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10th January 2022

 

 

Dear Parents

Happy New Year! We hope you have all been able to spend some time relaxing with family and friends over the holiday period. The children have all made a super start to Year 5 and we are looking forward to an exciting term of learning.

We are delighted to let you know that Miss Easter will be joining the Year 5 Yellow team as a trainee teacher.

What and When

  • PE: Children need to come into school wearing their PE kit on days when they will be doing PE. Please ensure that earrings are removed before your child comes to school on PE days if your child is unable to remove them independently.
  • Home Learning is set via Google Classroom on Fridays and is due in on the following Thursday.
  • Times Table dexterity helps to allow children to access the breadth of mathematical learning and is tested frequently. It is important that children are practising these regularly at home as well as in school. Log in details have been sent home for Times Table Rockstars and Tackling Tables and we would encourage all children to use these platforms to support their in class learning.
  • Accurate spelling is of equal importance and we encourage all children to use Spelling Shed to extend their spelling skills. Log in details have been sent home for this service using the EdShed log in details.
  • Your child will have an independent reading book. To maximise their progress in reading and therefore in writing, they are expected to read at home for 20 minutes each day, both independently and to a willing listener.

 

The curriculum for this term is as follows:

English – The children will be writing biographies about Sir David Attenborough expanding skills used when writing their autumn term forces explanation texts.

Maths – The children will be learning effective ways of solving the four operations (division, multiplication, addition and subtraction). The key focus will be on multiplication and division followed by fractions decimals and percentages. A sound knowledge of timetables will make all the difference to the children’s acquisition of this learning.

 

RE – Our BIG question for spring 1 is, ‘What evidence do we have for God’s covenant?’ The focus will be understanding and reflecting on God’s covenants including their role in the New covenant.

RSHE – The title for this unit is, ‘Under Pressure’; exploring the different forms of pressure children might experience and discussing and reflecting upon how they might develop strategies to cope.

Computing – The focus this term will be on databases and word processing.

Science – The focus will be on learning about resistant materials, learning about the difference between transparent, translucent and opaque, reversible and irreversible changes and what makes good insulators and conductors.

History – The focus will be on developing knowledge, skills and understanding about the Early Islamic Civilsation.

PE – Year 5 will be practising and refining different skills within badminton and will have weekly dance sessions delivered by Studio 19. Year 5 Blue PE days will be on Tuesday and Thursday and Year 5 Yellow’s will be Tuesday and Wednesday.

Music – The children will continue to develop their ukulele and percussion skills as they prepare for their Norfolk County Music Festival performance later this term.

Latin – Using the Minimus, ‘Starting out in Latin’ programme where the focus will be learning about the role of Roman Baths in Roman Britain whilst using the grammar of Latin to support their English grammar and spelling learning.

Art – The children will explore and experiment using first hand observational drawing, develop ideas confidently using suitable materials and improve the quality of their sketchbook work with mixed media and annotations.

 

We look forward to another enjoyable and hard-working year with the children. For more information about what your child will be learning please check the Year 5 section of the school website later this week.

Should you have any questions or queries at all, please contact your child’s class teacher via DOJO.

Kind regards

Mrs McGovern, Mr Odell and Miss Easter

Year 5 Class Teachers and Trainee Teacher