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Welcome to Class 5 - Mrs Jeffrey

Welcome to Class 5 – Mrs Jeffrey

PE Kits: PE will be on a Wednesday and Thursday.  PE kits will be sent home to be washed at half term.  Kits and pumps should be named.  

Reading: The children are expected to read independently at least three times a week and are encouraged to read more where possible.  Children can record their own reading, however, we would appreciate it if you could initial to confirm that the reading is actually taking place, as well as a signature at the end of the week.  You can also log any concerns that you may have in the planner. It would be advisable if you could listen to your child read aloud once per week to help discuss meanings of words and help with understanding.

Homework: will be given out on a Wednesday and it is to be completed and returned by the following Wednesday.  Your child will be expected to complete Maths or SPAG homework in addition to times tables practice and reading every week.

English: In English we will use a variety of good quality texts to encourage the children to produce good quality writing.  Texts will include ‘The Highway Man’ by Alfred Noyes. ‘Goodnight Mr Tom’ by Michelle Magorian and ‘Tuesday’ by David Wiesner.  As a class we will be writing for lots of different purposes and we will be looking at different styles of writing.  We will encourage the children to widen their vocabulary and investigate the meanings and origins of words as well as their range of punctuation.

Maths: In Maths we will be learning to calculate area and perimeter of squares, rectangles and related irregular shapes.  We will also spend a considerable amount of time this term on fractions.  We will write equivalent fractions, add and subtract fractions with denominators that are the same and that are multiples of the same number, recognise mixed and improper fractions and convert from one to another, multiply proper fractions and mixed numbers by whole numbers, read and write decimal numbers as fractions and solve problems including decimal, percentage and fractions.  We will also solve problems using addition, subtraction, multiplication and division throughout the term.

 Foundation: Science for this half term is focusing on Forces. The children will be able to explain that unsupported objects fall towards the Earth because of the force of gravity acting between the Earth and the falling object, identify the effects of air resistance, water resistance and friction, that act between moving surfaces and recognise that some mechanisms, including levers, pulleys and gears, allow a smaller force to have a greater effect.  The children will also study animals including humans. They will be able to describe the changes as animals and humans develop to old age.

In R.E., Journeys will be our area of focus.  The children will be able to understand about Christian teaching on behaviour and actions throughout our whole life.  Children will compare this to the Hindu faith.

In Art, the children will focus on the theme for the PAN project; ‘Same but Different’.  They will create sketch books to record their ideas, use a variety of techniques including drawing and painting to produce their final pieces. These will be displayed in the Parr Hall and Pyramid Centre.  Before Easter, we will look at how much emotion plays in art as they create paintings based on feelings.

In Geography, we will be looking at ‘North America’. The children will locate the countries as well as look at the key physical and human characteristics of the region.

P.E. - One session per week is provided by an outside agency were the children will participate in gymnastics as well as net/wall games. The second session will focus on the key skills that can be applied in a variety of different sports/activities.

In Music the theme will be Jazz.  Pupils will find out about the origins of jazz. They will listen to a variety of Jazz music. They will learn musical motifs from ‘Summertime’ by Gershwin and then improvise their own motifs.

In ICT – Pupils will continue to use scratch and DB Primary Programming during their sessions.



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