Welcome to Year 5!
Welcome back Year 5!
Our topic for the Spring Term will be ‘The Stone Age’. Below is a little bit about the things that we are going to learn.
In Literacy and Language, we will be studying stories from other cultures and looking at non-chronological reports before half term. We will also write our own myths and look at how to write instructions. After half term, we will learn about poetry as well as persuasive texts. We will also be doing lots of topic based writing, including writing journalistic reports and writing a playscript for our Class Assembly.
In addition, we will be focusing on reading comprehension, spelling, punctuation and grammar.
In Maths, we will complete work on multiples, prime numbers and factors. We will revise our written methods for the four operations and we will practise using these methods to solve written problems. After this, we will focus on learning about fractions, recognising equivalent fractions and converting mixed numbers and improper fractions. We will also learn to multiply fractions and mixed numbers. We will also focus on decimal numbers and their relationship with fractions and percentages.
We will also keep working on Times Tables Rock Stars in class and at home.
In Science, we will finish our work on Forces. We will learn about balanced and unbalanced forces, gravity, friction and the use of mechanisms such as levers, gears and pulleys. We will identify forces and complete force diagrams. We will work collaboratively to investigate air and water resistance, participating in challenges to design the best parachute and boat. We will have the opportunity to work in a hands-on way to explore friction, developing our own brake pad for a tricycle. Finally, we will find out about different mechanisms, including levers, gears and pulleys, and will design their own marvellous machine.
In Science, we will learn about Earth and space. We will describe the movement of the Earth, and other planets, relative to the Sun in the solar system. We will describe the movement of the Moon in relation to Earth. We will know that the Sun. Earth and Moon are approximately spherical bodies. We will use the idea of the Earth's rotation to explain day and night and the apparent movement of the Sun across the sky.
The Stone Age
Our topic for the Spring Term will be ‘The Stone Age’. During topic lessons we will explore how the Stone Age to Bronze Age period impacted on life in Britain. We will learn about how early man survived in a harsh environment, why Skara Brae was important for understanding life in the Stone Age, how copper mining was crucial to the Bronze Age and why Stonehenge was built. We will also learn about why Iron Age people developed hillforts and how important Druids were in Iron Age Britain.
The Stone Age is brought to life for us through activities that will develop our archaeological skills and vocabulary, help us to create Ice Age art, as well as make Stone Age homes. To understand the Bronze Age, we find out about tool making and while making models, we explore the religious importance of Stonehenge. We will go on to role-play life in an Iron Age village, explore and understand Hill Forts, before making and decorating Iron Age objects ready for a tribal meeting.
We will prepare for an Iron Age Tribal meeting to discuss the impending invasion of the Roman Army. will research the resources, designs, beliefs, totems, clothing and jewellery of the Iron Age people and make tunics, belts, animal totem designs and jewellery to wear.
Homework is set on a Thursday and should be returned every Monday. Homework will be linked to the work that we are covering in class. Remember that you can always upload your homework to Showbie. Your blue Homework Diaries should be in school every day. Please continue to read daily at home and record this in your blue dairy for extra dojos! Practising your times tables and spellings will earn extra dojos too!
Year 5 will have PE on a Friday with Miss Rooke. PE kits should be brought to school on a Monday and remain here until Friday each week.
To support your learning at home, you will be able to find lots of English and Maths activities on Education City. You can find your child's targets for this term in their Homework books.
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SPRING TERM DIARY DATES
Wednesday, 3rd January 2018: First day of Spring Term
Monday, 8th January – Tuesday, 9th January 2018: Doodle Bug Visit – Growth Mindset / Art / Maths
Thursday, 11th January 2018: Y5 / Y6 Tag Rugby at Ross Rugby Club
Thursday, 15th February 2018: KS2 Disco 6.15pm-7.30pm
Friday, 16th February 2018: Year 5 and Year 6 Class Assembly at 2.15pm
Friday, 16th February 2018: Last day of the Half Term
Monday, 26th February 2018: First Day of the Half Term
W/C Monday, 5th March 2018: Parents’ Evenings Week
Thursday, 22nd March 2018: Walford Oscars at 6.00pm
Thursday, 29th March 2018: End of Spring Term
Our Class Rep for the 2017/18 academic year is Mrs Hayes! Our class rep will remind you of useful information and events such as Class assemblies, trips and parents’ evenings, if you provide them with your email address.
Please let Mrs Hanham, Mrs Nuttall or the school office know if you are not receiving updates and would like them.
My door is always open and I am happy to chat with parents about our topics and any work that we are covering in class. Please don’t hesitate to come and find me if you wish to discuss anything!