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Year Five 

Spring Term 2020

        

 

Throughout the Spring term we are focusing on the school-wide topic of 'Battlefront'. In Year 5, our focus will be around World War I and II, as well as looking into modern conflict later in the term. We will be focusing all of our learning around a range of texts to inspire our writing and our topic learning.

 

In Art, History, Geography, RE and PSHCE we will be immersing our learning around our topic focus, creating art pieces inspired by famous artists depicting scenes linked to remembrance, thinking about key events in history and key people, thinking about countries involved in conflict in geography, in RE how religion can play a part in conflict, while also linking our social and emotional learning to the change, upset and upheaval people experienced. We will be completing our Maths, French, Science and PE learning more discreetly, but making links where we can. 

This term our focus will be on fractions in Maths, forces in Science with a space focus during space week beginning 9th March 2020 and progressing in our use of vocabulary in French. 

We will end our topic with a D-Day celebration for our fabulous finish, where the children will present their all of their fantastic learning and share all of their new, historical knowledge!

Please continue to support your child with homework. Core homework is split into 4 sections, reading record stickers, GPS, spellings (access through spelling shed) and times tables (access through times tables rock stars). Reading records are due in on the Monday of each week, the other core pieces are due in on Wednesdays of each week. It will be given back to your child by Friday to allow a sufficient amount of completion time. Homework club is available on Fridays after school until 4pm where your child can get the support they need in order to complete their homework.

  • Outdoor PE takes place on Friday afternoons, please send in suitable PE kits as we will be on the filed for Tag Rugby each week where possible and then moving onto Cricket in the second half of the term.
  • Indoor PE is on Tuesdays with a focus on Gym and then moving onto Tennis/Badminton

 

OPERA BRAVA 2020

The cast has been decided for Opera Brava and now it is time to learn the songs as much as you can at home especially if you have a solo. The brackets indicate which members of the cast are required for each song so you know which ones to learn. The links to the lyrics are also available by clicking on the title of the song, a word document should appear so that you can learn the words. 

 

Song 1 Journey of a lifetime ( All)

 

Song 2 Once Upon a Time (Peter, Susan, Edmund & Lucy)

 

Song 3 Soldiers Duet

 

Song 3 Galloping On (Caspian & all)

Song 4 Trio (Nikabrik, Trumpkin and Trufflehunter) 

Song 5 Pattertwig (Pattertwig and 3 Bulgy Bears) 

Song 6 Reepicheep (Reepicheep, mice & all) 

Song 7 The DLF (Peter, Susan, Edmund, Lucy, Trumpkin)

 

Song 8 If You Believe (Lucy)

  /Prince_Caspian/If_You_Believe.mp3

 

Song 9 Euan, Euan, eu-oi-oi-oi (All) 

 

Song 10 Celebration song and the Crowning (All)

 

 

 

 

 

Autumn Term 2019

INTO THE WOODS. 

 

In year 5 our key text is Wolf Wilder by Katherine Rundell. The children will be using this book as a key focus and where possible the whole curriculum will be linked to the text. We look forward to exploring the book, stepping into Russia and engaging children with all areas of their learning.

In Maths we have been focusing on place value and will be moving onto addition and subtraction, statistics, multiplication and division and finally, area and perimeter. In English we have started to think about the writing process of an author, using Katherine Rundell as a fantastic example, to create initial chapters for potential books written by the children. We will be moving onto non-chronological reports, again thinking about the research a writer has to undertake in order to write an award winning book. Your child will continue to learn the full curriculum within discovery time (a recently introduced allotted time for independent choice within their learning) and set lessons to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum. 

 

Some key pieces of information for this term: 

  • Outdoor PE takes place on Friday afternoons, please send in suitable PE kits as the weather changes. 
  • Indoor PE is on Tuesdays until half term and then will be on Thursdays after half term with JA Sports. 
  • Cooking is planned for the first half term please pay £3.00 at the office as a contribution to your child's cooking for the whole of year 5. 
  • We have a curriculum meeting at 6pm on the 8th October, this is a chance to meet the year 5 teachers and find out what the plans are for the academic year. 
  • We have our year 5 residential Kingswood trip on the 6th-8th November 2019. There is an information meeting on 15th October at 3:30pm for parents to attend to find out more about the residential trip, ask questions and fill in the last few important forms. 
  • Core homework is split into 4 sections, reading record stickers, GPS, spellings (access through spelling shed) and times tables (access through times tables rock stars). Reading records are due in on the Monday of each week, the other core pieces are due in on Wednesdays of each week. It will be given back to your child by Friday to allow a sufficient amount of completion time. 
  • SeeSaw is gradually becoming embedded as part of our learning, feeding back and communicating to parents, so please ensure that you have sent in your reply slip to receive your QR code to access your child's learning journal. 
  • Forest School is planned for year 5 over two dates. Hawks will be participating on the 15th October alongside half of Eagles and the rest of Eagles on the 22nd October. The office will send out information to Eagles parents/guardians informing them of their child's allocated date. 

 

 

GROWTH MIND-SET

Have you ever heard anyone say “I can’t draw,” or “I’m not good at sports,” or “I could never do that?”

As the new school year begins, we will be thinking about developing a growth mindset. By learning that our brain is a muscle which can be exercised and grow, we can all become better learners and be able to face the challenges. We will also be looking at our school values and writing stories to with a growth mind-set moral or message. We will be using three key texts as a starting point, these have wonderful vocabulary and illustrations for us to explore.

The Koala that could- focus on growth mindset

The lion inside- focus on innovation

Squirrels that squabbled- focus on collaboration

 



Ask your child about these books to find out more - they really know them rather well!