As you can see from our photos, we loved our trip to Dingles and it provided us with real inspiration. This term we are going to be making shaky hand games and exploring parallel and series circuits, we are going to be following instructions to make fairground rides, reading and writing plays to perform for our friends and some of us are interested in researching the history of the fairground and will hopefully be producing Power Points and posters to show us what they have learnt.
There are links at the bottom of the page for the children to take a closer look at these electrical and fairground facts if they are interested.
Our English work will have a spelling, punctuation and grammar (SPAG) emphasis this term and we will also be continuing with our Big Write which will tie in with our topic as we draft, edit and produce our own adventure stories set in a fairground, of course, and read them to Year 3's and 4's.
Spellings we will continue to test each Friday. There is a link to the spellings at the bottom of this page.
We expect all of the children in Year 5 to read at home at least 4 times a week and encourage you to continue to read to them if you are happy to do so. Listening to stories, reading newspapers, comics, the internet, recipes etc. all help the children and would 'count' towards one of these 4 reads. However, this term we are going to trial just using the book bingo as a way of monitoring reading and will not be expecting the children to record 4 reads in their home school contact books each week. We will however expect children to have completed at least 4 book bingos by the end of term. Some children may also be trialing using different book marks for each book read.
In Maths, our main focus for the term is based around 3D shape and measurement as the children get to grips nets,volume capacity and applying these skills to solve a range of problems. A differentiated maths homework sheet will be sent home on Fridays and will be collected, and marked, the following Friday. We will all be doing Times Table Rock Stars in our maths lessons this term as it is really important that the children feel confident with their times tables and that they know multiplication and division facts up to 12 x 12. Check out the website links below if you need help finding more ways to support your child as they learn and embed these.
Swimming has started on a Wednesday afternoon again for some this term. If your child is no longer swimming they will be doing PE with Year 6 with Mrs Sibley and Mr McFadzean. Both year 5 classes will also have an additional PE lesson on a Friday morning. Please can we ask that the correct PE kit be kept in school at ALL times.
As the weather is also getting warmer, we will hopefully begin to make more use of the school field, so this is a gentle reminder that children will need a change of shoes if they are to go on the field. There is a practical reason for this as it prevents bringing a lot of dirt and mud into school and to ensure the children get to make as much use of our fab field as possible. If the sun ever returns this term, you may also want to ensure that you child has applied sun cream before coming to school, has plenty to drink and a sun hat, if appropriate.
If you ever need to speak to us, please do not hesitate to catch us before or after school outside our classrooms, or get in touch with the school office to arrange an appointment.
Thanks for your continued support,
Sian Anderson, Naomi Stevens and Emma Sibley