying and dividing fractions.

Rounding numbers to the nearest 10,100,1000,10,000, and 100,000.

Adding decimals and multiplying and dividing decimals by 10,100, and 1000.

Coordinates: being able to translate a shape and read coordinates.

Draw line graphs.

To continue to practise and develop written methods for all operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

Science

Earth, Sun and Moon:

To know that the Sun, Earth and the Moon are approximately spherical.

Finding out about the orbit of the Moon and Earth and how the Earth and other planets move in relation to the Sun.

To use the idea of the Earth’s rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.

Living Things and their Habitats:

To describe the difference in the life cycles of a mammal, an amphibian, an insect and a bird.

To describe the life process of reproduction in some plants and animals.

Computing

To use the computer to find out about planets and life in World War 2.

To use ‘Sketch Up’ to design buildings.

Geography

Be able to use and interpret globes and maps.

To know the position of the Equator, the Northern and Southern Hemispheres and understand the terms longitude and latitude.

To be able to use the points of a compass to explain location of places.

To understand the significance of the position of the Arctic and Antarctic circles and how it impacts on the life that lives there.

History

World War 2:

To understand the reasons for WW2 and know which countries were involved.

To find out about life as an evacuee.

To find out about rationing and the food people ate during the war.

To find out about the role of women during the war and how war changed their roles.

To know what a soldier would wear and what he would carry.

To know about the Battle of Britain.

Art and design

Working with different mediums (pencil. colouring pencils, pastels and paints) to create art work based on the cityscapes of Claude Monet and to create work based on the topic of Earth, Moon and Sun.

To create posters related to World War 2.

R.E.

To identify places which may be special to different people and reflect on why these places are special.

Look at different pilgrimages such as those to Lourdes, Jerusalem, Amritsar in India, and Mecca.

PSHE

To set challenges and goals for the future.

Music

This will be taught by the Luton Music service after half term.

P.E.

Gymnastics , Tennis and Swimming

French

Revision of previous years’ work:

Greetings, foods, time, places, counting, days and months and numbers to 50

 

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress or the topics they are learning, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher so an appointment can be made.

Yours sincerely

A. Cox, A. Wyatt & V. Filmer

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful summer holiday and that the children have already begun to tell you some of the great things we have planned to do this term. We’re really looking forward to meeting you all and will hopefully do so over the next couple of weeks.

Within this curriculum letter, you will find an overview of the things that we will be covering in our learning this term. We hope that you find this informative.

Walking Home

When children enter Year 5, many parents decide to allow their child to walk home by themselves. If you wish to do so, please inform your child’s class teacher in writing. If we do not receive permission in writing, we will not allow your child to leave the school premises without an appropriate adult.

Physical Education and Games

In year 5, our PE day is on Monday and the children will need to come to school in their appropriate PE kits and will stay in their kit for the day. For indoor PE, the children need black shorts and a plain white t shirt. In the colder weather, dark coloured plain tracksuits/jogging bottoms are suitable for outdoor games and appropriate footwear is essential. These can be worn over the top of their shorts on the way to school when the children are having indoor PE.

On alternative Fridays, the children will participate in swimming sessions. The children will need to ensure they have a towel and a suitable swimming costume on the day they go swimming. It is also requested that girls wear a swimming cap. Please also note that if a boy wears long ‘Bermuda’ style baggy shorts the swimming teachers will not allow them to take part due to health and safety so it is suggested that boys wear swimming trunks.

Please make sure that children do not wear jewellery to school, earrings are removed and long hair is tied back on these days.

Reading and Library

Year 5 is having a big focus on reading this term. Children are expected to read with an adult for 15 minutes at least 4 times a week. This needs to be evidenced in their reading records with a comment from you. You do not need to wait until a book has been finished before you write a comment. Please comment every time you hear your child read, however many pages this may be, so we can keep a record of how often your child is reading. We expect children to have their reading book in school every day. In addition to a reading book, children will have the opportunity to visit the school library once a week to select a book of their own choice. We would like to remind you a fee will need to be paid to replace any lost books.

Your child will also have a Bug Club password and have books allocated for them to read.

