Kingfisher Class (Year 5)
Science - Quirky life cycles!
In Science we are researching the slightly quirkier life cycles of some of these animals and writing non-chronological reports to explain what we have found out.
Duck billed platypus
Welcome to the last term in Year 5. Where has the time gone? As you know, the summer term is always particularly busy and we have lots of exciting things planned.
We have just started reading the incredible “The Sleeper and the Spindle” which is a traditional tale with a twist. Through this, we will develop our story-telling skills and practise writing descriptions of characters and settings. Later in the term, we will be exploring balanced arguments. This is quite a difficult genre because we have to present arguments from two opposing points of view and it’s often tempting to concentrate on our own opinion!
In our grammar lessons, we will develop our understanding of different tenses and inverted commas and reinforce our knowledge of different word classes. Please help your child by referring regularly to the grammar guide we provided at the start of the year as they need to know the terminology. For most children, spelling will continue to be taught through the Read Write Inc programme, with a particular focus on those challenging words that do not follow a spelling pattern. Other children will use the Blaze scheme of work. Meanwhile, our reading will draw together all the skills we have been practising throughout the year such as inference, author’s choice of vocabulary and summarising.
Over the next few weeks, we will be consolidating our calculation skills and will use these to tackle a wide range of problem-solving and reasoning questions. This will allow us to develop increasingly efficient methods when dealing with fractions and percentages and deepen our understanding of geometry, measurement and statistics.
Our topic this term is about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings. We will discover where they came from and why, and study their culture, their laws and their religions. We will consider whether the Vikings deserve their reputation as ruthless invaders and debate whether or not the Dark Ages were as dark as we have been led to believe!
Our work in science lessons will be focusing on life cycles, starting by looking at the life cycle of plants and the important role of bees and other insects and birds, and moving on to looking at the life cycles of mammals and birds. The children will then chose an animal with a particularly interesting life cycle to research. After half term, we will move on to looking at electrical circuits, using our skills to design and make games for other children to play.
Our R.E. will centre on the importance of the creation to the Christian faith and our role in looking after the world.
Please remind your child that they need their (named) P.E. kits in school all week. They have Kids’ Marathon on Tuesday, games with Onside Coaching on Wednesday and dance or gymnastics on Friday. After cross country, they need to make sure they have clean P.E. shoes for the rest of the week so that they do not bring mud into the hall!
Home Learning will be given out on Monday and needs to be brought back on the following Monday. If a child forgets their work, without a note from home, they are expected to miss a playtime but, of course, if they are struggling with any aspect, they can always ask for help. However, this should be done at the start of the week rather than the day work is due in, please! Home Learning includes the following:
- Topic- based home learning. Children will have a selection of activities to choose from.
- Maths –this may include mental maths questions or work linked to our topic during the week.
- Spelling. In addition to their Read Write Inc. log books, the children will be given word lists to reinforce their learning ahead of a weekly test. Please ask them to explain the spelling rules or patterns to you.
- Grammar. Children will sometimes bring home an activity to consolidate their learning.
- Children should be reading every day. Please encourage them to read a wide range of authors and to discuss their reading with you. Details should be recorded in their reading records.
On Wednesday afternoons, the children will be taught music and handwriting skills by Mrs Amphlett and games by Onside Coaching.
Please take a look at our class page for links to useful websites.
Finally, if you have any concerns do let us know. You can make an appointment to see one of us via the school office.
With best wishes.
Miss Lee and Mrs. Walton
Learning in Year 5
Online Safety Update
Private and Personal Information
In our online safety lessons this half term, Year Five focussed on understanding that good digital citizens are responsible and respectful in the digital world (and beyond). They also learnt about the benefits of sharing information online, but also about the safety and security risks of sharing certain types of information.
Please take a look at the Family Tip sheets and Activity sheets that support the lessons covered in school.