Welcome to Year 5! I hope that you all had a restful Summer break and are ready for a fresh start this academic year. The children have been settling in well and I am excited to see what challenges we overcome. This year at Blessed Robert Widmerpool is all about “I am who I am” and keeping Spirit Strong and year 5 have embraced this wholeheartedly.
I AM WHO I AM: How can we change, challenge and grow this term?
This term we will focus on Roman Numerals, Place Value, Addition and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. We will also practice using heuristics to help us problem solve and become resilient mathematicians.
In English we will use the texts ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone’ to inspire our writing by using a range of grammar and punctuation, within a variety of genres.
Come and See
In RE we will be looking at the topic of ‘Ourselves’.
After this we will move onto the topic of ‘Hope’ before Christmas.
Our exploration of another World Faith– Judaism – will give us chance to consider the topic of Community and the communities we are part of.
During science lessons, children will be explaining also be investigating how light and shadows are created and how light travels.
History will see Year 5 looking at WWII and have them understand key events such as: the origins of the war, the Blitz, evacuation, life on the home-front and VE day.
In Geography, we will be investigating the impact the widening of the A453 has had on our local area.
DT will allow us to design, create and evaluate our own WWII food inspired by the rations that would be available at the time. In Art we will take inspiration from Barbara Hepworth’s sculptures by making our own sculptures inspired by landscapes.
In PE we will be developing our fitness skills and we also have swimming sessions in October.
Year 5 will also be studying French, building up a basic vocabulary and essential conversation skills through singing and other interactive media. Music, the children will develop on their previous learning and studying ‘Music of the orchestra’ working towards a final performance.
In Computing, the children will be able to develop their understanding of internet safety.
Help from Home
- Please check Homework diaries regularly for weekly information about your child’s work and progress. Children’s diaries will be checked and signed on Monday mornings to ensure reading is taking place at home. Your child must filling this in every day with the details of the pages they have read.
- Children will be given homework each week on a Friday. Year 5 children are encouraged to take responsibility for remembering to complete their homework, but they may need the odd reminder from someone at home to get it done! Homework is not something that should worry them and I will remind them that if they are ever struggling to complete a homework task, then they should come and see me.
- It is very important that all children can recall their number facts quickly and correctly, so when possible please encourage your child to practise their times tables and mental addition/subtraction through TTRS, Mathletics and Numbots.
- Reading every day is essential. Please discuss characters, themes, plots and ask for your child’s opinions on the books they are reading; this will help with their success in English. Recording this information in their homework diary is extremely useful evidence of their reading. If any support is needed please let us know and we can provide resources to help.
- Please ensure your child has their PE kit in school every day. They need a PE kit for both indoor and outdoor PE. Their outdoor PE kit should include a hoodie and something to keep their legs warm (gym leggings or jogging bottoms). PE kits must be school colours.
- Children will be given a list of spellings each week on a Friday. These will be tested the following Friday. Please keep a check of these regularly.
- Your support this year will be crucial and I’d like to thank you in advance for your support over the coming term.