The first half term passed really quickly; the children had an exciting programme of activities and lessons, working well and really rising to the challenges. I am sure they were ready for a well-earned rest over half term. Thank you for the support you gave with our Harvest Presentation from learning the lines to gathering things for us to use, and most especially for your generous donations of Harvest gifts. I am sure you will agree that your children performed very well.
The next half term is a busy and challenging one and expectations will be high. You will find an outline below of the topic areas to be covered in all subject areas. There may be a certain amount of overlap with the first half term where time constraints may have prevented everything being covered and of course there may be some last minute changes to some of the activities. A thank you once again to parents for being supportive of us, for signing diaries and reading records, keeping on top of homework, and your superb efforts with the LYBs – we really do appreciate it and we know from past experience the difference that your cooperation in these little things can make.
One final note about forthcoming events:
- Week commencing 12th November is Drama week with a tog day for Children in Need on the Friday.
- On the 23rd November there is a Y5 coffee morning in the library from 8.15. Come along and meet Mr and Mrs Crehan as well as those who teach your children.
- On Thursday 6th December we will be watching the Christmas Concert dress rehearsal at Winston Churchill Hall.
- We will go to watch the Pantomime, Peter Pan, on the morning of Wednesday 12th December.
- You are all welcome to join us for our Christmas Carol Service on the last day of term.
I am sure this will be an exciting and most productive half-term.
The children will continue to study the plays of Shakespeare this half term.
The children will continue reading ‘My Friend Walter’ by Michael Morpurgo. The focus of our comprehension sessions during the first two weeks will be some instructions and explanatory texts and then recounts that will involve some letter writing. Towards the end of the term we will be looking at some classic poetry by the poets Walter de la Mare and Longfellow. We will focus, in particular, on ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes. This poem really inspires the children and is thoroughly enjoyed!
We begin this half term by finishing off our work on non-fiction texts with some explanatory texts and some letters involving recount. Our focus will then shift to classic, narrative poetry and in particular the poets mentioned above. The children will be attempting their own poetry based on the style and format of some classic poems.
This will be another busy half term in Maths. We will be beginning the half term with ordering and rounding decimals and working with decimal numbers with up to three decimal places. From here we will commence our work on data handling, focusing on different types of averages to begin with and then interpreting graphs, charts and tables. There will be some work on measures during this half term together with the calculation of perimeter and area. Work on shape will include classification, the reflection, rotation and translation of 2D shapes and how to estimate and calculate angles. If time permits we may also complete some work on number sequences, especially those involving negative numbers.
TMS and TW
We will be learning about sound and how it is produced by vibrations. The children will explore how sound travels through various materials and investigate how sound insulation works. They will also find ways of altering sounds in musical instruments (home-made and conventional) by demonstrating pitch and volume of sounds. The children will make predictions and decide whether the evidence is sufficient to support their predictions. They will use dataloggers to measure sound and they will also have an opportunity to share knowledge and to research and explore various musical instruments in an orchestra.
This half term we will be continuing our study into the Tudor period by looking at Tudor jobs and life for the rich and poor. We will then move on to discuss the differences between life for children in Tudor times and today. We will examine a range of Tudor portraits and will finish the term looking at Christmas traditions.
We will finish our look at the water supply in developed countries by looking at two case studies of water pollution. We will then move on to investigate water supplies in developing countries and places where water is scarce. We will consider how simple measures can help communities have a clean water supply and how people cope in times of drought and in the desert regions of the world.
This half term we will be looking at marriage and relationships. In particular we will focus on how some of the major religions allow believers to make a lifelong commitment to their partner. Non-religious commitment will also be addressed.
French and Spanish will take place on alternate weeks.
In French we will continue work on our ‘school’ topic, looking at everyday routines and subjects studied. In Spanish pupils will learn to say their age and after learning the vocabulary for days, months and seasons, will be able to say when their birthday is.
This half term the children will learn how to carry out complex searches. They will have to use their database skills to search for specific information and must learn how to search using more than one condition. They will have to question the answers that the computer is giving them and reason out why the information they are getting may be incorrect. This unit will improve their research skills across all subjects.
We will be looking at Cyclic Patterns and create improvisations with a variety of instruments. Towards the end of the term the children will have the opportunity to get into the festive mood and learn some new Christmas songs in addition to those sung traditionally. I will be assessing all children on their recorder playing this half term so please ensure regular daily practice of at least 5 minutes a day.
We will be continuing with our bird models started last half term and will also make some clay plates/bowls looking at the designs and drawings of birds made by Picasso. We will finish off the term with some Christmas activities.
This half term we will continue our Positive Psychology Course and look a little further at ‘Positive Experience’, at the concept of ‘flow’ and introduce a short meditation to encourage the ability to be in the present moment. This will then lead into ‘Positive Relationships’ and the art of appreciating and maintaining these.
PE & GAMES
Boys will be taking part in football activities and the girls will be taking part in netball activities this half term. A variety of passing, marking, defending and shooting techniques will be developed using increasing control and accuracy in these invasion games. Boys should bring trainers and football boots with them each week. Fleeces can be worn over tracksuits in cold weather. In mixed PE lessons the children will continue to develop their swimming skills and stroke development working towards completing the National Programme for Teaching Swimming awards. The children will also have the opportunity to take part in an ice skating taster session, visiting Slough Ice Rink and a blind football taster session delivered by an external coach.