The teachers in Year 5 are; Mr Adam Freeman (Class 11) and Miss Amy Morley (Class 12).
This term we are focussing on short story writing featuring the building up of suspense. We are using the book ‘Short’ to inspire the children’s writing. By the end of these units, the children will be able to use: adjectives and commas correctly to create their own list sentences, brackets to add in more information, use a range of sentences types and use inverted commas in their writing to give information about the character and advance the actions.
Later in the term, we will focus on letter writing which will link to the children’s experiences at Mill on the Brue.
Grammar is taught weekly focusing on sentence structure, identifying and using auxiliary and modal verbs, relative clauses and relative pronouns, parenthesis, commas to avoid ambiguity and building cohesion within and between paragraphs.
Guided Reading is taught weekly and this term the children will study a range of text types, including fiction, non-fiction, diaries and poetry.
Regular reading at home is essential. Children who read at least four times a week make the most progress with their literacy in school - please encourage them to read and sign their logs too!
In the spring term, we will be learning about Multiplication and Division; fractions; and decimals and percentages. In Maths, we use an approach (Concrete, Pictorial and Abstract) to embed the children’s learning and to help them understand the learning in different ways. As part of the maths units, we will revise some of the key success criteria covered in year 4.
Quick recall of times tables is crucial to our maths work in year 5 and so the children will practise their times tables weekly. As they progress through the tables, the children will need to answer more questions correctly within the time before they can move up to the next level.
The science topic for this term is ‘Forces’. The children will learn the main forces: gravity, air resistance, friction, water resistance and buoyancy. The children will undertake experiments in this unit to see forces in action.
The other topic is ‘Ancient Greeks’. The unit looks at what life was like during Ancient Greeks. The children will explore the Greek religion and compare this to the Ancient Egyptians. In DT, the children will make pitta bread, which was a common food during this era. In addition, the children will use Paper Mache to construct their other Parthenon.
Each week in class we look at a new spelling rule. The children have ten spellings to learn at home and there will be a spelling test each Monday using these words. The children will have weekly spelling homework which includes an activity linked to the spelling words and a handwriting task. Throughout the week at school, the children complete a SACAWAC sheet focusing on their spellings as well as tricky words that they will use throughout their writing.
Below is a timetable of when homework is given out and expected back in. Please ensure your child has completed their homework within the given time.
- Spelling test
- Homework due back
New spelling rule taught in school & new spellings set
- New homework set