Dear Parent/Carer

Our topics this half term in year 5 are Earth and Space and Ancient Greece. In science, we will be getting to know the planets in our solar system, learning about night and day and how the moon moves. In history, we will be learning about who the Ancient Greeks were, democracy, Gods and Goddesses and the ancient Olympics.

In English this half term, year 5 will be looking at Greek Myths. We will be retelling the myth of Pandora’s Box and creating and writing our own myths. We will also be covering explanation texts, linked to our science and history topics.

In maths we will be focusing on formal methods of multiplication and division, including long multiplication and bus stop method for division. We will be doing lots of work on times tables, problem solving and using Numicon to help us prove and explain our answers. This half term, we will also begin to look at comparing and adding fractions and writing decimals and percentages as fractions.

In design and technology, children will be learning sewing skills in order to make their own felt phone cases. At the end of this half term, we will have a computing week, where we will be looking at internet research and designing our own webpages. In PE, year 5 will be taking part in 3 vs 3 and 4 vs 4 games. PE kits need to be in school every Thursday and Friday. Children’s PE kits should consist of a plain white top, black shorts and PE shoes.

Our big questions for RE this half term are ‘is commitment important?’ and ‘what does it mean to live in hope?’. We will also be having a workshop to learn more about Judaism.

Homework and spellings are given out on Fridays, to be handed in the following Thursday. Spelling tests are also on Thursdays. Topic homework for this half term has been given out and must be handed in by the 15th December 2017. If you have any questions about this please do not hesitate to ask.

Please can I also remind you that reading diaries and reading books must be in school every day. Your child’s reading diary must be being signed by a parent or carer as part of their homework every week.

Thank you for your continued support.

Miss Tustain

Year 5 teacher