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English

Our learning this term will be based on the novel ‘Holes’ by Louis Sachar. We will continue apply the skills we have and are learning to make our non-fiction and fiction writing effective. We will be practising building cohesion within and across paragraphs, ensuring that we are using effective planning skills.

 

We will have a particular focus on our comprehension skills, practicing inference and deduction skills. We will be learning how to skim effectively to ensure that we identify key information to help use answer written comprehension questions. We will be adopting the P.E.E approach to help us make our Point, Explain it and provide Evidence from the text. 

 

Towards the end of the term, we will be studying the narrative poem ‘The Highwayman’ by Alfred Noyes. Vocabulary choice and the effect on reader will be the focus of our learning. The descriptive strategies we will use will include metaphors, similes and personification.

 

Art

Our art learning will be linked to out English work. During our work on holes we will be using paint and aboriginal printing techniques to make representations of the fictional Yellow-Spotted Lizard. We will be practising our sketching skills in our work on ‘The Highwayman’, as well as using pen and ink.

 

SPaG

We will be recapping spelling strategies and practicing our knowledge of homophones. Every week spelling homework will be sent home to help consolidate the strategies we are learning within class. Our punctuation focus will include accurate use of commas and semi-colons to clarify meaning and add further detail in our writing. 

 

Maths

Over this term we will be covering a variety of mathematical areas: multiplication, division, fractions and maintaining our focus on number fact recall. We will be using practical and written methods to demonstrate our understanding of fluency and reasoning. 

We will be recapping our understanding of place, including in a decimal number, before applying this knowledge to solving calculations involving the four operations. Within multiplication we will be learning to multiply 4 digit by 2 digit numbers efficiently as well as focusing on our knowledge and recall of key times tables facts. 

 

Materials

This term our topic will be 'Marvellous Materials,' which is a science focus. We will be starting by looking at the naming and classifying different materials before discovering and experimenting with combinations of solids, liquids and gases. Methods of dissolving and separating materials will be studied before finding out about evaporation. Our experiments will include changing the state of materials, including revisable and non-revisable changes. 

Frank, a civilian who lived during WW2 came in today to speak to the year 5s and 6s. He spoke, passionately, to the children about how life changed during the war and shared his childhood experiences. Such experiences including digging trenches, shooting air rifles, living on rationed and witnessing his family fight for the country. The visit sparked some amazing creative and emotive writing for Earth Class, who were very empathetic and recalled lots of interesting details about the war.

Frank, a civilian who lived during WW2 came in today to speak to the year 5s and 6s. He spoke, passionately, to the children about how life changed during the war and shared his childhood experiences. Such experiences including digging trenches, shooting air rifles, living on rationed and witnessing his family fight for the country. The visit sparked some amazing creative and emotive writing for Earth Class, who were very empathetic and recalled lots of interesting details about the war.  1

Welcome to year five!

The first week has been amazing! We have been blow away with the effort and behaviour that the children have demonstrated this week. What an amazing start to the academic year. 

 

This term we have some main focus points to work on in order to enhance our skills and lvels of enquiry. In maths we kick start off the term with place value. Here we shall be exploring roman numerals, rounding, value of digits and negative numbers. Among every topic children will be exploring varied fluency, problem solving and reasoning. This is to ensure that during topics we are learning different approaches and mastering topics in order to solve real life problems. Maths homework will be sent home every Friday. Children have a maths booklet that last one half term and will be expected to complete one piece every week. 

 

In English, we started with our novel 'Charlotte Sometimes.' Through the use of the story the children will be developing their emotive language and descriptive skills. We will be using the novel to explore the history of WW1, noting how life was for children living in 1914. We will also be focusing on the use of UKS2 punctuation, including ellipsis, colons, semi-colons and dashes. Spelling will go home every week in preparation for weekly spelling checks. 

 

Additionally, we are hoping to build a positive reading culture, where children's love of reading is evident which in turn will help develop comprehension skills like inference and deduction. We will be reading and story telling daily as well as sharing our preference about book genres or features that we come across. The children are expected to read at home too, we will be encouraging them to record which page they have got up to.

If you have any old books at home that you would like to donate to our class library please drop them in!

 

This terms theme is embedded around WW1. We have started this by researching key participates and investigating the reason as to why the war started. The children will be developing their research skills throughout the term. We will be completing and evaluating science experiments which will help our understanding of somethings that occurred during the war. We shall be exploring what life was like (for the soldiers children and those at home); life in the trenches and exploring key dates and events throughout the war.                                                                                                                                                                                   If you have any queries, concerns or would like a chat please come and see us.                         Many thanks,                                                                                                                                         Mrs Amy Underwood 

 

 

 

 


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