Class Teachers: Mrs Jones & Mrs Parker Class Support: Mrs Cotton
Welcome to Year 5. We hope that you have lots of fun and make good progress this year.
AUTUMN TERM 2017 Welcome back year 5. We hope you had a wonderful summer holiday and that you are refreshed and ready to work hard this term.
We have lots of exciting topics to cover this term. we will start by looking at the art of Morocco as part of our whole school Africa project. We'll also link this in with an RE topic where we learn about Islam. Moving on from that we will focus on a history topic based on the ancient Greeks. You will find out about their daily life, how and where their empire spread and through literacy will learn about some of their myths and gods. We are also very excited to have Discover History coming in to support this learning in a practical and visual way.
Meanwhile, throughout our science lessons, we will be focussing on the topic of 'Earth in Space' and 'Forces' where there will be lots of opportunities to carry out investigations and practical work.
We would also like to remind you of the importance of your home learning. We expect you to be practicing your times tables daily, as well as reading and discussing your books at home at least three times a week. These basic skills are incredibly important as the basis of all you do in school. Don't underestimate them!
Read at home at least 3 times a week
Be ready to learn!
Please make sure that you come to school fully equipped for your lessons. You will always need sharp pencils and a ruler in your own pencil case. If you have been granted a pen licence, you will also need a blue "berol" style handwriting pen. You will receive a book to keep your homework sheets neat and clean.
Your PE session will take place on a Wednesday. If you have a school tracksuit then you may wear it all day, if not then make sure that a full outdoor kit is in school on a Wednesday. Most importantly, please make sure that all of your kit is labelled with your name to avoid losing it.
In addition, you must always have a suitable reading book with you. This could be from the reading scheme or borrowed from the class, school or town library. Click on the link below to access some recommended reading lists for this year.
Homework Tasks, Reading & Multiplication Facts
Homework is an important part of school life and should help you to build confidence in key skills. In Year 5 we expect that you will be doing approximately 30 minutes per night. Currently, our weekly homework schedule is as follows: Thurs: Literacy and Maths homework will be given, to be returned by the following Monday.
Alongside written tasks, it is essential that you should continue to read at home with an adult at least three times per week. Reading to, and with, others will help you to develop your understanding of the plot and characters of your story and will also help you to discuss the meaning of any new vocabulary that you might come across.
Daily practice of multiplication tables facts is also very important in year 5 as you're going to need these facts on the tip of your tongue to help you to complete more formal calculations in class. We recommend that you spend 5-10 minutes each morning, possibly after breakfast, practising. There are lots of ways that you can practise: singing, matching cards, writing them down, using a timer to beat your score or using an app on a tablet are all very useful methods.