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Welcome back to Year 5. We have a busy and exciting term ahead of us. This term your teachers will be Miss Wolfe, Mrs Baker and Mrs White. Mrs Lees and Mrs Van Aurich will be our Learning Support Assistants, alongside Mrs Prior for some focus groups. Mrs Lindridge will teach Spanish for one lesson a week and Mr Green will teach PE. Year 5 will also have the opportunity again to be taught Music by the specialist brass teacher, Mrs Lee, from Buckinghamshire Learning Trust and Computing by Mrs Tavinder.
This term in English we will begin with persuasive writing. We will look at some topical arguments such as the length of school holidays, the effectiveness of homework and children’s use of screens. We will then move on to looking at the local and national issue of High Speed 2. We will combine this with work in Geography on The Chilterns where we will find out why our own area is such a special place to live in. We will explore the landscape and wildlife of The Chilterns and this year we are being supported by the representatives from The Chiltern Society. Our Art and Design work will involve drawing the natural world, especially birds and feathers, which will tie in carefully with our Science work on life cycles. Later in the term we will study the Ancient Greeks and read Greek myths.
In Maths we will begin with place value and calculations, including work with fractions and decimals. Children will work on number sequences, Roman numerals, rounding and negative numbers. We shall look at properties of two and three dimensional shapes – looking at area and perimeter. We will collect data and interpret graphs and work with measures and scales. We will start to use a protractor to measure and compare angles.
Homework for English and Maths will be set on Thursdays and should be handed in by the following Tuesday. Spelling lessons will occur on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Spellings rules and patterns will be sent home to learn along with some of the statutory Year 5 and 6 words specified in the National Curriculum. However, this will not be on a weekly basis – children will receive about three or four lists each half of the term. Our PE sessions are on a Tuesday and a Thursday so please make sure you have your full kit for these days.