Welcome to Year 5
Teacher: Miss Jones
Welcome to Year 5, in our class we look forward to developing as independent learners. As we grow, we discover more about ourselves as learners and just what we can achieve when we believe in ourselves and each other. Year 5 students are supported in developing independent and resilient learning attitudes, but most importantly, attitudes that reflect a love of learning and a thirst for knowledge.
As we begin to take on more responsibilities as role models in the school we allow our gifts and talents to develop and shine; whether it be as a school ambassador, reading buddy or Eco leader. We understand as we grow, we all have an important part to play in our school, and it is important to support and encourage each other on our different learning journeys.
Our learning project this half term is Frozen Kingdoms, where we will explore the planet’s coldest lands, which are incredibly beautiful, yet often deadly. This half term, we’ll start by using globes and maps, we’ll identify the Polar Regions, comparing the Arctic and Antarctic. We’ll also think about how we can protect the polar environment. Then, we’ll investigate the tragic story of the RMS Titanic, and find out about the people on board. When we’re more familiar with the Polar Regions, we’ll write exciting stories, poems. Researching our favourite polar animals will be fun, and we’ll create animal artwork inspired by the Inuit people. We’ll experiment and create amazing effects using paints and dyes. At the end of the project we will plan how to build our own igloos inspired by the Inuit’s.
Have fun with the home learning ideas, these are optional projects and ideas you are welcome to make or research anything related to our learning project.
Equipment requirements for Year Five
As we look to develop independence and maturity this year, it is important that all pupils take responsibility for coming to school each day organised and equipped to learn.
Pupils will need:
- Handwriting pen (Berol)
- A HB pencil
- A highlighter
- A red biro pen
- A small ruler
- An eraser
Pupils should not bring gel pens, sharpie or other permanent markers, felt tip pens or tip-ex.
Pupils should also come to class each day with a small notebook (A5) and a reading book and a clean, freshly filled water bottle. Pupils are allowed to start to bring in small pencil cases to store their equipment from next half term. Anything large or distracting will be as asked to remain in bags or trays.
Spelling lists will be set every Friday on spelling shed to be practised throughout the week as they will be tested in class the following Friday. A paper copy is available for those who need it at the back of the classroom.
Children are strongly encouraged to read for pleasure on a daily basis, to promote this the reading homework has changed for year 5 and we will alternate between Reading Plus homework and our class text reading/ reading for pleasure.
Other short weekly tasks may include:
- Engage in a variety of research tasks using a wide range of literacy skills
- Practice mental and written arithmetic skills
- Engage in a history or geography research task linked to class topics
- Carry out research tasks in R.E. during linked to ’Come and See’ topic
- Work on differentiated worksheet to reinforce numeracy work
- Practise handwriting using joined style and speed writing activities if required.
- Spend time working on subscription sites to aid basic skills such as: Mathswhizz and Timestables Rockstars (website links can be found in ‘Curriculum Links’)
Year Group Expectations
Year Group Expectations provide information for parents and carers on the end of year expectations for children in our school. The National Curriculum outlines these expectations as being the minimum requirements your child must meet in order to ensure continued progress. The year group expectations can be found here
To enable your child to take responsibility for their own learning – below are some useful links that help your child to develop their basic Literacy and Numeracy skills:
Please continue to practise your times tables using ‘TTRS’ or ‘Hit the Button’ to help you.
We have PE Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday mornings, please ensure PE kit is in school at all times .
Thank you for your support and please do not hesitate to get in touch any way you can if you have any questions or queries – my door is always open.