Dear Parents/ Carers,
Welcome back after the summer break – I hope you enjoyed your summer holiday! This term, I look forward to welcoming the children into their new year 5 class and getting to know everyone. Year 5 will bring a range of new challenges and expectations as we have a busy, but fun, half term ahead.
Our topic this half term is all about space and the solar system titled: Is there life out there? During this topic, we will be learning all about the planets in our solar system. We will make 3D models of these using papier mache and write fact files to display alongside them. We will investigate the movement of the Earth and the Moon in relation to the sun. We will also discover how we experience day and night.
Literacy (Writing & Reading)
We will be reading our new book, Leon and the Place Between which links to our science. The children will participate in various discussions about the characters and themes within in the book as well as write a range of texts that link to this book, including: a diary entry, a persuasive leaflet and a narrative.
Early morning reading
Your child will pick a day to come in from 8.30am and read with an adult. It is an excellent opportunity for them to enhance their reading skills and understanding. Please try to ensure your child comes in early at least once a week. Any support you can give at home listening to your child read is greatly appreciated.
We will be starting the term with place vale. We will be reading, writing, comparing and ordering numbers up to one million! The children will know the value of each digit and represent numbers in a range of ways including practically and pictorially.
As well as this, we will also work on learning our times tables; any support you can give at home would be much appreciated. Remember that children need to be fluent in division facts as well as multiplication facts. (7 x 5 = 35 so 35 ÷7 = 5). We will carry on with mad minutes daily and don’t forget about timetables rock stars.
PSHE & RE
There will be weekly lessons of PSHE and RE delivered by Miss Mallalieu and Mrs Fowles respectively. These are very important subjects and work on building up children’s tolerance, respect and valuable life skills.
Over the year, children will take turns in going to Forest school with Mrs Schofield. Groups of six children will be chosen every half-term. These children will complete an outdoor learning session every week.
P.E will be on Thursday and Friday. Please ensure your child has the correct P.E kit in school for indoor and outdoor sessions.
I look forward to the coming academic year and getting to know you all better. Please feel free to pop into school or find me on the playground, either at the start or the end of the school day, if you have any queries or worries.
Our aim is to provide your child with a variety of lessons and teaching styles that will stimulate your child; make learning fun and encourage them to want to learn. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact me via the school office or catch me on the playground before or after school.