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Year 5 - Mrs Crook, Mrs Watson and Mrs Wilkinson

Welcome to Year 5!

The class teachers are Mrs Crook and Mrs Watson. Mrs Crook will teach on Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Watson will teach on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Mrs Wilkinson will be the teaching assistant all week.

Overview of Terms 1 and 2

Year 5 is an exciting year, with lots of opportunities for interactive activities to help our learning. We always ask children to work to the best of their abilities, it will be worth it!

We kick off the year with a topic called, ‘The Ancient Greeks’.  In our Literacy lessons we will be looking at Greek myths and writing our own. We look at the features that make up a good myth and invent our own mythical characters and beasts. In History, we will look at the achievements of the Ancient Greek civilization and how they influence our lives today, such as having a democracy, the Olympic Games and the Arts. We will study the capital city Athens and think about what life would have been like in Ancient Greece. In Geography we will look at the terrain of the country and compare some of the Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. In our Art and DT lessons we will look at the designs on Greek vases and using clay make our own!  In Science we will be looking at some famous Greek scientists along with their discoveries. We are having a ‘Greek Day’ on Friday 22nd September and invite everyone to dress up as someone living in Ancient Greek times. This is lots of fun as we re-create a school day in Ancient Greece, where the boys learn in the classroom, while the girls pretend to stay at home and learn how to sew!  We also taste a variety of traditional Greek foods and learn how to write Ancient Greek. In ICT we use a photograph of ourselves dressed up and use software to put this image onto a scene in Ancient Greece.

Our second topic is called ‘To the Stars’. This is another very exciting topic and will continue to be taught into term 2 and will include a trip to the Royal Observatory in London on Wednesday 15th November to undertake workshops and see the planetarium. This trip will really bring the topic to life and inspire our learning for the rest of the topic. In our Literacy work we will look at autobiographies and biographies of famous astronauts, Neil Armstrong for example. We will then imagine what it would be like to walk on the Moon and go into space and write our own journals. We will also look at journalistic writing, including news reporting and explanation texts about space travel. There will be lots of opportunities for drama, reading, speaking aloud and of course developing our spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) within our writing. This topic will also encompass the area of Earth, Sun and Moon in our Science lessons. Children will be learning about the different planets in our solar system and why we have day and night. In Art we will look at Van Gogh’s Starry Night and use techniques to develop our own starry night in pictures using painting, collage and using calligraphy skills. In ICT children will learning how to program characters in an interactive way and work at programming a small game around the theme of space and aliens!  In Numeracy we will look at numbers and place value and relate these distances and times when travelling in space.

We then move onto our next topic titled ‘Poles Apart’. We will be looking at non-fiction texts and learn what it is like in the North and South Poles. We will read biographies of famous explorers, such as Scott of the Antarctic and focus on report writing, which will be linked to Science and Geography. Science will focus on forces and gravity and we will think about simple machines that can turn a small force into a larger force. We will look at friction as a force that opposes motion. There will be lots of opportunities for geographical learning as we look at the longitude and latitude of the Equator, Arctic and Antarctic circles. This is also good opportunity to apply our number knowledge and look at temperatures, negative numbers angles and degrees!

Throughout all the topics we will continue our Numeracy lessons covering all the strands included in the National Curriculum, namely number work, measures, shape, data handling and problem solving. It is essential at this stage that all children continue to learn their times tables, now up to 12 X 12.

Children in Year 5 will have the opportunity to learn how to play the clarinet. These lessons are taught by a teacher from Kent Music School who also loan us the clarinets. We only ask for a small contribution towards the cost of the reeds as these do break through use.

We will continue to develop our skills in P.E. and it is important that children have their P.E. kits in schools at all times. It is important in the winter months to have a warm kit with sensible footwear as it can be cold and damp outside. Homework will be given out on a Friday to be completed by the following Friday. Spellings will also be given out on a Friday to learn for a small test the following Friday. Please listen to your child read as often as possible and talk about the book, so that your child develops a greater understanding of new vocabulary and themes. We will be checking children’s contact books to see that they have read regularly, so please can an adult sign to show that their child has read. We expect to see at least 4 signatures each week!  If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to call either of us or catch us after school on the playground.

We are all really looking forward to the start of an exciting, hardworking, fun year! 

Kind Regards,

Mrs. Crook & Mrs. Watson