Year 5 - Spring 2019

Upper Key Stage Two

Welcome back!

Year 5      

This half term, we will be using both Fiction and Non-Fiction texts to teach aspects of reading and writing in our English lessons, where the children will be learning to write non-chronological reports about Strange Creatures. Our Reading lessons will focus on poetry; exploring vocabulary and meaning within the poems. Please continue to hear your child read at home regularly, discuss new vocabulary with them, ask your child questions about the text, and comment in your child’s reading record. Please help your child to remember to bring their school Reading Book and Reading Record into school each day. Spelling is taught daily as part of our English lessons and Handwriting lessons will take place on a twice weekly basis.

In Maths lessons this half term, Year 5 children will learn about Fractions, Decimals and Percentages, with a focus on equivalence. Please continue to help your child to learn and practise their times tables facts up to and including 12 x 12 at home by logging on to Times Table Rockstars.

In our Science lessons, Y5 children will learn all about Forces. They will be finding out about friction, gravity and weight and also conducting investigations about air resistance.

PE lessons this half term will focus on the children learning how to play Handball with Miss Pollitt. Mrs Hopkins’ class will have P.E. on Monday morning and Miss James’ class will have P.E. on Wednesday morning. It is essential that children have their PE kits in school on the correct day - plain white tee-shirt and plain blue shorts or jogging bottoms, and pumps or trainers. Please help your child to remember these.

As part of our topic work, Year 5 children will learn about Mountains, Volcanoes and Earthquakes in Geography, focussing on formation and locations. Our Art topic will also link to our learning about Volcanoes, where we will look at the work of Margaret Godfrey before producing our own Volcano Art using mixed media.

In RE we will be learning about Christianity and finding out about the Values of Jesus. Our PSHEC topic is Dreams and Goals. In Music, we will be learning to play the recorder and beginning to recognise notation such as crotchets and minims. We will be learning how to talk about ourselves in French, and in Computing, we will be continuing to learn about coding.

Thank you for your support,

Mrs Hopkins and Miss James.