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Welcome back to an exciting term for Year 5!
We hope that you had a wonderful Christmas break and have returned to school refreshed and ready to learn.
5A be swimming on Tuesday afternoons and will start on Tuesday 8th January. You will need your swimming kit (tight fitting shorts, not board shorts for boys, and a swimming costume, not a bikini, for girls). If you have long hair please wear a swimming hat. 5B will start swimming later in the term. We will all still be having our PE sessions with Mr Green on Tuesdays as well. As the weather is colder, please make sure you have kit with you that will keep you warm – tracksuit bottoms in dark colours are allowed.
In English this term we will begin looking at some classic poetry by authors such as Edward Lear and Alfred Noyes and then we will move onto Stories from Other Cultures – from China, Japan and Africa. We will start to use figurative language within our writing by including metaphors, similes and personification. We continue with our spelling lessons and learning rules and patterns to help our spelling skills when writing – we will focus on words with silent letters and homophones this term. Our grammar begins with work on types of nouns and pronouns, moving on to apostrophes and active and passive sentences.
In Maths we will begin by looking at measures – length, weight and capacity. We will convert between units of measures and also between the old imperial and newer metric measures. We will look at train timetables, learning how to read them and planning journeys. We will then move onto data handling – reading line graphs and gathering, presenting and interpreting data in different forms. Our work on fractions, decimals and percentages will continue as this is a large area of focus in the Year 5 curriculum.
In Science we shall begin our study of the Earth and Space. This is a topic that really sparks an interest with pupils. We will complete a moon diary so you can observe about what is happening in our night sky and see the phases of the moon. We will learn about the tilt, orbit and spin of the earth and the planets of the solar system. Our Art work links to this as we work in 3D to create a diarama of a space scene.The Ruislip Lido has a fantastic walk for those wanting to know more about the planets, and the relative distances between them.
Later on in the term our work in Geography will link to the Earth as we study the continents, hemispheres, the Poles, time zones and lines of latitude and longitude. We will also look at the local area of The Chilterns – investigating the impact of High Speed 2 on our environment and looking at maps of the route. Our PSHE lessons will focus on safer lifestyles and how to manage the everyday risks that life presents as we gain in independence. We hope the Wycombe fire brigade will visit us to describe the work they do.
Mrs Tavender will continue to teach computing to Year 5 on Monday afternoons and Mrs Alani will teach Spanish on Thursday and Friday to both classes. 5B will continue to work with the Bucks Music teachers up until the February half term break and after that holiday it will be 5A’s turn. In partnership with the Bucks Music service some of Year 5 will perform in the Echoes 2019 concert at The Royal Albert Hall in March.