Year 5 2017 - 2018

Miss Calland

Year 5 class teacher


Dear Parent/Carers,

May I first take this opportunity to welcome you to Year 5. I am very much looking forward to the year ahead which I hope will be exciting, stimulating and challenging for your child.

This letter provides some information about the curriculum areas being studied this term.

In English, stories about issues and dilemmas will provide the inspiration for our story writing work. The children will use the text to refine their writing skills, develop their sentence structure with a particular emphasis on multi-clause sentences. Later in the term, the children will have opportunity to develop their non fiction writing which will focus on non chronological reports. I am sure that the children will thoroughly enjoy the texts I have chosen for this term, and I look forward to reading their finished pieces.

In numeracy, during the first half term, the lessons will focus on developing the children’s understanding of place value using numbers up to a million and addition and subtraction. The children will work mentally with increasingly large numbers, calculate using formal written methods and solve problems. During the second half term, the focus will be multiplication and division, multiples, factors and problem solving using all four rules.

In Science this term, the children will learn about the life cycles of different animals and how some plants and animals reproduce.

Our cross curricular study is a history topic entitled 'From Dark Times’ and it will develop the work started in Year 4 linked to the Anglo Saxons. During this topic, the children will continue to find out about Anglo Saxon life and the Viking raids and invasion.

During the second half term, the children will take part in the Nantwich business enterprise project. The project involves the children setting up company and designing and producing products which will be sold in school. Each group will need to produce a business plan which will be presented to a panel of local businessmen and women (The Dragons!) who will then decide which team, based on their sales and presentation which team will go forward to the next stage of the project where they will compete against children from other schools. I am sure that the class will thoroughly enjoy this work, and we might see some future entrepreneurial superstars – watch out Richard Branson!

PE lessons will take place on a Monday and Friday, and during the first half term these sessions will focus on personal fitness and invasive games. Full PE kits (please see the school newsletter for details) need to be kept in school in a draw string bag as we are very short of space in Year 5 and we can not accommodate larger bags.

Home learning tasks will be set Monday and returned to school on Thursday. Numeracy and English homework will be sent home on alternate weeks. Most homework is linked to the previous week’s classwork and the children should be able to complete it with a level of independence. The tasks will be explained thoroughly, but if there are problems the children can come and see me during a lunchtime.

Spellings are also sent home on a Monday and tested on Thursday. The spellings are linked to the keywords and spelling rules set out in the National Curriculum.

As reading is central to the children’s learning, it is important that they read regularly at home. I would like the children to read at least three times a week at home with a parent/ guardian. Their reading diaries need to be dated and signed and any comments about their reading would be appreciated. Some children may be asked to read daily at home in order for them to make accelerated progress.

At the end of the school day, please collect your child from the playground. If your child is being collected by someone other than yourself, or if you wish your child to walk home alone, please could you let myself or the office know.

Thank you for your support and co-operation. If you have any concerns or queries, please come and see me after school, or contact the school office to arrange an appointment.

Kind regards,

Miss T.A Calland

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Contact the School

Millfields Primary School

Marsh Lane

Main Contact: Mrs Claire McAtominey / Mrs Ann Mansell

Tel: 01270 685 750