HAPPY NEW YEAR
We hope that you all had a fantastic Christmas break and look forward to a jam packed half-term.
|Lots to look forward to this half term starting with our trip to the Panto on Thursday 11th January ~Oh no it's not! Oh yes it is! It is also our turn to go to Forest School this term. From Friday 12th January - Friday 2nd March, Year 5 will be participating in an afternoon of outdoor education. Please make sure that you child has plenty of warm clothes to enable them to take part in these sessions comfortably.
This half term our topic is a geography one focusing on the Great Lakes of North America, where they are, how they were formed and how they are used.
Our English work will also be based around this theme and we will teach specific grammar skills as we write Native American myths, explanation texts for how fossils are formed and holiday brochures for the Great Lakes. Guided reading will also continue twice weekly using texts linked to this theme and our story for this term is the amazing book 'Wonder' by R. J. Palacio.
Spellings will continue to be tested on a Friday. Remember there are the mind expanding tasks and the spelling bee activities if your child needs more of a challenge with his/her spellings.
Book reviews will continue for this term and we have enjoyed listening to the children's presentations on a Friday. As mentioned at parent's evening, we do still expect the children to read at least 4 times a week and remember variety is the spice of life.
Our Maths focus will include multiplication and division, fractions, decimals and percentages. Times table rock stars has really helped some children get quicker at their tables. If your child still needs to practise their tables, we would really appreciate your support in encouraging them to use Times Table Rock Stars or Sum Dog every day.
PE will continue for Galadriel on a Tuesday and Wednesday morning and for Thorin on a Tuesday and Thursday morning. Please can we ask that the correct PE kit is bought in on a Monday as the timetable can sometimes change. As the weather is getting colder, it would be good if your child could have a pair of black leggings/tracksuit bottoms and a spare pair of socks is also useful.
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
We look forward to a great term,
Emma Sibley, Naomi Stevens and Stewart McFadzean