Friday 12th January
Happy New Year and a warm welcome back to our new term! Firstly, a huge well done to all of our Year 5 children for their fantastic Long Term Projects from last term. We have a wide array of documentaries which have been completed to a high standard. Thank you for all of your support in getting them ready. I think we have some budding future Attenborough’s amongst our students.
Additionally, our thanks for your attendance at our Parent – Teacher meetings. It was a pleasure to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress.
We started our brand new topic – SPACE by discussing several important themes – Space Travel and Our Place in Space as well as beginning a discussion to find out what our children already know. It has been wonderful to hear how engaged the students are and how much independent research they have already completed. This will be very helpful over the coming weeks.
In Literacy this week, the children have begun to identify the features of Non-Chronological Reports. This is an exciting topic as it builds on our Biography work from last half term. We will be continuing to write in clear paragraphs and use features such as sub-headings, diagrams, pictures and captions and fact boxes and timelines. Additionally, we will focus on punctuation and the use of technical language. You can support your child by reading through a range of non-fiction texts, particularly those with a Space focus.
In Maths, the children completed a carousel of activities related to Geometry, demonstrating their understanding of 2D and 3D shape, area and perimeter and angles. Following this our focus has been on drawing and measuring angles accurately with a protractor.
In Humanities this week, we have begun to share our knowledge about space, as well as beginning our research about the formation of our Universe, the beginnings of the Solar System and the history and future of space travel. This research will be used as part of our Art topic.
In Science, we have begun with the vocabulary of Space. Children worked individually, or in small groups, to research and define a range of vocabulary about our topic. Putting this tricky terminology into their own words has meant that they fully understand and can use these terms accurately. It is a great start to a very technologically advanced topic! Over the next few weeks we will be learning all about day and night as well as the phases of the moon. So expect to be out star and moon gazing over the next month to observe firsthand how the sky changes.
In Art we have begun to explore our Space topic and we will create a collage timeline to explain these important events. We have begun to learn about collaging techniques which will ensure that this project is a success.
Finally, we have shared the new Long term project with your children This is a three week creative writing project which is part of a FOBISIA schools competition. The children should produce an independent and original short story of no more than 600 words. This home learning has been sent home in either their Reading Record or their Literacy and spelling book. We have recently written creative stories in Year 5 so we are excited to see the work the children produce. This is due in on Wednesday 31st January.
Enjoy your weekend.
The Year 5 Team
18th January – YEAR 5/6 SPORTS DAY 7:50am to 11:50am. Children can attend school in their house shirts and PE shorts/trainers. They will need a swimming kit with them for the Duathlon event. Children MUST have a hat, water bottle and towel with them.
Parents are very welcome to attend Sports Day and we look forward to hearing you cheer your children and their houses!
15th – 19th January – Due to senior school residential week, all swimming lessons will be PE lessons. Please ensure students have their PE kit.
22nd – 26th January – All swimming lessons will become DUATHLONS and students will need both Swimming and PE kit.
Notices: As one of our Maths focuses is Multiplication it is very important for all children to be confident with their times tables. This website has many online games where children can practice their speed and accuracy. It is also important to practice the inverse (division).
One game which can be played on tablets is: http://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button