Welcome to Year 5
Miss Fowler and Mrs Dale
Welcome back Year 5! I hope you had a fantastic half term and have come back excited to start your final half term in Year 5 and our new theme.
Our topic this half term is called ‘Us v USA’ where we will be learning about different States of America, the population of these states and how they compare to counties in the UK. We will also be learning about famous landmarks in these states, famous people who are from the states, food grown and much more. We will research the presidents of America and the prime ministers of the UK and the historical events linked to these presidencies and times of the past. I will be inviting parents/carers in to join us in our Us vs USA celebration afternoon (letter to follow with the date and information). The children will share their presentations to you and share their ‘school-made’ American style food, which they will be making in D.T lessons. You will also be able to take part in the kids v parents/carers quiz which will be about the USA.
In English this half term, the children will be starting a new unit, ‘Stories from Other Cultures’. We will be reading the book, ‘Journey to Jo’burg’ by Beverley Naidoo and focusing our writing on this. We will be writing a balanced argument and a persuasive letter based on this text. We will also be recapping the key features of recounts and then writing our own detailed recount based on our own very exciting residential trip to Ironbridge.
In Maths, we will be finishing the unit, ‘Converting Units of Measure’ before moving on to our next unit, ‘Calculating with Whole Numbers and Decimals’. This will include multiplying and dividing whole numbers and those involving decimals, by 10, 100 and 1000 and solving problems involving numbers up to three decimal places. We will then move on to the next unit, ‘2-D and 3-D shape’, which will involve distinguishing between regular and irregular polygons based on reasoning about equal sides and angles. We will then complete a one-week unit called, ‘Volume’ where we will be estimating volume and capacity. Finally, we will finish with consolidation and application opportunities by completing lots of problem solving questions.
In our Science lessons, this term we will be investigating life cycles of various animals, amphibians and insects.
P.E. lessons this half term will be on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. However, sometimes there may be unforeseen changes in the timetable, which could mean that P.E. would have to move to a different day. Therefore, it is best if your child brings their P.E. kit in on a Monday and leaves it in school until Friday to ensure that they do not miss any P.E. lessons.
All homework, including spellings, will be given on Friday and will be due to be handed in on Wednesday (apart from spellings, which need to be learnt by Friday). Spelling books should be in school daily.
If you have any queries or questions about any of this information please do not hesitate to come and see me.
We are really looking forward to this half term and hope the children enjoy our exciting new topic.