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Welcome back to Year 5. We have a busy and exciting term ahead of us.
This year the teachers in 5A will be Miss Wolfe and Mrs Baker and in 5B, Mrs Sheldon. Miss Wolfe teaches on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, then Mrs Baker teaches on Thursday and Friday. Mrs Lees, Miss Goodey, Mrs Oxby and Mrs Prior will be our Learning Support Assistants. Our specialist Computing teacher from Junior Jam will teach on a Thursday and Mr Green will teach PE on a Thursday; the class teachers will teach a second PE lesson on Fridays. Year 5 will also have the opportunity again to be taught Music by the specialist teachers from Buckinghamshire Music Service on a Friday morning – 5B will start with this for the first half of the year, swapping over to 5A in the spring. Junior Jam will also teach Music to Year 5 on a monthly basis.
This term in English we will begin with reading and writing Greek myths. We will look in-depth at two stories – The Labours of Hercules and the story of the Trojan horse. We will discover the worlds of mythical creatures and debate what makes a true hero. Our work in English ties in nicely with our study of the Ancient Greeks in History where we will learn about the family tree of the gods and goddesses and look at the opposing views of the cities of Athens and Sparta, as well as finding out about the wars between the Greeks and the Persians. We will learn about the life of Alexander the Great and debate the case of the Elgin marbles.
We will have two Reciprocal Reading sessions each week – small groups of children are guided by an adult to unpick texts by summarising and predicting plots and clarifying vocabulary. Two spelling lessons are timetabled for each week. Spelling to learn will be sent home about every fortnight. Spellings this term focus on prefixes and suffixes, ough/ious/cial/tial words and homophones. We will also look at recommended words from the Year 5 statutory spelling list.
In Maths we will begin with place value, including decimals, and then move on to developing our calculation skills – revising addition and subtraction and introducing long multiplication and division. We will look at special numbers like negatives, primes and factors and decode Roman numerals. Work with fractions and percentages is a large area of Maths in Year 5 and we shall commence this by finding equivalent fractions and converting between improper and mixed fractions. We shall look at properties of two and three-dimensional shapes – looking at area, perimeter and angles. We will collect data and interpret graphs and work with measures and scales.
Work in Science will begin by classifying and sorting materials and then testing materials by carrying out fair tests associated with strength, transparency and thermal conductors. We will then move on to the study the states of matter and mixing solids and liquids.
RE lessons will cover special places of worship and sacred texts. Our Artwork centres around the study of birds – we will work on our drawing skills and then print designs and model with clay.
The children will be set Maths and English homework on alternate weeks. Maths homework will focus on reasoning and word problems and will be given out and marked with the children on a fortnightly basis in Friday’s Maths lessons. English homework will be given out on Thursdays. All homework is due in on the Tuesday after being given out. Spellings will be sent home roughly every fortnight – once we have taught and practised the spelling pattern and rule in school. Spelling tests will be given on a Tuesday or Wednesday – we will tell the children the exact day when we hand out the spellings.
Reading regularly is vital for success. We expect the children to read a wide variety of genres and authors. Four records of reading a week in the Home School Book is our minimum expectation – we would love to see more, along with your written thoughts and comments about the book. Home School Books will be checked every Monday. Remember we have many new books written by good quality authors in our newly remodelled library.
On Friday 4th October all of Year 5 will take part in a football tournament at holmer Green Secondary School.