Welcome to Year 5
Morpurgo Class – Mrs Hanson and Mrs Thomas
Shakespeare Class – Mrs Furber (Monday to Wednesday), Mrs Mansbridge (Thursday to Friday), and Miss Yates
Our topic this half term is science related: Forces – What goes up must come down! The children will be learning about the effects of gravity, air and water resistance, friction and how to measure forces. We will be visiting the local park as the topic hook to see what forces we can see in action! Our topic will also link into out Design Technology lessons this half term focusing on fairgrounds.
In Maths the main focus will be fractions including: equivalent and improper fractions, mixed numbers, comparing and ordering fractions, as well as adding, subtracting and multiplying them! Again, knowledge of times tables is key when learning about fractions, so please keep practising these regularly at home! The children will also start studying decimals and percentages in more detail.
In English the children will continue reading Tom’s Midnight Garden, developing their retrieval and prediction skills, as well as writing effective setting descriptions based on the novel. For Book Week, we will be looking at a wordless picture book called ‘Flotsam’, allowing the children to create their own stories and to use their inference skills. As part of STEM week they will be writing an explanation text, before moving on to study pictures by Harris Burdick. These mysterious pictures will form the inspiration for the children’s own suspense stories, allowing them to develop their skills of building up tension and atmosphere in their writing.
Each half term the children will receive a “menu” outlining the different options they have for homework. They do not have to complete every task on the sheet, but we recommend that they do all of the “must” activities and at least one of the “could” and “should” activities. The government recommendation for the amount of time a year 5 child should spend on homework is 30 minutes per school day (2 and a half hours per week). Please click on the link below to access the menu for this half term.
PE Days: Both classes will have PE on a Monday
Homework is due in: Morpurgo Class Thursday / Shakespeare Class Wednesday
Read with / to your child at least 4 times a week
Spellings – See the link above the for Y5/6 statutory spelling list
Practise their times tables with them
Talk to them (modelling standard English) and ask them about their day!
Make sure they eat healthily and have a good night’s sleep so that they are ready for their learning