18th June 2021
Unbelievably, this is our last half term of year 5! What a year we have had with the children and we are hoping that this last half term will prove to be the best yet. With some easing of COVID restrictions, we are excited be holding a weekly Year 5 tournament every Monday as an opportunity for the children to gather as a year group and experience some healthy house competition. We are also hoping there will be the possibility of a trip into King’s Lynn to support our Floods and Flooding learning.
Hot summer days or warm showery days requires ALL children to have a drinks bottle in school daily and a waterproof coat when rain is forecast please. We go out at break and lunchtime whenever we can and there is nothing worse than being damp and trying to learn!
- Home Learning will now be set weekly via Google Classroom and will be followed up in class every Friday.
- Independent reading is an essential skill. To maximise their progress in reading and therefore in writing, they must read at home for 20 minutes each day, both independently and to a willing listener. Should you be running out of reading material, every week Oak Academy in conjunction with the National Literacy Trust, has a popular children's author or illustrator who provides free books, exclusive videos and their top three recommended reads. This Virtual School Library will help to ensure that you all have access to the magical world of stories all year round, whether you are learning at school or at home. They’ve worked with brilliant publishers and inspiring authors and illustrators to ensure that the books and activities in their Virtual School Library will support your wellbeing through reading. Please do investigate this at https://library.thenational.academy/
- Times tables knowledge being such an essential skill for success in maths it remains important that children are practising these regularly at home. Times Table Rockstar tournaments are set regularly to encourage daily engagement and Tackling Tables is a great platform for extending your child’s times table skills.
- Accurate spelling is of equal importance and we encourage all children to use Spelling Shed to extend their spelling skills. Please encourage your child to log in daily.
The curriculum for this half term is as follows:
English: This half term, children will be refining their narrative skills as we write an adventure story. This story will focus on adventuring across the seas to explore and discover new lands. We will push descriptive skills, dialogue and how both of these can be used to enhance their characters.
Maths: We are continuing to learn more about geometry with a focus on position and direction including the translation of shapes and consolidating both maths and geography map learning from last half term. This will be followed by measuring including the converting of units and volume.
RE: The focus is on deepening the children’s understanding of the Holy Trinity which consolidates last term’s learning about the Ascension and Pentecost. We will then be looking at other faiths and their similarities to Christianity.
Science (Resistant Materials): The focus for science this half term is resistant materials. The children will look at the properties of different materials through a range of scientific investigations and then apply their findings to reason why certain materials are used for certain jobs.
Music: The children will continue to receive weekly expert ukulele lessons in the lead up to recording their performance for the Norfolk Music Festival and performing in the outdoor Springwood Primary Cluster concert.
PE: Lessons will be on Monday and Tuesday for Year 5 Blue and Monday and Wednesday for Year 5 Yellow. Every Monday the children will take part in a Year 5 inter house tournament which will include cricket and athletics.
We are excited to announce that pupils in Year 5 have the opportunity to apply to become a Young Sports Leader and take part in the Young Sports Leader Training which will take place shortly. This role brings great responsibility and enjoyment. It is a role which has developed over the past few years allowing pupils to become role models within the school as well as beginning to develop basic coaching skills. Whilst an interest in sport is necessary, Young Sports Leaders also need to be responsible, organised and be prepared to work as part of a team. Historically, part of the Young Sports Leader role has included supporting the KS1 sports day. Young Sports Leaders have also worked with children during lunchtimes each week to lead games and ensure playtimes are inclusive for everyone and that no child is left alone with no one to play with. This role develops important values such as patience, friendship, compassion and kindness as well as building confidence and communication skills. Limited places are available. Application details are available on Google Classroom.
Year 5 Sport Day will be held on Monday 19th July 2021. Further details will follow nearer the time.
The new website is now live and more information about what your child will be learning will be available in the Year 5 section. In the meantime, should you have any questions or queries at all, please contact your child’s class teacher via Dojo.
Fiona McGovern and Elliott Odell
Year 5 Class Teachers