Mr Aldridge (5A)
Mr Davis (5D)
The main topic focus of the Spring Term is learning about 'The British Empire', by asking questions about it's creation, size, purpose, decline and legacy. This will help our children to achieve a better sense of their place in the world, by establishing the historical events, which have created the modern, global, diverse Britain of today.
In English, we will be learning about the story of Oliver Twist, in order to better understand life in The Victorian Poor House and the life of the poor, within victorian society. This will involve writing diary entries (for recount texts), non-chronological reports and making balanced arguments (e.g. were Victorian's right to .
In Maths, we will be consolidating the children's knowledge of fractions, using units of time, multiplying and dividing, 2D and 3D shapes, and measuring angles.
In PE, we will be changing over our groups at the Spring-half-term. Our focus to equip our large numbers of non-swimmers and inexperienced-swimmers with crucial basic swimming skills, will move helping our more experienced children, to further develop their existing skills. The children who have previously swum, will remain in school, to take-part in team sports, developing their skills of communication, team-work, throwing, catching and striking.
In Science, the children will be learning about the properties of different materials, how materials can intermix, and how the states and properties of materials can change (i.e. between that of solid, liquid and gas).
How can parents help?
Joining-up the dots between home and school is proven to help children's self-esteem and progress and we would always encourage parents to make sure that they are regularly in touch with their child's class teacher.
* Maths Homework is given-out on Friday and returned by Thursday (so that it can be discussed in Friday's lesson and marked).
* Spelling homework is given-out on friday, in order that the children have a whole-week to practise their spellings, so that they are confident, when it comes to their spelling test on the following Friday.
* Each child will have chosen an Accelerated Reading Book from the library, which they should aim to read, understand and quiz on at school. Depending upon the thickness of the book, they should aim to quiz on one or two books a week, which challenge them (two weeks for thicker chapter books). The importance of reading in developing life learning skills and an interest in education, cannot be emphasised enough.
* Spelling is a weakness across the year-group and we may periodically send-home additional spelling resources, such as important spelling rules or spelling lists for years three and four, or five and six. These can also be easily found on-line.
* By year five, children should be fluent in all of their times tables, all of the way up to 12 x 12.We are putting a lot of work into the children's times table knowledge, as it is an important foundation towards developing their confidence and capability as a mathematician. Children have access to Times Table Rockstars outside of school, which is a website, which is designed to encourage the children's skills. It can be found at this web address: https://ttrockstars.com/
Any practise that you can do with your child will be very valuable, and if they become confident with their times table facts, we can also focus on the matching division facts (e.g. if 9 x8 =72, then 72 / 8 = 9). One useful strategy, is to work for a week on a particular times table, then surprise your child with random times table questions, to see what they have retained.
* It is never too early to begin looking at study guides, to help prepare your child for their SATS tests in year six. The key is to make them regular and low-pressure, with a good level of discussion to explore a child's understanding, in a low-pressure environment, where they can take risks, even if they are not 100% sure. Many recent SATS papers are available on-line and can be downloaded free of charge, so that they can be viewed on a tablet, computer, phone or printed-off. each test also has a marking-scheme, with sample answers, to help you to understand the skill or knowledge which is being tested. A few questions regularly, will help your child's confidence enormously.
* One of the most under-rated resources available, is the public library, where children can experiment with different authors and genres of books. This is important, to stimulate a child's imagination and understanding, so that they learn to experiment and try new things, instead of going back to familiar, safe texts.
In English, we learned about quest myths in ancient Greek culture, using the stories of Heracles and Perseus and Medusa.
In Maths, we explored and developed our knowledge of numbers and place value, learning how to order four-digit numbers and find factors, multiples, prime, cube and square numbers.
In PE, we had an unusually high number of children, who had no swimming skills. We therefore began swimming with our non-swimmers and inexperienced-swimmers, whilst more experienced swimmers remained in school, to take-part in team sports. We will swap-over at the Spring half-term, so that more experienced children will have a chance to further develop their skills.
In Science, we enhanced the children's knowledge of the solar system, with children learning about the size, orbits and characteristics of different planets. We also studied the life cycles of animals and plants.
Future events & important dates
We will be looking forward to the following visits and activities, including a number of opportunities for parents and carers to become involved.
Wednesday 9th October - parent lunch
Friday 11th October - School photographs
Monday 14th October PM - Parental involvement - Greek Pottery Making
Monday 2nd December PM - Parental involvement - Greek dancing and food tasting
Monday 13th January - Visit to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery - 'The British Empire' Topic
Maths homework is set by both teachers on a Friday and is due back in by the following Friday, so that the pupils will have the opportunity to mark their own work, discuss concepts and gain feedback.
Likewise, spellings are set on a Friday and are tested on the following Friday.
Your child will have swimming lessons throughout year 5. Since This year, we have a surprisingly-high number of non-swimmers and very inexperienced-swimmers. We would strongly encourage parents and carers to make extra swimming opportunities available to your children, in order that we can move quickly to make the children more confident, capable and water-safe. Currently, one of the main pools is closed, making it difficult to cater for the wide-range of experience and ability within the year group. Sadly this will mean that until further notice, we must concentrate on boosting-up our non-swimmers and inexperienced-swimmers, whilst more confident and capable swimmers, will stay in-school, to enjoy alternative PE lessons.
Please ensure that your child brings his/her swimming costume and towel into school every Thursday, if they are part of our current swimming group, or PE Kits if they are to remain in school. Earrings will need to be removed and long hair tied back during swimming.
Goggles, unless prescription, are not to be used.
Mr Aldridge, Mr Davis and Miss Laughton
Purple Mash Website (different subject areas): The children will need their log-in
Top marks Website
Maths Playground Website:
Dance Mat Typing: Learn to type by having fun!