Learning Logs

As your child enters year 5, expectations will be raised. The format of your child’s home learning will be different to what they have been used to previously. As well as the usual Learning log, they will also be set Maths homework and weekly spellings. Learning Log homework will begin on Friday 14th September.

Learning logs will be sent out on Friday and will need to be returned by the following Wednesday. There will only be one learning log objective based on the topic that children have been learning that week. However, as part of the task, there will be an English focus, which will depend on your child’s set.

Maths homework will be set by your child’s set teacher and will vary amongst classes and groups. The homework set will reinforce work which the children have been working on that particular week. It is important that children practise their times tables as an ongoing task. This is an important skill they need to have as so much of their mathematical learning in years 5 is based upon these.

Spellings will be set on a Friday to be returned and tested the following Friday. As well as practising each spelling on a daily basis, children will need to write sentences to demonstrate their understanding of each word.

All of the tasks set are very important in bridging relationships between home and school. They are designed to build on the skills and knowledge that they have been developing not only throughout each week but throughout the school year. If you have any questions please speak to your child’s class teacher.

A homework timetable will shortly be sent out to you.

Snacks

As in all key stage 2 classes, children will have the opportunity to have a healthy morning snack. As a school, we endeavour to promote healthy lifestyles so we ask that children bring in a piece of fresh fruit, vegetables, some dried fruit or a cereal bar as their snack choice. Please do not send any snacks which contain nuts as we have some children in this year group who have a sever allergy to them.

School Visits

During this term we will be visiting Dell Farm to take part in a fun and engaging day based on our topic of Anglo-Saxons and there is also a trip to see a pantomime during December. More information about these visits will be sent out to you in due course.

Medical

If your child requires an inhaler, insulin or an Epipen please could you ensure that these are in school and are in date. If your child has any new medical conditions (including allergies) then please contact the school office to inform them of any treatment or medicine that is required.

Prince William Award

The year group will continue to take part in this exciting award on alternate Fridays. On this day they will be required to wear their Prince William uniform which school will provide for them.

Year 5 Parent meeting

During this half term, we will be holding a meeting for parents with children in Year 5. During this meeting we will explain the expectations of the year 5 curriculum and ways that you can support your child at home. A date will be set soon and you will be notified shortly. We look forward to seeing you there.

Curriculum

Subject

Overview

English, Reading comprehension, spelling and grammar

In English, this term we will be looking at the following genres of writing; narrative, recounts, character descriptions and development and letter writing. We will also be completing a unit of work based on a novel each half term.

In Reading Comprehension, we will be focussing on the skills of inference and deduction as well as increasing our vocabulary by looking at a wide range of texts.

In Spelling, we will be focussing on specific spelling patterns as well as looking at suffixes and how they change the root word.

In Grammar, we will be looking at improving our sentences to make them more detailed, developing the use of different conjunctions and adding adverbials. We will be building our understanding of more complex sentences as well.

Mathematics

In Maths, there will a focus on securing the mental and written methods for the four operations; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We will then look at applying this knowledge to help us solve word problems involving two or more steps. We will also continue to develop their understanding of fractions, decimals and percentages in some sets. Aside from numbers, we will be looking at 2D and 3D shapes, identifying their properties and working up to find missing lengths and angles. We will also continue to develop understanding of measures such as time and length.

Science

In Science, we will begin the year by investigating a selection of innovative and ground breaking scientists. After half term we will be developing our understanding of what forces are and how they affect us in our everyday life, especially gravity, friction, air resistance and up thrust.

Topic

Our topic for this term is the Anglo Saxons. This topic will include learning throughout different areas of the curriculum including History, Geography, Art and Design and Technology. We will start by finding out about the geography and landscape of the United Kingdom and Great Britain and making comparisons between the UK now and in Anglo Saxon times. There will be a focus on natural features and the importance that they play, the geography of counties, cities and towns and linking these to the history of Britain. We will be investigating invasions of Britain, settlements, beliefs and cultures, as well as Anglo Saxon stories, art, technology and famous monarch. Design Technology will be linked to our work in History on the Anglo- Saxons. Children will work creatively to replicate Anglo Saxon artefacts and create models of what a typical settlement may look like.

