Welcome to Year 5!
What are we learning about?
Current Topic: Pharaohs
We have been looking at life in Ancient Egypt and the importance of the River Nile. We have also been learning about the process of mummification as well as the discovery of King Tutankhamun's tomb. We have designed and built our own shadufs and will be finding out about Hieroglyphics over the next couple of weeks. Please see the homework menu at the bottom of the page for more ideas on what you can do at home to extend your learning.
Maths: We have covered so many areas of maths so far this term, including methods for multiplying, dividing, adding and subtracting, as well as measure and time. We have been working on our problem solving skills by putting our maths into real life situations to see how we can solve them. Over the next couple of weeks we will be working on fractions, decimals and percentages and 3D shapes.
Literacy: We have looked at quite a few genres of writing this term. We have written chronological reports about the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, poems about a mysterious time traveller and descriptions of what we think the future will look like. Next, we will be researching to create fact files on the River Nile as well as writing some play scripts.
Science: Last half term we were learning all about how plants grow. We watered them with different liquids to see what affect it had on them. This half term we have been finding out about our internal organs, like the heart, lungs and brain, to learn what they do and how they help us.
Important things to remember:
We have P.E. every Friday afternoon. Pupils need to bring their P.E. kit with them. Blue or white t-shirt, black shorts and trainers.
We are often asked how parents can help their children at home. Here are some ideas for you:
* Pupils will have a homework menu each half term, with activities linked to their topic work. They can complete them as little or often as they like but should aim to complete all the tasks by the end of the half term.
* Basic addition and multiplication skills are at the heart of most of our maths work. Helping your child practise these skills will really help them to progress. There are many websites with worksheets you can print or games you can load. We suggest that 5 minutes a day on the Hit the Button website will have a positive impact on your child's learning. Please take a look (see the link below). If they have mastered Hit the Answer on a particular times table, move on to the Hit the Question. After that, have a go at division facts.
* Reading. Your child has an online account with their reading books (as well as some maths games). They need to read the books and answer the questions. This helps us to assess their comprehension skills, which are as important as their ability to read fluently. Listening to your child read means that you can pick up on their mistakes. Reading TO your child helps them to understand what good, fluent reading with expression sounds like.
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