welcome to year5

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your child to upper school and to Year 5. As we start a new school year, we would like to share with you an overview of the learning journey your child will take in the Autumn term of Year 5. We have planned engaging and exciting lessons to continue your child’s progression in their learning. We hope that we can rely on your support, so that together, we can help your child reach their full potential.

We will structure the majority of learning around our learning units which for this term are “SMASHING SAXONS!” and “VICIOUS VIKINGS!” Some subjects will be taught discreetly where they do not easily unite with the overall theme.

Both Maths and English HOME LEARNING will be set weekly using the following schedule:

Subject Set Due
Maths Mondays Thursdays
English Thursdays Mondays

From time to time children will be provided with online homework either through Bug Club or MyMaths websites. In addition to this, on Wednesday children will be given spellings to learn ready for a test which will take place the following Wednesday.

During the Autumn term our aim in MATHS is to consolidate and revisit the written methods for the four functions, with an increased focus on WORD PROBLEMS and REASONING as well as applying the children’s knowledge to different contexts. We will also be looking at a range of mathematical topics including STATISTICS and AREA AND PERIMETER.

In the first half of this term our ENGLISH lessons will be centred on one of our chosen authors – David Walliams. In addition to this we will study non-fiction texts linked to our History topic.

The children will have new Reading Record Challenges for each half term. We ask that the children read 5 books per half term from a given genre list. We would be grateful for your support in ensuring that reading records are kept up to date and are regularly checked by an adult.

SCIENCE lessons will be covering FORCES looking at: gravity, air resistance and friction.

In ART, the children will be enhancing their sculpture skills and experimenting with texture and pattern with the aim of designing and producing a Viking Soap Sculpture.

In DESIGN TECHNOLOGY, the children will have the opportunity to design, make and evaluate a healthy burger.

In COMPUTING, we will be looking at E-SAFETY, paying specific attention to social media, and developing our research skills.

P.E. (games, gymnastics and dance). May we take this opportunity to remind you that it is essential that your child has the appropriate clothing for each lesson (black or navy shorts or jogging bottoms and a white t-shirt) In P.E. we will be focusing on gymnastics, whereas in games we will be focusing on water confidence, swimming skills and, after half term Hockey. In dance we will be looking at sporting themes recognising the success of the Olympic Games in Rio.

We will continue to be guided by the Tout-le-Monde programme of study for FRENCH, introducing months, festivals and days of the year.

Our RE learning this term will focus on the topics of ‘Life of Muhammed’ and ‘Prophecy’ with an emphasis on the 3 Magi.

Within MUSIC this term we will be focusing on singing and reading music notation to enhance our performance skills.

We look forward to seeing you at our PARENTS’ EVENINGS on Monday 16th October and Wednesday 18th October. This will be an opportunity to discuss this initial ‘settling in’ period.

If you wish your child to have a MOBILE PHONE at school, please complete a mobile phone permission form from the office. These will then be stored in class during school hours.

We are very much looking forward to an exciting first term with our classes. We aim to ensure that every child feels safe and secure in their new class so that they can benefit from a positive learning environment. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s learning or time in school please do not hesitate to contact your class teacher or another member of the Year 5 Team via the office email address below.

office@solent-jun.portsmouth.sch.uk

Kind regards

Mrs Atkins, Mrs Milne,   Mr Poole,

Mrs Sumner

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