Super Smarties

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

On the 27th March, Year 5 enjoyed a fantastic day trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park.  The children had a fun day observing a wide range of animals from lions and tigers to giraffes and polar bears.  After a picnic lunch, the children took part in an interactive workshop based around the polar bear (Hannah certainly looked great dressed up as one!) 

World Book Day

Year 5 enjoyed a fantastic World Book Day.  Lots of fun activities took place, including a bumper book quiz where the children proved how much they know about a range of books and book characters.

Spring Term Newsletter 2

 Welcome back!  We hope that you had a fantastic half term holiday and are all ready for Spring term 2. 

This term, we will start our Deadly Pole to Pole topic.  During this unit of work, we will journey to extreme regions of the world with Steve Backshall where we will uncover a range of different biomes and vegetation areas, including the Arctic Circle, the Sahara desert and the African Savanna.  We will also take a closer look and study how humans have adapted to these different climates.  This topic links in perfectly with our science topic – adaptation and habitats too.

In PSHE we will be learning about relationships and maintaining good and healthy relationships with others.  This unit of work will lead into SRE later this half-term.  You will shortly receive letters to give consent for your child to be part of these sessions. 

Well over half of the children in the class now have achieved their Bronze reading medal which is absolutely fantastic.  However, there are a handful of children that still have a long way to go to achieve their Bronze.  Please support any reading that you can by trying to listen to your child read for 5-10 minutes a day (minimum of three times per week). 

Targets

Reading Targets

I can identify themes and conventions across a range of texts.

I can distinguish between fact and fiction.

I can read books that are structured in different ways and for a range of purposes.


Science

I can describe the life cycle of different living things, e.g. mammal, amphibian, insect bird.

I can describe the differences between different life cycles.

I can describe the process of reproduction in plants.

I can describe the process of reproduction in animals.

I can read, spell and pronounce scientific vocabulary accurately.

I can report findings from enquiries in a range of ways.

I can create a timeline to indicate the stages of growth in certain animals, such as frogs and butterflies.

I can observe my local environment and draw conclusions about life-cycles, for example, the vegetable garden or plants in a shrubbery.

Homework

Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. 

Date homework is sent home

Homework

Friday 1st March

English - Reading Comprehension Homework Book

Mathletics

Friday 8th March

Writing/SP&G activity

Maths - Homework Book

Friday 15th March

English - Reading Comprehension Homework Book

Mathletics

Friday 22rd March

Writing/SP&G activity

Maths - Homework Book

Friday 29th March

English - Reading Comprehension Homework Book

Mathletics

Friday 5th April

Writing/SP&G activity

Maths - Homework Book

Friday 12th April

Holiday homework project

Spellings

Spellings will be handed out on a Wednesday to be tested the following Monday. 

While most children practise their spellings each week, there are still some pupils who are consistently scoring less than 5 in their weekly test.  Please remember that there used to be 10 spellings to learn and we reduced it to make learning spellings more manageable!  Please help your child avoid falling behind by practising their 6 spellings with them.

Dates for the diary

  • Thursday 7th March – World Book Day
  • Tuesday 12th March – World Maths Day
  • Thursday 28th March – 1st Parents’ Evening
  • Monday 1st April – 2nd Parents’ Evening
  • Friday 12th April – Break up for Easter holiday

 If you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help, please get in touch!

 Miss Stewart & Mr Wilkins

A visit to the book bus - Spring 1

Our children enjoyed a fantastic visit to the book bus towards the end of Spring term 1. After a good look through the books on offer, plenty of books were purchased.  It was great to see the love that many of the children have for books in Year 5

Spring Term Newsletter 1

Happy New Year!  I hope that you all had a great holiday and are feeling fully refreshed.

This new term brings with it a new and exciting topic for the children:  The round city of Baghdad.  We will start by exploring the development of the Arab city and then look into the advancements made there, for example with regards to medicine and astronomy.  We will then compare this to how life was like for the Saxons in Britain at the same time.

Targets

Reading

I can read whole, age appropriate novels with confidence and fluency.

I can predict what might happen from details in the text.

I can independently work out the meaning of words from the context.

Science

How well can I explain the function and components of blood?

How well can I understand the parts of and purpose of the heart?

How well can I understand the double circulatory system of the human body?

How well can I understand that nutrients and water are transported around the body by the blood?

How well can I investigate the effect of exercise on our bodies?

How well can I use line graphs to show my results?

How well can I recognise what factors lead to an unhealthy life style?

Homework
Your child will continue to receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. 

Date homework is sent home

Homework

Friday 11th January

English - Reading Comprehension Homework Book

Mathletics

Friday 18th January

Writing/SP&G activity

Maths - Homework Book

Friday 25th January

English - Reading Comprehension Homework Book

Mathletics

Friday 1st   February

Writing/SP&G activity

Maths - Homework Book

Friday 8th   February

English - Reading Comprehension Homework Book

Mathletics

Friday 15th   February

Topic based homework

 

Spellings
Spellings will be handed out on a Wednesday to be tested the following Monday.  Children can then take their books home so that you can see their results but they must have their book in school every Monday.

