This term, we will continue our learning about Ancient Greece. Now that we have learned about some key facts about the creation of Ancient Greece and its physical and human geography, we will be comparing the daily life of an Ancient Greek to our lives in modern day Britain. If you have any resources which are relevant to this topic, including books and artefacts that you wouldn’t mind lending to the class for this term, it would be greatly appreciated. However, please ensure that any resources are clearly named.
Furthermore, if you want to help your child explore this learning in greater depth, the British Museum has a fantastic Ancient Greece exhibition. You can also find lots of information on their website:
Maths and English
In English, this term we will exploring different genres of writing. We will begin the term with non-fiction by learning about different forms of recounts and the different language and style used for each type. We will then move onto fiction and learn about spooky narratives and how to build tension and suspense through our writing. We will then learn about reading and writing some more non-fiction by focusing on how to write and develop a balanced and persuasive argument.
In Maths our focus is multiplication and division. Using our knowledge of place value from last term, we will be learning and using written methods for multiplication and division and applying these to single and multi-step worded problems. Any extra tables practise at home would be hugely beneficial! Towards the end of the term, we will be looking at area and perimeter.
This term, we will be focusing on ‘Properties and Changes of Materials’ in Science. In this unit, we will learn about different materials, their uses and their properties, as well as dissolving, separating mixtures and irreversible changes. The children will sort and classify objects according to their properties. They will explore the properties of materials to find the most suitable material for different purposes. They will have the opportunity to work in a hands-on way to explore dissolving, identifying the different variables in their own investigations. They will find out about different ways to separate mixtures of materials, using filtering, sieving and evaporating. Finally, they will learn about irreversible changes, and participate in some exciting investigations to create new materials.
PE is planned for Monday and Friday this term however this will be subject to change dependent on the weather and availability of the hall. Therefore, full PE kit (including trainers/plimsolls that are suitable for an outside lesson) should be in school at all times. Long hair should be tied back and if your child wears earrings, please ensure they are able to remove them independently if possible.
Home Learning & Spellings
Home Learning and spellings will continue to be given out on Thursday and is due in on Tuesday. It is an expectation that all children complete the tasks set within this time, including their spellings. These will include words featuring focus spelling patterns and key spellings which the children will be encouraged to use in their writing. Optional, additional learning may be given to your child occasionally in order that you may support them at home.
1st Nov Cinema Evening
8th Nov Non-Uniform Day (please bring in chocolate for Christmas Fair)
8th Nov Cinema Evening
11th Nov Remembrance Day
15th Nov Children In Need
5th Dec Christmas Tree Dressing Ceremony (children only)
6th Dec Non-Uniform Day (please bring in bottles for Christmas Fair)
7th Dec Christmas Fair
13th Dec Christmas Lunch
16th Dec Disco 6-7.30pm
17th Dec Christmas Parties
18th Dec Last Day of Term
In P.E we practised our hockey skills,
and in gymnastics we improved our balance and created lines of symmetry using our bodies.
In Science we learnt about the Solar System and created a relative distance model using fruit to represent the sizes of the planets.
Some of the children created some fantastic home learning to show their understanding of Space too!
The children brought in their favourite books so we could make a display to recommend our favourite reads:
We worked so hard that we even had time for some Golden Time too:
Term 1 information
Maths and English
In English this term we will looking at Greek Myths, making links with our Ancient Greece topic. In particular, we will be reading ‘The Adventures of Odysseus’ and then moving on to Recounts.
In Maths, we will be consolidating our knowledge of the place value of numbers up to 1 million as well as developing our written methods for addition and subtraction. Children will be encouraged to use their mathematical vocabulary and reasoning skills to solve problems involving these concepts.
Our science topic this term is Earth and Space, focusing on the movement of the Earth and the Solar System.
To find out more, a visit to the Science Museum or the Royal Observatory in London will support your child’s learning.
PE is planned for Monday and Wednesday this term however this will be subject to change dependent on the weather and availability of the hall. Therefore, full PE kit (including trainers/plimsolls that are suitable for an outside lesson) should be in school at all times. Long hair should be tied back and if your child wears earrings, please ensure they are able to remove them independently if possible.
Home Learning will continue to be given out on Thursday and is due in on Tuesday. It is an expectation that all children complete the tasks set within this time. Optional, additional learning may be given to your child occasionally in order that you may support them at home with specific concepts that they need extra practice with.
Please ensure that children have the appropriate equipment in school at all times, including:
Ruler Handwriting pen
Erasers Whiteboard pen
Glue stick Purple pen/biro
Dates for the diary
3rd September – Back to School!
13th September – Inflatables (3:30-5:30pm)
20th September – Meet the Teacher (2:45-3:15pm)
3rd October – National Poetry Day
8th October – Individual Photos
11th October – Harvest Festival Assembly Y4 (Church)
14th & 16th October – Parent Consultations
18th October – MLK class assembly (9:15-9:45am)
21st October – Half Term
28th & 29th October – INSET Days
Spellings will be an important part of your child’s learning in English this year. Words featuring focus spelling patterns and key spellings will be given each week for home learning and the children encouraged to use these in their writing.
Furthermore, below are the list of year 5 key spellings for the year. Please use them to support your children with their English.
appreciate equip (-ped – ment)
criticise (critic + ise) curiosity
Please ensure your children are reading regularly at home and their contact books are signed.
There are some online maths games that children can play at home to reinforce the skills being learned this year. Below is a small selection of sites that may be useful.
This site has lots of fun, timed activities and is particularly useful for times tables and division practice.
This site covers all of the maths skills learned in year 5 and is organised into categories so you can practice specific skills. Scores can be tracked and the level of difficulty increases as improvement is made.
This site offers differentiated activities for specific age ranges.
Lots of very visual, interactive games covering all areas of the curriculum.