Summer 1 Newsletter

 

Welcome back!

 

I hope that you all had a lovely Easter holiday and are ready for another jam-packed term full of learning! 

 

This new term brings with it a new and exciting topic for the children: Revolting Romans. In this History topic, the children will be studying how and when the Roman army successfully invaded and occupied Britain and taking a look at how the Roman settlements differed to the Iron Age Celtic settlements before them.  Boudicca’s revolt against the Romans will also be studied with the children carefully considering the consequences of this rebellion.  As the topic draws to its end, the children will be looking at why Roman soldiers were so successful and the legacy of the Roman road.  Furthermore, we will be revisiting key history facts and concepts during our topic lessons in preparation for a history quiz hosted by Ms Parsons.

 

Targets

 

READING

I can make a prediction of what will happen next based upon what I have read.

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCIENCE

 

Describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the sun in the solar system.

Describe the movement of the Moon relative to the Earth.

Describe the Sun, Earth & Moon as approximately spherical bodies.

Use the ideas of the Earth’s rotation to explain day & night and the apparent movement of the sun across the sky.

 

Homework

 

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

 

Weekly homework will be as follows:

 

Week beginning

 

23.4

Maths – books

English – English task

Spellings

30.4

Maths – Mathletics

Reading comprehension

Spellings

7.5

Maths – books

English – English task

Spellings

14.5

Maths – Mathletics

Reading comprehension

Spellings

21.5

Maths – books

English – English task

Spellings

28.5

Topic based homework

Spellings

 

Spellings will still continue to be handed out on a Friday to be tested the following Friday. The expectation is that children 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, PE continues to be on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child comes to school in appropriate kit in school on these days.  Long hair must be tied back and earrings need to 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 Miss Stewart

 

 

 

Spring 2 Newsletter

Welcome back!

I hope that you all had a restful half term and are ready for another jam-packed term full of learning! 

This new term brings with it a new and exciting topic for the children: Deadly Pole to Pole. In this Geography topic we will be learning about latitude and climate zones before identifying physical and human features of a ski village and desert. The end of our topic will involve planning a survival expedition to the Mojave Desert!

Targets

READING

Through close reading of the text, I can re-read and read ahead to locate clues to support understanding.

I can make comparison within a text .g. characters’ viewpoints of the same event.

I can explore, recognise and use the terms metaphor, simile and imagery.

SCIENCE

I can describe the difference in a life cycle of a mammal, amphibian, bird and insect.

I can describe the life processes of reproduction in some plants and animals.

 

Homework

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

Weekly homework will be as follows:

 

Week beginning

 

22.2

Maths – Mathletics

Reading comprehension

Spellings

1.3

Maths – books

English – English task

Spellings

8.3

Maths – Mathletics

Reading comprehension

Spellings

15.2

Maths – books

English – English task

Spellings

22.3

Maths – Mathletics

Reading comprehension

Spellings

29.3

Topic based homework

Spellings

 

Spellings will still continue to be handed out on a Friday to be tested the following Friday. 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, PE continues to be on a Monday and Friday afternoon. Please ensure your child comes to school in appropriate kit in school on these days.  Long hair must be tied back and earrings need to be removed.

Diary Date

Thursday 4th March- WORLD BOOK DAY

On this day we are inviting all children to come to school, or come to their live lessons dressed as a book character. To celebrate World Book Day we are setting an extreme reading competition. This is where you take a photo of yourself reading in an unusual position/situation/location. The photos are to be posted to the DOJO portfolio named ‘World Book Day Extreme reading competition’. The closing date for this is Wednesday 3rd March. All entries must be posted to the portfolio. Any entries posted elsewhere, for example, private message, will not be considered. The winner will be announced on World Book Day. Good luck everyone!

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 Miss Stewart

Spring 1 Newsletter

 

Welcome back!

 

I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas break and are ready for another busy term! 

 

This new term brings with it a new and exciting topic for the children:  Italian Adventure! This is a wonderful topic. In this Geography topic the children will learn the names of European countries, learn the difference between a village, town, county, country, continent and region. They will also locate and label physical and human features of Italy and then finally learn how a volcano or earthquake occurs.