Dates for the diary 

  • Safer Internet Day: Tuesday 5th February
  • Class assembly: Thursday 14th February, 3.00pm in the village hall.
  • World Book Day: Thursday 7th March
  • World Maths Day: Tuesday 12th March
  • Parent Evening: Thursday 28th March and Monday 1st April

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

PE Kit
This half term PE will be on a Thursday and Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school on these days.  Long hair must be tied back and earrings should be removed.

If you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help, please get in touch!

Miss Stewart and Mr Wilkins

Spring Term Topic Web 1

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Autumn Term 2 Newsletter

Welcome back!

I hope that you all had a wonderful half term break and are ready for another jam-packed one! 

English
In English, we will be studying persuasive texts.  After reading the model text, which entices tourists to visit the Alps, the children will have a go at writing their very own persuasive leaflet to both a fantasy destination and another holiday hotspot in Italy!  Hopefully, their writing will include all of the layout and language features studied.  Towards the end of this half term, we will also look at how good the children are at complaining by writing letters of complaint to a made up hotel!  In between all of this, look out for another ‘exciting writing’ event. 

Reading
Many children in Super Smarties are well underway to achieving their Bronze Reading Medal.  Thank you so much for all of the parents/carers at home who have supported this.  We would appreciate your continued support with this reading challenge as we move into this half term too.  Remember, three signatures from an adult during the week will result in the children being rewarded with one sticker.  Once they have earnt 12 stickers, they will achieve their Bronze Reading Medal.  Come on Super Smarties, you can do it!

Targets

READING

I can make comparisons within and across books.

I can summarise main ideas and key details, using quotations for illustration.

I can discuss and evaluate how authors use language (including figurative language) and its impact on the reader.

SCIENCE

Light

I can explain how light travels.

I can explain and demonstrate how we see objects.

I can explain why shadows have the same shape as the object that casts them.

I can explain how simple optical instruments work, e.g. periscope, telescope, binoculars, mirror, magnifying glass etc.

I can read, spell and pronounce scientific vocabulary accurately.

I can report findings from enquiries in a range of ways.

I can use a ray model to explain the size of shadows.

Homework
Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday. 

Weekly homework will be as follows: 

Week beginning

 

09.11

Maths – books

English – English task

Spellings

16.11

Maths – Mathletics

Reading comprehension

Spellings

23.11

Maths – books

English – English task

Spellings

30.11

Maths – Mathletics

Reading comprehension

Spellings

7.12

Maths – books

English – English task

Spellings

14.12

Maths – Mathletics

Reading comprehension

Spellings

21.12

Topic based homework

Spellings

Spellings will still continue to be handed out on a Wednesday to be tested the following Monday.  Children can then take their books home so that you can see their results but they must have their book back in school every Monday.  The expectation is that they will get 5 or 6 correct every week. 

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, indoor PE continues to be on a Thursday afternoon and outdoor on a Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school on these days.  Long hair 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 Stewart and Mr Wilkins

Autumn 2 topic web: La Dolce Vita!

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Autumn Term Newsletter

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.  We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Mrs Monk to our class.  Mrs Monk will be training to become a teacher this year and is delighted to be working with the Super Smarties.

We kick start this year, with a new topic based on the Romans – Rome wasn’t built in a day!  We will teach this topic in a cross curricular way and will start by writing our very own gladiator narrative in English.  In fact, we have already began to learn the model text linked with this narrative which will give the children the techniques, language and grammar skills needed to write their very own historical story.  We will also be exploring the effectiveness of the Roman army, Boudicca’s revolt and the growth of the Roman Empire as the term progresses.

To help us develop our reading skills, we would like to ask you to hear your child read for at least 10 minutes, 3 times a week and sign their reading record.  This can be their class book or a book from their Lexiled reading list, which can be found by logging into Reading Pro.  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.  As a reward for reading regularly, each child will be awarded a sticker each week that they read 3 times to an adult (not including this week!).  If they get 12 stickers, then they will achieve the Bronze Reading Medal!  You can do it Super Smarties!

Targets:

Reading

I can actively discuss a wide range of texts, justifying my ideas with evidence.

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. 

Week beginning

 

3.9

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension worksheet

Spellings

10.9

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

17.9

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

24.9

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

1.10

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

8.10

Maths – Workbook activity

English – Worksheet activity

Spellings

15.10

Maths – Mathletics

English – Reading Comprehension workbook activity

Spellings

22.10

Topic based homework

Spellings

Spellings will be handed out on a Wednesday to be tested the following Monday.  Your child can then take their spelling book home so that you can see their results but they must have their book back in school every Monday.  The expectation is that they will get 5 or 6 correct every week. 

Coming soon, will be 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, indoor PE will be on a Thursday afternoon and outdoor on a Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child has appropriate kit in school on these days.  Long hair 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 Stewart, Miss Ireland, Mrs Lodge and Mrs Monk

Autumn Term Topic Web: Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day!

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