Welcome back to school and to Year 5! We can’t wait to have you all back after our extended break and get straight back into all of our exciting learning. Term 1 is always so thrilling, starting a new year group and we are looking forward to a super busy and fun term!
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’.
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 topic this term is Ancient Greece. We will be studying all aspects of ancient Greek history and daily life in detail, and will be making comparisons between modern day and ancient civilisations. 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.http://www.britishmuseum.org/learning/schools_and_teachers/resources/cultures/ancient_greece.aspx
Our science topic this term is Earth and Space, focusing on the movement of the Earth and the Solar System. During this unit, we will be investigating the wonders of the universe, whilst also exploring different methods and strategies to develop our ability twork scientifically.
PE is planned for:
- MLK - Monday and Wednesday
- Mother Teresa – Monday and Wednesday
- Darwin – Tuesday and Wednesday
However, please note these sessions 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
2nd September – Back to School!
14th September – Meet the Teacher (Virtual)
1st October – National Poetry Day
9th October – Harvest Festival
20th October – Individual Photos
26th October – Half Term
2nd & 3rd November – 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.