Firstly, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year! We hope you had a lovely Christmas and that the children had a well-earnt and very deserved rest. We were so pleased with how brilliantly children settled in to Class 5 last term and are incredibly proud of how hard all children worked; they have shown real resilience and determination! This term, Mrs Harrison will continue to teach on a Monday, Tuesday and first lesson on a Wednesday, with Mrs Cadman teaching the rest of Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We are also extremely lucky to be supported by Miss Harrison and Mrs Barlow throughout the week. We are looking forward to continuing our learning this term and producing more wonderful work that we can be proud of.
What will we be learning?
Maths - This term, our maths work will focus on shape, space and measure. We will be identifying properties of shapes, calculating and measuring missing angles as well as looking at translation and rotation of shape. As well as this, we will be exploring algebra, proportion and ratio and applying all skills learnt during the autumn term.
English - Our reading for the first half term will be based around the book Goodnight Mr Tom which links with our Topic unit based on The Battle of Britain. During our writing lessons, we will be building upon and learning new skills to apply to a variety of fiction and non-fiction writing formats.
Science – Over the first half term our attentions will be focused on Sound whilst we explore how sound is made, how it travels and how we can alter the sounds we hear. During the second half term our focus will turn to Space and we will become astronauts exploring the world beyond.
Topic – During our Topic lessons we will be looking at The Battle of Britain: A Turning Point? And exploring and identifying how The Battle of Britain has shaped our lives today. We will be building our historian skill set by researching the past and following lines of enquiry to discover what impact the events of 1940 had on our life today.
Please keep your eyes peeled on our class page on the school website to see what we get up to in all of our subjects.
Important info ...
Book Bags: Book bags should be brought to school daily with your homework diary, reading book and water bottles in.
Spellings: Spellings will be sent home every week and will continue to be tested on a Friday. The children will have some class spellings and some individual spellings to learn. Spelling test books will go home on Friday for parents to check how their children did, but do need returning to School the following Monday.
Reading Books: Class 5 will continue to use the Accelerated Reading Scheme. Children will now chose a reading book from the Accelerated Reading Scheme that they are to read at home and in school. They will no longer have two reading books. Please can we ensure this book is in school every day. We will continue to encourage independent reading at home and effort stars and house points will be given to those children who are choosing to read at home. As well as this, we will also be asking children to keep a log of their Accelerated Reader scores (this marks their level of understanding from the school reading book they have read). At the end of each half term, there will be a chance to win a brand-new book for those who have consistently achieved their potential.
Brain Builders: A Brain Builder homework menu will be sent out at the start of every half term and will detail a range of activities that the children can complete in their Brain Builder book. After a recent vote, children in Class 5 requested that they bring their homework back to school every Friday, rather than the end of a half term, in order to prepare themselves for Secondary School; they have shown great responsibility in making this decision and it has been brilliant to see so many regular pieces of homework come in to school.
PE: This term, PE will take place on a Monday and Tuesday. Children should continue to come to school in their PE kits ready for their lessons. Please could we make sure that all children have the following for PE:
Plain white t-shirt, Plain dark coloured joggers or shorts, Plain dark coloured jumper (not school jumper), Trainers and/or pumps.
Water Bottle/Snack: Please ensure that all children have a water bottle everyday for school which will be also be returned home daily. Children are also encouraged to bring a healthy snack with them to enjoy at morning break.
If you have any questions or concerns, at any point, please do not hesitate to find us before or after school.
The Class 5 Team