Autumn 1 Newsletter

Learning Lizards

 Newsletter – Autumn 1

Welcome back to a new academic year!

 We hope that you all had a great summer holiday and the children are raring to go and keen to start Year 5.  We are sure that this year will be a positive one filled with lots of learning and fun and that the children will adjust well to the new systems that we have in place at school.

 We kick start this year, with a new topic based on the Bronze Age to Iron Age.  We will teach this topic in a cross curricular way and will start by writing our very own Pre historic narrative in English.  We will also be exploring why the prehistoric eras have particular names, why the wheel and axle were so important and what was the purpose of hillforts.

 To help us develop the children’s reading skills, we would like to ask you to hear your child read a book from home for at least 10 minutes, ideally daily, with a minimum of 3-4 times a week. Please keep a record in your child’s reading record, which will stay at home. Every 2 weeks we will require you to post evidence of your child’s reading record into an activity box that will be created in DOJO. The children will have a Lexiled reading book in school that stays in their tray. Teachers and TAS will post on your child’s Dojo portfolio when they have listened to your child read. Your child will record when they have independently read on a bookmark that they write the date and page number on (which replaces their reading record in school). We appreciate your support with this as we know how busy life can be, but those extra reading sessions will help your child to achieve their highest potential. 

 

Targets:

 Reading

I can infer a character’s thoughts, feelings and motives from their actions.

I can discuss how authors use figurative language.

I can explore the meaning of words in context.

Science

Forces

I can explain what gravity is and its impact on our lives.

I can identify and explain the effect of air resistance.

I can identify and explain the effect of water resistance.

I can identify and explain the effect of friction.

I can explain how levers, pulleys and gears allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.

I can control variables in an enquiry.

I can use the outcome of test results to make predictions and set up a further comparative fair test.

I can explain a conclusion from an enquiry.

 

Homework

 Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday.  Your child’s homework booklets will, for the foreseeable future, stay at home. Please take good care of these, however if you should require a replacement then another booklet can be purchased from the office. We ask that you please upload a photo of your child’s homework to the DOJO activity box by 9am on a Wednesday morning which is the hand in date. On a Friday, we will release the answers so that the homework can be self-marked at home.

 

Week beginning

 

7.9

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Reading at home

Spellings

14.9

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

Reading at home

21.9

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

Reading at home

28.9

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

Reading at home

5.10

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

Reading at home

12.10

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

Reading at home

19.10

Topic based homework

Spellings

 

Spellings will be handed out on a Friday and be tested the following Friday.  Your child‘s spelling book will stay in school. The expectation is that they will get 5 or 6 correct every week. 

 Also coming home is a copy of the words that children need to spell correctly in Years 5 & 6. Some of these will be sent home for the spelling tests but you may want to work through them with your child as they will need to use them in their writing during Years 5 and 6.

 Water Bottles & PE Kit

 Children are encouraged to bring drinks bottles to school with water so they can have a drink in class.

 This half term, PE will be on a Monday afternoon and on a Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child comes dressed in an appropriate PE kit for outdoor PE on these days.  Long hair (any hair that is shoulder length) must be tied back and earrings should be removed.

 If you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help then please do not hesitate to ask.

Miss Ireland and Mrs Webster

Autumn 1 Topic Web