Please find below our Year 5 Newsletter for Autumn 2.
Dear parents and carers,
We would like to welcome you all back and hope you have had a lovely week off. We are looking forward to another busy half term together in Year 5.
Our topics this half term
In maths this half term, we will be focusing on multiplication and division and area and perimeter. During our multiplication and division topic, we will be learning about factors, multiples and prime numbers. We will be working hard on formal methods for division and multiplication and we will be using these to solve more difficult problems. Nearer Christmas, we will be finding the area and perimeter of more complex shapes. Alongside our maths lessons, we will be completing weekly mental maths tests. ‘Hit the Button’ is a great online game (also available as an app) where children can test their mental maths skills. (https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button). Children can also access Ten Ticks at home which also has lots of times tables and mathematical games.
During this half term, we will be writing our own Greek myths, newspaper reports all about the first moon landing and informative leaflets. We will be continuing to work hard on using a variety of punctuation and relative clauses to improve our writing. During handwriting, we will be continuing to use our ‘Word of the Day’ activities to improve our vocabulary.
Our first topic in RE this half term is ‘Life Choices’, focused around our big question ‘Is commitment important?’. We will be looking at the mission of the Apostles, wedding ceremonies and how we can show love and service to others.
Our second topic will be ‘Hope’ and the big question ‘what does it mean to live in hope?’. We will be using this topic to think about the importance of waiting during Advent and how we can show hope during this special time of year.
Our topic in science this half term is earth and space. We will be learning about the different planets in our solar system and about the movement of the earth, moon and sun. We will be using globes to learn about how night and day occurs and why we have time zones.
Our history topic this half term is Ancient Greece. We will be learning all about the different Greek Gods and Goddesses and Greek mythology. We will look at the first Olympic Games, Athens and Sparta and learn about Greek democracy.
In DT, we will be designing and making our own phone cases. All children will be learning to sew basic stitches and will assess and evaluate their case against a design criteria.
In music this half term, we will be listening to an analysing space themed pieces of music before composing our own Solar System rhythms.
During this half term, we will be focusing on internet research and the benefits of this. We will then have a go at designing our own webpages for different purposes. We will also be looking at how we can use the internet safely.
In PSHE, we will be learning about famous philanthropists and their work, children’s right to an education and religion around the world.
Children will continue to be given weekly homework, consisting of a reading comprehension, spellings and maths. Homework is given out on Thursday, to be handed in the following Monday. Weekly spelling tests are on Thursdays. Please can I also remind you that reading diaries and reading books must be in school every day. Your child’s reading diary should be signed as part of their homework each week. Topic homework for this half term has also been given out and explained to children. If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to ask.
Children will have PE every Thursday. Children will need a PE kit consisting of black or navy blue shorts or tracksuit bottoms, a plain white T-shirt and black pumps or trainers.
Thank you for your continued support.
Miss Tustain and Mr Corr.