Newsletter Autumn Term 1
Welcome back to a new academic year! I hope you had a lovely break, enjoying family time and making wonderful memories. We are all looking forward to the first term and the exciting challenges ahead of us.
We will be focusing on ‘Number’ starting with place value, followed by addition & subtraction, multiplication & division; concluding the term with statistics. The children will have lots of opportunity to use their mental arithmetic as well as develop their written maths skills and problem solving techniques.
Our topic this term will be The Tudors. We will be carrying out historical research and using this as a foundation for our written work; we will be learning to adapt our writing styles to suit a particular audience and purpose. The children will also draw upon their experiences at Kentwell (our class trip on 23rd September). Our grammar focus will be on expanded noun phrases, using fronted adverbials, using commas correctly, relative clauses, model verbs and adverbs. Spelling practise will start with us recapping on year 4 words, then moving onto the year 5 curriculum. We will adopt various strategies for supporting spelling practise, dissecting words and learning about the meaning and history of words.
Our topic is ‘Forces’. We will investigate types of forces, how to measure force, the effects of motion and explore the principles of a gravitational field. There will be lots of opportunity for children to work scientifically, enquiring, researching and testing!
The French topic is ‘all about me’. The children will work towards writing a paragraph in French about themselves, their families, where they live and their hobbies. In PE we will be focusing on dance (which I’m very excited about!) and tag rugby. Our Art curriculum will look at mixing colour to add tone, mood and effect; we will investigate the work of Van Gogh and how he used colour. We will also be creating collages/art pieces linked to our history topic. In DT, the children will research Tudor homes, then design and create their own. Computing will begin with ‘on-line safety’ and cyber bullying. We will then look at the children creating their own computer games. We will be following the BBC ten pieces’ scheme for music this term which provides a wide genre of musical opportunities for the children to learn from. In RE the children will learn about the Jewish home, Braham, The Trimurti and creation stories, linking music and dance to our RE topic too.
What a busy and exciting curriculum we have ahead of us! I hope the children will embrace the challenges, enjoy questioning, enquiring and discovering!
Homework: In year 5 we encourage the children to regularly practise their timetables; there are a number of useful games and activities on ‘purple mash’ to support your child with this (if your child needs to be reminded of their log in details then please let me know). I would also like your child to read daily for 10-15minutes.
I will be sending home weekly spellings; these will focus on the spelling convention that we will be studying in class. They will receive a maths workbook to go through weekly. I will also set the children topic related homework; this could be a piece of research, writing, an art piece or an activity on ‘purple mash’ and will have a longer ‘to be done by’ time. I will send home a note in the children’s homework folders on a Friday, which will clearly indicate the week’s work. Homework should be returned by the following Thursday.
I look forward to working with all the new year 5 children. If you would like to discuss anything with me, please do not hesitate to make a time to see me.
REMEMBER: Our year 5/6 trip to Kentwell Hall on Monday 23rd September. If you would like to discuss any aspect of this trip, please pop in and see me.
Class Teacher – Year 5.