Welcome to Year 5!
Year 5 Team:-
Class 5A– Mrs Horsfield (Year Leader), TA- Mrs Allen
Class 5B– Mrs Keane, TA- Miss Barrett
Class 5C– Mrs Nash and Mrs Sexton, TA- Mrs Cuffley
Topics for the year:
Term 1- Tudors
Term 2- Peasants, Princes and Pestilence
Term 3- Pharaohs
Term 4- Stargazers
Term 5- Beast Creators
Term 6- Allotment
PE – Please ensure your child has an appropriate PE kit including for outdoors (plain navy blue tracksuit).
Please see below for your child’s PE days:
Daily reading of Accelerated reader books will also be expected.
Dates for your diaries:-
Tuesday 11th September- Year 5 trip to Hever castle
Wednesday 19th September- Year 5 parents meeting (A welcome to the Year group)- 7pm
Thursday 20th September- whole school mass
For online Abacus games the children will need to use their log in:
Username: first 4 letters of their first name followed by first 4 letters of surname.
School code: t7jg
Year 5 Updates
We are now completely immersed in facts about ancient and modern Egypt and are just about to explore our creativity as we plan for a narrative writing piece. We will also be collecting facts for visitors to Egypt- organising our own tourist leaflets.
In maths, we are moving on to fractions. Please continue to practice times tables with your children regularly at home- there are so many links that we can draw upon to embed our learning!
In Science, we have been considering Sir Isaac Newton’s discovery of gravity and comparing the mass and weight of different objects. Next, we will consider the effects of the force of friction upon objects- continuing to look at balanced and unbalanced forces.
Religion will find us reflecting upon the ‘gifts’ that we give to others, following God’s gift of His Son to us.
In Art/ DT, we are busily planning for the creation of our Egyptian Death masks (pictures to follow next week).
The children have been busy researching, both Geography and History, about Ancient Egypt- using their new-found knowledge to plan and begin their non-chronological reports. Going forward, they will be editing/ improving for their final ‘hot pieces’ this week.
In maths, we will be moving to division- using a written method of short division and interpreting remainders appropriately for the context.
We will continue to look at Egypt, in both Geography and History, establishing the importance of the River Nile across History and its uses throughout the ages.
In Religion, we will continue the focus of ‘Inspirational people’- having the opportunity to reflect upon what it means to be a follower of Jesus.
In Art/ DT, we will begin to sketch and design Ancient Egyptian masks, leading to our DT project to create life-size masks that could have been worn by the Pharaohs.
Thursday 17th January- Census school dinner- please see parent mail for more information
So we are fast approaching Christmas- a time for reflection and celebration with our families and friends. Your children have worked extremely hard over the first two terms and are really doing you proud. Thank you for all of your continued support, it has been very much appreciated.
Below is a brief outline of the term ahead. Your children have been given their home learning projects- please help them to chose and complete one of the activities to help them prepare for their learning about the Ancient Egyptians.
Let’s travel back 5000 years to ancient Egypt, cruising along the Nile and entering a world of mysteries, curses and mummies. This term, we are going to learn first-hand about the gruesome, yet fascinating, process of mummification. We’ll write a report about Howard Carter’s famous discovery and use different sources to research Tutankhamun’s tomb. We’ll also consider whether it was right to open Tutankhamun’s tomb, or whether it should have been left as it was. Our work will inspire us to write some exciting Egyptian mystery stories and non-fiction books and the internet will provide us with information to make fact files. We’ll draw Egyptian artefacts in detail, focusing on symbols and design features. Studying historical sources will help us learn more about the Pharaohs, the Egyptian gods and ancient religious beliefs. We’ll find out about the food that was eaten at the time, make some Egyptian bread and use recycled materials to build model tombs.
As we come to the penultimate week for 2018, the children are getting in to the Christmas spirit, making cards, baubles and party hats. With the Christmas lunch on Wednesday, please put a little Christmas treat in their lunchbox. Assessments have come to an end and we are now back looking at multiplication and division in maths. In English, our final genre for the topic will be poetry (linked to the plague). We will be planning for our ‘Medieval banquet’ (please do not forget that you are invited to sample our morsels- Monday 17th December- 2.30pm). Home-learning will come home this week, along with additional information about our exciting next topic- Pharaohs. This will be due in to school on Thursday 3rd January 2019.
Week 5 brings us in to the season of Advent. The children will be considering their ‘Advent promises’ as we prepare ourselves for the celebration of Christ’s birthday.
Across the topic of Princes, Peasants and Pestilence, we will be looking at the spread of the plague, through life cycles of rats and fleas, as well as the spread across Europe and in to Britain through trade and travel.
The children will be completing formal assessments in English and Maths as well as writing their Historical Narrative hot pieces.
Please take a close look at the dates below, we have some busy weeks ahead and some key events, that you wouldn’t want to miss. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday evening for the residential talk (4th Dimension).
