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Welcome to Class 5 - Miss Reynolds

Welcome back everyone to Class 5. This year you have Miss Reynolds and Miss Weston again and we can't wait to work with you all building upon our knowledge and skills from Year 4. 


Reading: In class, children are expected to read at least 3 times a week via bug club unless the teacher has given specific reading books or activities to support them with expanding their vocabulary through exposure to a variety of text genres such as stories, plays, poetry, non-fiction and textbooks. Like we do at school, please try to encourage children to read books and other writing that they have not come across before – hearing and learning new vocabulary and grammatical structures, and discussing this with them will greatly improve their reading (and writing!) skills. The children also read a book of their choice daily in school as well as participating in daily guided reading sessions. This term we are focusing our guided reading on the text 'Cogheart'.


Writing: This half term, our English texts will be ’King Kong' by Anthony Browne and 'The Man Who Walked Between the Towers' by Mordicai Gerstein. There will be lots of drama and writing opportunities alongside our skills-based English sessions, where we will take a deeper look into newspaper reports, balanced arguments, biographies and autobiographies.


Spelling: Children will continue to have additional spelling sessions alongside our daily English sessions, where we will focus on different spelling patterns and continuing to build on the statutory word lists for year 5 and 6


The children are expected to know how to spell the statutory year 5 and 6 words by the end of year 6, and to use them as frequently as possible in their independent writing. The main spelling pattern focus for Year 5 this term are:


Alternative spellings for: oa, ai, ee, oo, igh, homophones, suffixes – ed/ing/er/est and prefixes – un/dis/mis/re.


We will focus on these words and spelling patterns, as well as reinforcing others in our spelling sessions.


Maths: In Maths, we will continue to develop children’s arithmetic, fluency and mental maths skills as well as applying their understanding to a variety of problem solving contexts. Across the class, we will look at place value, all four operations, factors of numbers, square numbers, prime numbers and problem solving.

We will all continue to work on achieving Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for times tables, which go alongside our Times Table Rockstars to reinforce children’s rapid recall skills.


Science: Science for the term focuses on Properties and changes to materials. For this topic, children will be investigating conductors and insulators, separating materials as well as reversible and irreversible changes.


PE: PE is on a Monday and Thursday. PE kits will be worn on PE days with Plain black or Navy jogging pants or leggings if the weather is cold. School sweatshirts and cardigans can also be worn. Each session will focus on either hockey or developing skills through our Real PE scheme.


R.E: This year is about Hinduism. Children this term will look at the festivals celebrated and compare Christianity and Hinduism.


D.T:  For the first half term we will be designing and making our own phone case or bag. The children will be designing their products, looking at different stitches and creating their final product.


History: Our History topic for the term is The Struggle for the Kingdom were we will be learning about Anglo Saxon times and then Vikings. We will be using a variety of sources to help us investigate what life was like during these times and what impact it has had on us today.

Homework: Homework will be put onto Google Classroom on a Friday and due the following Friday. We ask children to upload work onto Google Classroom. Children are asked to complete Spag.com activity each week and read three times per week.

If you need to speak to me, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email, or by telephone at a mutually convenient time.

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