 

Reading

 

Well done for continuing to read at home. Reading is an important skill and is used in all areas of the curriculum. Please do encourage your child to read for 15-20 minutes at least 4 times a week. In Y5 children need to develop their reading stamina so need to practise reading for longer periods of time. Thank you for continuing to keep a record in your child’s reading record, which will continue to 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 which stays in their tray. Teachers and TAS will post on your child’s Dojo portfolio when they have listened to your child read. We appreciate your support with this as we know how busy life can be, but those extra reading sessions will really help your child to achieve their highest potential. 

 

 

Targets

 

READING

I can discuss the main ideas over several paragraphs.

I can retrieve and record information from different non- fiction sources.

I can explain the effect on the reader by the authors’ choice of language.

 

SCIENCE

 

I can identify & name the main parts of the human circulatory system, and describe the functions of the heart, blood vessels & blood.

I can recognise the impact of diet, exercise, drugs & lifestyle on the way their bodies function.

I can describe the ways in which nutrients and water are transported within animals, including humans.

 

Homework

 

Your child will receive homework every Friday to be handed in the following Wednesday either on TEAMS or DOJO. If it homework that requires photo evidence for example, the maths and reading comprehension booklets and reading record, then a photo should be uploaded to your child’s portfolio on DOJO. To access your child’s portfolio you will need to log into DOJO with your child’s username. Photos of completed homework should not be sent to the private messaging section of DOJO.  When homework is spellings or a grammar activity this should be handed in on TEAMS. I know it is difficult having the two platforms running side by side and if anyone is unsure where the homework is located or where it should be handed into, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Weekly homework will be as follows:

 

Week beginning

 

4.1

Maths – Mathletics

Reading comprehension

Spellings

11.1

Maths – books

English – English task

Spellings

18.1

Maths – Mathletics

Reading comprehension

Spellings

25.1

Maths – books

English – English task

Spellings

1.2

Maths – Mathletics

Reading comprehension

Spellings

8.2

Topic based homework

Spellings

 

Spellings will still continue to be handed out on a Friday on TEAMS and will be tested the following Friday.  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 please.  The expectation is that they will get 5 or 6 correct every week.  You will be notified on DOJO if you child has improved their spelling score from the previous week or if they have achieved full marks. Children who score less than 5 in their spelling test will receive extra supported practise during a break time (like they used to in Y4).

 

Water Bottles & PE Kit

 

Children are encouraged to bring drinks bottles to school with water so they can have a drink in class. If your child is bringing in juice to drink with their packed lunch, this will stay in their locker until lunchtime. Your child can bring in two bottles. One with water for the classroom and one with squash for lunchtime. Thank you for your support with this.

 

This half term, PE continues to be on a Monday afternoon and Friday afternoon. PE is outside so please ensure that your child is dressed with layers to keep them warm. Long hair must be tied back and earrings should be removed.

Miss Ireland

 

 

Autumn 2 Newsletter

 

Welcome back!

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

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.

 

Reading

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. 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. 

Thank you so much for all of the parents/carers at home who have supported their child with reading at home.  We would appreciate your continued support with this.  Please remember to post a photo of their reads onto Dojo.

 

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

 

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.

 

Homework

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

Weekly homework will be as follows:

 

Week beginning

 

02.11

Maths – books

English – English task

Spellings

9.11

Maths – Mathletics

Reading comprehension

Spellings

16.11

Maths – books

English – English task

Spellings

23.11

Maths – Mathletics

Reading comprehension

Spellings

30.11

Maths – books

English – English task

Spellings

7.12

Maths – Mathletics

Reading comprehension

Spellings

14.12

Topic based homework

Spellings

 

Spellings will still continue to be posted on a Friday to be tested the following Friday.  Children can then take their spelling books home on a Friday so that you can see their results but they must have their spelling book back in school every Monday.  The expectation is that they will get 5 or 6 correct every week.  We are beginning to post homework onto the TEAMS platform. If we can be of any assistance with TEAMS then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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 continues to be on a Monday afternoon and on a Friday afternoon. Well done to everyone for coming in sensible PE clothing to school.  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.

Diary Dates

Monday 9th November at 4.30pm Story with Miss Ireland on TEAMS.

Miss Ireland and Mrs Webster.

 

 

 

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