Welcome to Year 5!
We hope you enjoy the half term break. We look forward to seeing you back in school on Monday 26th February!
Keep checking this page to see what we'll be learning about next half term. Our new topic is "Scream Machine". What do you think we will be studying?
What have we been learning about this half term?
Spring Topic: Traders and Raiders
We have been learning all about Anglo-Saxon life: who they were, what they wore, what they ate/drank and how they invaded parts of Great Britain in the 5th century. We have also studied Gwenllian, the great Welsh warrior princess.
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 Spring term we have been solving fractions of amounts and their percentage equivalents, scale drawings, types of triangles and data handling.
Literacy: We have looked at writing fact files about Anglo-Saxon life, writing narratives about Viking attacks, using roleplay to support our learning and holding debates about current issues.
Science: In the Spring, we have been studying 'The Sustainable Earth' and looking at the flat Earth theory vs the spherical Earth, as well as understanding the distances between the planets and their characteristics. We went on a trip to Techniquest where we tested our knowledge of the solar system in their planetarium. We had a fantastic time!
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.
Click here for more information.