This year, Miss Gill is our class teacher and we are lucky to be joined by Mr Allen, Mrs Utting and Mrs Sandy.
Because we are learning so much new vocabulary in our English and topic studies, we have decided to make Mrs Wordsmith vocabulary lessons a homework activity. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, teachers will upload a new ‘word of the day’ with a voice note explaining its definition; children can then complete a short activity about the word’s synonyms and antonyms. On Thursdays, there will be an activity summarising the words learned so far. These should take around ten minutes to complete.
We continue to expect children to read for 20 minutes daily; this can be recorded as a voice note on Showbie once a week. Children will have an Accelerated Reader book which is aimed at their most recent reading level, based on word recognition and comprehension. Children will also have a ‘free reader’ book that they have chosen from our Year 5 and 6 library. Children are likely to need support reading some of these texts so we encourage adults or older siblings to read these to the children to promote reading for pleasure.
We recommend children use Times Tables Rockstars to practise their multiplication and division facts for 5 to 10 minutes daily.
Weekly spellings will be set via Showbie. These will be taught throughout the week in class: children will test each other on a Tuesday so they know which spellings to practise. The main aim of this task is for children to use the correct spelling pattern for the sound of the week but obviously spelling the whole word correctly is a bonus!
We will be using a phonics-based approach to recap some of the statutory Year 3&4 spellings as well as introducing some of the Year 5&6 words. This term we will focus on the variety of spellings for vowel sounds. We will learn about prefixes and suffixes as we go too.
In class, we will have daily reading lessons using high-quality texts based on one book a half term. We are beginning with Shackleton’s Journey by William Grill: a non-fiction text about Ernest Shackleton’s extraordinary journey to Antarctica. Next half term, we will be reading Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll: a fictional retelling of the opening of Tutankhamun’s tomb.
We have started the term with a short writing unit on poems that use word play. Using I Can’t Speak Spanish and Un, Deux, Trois…, we will write our own lines of poetry using vocabulary we have learned in previous years’ French lessons.
Our first non-fiction unit will be writing a balanced argument linked to Science, about the disturbance of a natural habitat, before we write third person narratives set in another culture.
Our next non-fiction unit will be after half term, writing formal letters of application. Our narrative unit on myths and legends will link with our history topics on Greeks and Mayans.
This year, we are launching Exciting Writing lessons in which children have the freedom to use all they have learnt in their English units to write independently and creatively. Children will be given a writing genre and stimulus to work from but are free to use the techniques they feel best showcase their writing talents. We will edit their first drafts in a following lesson and refer to these published pieces throughout the year to demonstrate the progress in our writing.
In Class 5, we use the mastery approach to maths, meaning we explore objectives in detail and ‘dive deep’ into problems to deepen our understanding as well as widen our knowledge.
Much of our maths work this term will focus on place value, beginning with the relationship between place value columns and rounding, including whole numbers and decimals. We will relate this to units of measure before consolidating multiplication and division facts in the context of area of rectangles. We will also link some of our maths to our Geography work, learning how to use co-ordinates and grid references.
We have started the term with an art unit on the work of Frank Auerbach and Friedensreich Hundertwasser where we are creating our own layered abstract paintings. We will finish the term with an art unit using print making techniques.
Our first science unit is on living things and their habitats where we will learn about the sexual and asexual reproduction of animals and plants. We will recap this work throughout the term to ensure children are ready to learn about the changes in animals, including humans, next term.
Our first religious education topic is about what we believe is eternal before comparing this to Christian beliefs. We will review our understanding of Buddhist beliefs towards the end of term ready to develop this next term.
Linking with maths skills, we are going to learn how to read and write 4-figure and 6-figure grid references using Ordinance Survey maps.
Using Bolognese recipes from shop-bought packets, we are going to investigate how we can make substitutions or alterations to ingredients to make a popular dish healthier.
We would appreciate if you could save and wash any Bolognese jars or recipes to send into school to look at and use.
Building on our previous learning of ancient civilisations, we are going to learn about the Ancient Greeks before introducing the Vikings and their invasion of Roman Britain.
We are off to a great start with our languages using poetry in English, but we will be properly reviewing the greetings we have learned previously, before expanding our vocabulary into descriptions and objects.
Mr Allen will be teaching PE on Mondays and Fridays. We will be doing a Dance unit of work as well as tag rugby, then yoga and hockey after half term.
Mr Sandy will continue teaching Computing on alternate Fridays starting with e-safety before a programming unit using micro: bit.
Mr Sandy will teach music on Monday afternoons, beginning with the history of the Blues then composition and notation with an Ancient Egyptian theme.
Mrs Willett will be teaching PSHE on alternate Fridays, beginning with a unit on families and relationships then citizenship.