What we will be learning…
Reading… Oliver Twist: as part of our Victorians topic we will be undertaking reading and writing inspired by this Charles Dickens novel. We will look at other stories set in the past too. We will use both a film and text based version of the story as the basis for continuing to improve our reading and writing skills.
Learning top tip: Harvey advises, “If you are stuck on a word, read it in the whole sentence to see if you can work it out.”
Maths…We will be looking at multiplication and division, fractions decimals and percentages and focusing on arithmetic and times table fluency.
Courtney reminds us to, ‘Always circle the symbol in a calculation to make sure you choose the correct operation.’
Writing – We will be learning how to write biographies so that we can use our historical knowledge of Queen Victoria to write our own.
Grammar – We will continue to learn new grammatical terminology and apply these in our writing: modal verbs, parenthesis, relative clause and adverbials of time, place and number.
Mrs. Russell says, “On our school website (in curriculum, writing including grammar and punctuation) you will find lots of helpful documents to build and clarify grammar knowledge.”
History– This term our focus will be on the Victorians. Our main historical learning this term will be around Urchins (the lives of children during this era) and Inventors (the many inventions which were developed during this era and the amazing people who created them), moving onto how the Victorians impacted on our local community next half term.
Geography – This subject will link to our Victorian topic; we will start by looking at the (Victorian) British Empire. Then we will look at how the land use of the local area has changed since the Victorian times and consider possible reasoning for this. Science – Our science learning will link with our overall learning journey and we will be developing our investigation skills through our electricity unit: ‘Can Fruit light a bulb?’
PE – Outdoor PE will be on Tuesday afternoons and is Cricket this term. Indoor PE, is swimming on Fridays. Please make sure your child has the correct PE/swimming kit in school and for outdoor PE, that their trainers are still comfortable.
DT – We will be designing and then sewing Victorian samplers.
French – We will be continuing to use our scheme ‘Salut’ and thinking about ‘Eating Out’
Jigsaw (PSHCE) – We will be continuing to be looking at equality and diversity leading onto our dreams and goals for the future. RE – In RE this term we are investigating the relevance of Sikh stories today. We will be reading some of the stories found in the Guru Granth Sahib and finding out if they are important today to both Sikhs and non-Sikhs.
To find out all about what we will be learning about this half term, and all about school life, please open our current Year 5 learning letter here.
All homework is set on Thursday and due in the following Tuesday.
Each week the children are expected to complete the English and math learning activity. As well as these set pieces, your child should read regularly and get an adult to sign their reading record book.
We also set spelling and times tables homework.
Spellings – 10 words are set as spelling homework each week. It is vital that not only do the children know how to spell these words, but also what they mean. Therefore, the homework involves writing the spelling word into a sentence so children can showcase their full understanding of the word.
Times tables learning – Each week, the children will bring home a times tables grid which reflects the multiplication facts they are being quizzed on at school.
Please make sure that all school uniform and PE kit is clearly labelled. We advise kits to be in school throughout the week as classes have PE on different days throughout the week. Please include joggers and a sweatshirt for outdoor PE. We have our PE sessions on: Thursday and currently have swimming on Fridays.
Please let the school and the teacher know if your child has any allergies (that we do not already know about) or needs to take any medication.
Please remind your child to bring a coat every day in the winter months.
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