Our topic this term is the Swinging Sixties, and we will be learning about the music, culture and important historical events, including the Space Race and the moon landings. In Science our learning is focussed on our solar system and the relationship between the Earth and the Sun.
We continue the space theme in literacy where our key text is War of the Worlds; we will be using this to inspire narrative writing and newspaper articles.
In Art & Design we turn our attention to Pop Art, with children producing their own Andy Warhol inspired portraits (using both their artistic and ICT skills), as well as painting based on the art of Roy Lichtenstein (involving some careful work with a cotton bud). We will be designing and making tie-dye t shirts, which we will wear in our end of term 60s celebration.
In PSHE this term we look at the changes that puberty brings, and parents are invited to come along to explore the content with Mrs Watts on Tuesday 21st May (letters will be sent out).
We are looking forward to another busy term. Our linked learning topic this term is US Road Trip, and we will be exploring the geography of America, along with key moments from US history. Our literacy texts this term reflect the topic, with the children writing about Pocahontas and the experiences of a young slave girl in the Deep South, inspired by the picture book The Listeners.
In Science we will be investigation Gravity and Forces, which will help us when we create our own roller coasters. Other design projects this term include making a cam toy – designed with an American theme.
In RE we continue to look at the influence of Jesus’ teachings and examples to modern day Christians, as we approach Easter.
PE continues to be on a Monday and Friday although we ask that children have their kit in school in case of timetable changes.
The children have been enjoying completing their times table challenges so please keep up the good work with practising these.
We have been reminding children that we expect them to be reading regularly at home and recording this in their reading records. Children that read 5 times a week or more receive regular rewards for this. It is vital that children read regularly as it impacts greatly on all their work, building their vocabulary and exposure to language.
We are looking forward to sharing the children’s work on their home learning projects. These are due in by Monday 25th March.
This term we are learning about World War II. We will be studying Anne Frank and Rose Blanche in Literacy and our Link Learning will cover many aspects of World War II.
5HW have taken our inspiration from this topic for our class assembly, ENSA, which will be performed to parents on the morning of Tuesday 29th January 2019. We look forward to seeing you all there – and hope you bring your singing voices!
Costume letters will be coming home early in the term, and these costumes can be recycled for our trip to Kent Life on Thursday 7th February. This will be a WW2 themed day.
In Science we are focussing on microorganisms and will be looking how these affect our lives. DT this term sees us baking bread and making war time inspired recipes (although Mrs Hibberd has banned Mrs Watts’ suggestion of Sheep’s Head Soup!).
PE and home learning arrangements remain the same as last term. Please keep up the good work with the home reading. Many of the class have been enjoying their special treats for consecutive weeks of having read 5 or more times; some have been bringing their slippers or cuddly toys to school, whilst others, shockingly, have opted to squirt their teachers!
Hello and welcome to Year 5!
We have an extremely exciting year ahead. There will be an opportunity for parents to meet the Year 5 team and to find out about what is coming up in Year 5 at a meeting on Thursday 20th September 2018, 3pm to 3.20pm.
We have a fantastic first term planned. Our topic is To The Extreme and we will be learning about different types of extreme weather in different climate zones across the world.
Inspired by this topic, our literacy learning kicks off with the book Hurricane, which will be the inspiration for our first piece of narrative writing. In Art and D.T., we will be studying the impressionist artist Monet and creating our own weather inspired artworks, recreating some of his style and techniques.
In Science we are investigating Life Cycles of plants and animals.
This term our PE days are Monday and Friday so please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school. This should include outdoor footwear. (Years 5 and 6 also have the opportunity to take part in Golden Time football on a Friday afternoon so will need suitable kit for that.)
Home learning will be given out each week; with Literacy coming home on a Monday (due back the following Monday) and Numeracy coming home each Friday (due back the following Friday). We have reminded the children that all adults in the classroom are available to help with this, should they need it, so please encourage them to speak to us before the homework deadline if they need any extra support with a particular task.
Your child will come home with a reading record. It is important that they record their daily reading in this (they may write in the diaries themselves, but we ask that parents it initial also). Children regularly reading five times or more in a week will receive rewards.
We look forward to meeting as many of you as possible at the meeting on 20th September.