We hope that you’ve had a lovely Christmas break. The children have come back after Christmas ready to learn and engage with us, which is amazing. Please ensure that you continue reading and practicing times tables as this will benefit them in all aspects of school life. In addition, can you ensure that these books are bought into school every Friday.
The children are very excited about our Parent Drop In where they will be able to show you all of their brilliant work. We will also be holding an Avon Tyrrell talk after that event. We look forward to seeing you all on Friday 9th February at 2.15pm.
Spring Term Learning:
We are reading ‘Who Let The Gods Out’, a book by Maz Evans. The children are loving this book, especially as it links so well to our History topic, ‘Ancient Greece’. So far, we have used the book to stimulate the writing of a setting description of Stonehenge and then of Elysium, which is where the Greek Gods live. We have started looking at speech and how an author moves the story on. We will also be looking at poetry and writing our own poems inspired by the book.
In Maths, we will continue to retrieve our existing knowledge whilst focusing on mathematical operations using formal methods before moving onto fractions and percentages and how they relate to each other. We look forward to develop the children’s skills and applying them to to reasoning and problem-solving activities. Moving forward, we will be ensuring the children are secure on all aspects of maths.
In Science, we are learning about different forms of Friction. We will carry out a number of experiments to embed our knowledge about water resistance, air resistance, friction and levers pulleys and gears. We are working towards answering the question – How and why do things, move or not?
In History we will enjoy our unit about Ancient Greece with a focus on democracy, rights and freedom. We will find out about their ideas, beliefs and attitudes and how living in that era still has a massive impact on our lives now through elements such as architecture, theatre and the Olympics.
In Art, we are learning about an artist called Grayson Perry. He makes pottery about his memories. We are linking the work of Grayson Perry to our History topic where we will be sculpting a clay Greek Hydria (ask your child what this is).
In Music we are starting a new topic called ‘Read, write and remember to Twinkle!’ We will be learning to write music and then we will perform our compositions on glockenspiels.
In Spanish, we are learning about the home and how to say what’s in our house and the chores we do at home.
In Computing we are using Audacity to record and edit sounds. We will work towards making our own radio jingle.
Each Tuesday afternoon, our children experience our Cosmic curriculum. See our Long Term plans to find out which topics are being covered each half-term.
Both classes have now both had a chance to go swimming on a Wednesday afternoon and will enjoy a second set of lessons during the Spring term. Owls will be swimming first, whilst Puffins will be learning to play handball outside. This swaps around in Spring 2. All Year 5 children are learning how to play badminton during our indoor P.E. sessions, which are on a Friday.
Once again, we look forward to seeing you on 9th February at 2.15. Ongoing, please use our year group email address if you have any questions.
Thank you again for your ongoing support,