This week we have been using our knowledge of the medieval times to plan for our Historical narrative. We will continue this, in to next week, really focusing on writing high quality pieces, beginning to use a majority of the year 5 objectives. In maths we will be moving on to Multiplication- drawing upon knowledge and recall of the timetables to develop mastery (making links and developing reasoning skills). We have now completed the Science topic – Materials and their properties (changing state), moving on to life cycles of living things. This will directly link in to the Scientific theory of how the plague was able to spread so quickly through the streets of London. In History, we will be considering the role of knights throughout the ‘100 Years war’ and will be creating a ‘Code of Chivalry’ to highlight their role and expectations.
In Religion, we are fast approaching advent, we will study how God had a plan to send help to his Creation- teaching Christianity through his Son.
Children will be completing a Bikeability course, on Monday and Tuesday (please read information carefully about what is required).
In History/ DT we will be making plague bags- filling them with sweet-smelling herbs and spices.
Religion will continue with the study of ‘The New Commandments’ and how important they are within our lives.
Thank you, once again, for your continued support.
- Please note that there will be a Year 5 mass on Thursday 15th November at 9.15am in St. Mary’s church- all are welcome.
- A reminder that your child should have their PE kits in school, ready for the term ahead.
- Deadline for ‘Shoe box’ appeal is Monday 12th November
- Wednesday 14th November- last day for school photo orders via the school
- Friday 16th November- Children in need
As we come to the last week of term, we are now experts in Tudor history! We are continuing to write our Historical narratives, using our recently acquired knowledge, to create a story about ‘The Prince and the Pauper’. In French, we have been learning been comparing Tudor words, in both languages, considering vocabulary linked to King Heny VIII as well as consider their word types in grammar. Spellings include words with the suffix ‘tious’ (eg. ambitious)- please check your child’s reading record for the current list.
In Religion, we will be celebrating the Harvest Mass (Sunday 14th October- 10.15am at St. John’s Church). We will continue to study about God’s helpers across history and consider how we can follow their example to care for God’s world.
Accelerated reading, across the year group, is now running very successfully and your children are enjoying the library with its vast amount of books to chose from. Please ensure that you read/ question your child about their current book and sign/ comment in their reading record books accordingly.
In Science, we will continue to investigate how materials behave differently in solution (some dissolving), as well as how we can separate one from another.
In Religion, we continue with God’s creation and learn about some of God’s great helpers. We will reflect on their examples and consider what we can learn from them.
In maths, we will continue to develop understanding of formal addition/ subtraction (including exchanging-regrouping and renaming) as well and using the inverse and rounding to check the accuracy of our answers.As a year group, we will be looking towards Term 2 for our new topic- Peasants, Prices and Pestilence. Home-learning activities will be on their way home w/c 15/10/18.The children are all looking extremely smart, wearing their winter uniform with pride. School photographs will be on Tuesday 16th October.Thank you, as always for your support. Thank you too, for your gifts and kind words given on the Teachers’ appreciation day.
Looking forward to week 5, already, and we’ve got lots in store for your children this week!
A reminder that Winter uniform must be worn from Monday (1st October) please.
In maths- we are moving on to addition and subtraction (using the column method). Please refer to the calculation policy for further information, if required.
In English- we are busily writing our persuasive letters to King Henry VIII- begging that Anne Boleyn’s life might be spared at the very last minute!
In Science- we will investigate how materials behave differently when mixed with water (both cold and warm).
In Religion- we will discuss The Fall (the story of Adam and Eve), considering human sin and how beliefs of The Fall shape our lives.
In PSHE- we will look at the rules set in place by King Henry VIII (Eltham Ordinance) and write our own Monarchy rules considering how we would like to treat people.
Thank you for all of your continued support with your children’s homework and home reading. Please ensure that you add a note to your child’s books if they haven’t been able to complete tasks set.
Thank you all the parents who came to the Year 5 meeting on Wednesday and all those who joined us for the whole school mass.
There will be a Year 5 mass at St. Mary’s church, Denton on Thursday 27th September at 9.15 am. All are welcome.
This week, we have been writing our non-chronological reports about the Tudors. As we learn more about these challenging times in English history, we will research more about King Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn. The children will begin to prepare a persuasive letter from Anne to the Royal Court, in an attempt for her to be pardoned from her accusation of Treason against the King.
In maths, having been practicing place value and rounding, we will now move on to negative numbers as well as Roman Numerals.
In History, we will complement the research of Anne Boleyn’s impending doom and retrace her final journey to the Tower of London.
Science will extend our understanding of how materials behave when being introduced to different sources, looking at electrical conductivity and insulation.
Religion will continue our theme of ‘The Creation’ establishing how we can be guardians of God’s wonderful world.
Please continue your support with your child’s reading and homework activities- your comments and feedback, in both the reading records and homework books, are very much appreciated.