Welcome back to the Spring Term in Year 5! We all hope that you had a thoroughly enjoyable Christmas break and are ready to take on the challenges of a new term.
Our main Learning Unit theme for this term will be ‘Sustainable Saxons and Were the Vikings really Vile?’ – encompassing Historical enquiry, English, Maths, Art and DT. We will be exploring the invasions, legacies and life of both the Saxons and the Vikings. As we are looking at historical periods in which the land and how it was used was of great importance, we will complement our topic by looking at Rocks and Soils through our Science. Our English units will be closely linked to our Saxons and Vikings topic, with pupils using their research skills to create a non-chronological report about the Saxons and Vikings and then later in the term, moving on to a narrative focus of Beowolf. In Maths, we will continue to focus on a Maths Mastery approach with pupils developing their fluency as well as their reasoning skills. We begin the term by learning efficient methods of written multiplication.
HOME LEARNING ON TEAMS
All home learning will continue to be set on Microsoft Teams on a Friday, to be submitted on or before the following Friday. These will be created as assignments with pupils needing to attach and submit work electronically. Spelling lists will also be uploaded on the MS teams posts page on a Friday. Whilst we will be practising these spellings in school, in order to learn the words thoroughly, it is also important to set aside some time at home to go through these spellings words ready for the test on the following Friday. All pupils have a grey Reading Record a5 sized book which should be coming home regularly and being returned to school on the Friday of each week, or at the latest, on the following Monday so that it can be looked at before the weekly Monday afternoon session in the library to return and exchange books. It is also important to ensure pupils have their library books in school weekly so that they can be changed on a Monday as they cannot visit the library outside of this time due to strict timetabling. Even though your child has now entered the upper school, finding time to listen to them read is invaluable and we would also encourage you to take the time to ask questions about what they are reading to ensure they are not just decoding the words but that they are actually understanding what they are reading. Consider asking questions about the characters, the plot, the setting, the language used, and even get them to predict what they think might happen. With non-fiction texts, discussions about the structure and layout are worth asking.
P.E. (games, gymnastics and dance) will take place twice a week. For reasons of safety and personal hygiene, it is important that they are appropriately dressed for the P.E. activities. Additional safety precautions during PE: Earrings need to be removed or covered with plasters or tape (to be supplied from home) and long hair needs to be tied back. No watches or rings please. Pupils should still come to school in their P,E kit on their P.E days which will remain on a Wednesday (outdoor Games) and on a Thursday, (indoor P.E with Mrs Brook). For reasons of safety and personal hygiene, it is important that they are appropriately dressed for the P.E. activities. Children are encouraged to wear black shorts and or jogging bottoms; their school jumper; their house coloured PE t-shirt. Please ensure that your child has appropriate footwear, such as trainers.
In Spring 1, your child will be taking part in swimming lessons on a Wednesday afternoon at the Mountbatten Centre. More information will be sent out about this in due course.
MOBILE PHONES - If you wish your child to have a mobile phone at school, please complete a mobile phone permission form, these are available on TEAMS. These will then be stored in class during school hours.
We are really looking forward to starting 2022 and our Spring term with you all; please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have via the office email: firstname.lastname@example.org