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Year 5 Spring Term 2023

Happy New Year to you all! We hope you had a wonderful and relaxing Christmas!

As we start the new year, we would like to share with you an overview of the learning journey your child will take part in, during the Spring Term. After an incredibly busy, and yet amazing Autumn Term, the children are now fully settled into Year 5 and ready for the thrilling term ahead.

We will continue to structure much of our learning around our themed units. Some subjects will still be taught discretely, where they do not easily dovetail into the overall theme. 

Our main theme for this term will be sustainable Saxons and Were the Vikings Really Vile. We will begin by asking the children to complete a historical learning log task, based on a brief overview of Saxon and Viking Britain. Following on from this, we will be travelling back in time to Saxon Britain to investigate how life changed and their lasting legacy. This will link into our Writing and Science topics.

HOME LEARNING

This will continue to set one English and one Maths piece (30 minutes spent on each), set on a Monday, to be returned the following Monday via Teams. A learning log task will be set each term, where children are given two weeks to complete a mini project relating to our current topic, which will allow them to apply other curriculum skills. In addition to this, the children should also be practising their spellings or times tables weekly, ready for their test the following week. 

 

This term we are launching our new spelling scheme through edshed (Spelling shed). Each child will have a login, which can be used each week to practise the weekly spellings. It is also a great tool for any extra spelling practise your children may want to do. Any questions please contact the class teacher.

 

READING RECORDS

Thank you for your support with the return of our reading records. We are so impressed with the amount of home reading that the children are doing. Just a reminder, please can these be returned to school each Monday (5C and 5P) and Tuesday (5W), so they are in school ready to take to the library with us on this day.

 

UP-COMING DATES

Tuesday 10th January 2023 Curriculum Evening (6-7pm)

Thursday 19th January 2023 Inset Day

Monday 6th February 2023 (3:20 – 6:00pm) Parents’ Evening Appointments

 

SHAKESPEARE WORKSHOP

We are delighted to be able to send you details of our Shakespeare explorer drama workshop which will be taking place on Monday 24th April 2023.

This is a fabulous opportunity for the children to be introduced to Shakespeare in a fun, supportive, engaging way, which should positively influence not only their year 5 English work, but also any future work involving this incredibly important, prolific English writer.

Led by a professional actor-facilitator, the children will work together to inhabit the characters and the story of Twelfth Night, which will be the focus of our English unit.  By being immersed in the story, pupils will not only gain an excellent understanding of the characters and the plot, but we hope they are likely to be inspired to want to take part in future stage productions and drama activities with greater confidence.

We will be kindly asking for a contribution which will be sent out in a letter with all of the details.

REMINDERS

There is still the expectation that winter uniform should be worn, which consists of a shirt and a tie, so please could we ask that you make sure your child comes in with one (named). 

P.E. – A reminder, that all children are to wear P.E. kit to school every Wednesday, as well as on their class P.E. day (see below for days).  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 or house hoodie; their house coloured PE t-shirt. Please ensure that your child has appropriate footwear, such as trainers.

 

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.

 

P.E. Days:  

  • Wednesday and Thursday for all Year 5

 

We are confident that we will have a happy and successful Spring and Summer Terms; please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have via the office email:   solentjunior@thesolentschools.org

Yours sincerely,

The Year 5 Teachers

Miss Cawthorne, Miss Parson and Mr Washer