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Year 5

Miss Calland  - Year 5 class teacher

Dear Parents,

Happy New Year to you all!

I hope you all had a lovely, peaceful Christmas, and I am sure that he children are all refreshed and ready for the busy and exciting term ahead. It is still a difficult and challenging time, but let’s hope that 2021 is a much better year for us all.  

This letter provides some information about the Year 5 curriculum for the Spring Term which I hope you find useful.

In English, journey stories 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 and dialogue. Later in the term, the children will have opportunity to develop their non-fiction writing through a diary entry, a newspaper report, a biography and a non chronological report all of which will be linked to our cross curricular topic work. 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 reading lessons, the children will read and discuss a wide range of texts with a strong focus on vocabulary and later in the term, we will be using film clips as part of our reading lessons with a particular focus on developing the use of inference in order to interpret information.

In mathematics, during the first half term, the children will focus on tables, charts and line graphs, multiplication and division as well as introducing factors, prime, and square and cube numbers. Our fraction unit during the second half term will further the children’s knowledge of equivalent fractions and enable them to add, subtract and multiply fractions and mixed numbers.

This term’s science work will focus on the Earth in space. The children will learn about the Universe, the galaxies and the solar system - a difficult and abstract topic, but I'm sure the children will enjoy this very much. 

Our topic for this term is entitled ‘Extreme Earth – Home and Away! ’ This is a physical geography themed unit which will help the children to understand their place in the world through our work linked to continents, countries and cities. The children will develop a deeper understanding of geographical features and landforms as well as investigating volcanoes and earthquakes.

Outdoor PE lessons will take place on Thursday and Friday. Please ensure that the children come to school wearing appropriate clothing for outdoor lessons.

Weekly spellings will continue as last term, and I would like the children to continue to read at least three times a week at home with a parent/ guardian. The children are continuing to enjoy reading the accelerated reading books from the library and this term’s reading tests take place week commencing 11th January. New reading ages will be recorded on the accelerated reading sheets at the front of the reading diaries.

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

Miss Calland