Welcome to the home page for 5A Mrs Casey. Year 5 teaching assistants include Mrs Agnello, Miss Akhtar, Mrs Cronin and Miss Phipson. We have many exciting learning opportunities planned for Autumn 2017.
Year 5 have made a truly impressive start to the new school academic year.
Through ‘Street Child’ by Berlie Doherty, we will investigate settings, character development, dialogue and narrative style. Writing will include: dramatisation, playing with point-of-view and writing a 'Street Child Diary'. Grammar will include: complex sentences, relative clauses and elaboration. We will also look at non-chronological reports and letter writing based upon research the children will have undertaken about Victorian life and the start of charitable organisations. In Maths, will be extending our learning in place value, negative numbers through zero, rounding, and, written methods for addition and subtraction. We will apply our learning to everyday situations including interpretation of data.
We are really excited about next half term! Not only are we studying the fantasy novel, ‘The Borrowers’, by Mary Norton, but we will also focus on instructional and creative writing. As for Maths, we are further developing our knowledge of multiplication and division, and, are applying our understanding to explore perimeter and area.
In Religious Education, we will outline some key beliefs about the creation of human beings and the creation of the world. The children will be introduced to the story of creation as a way of explaining that God is creator, rather than a re-telling of the order of the created world. Children will be reflecting on their God given talents and explore how best to live their lives in response to the teaching of Christ. Our knowledge of the liturgical year will be strengthened as we focus on the seasons of Advent and Christmas, understanding why it is important for Christians to prepare for Christ to come again.
In Science, we will learn about the effects of gravity, friction, air and water resistance as well as build models to explore the ways in which pulleys, levers and gears work! In Autumn 2, we will explore the process of reproduction and the life cycles of plants, mammals, amphibians, insects and birds. The children will have the opportunity to take cuttings from plants, creating clones of the parent plant. They will learn about different types of mammals and their different life cycles, making life cycle wheels to present their learning. Furthermore, the children will find out about Jane Goodall and her work with the now-endangered chimpanzees in Africa. They will explore metamorphosis in insects and amphibians, comparing their life cycles.
Our historical unit of work will focus on one of the most fascinating civilisations in history as we discover who the ancient Greeks were. We will learn about when the ancient Greeks lived, how they lived in their separate city states, how their armies lived and fought, the gods they worshipped on Mount Olympia and much, much more. Art links will include Greek pottery design and comedy and tragedy masks. Through Design and Technology, the children will get lost in the world of ancient Greek labyrinths as they design, make and evaluate their own labyrinths to house the Minotaur.
Reminder for parents:
In Year 5, P.E./Outdoor Games will be on a Monday afternoon.
Please ensure your child has a full kit in school.
Indoor kit: Blue shorts, white t-shirt and black pumps.
Outdoor kit: Blue tracksuit/jogging bottoms and trainers.
All clothing and footwear should be clearly named. All jewellery must be removed for P.E. and long hair must be tied back.
Y5’s homework rota is as follows:
Your child has a home reading book and record. Please hear your child read at home on a regular basis. When your child has finished their book, please sign your child’s reading record and they can change their book.
Spellings will be handed out on a Thursday and will usually follow a pattern / rule or may be from the National Curriculum word lists. Please help your child to learn the spellings by writing them into sentences and by using 'LSCWC' (Look, Say, Cover, Write and Check). They will be tested on a Thursday before the new list is handed out.
English and Maths homework will be set on a Monday (to be returned on Friday).
Please also encourage your child to learn all of the times tables (up to 12x12) and their related division facts. This will help your child in several aspects of mathematics.