Let me start by wishing you a very warm welcome to Year 5. I hope you had a pleasant summer break and your children are ready for an exciting year ahead. It has been lovely seeing them today and hearing all about their holiday adventures. I hope that the subject outlines below will give you a good idea of what we have planned for the children this half term.
Children will begin swimming lessons next week; there will be more information about that to follow. This term our history topic will be ‘The Tudors.’ This is a fascinating topic and one that I hope your children will really enjoy. On the 24th September we will be visiting Hampton Court Palace where the children will be able to see some of the things they have been learning about in class.
Homework will be set daily and will be expected to be handed in the following day (unless otherwise indicated by the teacher). Maths homework will be set on Monday, Science will be set on Tuesday, English will be set on Wednesday, Maths will be set on Thursday and VR/NVR will be set on Friday. Should there be a problem one evening, please send a note or an email so that we can arrange another deadline. Children will also be expected to read for 20 minutes and to practise their recorder for at least 5 minutes a day. In the event that work is unfinished during a lesson, children may be expected to complete this at home for the following day in addition to any homework set.
I look forward to meeting you next week at the Meet the Teachers evening when I will run through Year 5 routines and procedures. Should you have anything you would like to discuss please do not hesitate to come and see me. Feel free to come and introduce yourselves or indeed if you have anything you wish to discuss my door is always open. Equally, I can easily be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
This term the children will be introduced to Shakespeare. They will begin to analyse the use of language in Shakespeare and explore themes and different ways of staging scenes from Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet. KS
Our first class reader this term will be Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Private Peaceful.’ Michael Morpurgo is the author we will be studying in greater depth later this year and thus is a great person to get the children interested in at this time. We will be looking at a variety of play scripts and examining the structure, layout and conventions that are common to all. TW
This half term’s writing theme is play scripts. We will be studying the key features of play scripts, writing our own and changing prose into script. This will involve looking at the way a script is punctuated and the use of adverbs in stage directions. Just before the end of the half term we will be moving onto non-fiction texts and will begin with information texts and instructions. There will be weekly spelling tests as usual. TW
This is a busy half term in Maths. We will be consolidating and extending understanding of place value and will be using known and related facts to multiply and divide mentally. We then move on to fractions, decimals and percentages. To begin with we will be finding fractions of quantities and ordering fractions, making use of skills of equivalence. Following on from this we hope to move on to decimals – recognising decimal numbers with up to three decimal places; we will then begin to look at ordering and rounding decimals. Finally, before half term we will revise written addition and subtraction and end the half term with some data handling, focusing on averages. TMS/TW
Characteristics of living organisms (Keeping Healthy): The children will be learning about the life processes of plants and animals that they share. We will then focus on humans and how we keep healthy. We will learn about balanced diet and extend their knowledge on vital organs specifically the heart and circulation. We will investigate the effect of exercise on heart/pulse rates and will focus on skills such as planning a fair test, collecting relevant and accurate data, plotting and interpretation of line graphs, evaluating methods and making conclusions. EG
We begin our work on the Tudors looking at the origins of the dynasty, outlining the various monarchs and the end of The War of the Roses. We will then move on to Henry VIII and spend some time looking at his different wives and the reasons for, and consequences of, the Reformation of the church during Henry’s reign. We will look at the everyday life of The Tudors and will investigate some of the famous personalities. SS
This term Year 5 will be discovering how water is supplied and managed in developed countries such as the UK. We will follow the journey of water as it is collected in reservoirs and transported to our homes. We will also be investigating how water can become polluted and why saving or recycling water is important. SAW
We will be looking at some of life’s big questions during this half term. This will incorporate looking at communication and stewardship in different religions. Through stories from the Buddhist and Hindu faiths, we will be examining and discussing some of the rules for life. This course of study involves a considerable amount of discussion and consideration. SS
In our 30 minute weekly French lesson this half term we will begin by looking at the vocabulary required to describe a person’s physical appearance and will then move on to talk in further detail about members of the family We will look at the present tense of some common verbs and introduce the notion of negative. Throughout we will focus on the sounds of the French alphabet with lots of spelling games and activities. TMS
In an exciting new development Year 5 will now have two lessons of Spanish each week. As a basic introduction this half term the children will learn to introduce themselves in simple terms in Spanish and to greet others. They will learn numbers 0-12 and some classroom objects. They will begin to work on sounds and spellings and use and follow simple classroom instructions. TMS
This year the children will extend their programming skills, learn about databases and spreadsheets, find out how the internet works at a technical level and create 2-d and 3-d technical drawings. We start the year learning about object based graphics, the type of technical drawing used by designers. We investigate how to create and manipulate shapes and use these to create a collage. We then apply what we have learnt to design a classroom that adheres to set criteria. We will then create 3-d shapes using SketchUp Make, which may be downloaded for free by those who would like to use it at home. MHL
This term's focus is about Cyclic Patterns and creating improvisations in African style, as well as listening and appreciating music from different genres. Pupils will also be revising the musical elements and notation through recorder playing, where they will be regularly assessed and their progress carefully monitored. Please give your child every encouragement to practise for 5 mins each day. RA
We will be exploring different drawing techniques, then designing and printing our own Bags for Life. It would be useful if your child could find some examples of Bags for Life, from which to begin their design ideas. We will also be designing a Christmas card, as the PA are kindly arranging for them to be printed in good time for Christmas. Please ensure that your child has an art apron that is big enough to cover sleeves and lap. JT
This term the children will begin a year’s course in Positive Psychology. In the first half term we will be looking at what happiness is, and what makes us and our family happy; this will lead into the children creating a happiness box, which they will then present to the class so please save a shoe-box! GC
PE & GAMES
Netball team and football team trials will take place for everyone on the first Wednesday back. 5W will then be taking part in tag rugby activities in Wednesday games afternoons this half term. Passing, evading and tagging skills will be practiced leading to game play. Boys should wear football tops and socks and girls may if they have them. Football boots or old trainers should be brought into school in a small boot bag. In PE lessons on Fridays the children will begin the Year 5 swimming programme. On the first Friday of term we will be at school for a water safety lesson and after that we will be going to Hillingdon Sports & Leisure Complex. Initially we will focus on stroke development and confidence building activities. Information letters will be sent out during the first week of term; please complete the reply slip. SAW