Welcome back to what will be a very busy but exciting summer term!
In English, we will be reading Michael Morpurgo’s ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’, which I know the children will love. We will be doing lots of related reading and writing activities to allow us to really understand the story and respond to it in our own way. After half term, we will be looking at a mixture of instruction, explanation and discussion texts that link in with our new topic.
During our combined studies sessions (history, geography, art, DT, ICT and music) our topic is 'The Coast’. We will be learning about the location and features of various coastal towns in the UK and around the world. We will learn about how coastal features are formed, the dangers facing our coast and how we can protect it. We will explore the current issue of the plastic waste problem that affects our seas. We will also be learning about the history of seaside holidays in the UK, dating back to Victorian times. We will create some coastal pieces of artwork, using different medium. We will end our topic with a trip to the beach in Dorset!
In Science, we will be learning all about the life cycles of different animals, including mammals, birds, insects and amphibians. We will also be describing the changes as humans develop to old age.
Later in the term, when the weather starts to become warmer and sunnier, please remember that your child must be provided with a hat and a bottle of water. We also ask that your child continues to have their PE kit in school throughout the week. This half term, P.E lessons will take place on Thursdays.
Children in Year 5 will continue to have 3 pieces of homework per week.
Spelling will be set every Wednesday by their spelling group teacher and will need to be learnt for the next Wednesday. English homework will usually consist of either a comprehension, grammar practice or a writing activity. This will be set on a Thursday and will be due in the following Tuesday.
Maths homework will set either on ActiveLearnPrimary.co.uk or in their maths homework books. This will be set on a Wednesday for the following Monday.
We also ask that the children do their Talk Homework in preparation for their Big Writing session on Friday.
Even though the children are in the Upper Juniors, they still need to read regularly to an adult. They will take part in weekly guided reading sessions in school but children should be still reading at home. As children become free readers, it is important that they continue to note down the books they have read in their record book so that we can monitor the types of literature they are reading, and that their reading record is signed by an adult at home. If anyone is available to come into school to listen to children read then please let us know. We ask that your child reads at home with you at least 3 times a week.
This year, we will continue to use ClassDoJo to support our behaviour policy. The children have already discussed the class rules and when they believe they should receive ClassDoJo points. Parents and carers, who register on ClassDoJo, will receive a weekly summary of the points that their child has earned plus any comments made by teachers. The number of dojos collected weekly will be monitored and children who have worked hard will be recognised regularly.
If you require any further information about our day, then please do not hesitate to ask.
If you are able to give up any time to help in the classroom, such as listening to readers, we would be very grateful. Please contact me if you are interested.