PE

In P.E we will be concentrating on team sports. Children will be developing new skills in football. Indoor P.E this term will be dance.

PSHE

In PSHE, we will focussing on new beginnings where the children will be thinking about, discussing and generating ideas about how to manage in new situations, as well as feeling valued as part of our school community. We will be finding out more about growth mind set and how this can help us to become better learners. Children will be discussing the value of friendship and team work, where children will work together, using cooperation and communication skills to be successful in a range of tasks.

Religious Education

This term will be learning about a range or inspirational leaders and what it means to be a good leader. We will also be looking at who inspires us.

Music

In music this term we will be exploring rhythm and pulse as well as exploring rounds.

French

In French, we will be learning the days of the week, months, times of day, the date and weather, seasons, hobbies as well as revision of numbers and colours.

 

Your support is much appreciated and please remember that you can make an appointment with us should you have any questions or concerns that you wish to discuss.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Mr. A. Cox Mrs A. Wyatt Miss V. Filmer

 

 

 

 

Mr D. Salisbury Mrs H. Culley

Saxon Day

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Welcome to Year 5

 

Our Team

We have two classes in year 5:

5BP: Mrs Billington and Mrs Peters & 5AW: Mrs Wyatt

Support staff: Ms Pearce, Miss Filmer, Miss Ellis and Mrs Rubina

 

For English and Maths we are also joined by Mr Salisbury and Mrs Culley.

 

Main Topics for the year

We try to create an interesting and immersive curriculum where our topics and core subjects are linked in an overarching theme each term. We use most curriculum lessons to further develop children’s understanding and enjoyment of these topics throughout the term.

 

 

Autumn Term

Anglo-Saxons

 

 

Spring Term

Earth and Beyond

Children in World War II

 

Summer Term

The Great, The Bold

and The Brave

 

Starting in Spring Term, Mr Cowburn will be returning to continue the fantastic music lessons that the children have had with him in previous years.

 

Schools Visits

Year 5 have a visit to Dell Farm in November to experience an Anglo-Saxon themed day, linking to our Autumn term topic.

 

In the Spring term, we learn all about space. We visit the National Space centre in Leicester to help consolidate learning and bring the topic to life. There will also be a residential visit to Dell Farm at some point this term.

 

In the Summer term, we return to Dell Farm, to complete scientific experiments linked to our science lessons and take part in outdoor adventurous activities.

 

 

Behaviour and expectations

In Year 5, we have high expectations of our children. We promote the school’s values and encourage children to think in a growth mind set.

 

 

Reading and Library

Children are expected to read with an adult for 20 minutes at least 3 times a week. This needs to be evidenced in their reading records with a comment from you. You do not need to wait until a book has been finished before you write a comment. Please comment every time you hear your child read, however many pages this may be, so we can keep a record of how often your child is reading.

We expect children to have their reading book in school every day.

 

In addition to a reading book, children will have the opportunity to visit the school library on a weekly basis to select a book of their own choice. Our library day is Wednesday.

 

 

 

Physical Education and Games

Our PE days are on Monday and Friday.

For both sessions the children will need their PE kits:

  • a plain white t shirt

  • black shorts

  • dark coloured plain tracksuits/jogging bottoms

  • plimsols for indoor PE and trainers for outdoor PE.

Please make sure that children do not wear jewellery to school, earrings are removed and long hair is tied back on these days.

 

 

Homework

  • Learning logs will be sent out on Friday and will need to be returned by the following Wednesday. There will only be one learning log objective based on the topic that children have been learning that week. However there will be an English focus, which will depend on your child’s set.

  • Maths homework will be set by your child’s set teacher and will vary amongst groups. The homework set will reinforce work which the children have been working on that particular week. It is important that children practise their times tables as an ongoing task as this is an important skill they need to have as so much of their mathematical learning in Year 5 is based upon these.

 

Autumn 2017

The Saxons charge!!

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How the Saxons lost the Battle of Hastings, they broke their shield wall and ran after the Normans.

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Saxon Day

Welcome to Year 5 Class!

 

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