Welcome to Year 5: a Place to Thrive!
Meet the Team
Welcome to Year 5
We hope that you will join us on our exciting learning journey this year and enjoy our updates.
It is a privilege to teach Year 5 and I am really pleased with how hard the children are working. Mrs Carr and I have high expectations and the children are certainly rising to the challenge in Year 5. Below, you will find key information about the coming year including homework and information on our curriculum. We hope you find it useful but if there is anything you need to know, please do not hesitate to ask me or Mrs Carr, either before school or after.
Finding our way with reading
We hope to inspire a love of reading with our teaching throughout Year 5. Every term, we will have a focus text and I have designed a reading map to introduce children to a range of texts which have similar themes. Already, I can see there are a lot of children who are choosing the books and they are talking about them in class. We will record which children have read particular books and then we can have discussions in class about different books and children can recommend books to each other. By the end of the year, the children will be more familiar with a wider range of texts. Please encourage your child to take these books and also to look for other similar books to read. Remember:
Supporting at home
Please read with your child for 15 – 20 minutes every night. Even though the children in Year 5 may be able to read with some fluency, it is important they talk about the vocabulary and think of strategies for working out the meaning of these words. Also, asking them questions to check their understanding is a good idea. You can use these question stems to help ask questions of the children: these are questions that we ask in class and also the sort your child will get in future tests.
Mr Cheater, our maths leader, has also set up every child on times tables rockstars. Please encourage children to use this whenever they get a chance. Children should know all of their times tables by the end of Year 4 but more practise is always needed.
Organising our week…
- We ask that children change their books when they have read it and are ready to take a quiz.
- Swimming is on Thursdays – please make sure children’s swimming kits are in school on this day
Year 5 Big question: How have people come together to change the world around them?
In English this half term we have been studying ‘missing chapters’ and ‘newspapers.’ These have followed from our class book ‘The Nowhere Emporium’ which is a story about a young boy, Daniel, who is brought into a world of magic.
In Topic we are answering the question ‘Was the Magna Carta necessary?’ This takes up from the Anglo Saxon and Viking times (which the children studied in Year 4) and through the Battle of Hastings up to the signing of the Magna Carta by King John.
In Science, we are learning and experimenting with forces. The children will be conducting a variety of experiments to understand how forces work.
In Music, we shall be learning guitars. So far, the children have been learning how to read music and play along to the blues.
Swimming will continue until the end of this half term.