Well done to Jasmine, who is named as Star Learner because she was sent to Mr Grosvenor's office with good work twice in one day. Not only did she show him the most incredible reading record but also some very tricky problem solving in Maths using her amazing knowledge of division. Phew!
Welcome one and all to the Year 5 page. Mr Smith and Miss Burke are really looking forward to the year ahead, and are sure that the year will be a mixture of new experiences, tough challenges and well deserved rewards.
We hope you all have had a wonderful week off and are ready to go again.
P.E will continue to be on a Tuesday and Friday this term. On Tuesdays, the children will be improving their invasion game tactics in football. Friday will be our Gymnastics session, focusing on receiving weight. Children will need appropriate P.E kit for football now the weather will be getting colder. In Geography this term the children will be researching Greece and working towards and tourist information leaflet for Greece. In Science it will be based on an investigation in which the children will plan and carry out in groups. The children will be designing and creating a bat house during this term in their DT lessons. During music, the children will be learning to sing and play a song linked with their science learning. On Fridays, the children will be Computing will become cryptographers. The children will learn more about communicating information securely. They will investigate early methods of communicating over distances, learn about two early ciphers, and consider what makes a secure password.
During music, the children will be learning to sing and play a song linked with their science learning. On Fridays, the children will become cryptographers in Computing. The children will learn more about communicating information securely. They will investigate early methods of communicating over distances, learn about two early ciphers, and consider what makes a secure password.
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This term will see us trying to tackle maths in fun and inventive ways. We will be using place value, times tables and number bonds to further deepen our understanding of number and apply our understanding in a variety of different contexts. The coming weeks will see us dabble with decimals, dice with division, master multiplication, meddle with measurements, get serious about subtraction, become awesome at addition and fiddle with fractions. In short, we will be very busy indeed. There will be bi-weekly homework to help support our understanding of the new techniques that we are tackling. Each homework topic will contain examples so that children can be supported at home if required. In our daily warm-ups we will continue to look at fun and exciting ways to learn and apply our knowledge of our times tables. This too can be supported at home, whether it be through maths games on the computer (some websites are suggested below) or through real life problems like going to the shops or measuring ingredients for recipes in the kitchen. Maths really is everywhere!!
Useful websites for maths
http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/topic/subtraction http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/topic/addition http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/interactive/ http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/interactive/subtraction.htm http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/game/ma08addi-game-bargain-hunt-adding http://www.topmarks.co.uk/Flash.aspx?f=AddExpandv2 http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/index.html http://www.mad4maths.com/6_x_multiplication_table_math_game/ http://www.teachingtime.co.uk/clock2/clockwordsres.html http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/custom/resources_ftp/client_ftp/ks2/maths/time/index.htm http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/stoptheclock/sthec4.html http://www.crickweb.co.uk/ks2numeracy.html http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/maths/timestable/interactive.htm http://www.arcademicskillbuilders.com/games/penguin-jump/penguin-jump.html
Our learning in English will see us engrossed in stories from other cultures. We jump back in time to Apartheid South Africa (1981) as we explore the story of Naledi, and her brother Tiro, as they embark (on foot) on a 300km journey from their village of Umtata to the sprawling city and outlying townships of Johannesburg. Searching for their mother, to whom they must bring the news of their sick little sister, their journey will help us to understand other cultures and allow us to develop empathy with the central characters. By doing this we will be able to achieve our reading targets (below). As the term progresses we will use the ‘Journey to Jo’Burg’ to help create playscripts, letters and persuasive texts.
Each week, we will also be exploring a range of literary techniques to extend and improve our writing. Our grammar lessons will, in turn, be supported by grammar activities in our daily guided reading carousel. Weekly spelling will be issued on Mondays and tested on Fridays. This terms spellings will follow a pattern and have been chosen to support each pupil’s development. To help with spelling practice at home we have attached links to some very useful resources below.
Everyday, we will be diving in to books from a rich selection of high quality authors. Our focus in reading sessions will center around inference and comprehension. We will be commenting on the writer’s choice of vocabulary to help us develop our own and putting ourselves in the shoes of the charters from these stories. Children should still be reading at least 3 times per week at home (the current record stands at 22 times in one week), and we urge children and grown ups to share a book when and wherever possible. After all, reading remains the key to becoming a successful learner.
There are also several apps available in the Apple App store (There are similar Android ones too), for example;