Happy New Year!
Year 5 are currently looking for parent volunteers to support some children in school with a focus on boosting reading potential and understanding of different texts. If you would be available to offer your free time on a day that suits you from as little as one hour a week please let your child's teacher or Mr Lewis know if you are available. Thank you for your continued support.
Parents who wish their children to walk home alone, will need to bring in a letter. This must be given to your child's new class teacher.
The English team in school have worked hard to identify 40 appropriatley challenging books for the children in year 5. The recommended reading lists contain 40 age-appropriate books for children in Year 5 which will capture the children's imagination. The lists contain colour-bands and a description of the books so that the children are able to 'cherry-pick' their favourites according to their book-band level and their personal interests
While it is not compulsory for the children to read these books, it is highly recommended as it will deepen your child's inference, retrieval and vocabulary skills while also strengthening their love for reading.
While it is NOT compulsory there are school wide incentives - At the end of each half-term, teachers will award bronze, silver and gold certificates in reward assembly to pupils who have read a set number of books from their year group list AND completed a short reading response activity in their reading records (where possible).
Ideas for these short reading responses might be any one of the following;
- Describing settings and characters from the story
- Identifying possible alternative endings
- Predicting what might be in a sequel (the next book if the story was carried on)
- Summarising the story in 6 bullet points
- Writing a book review
If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.
The Year Five Team
Top education researchers tell us that homework has minimal impact for primary age pupils, unless it requires children to rehearse and practise. We have therefore adapted our routines to reflect this. The routines for children in this year group are as follows:
Purple home learning books will no longer being used as practice can be done at home. You will be able to see achievement and progress through the dictation and times tables challenge sheets going home weekly. You will also be able to witness progress through class exercise books for English and maths being sent home once during every half-term.
Home learning tasks are completed at home with you supporting your child should they need help. It is based on what they have been covering in school that week and is a chance for them to consolidate their learning.
The home learning books will be sent home on a Thursday and should be returned to school the following Tuesday. Tasks will be set by the teacher and checked and assessed (using the back of the book) by you, the parent. This gives you an opportunity to see how well your child is progressing and what they are very confident with and what they sometimes may need extra support with.
While class teachers do not mark the home learning, if you would like to share how your child found the activity with the class teacher there is a section which allows for this in the reading record and planner under "Messages for my child's teacher." This will make us aware of how your child found the activity - especially if they required a lot of support.
This weeks home learning:
Maths - Page 28 equivalent fractions
Grammar and Punctuation - pages 70 and 71 prefixes
Please remember, reading for 10-20 minutes and completing the reading record every night is also a crucial part of home learning.
New - 100 words
This week, we have continued writing and improving our setting of our choice. We have been studying prefixes and suffixes and how to develop and expand our vocabulary through using a thesaurus. Once we had confidently practiced all these skills and added these to our cold write we then include these edits and teacher and peer feedback to write our first draft. We will again receive feedback and reflect before finally completing our final piece on Thursday.
This week in maths, we began a new unit on fractions. We identified and found equivalent fractions whilst using manipulatives to improve our understanding. We then drew our own fraction wall to further deepen our understanding of equivalent fractions. We also developed our knowledge of vocabulary linked to this unit e.g. numerator, equivalent, etc.
We also started a new scheme called Fluent in Five where children will have five minutes to try and complete some arithmetic style questions. This will be done in addition to the maths lessons each day to improve general maths skills and develop mental strategies.
Next week, we will begin a new three week unit looking at balanced arguments. We will once again take our inspiration for this from the short story "Star Dogs" by Roddy Doyle in the novel "Beyond our Stars". We have chosen an interesting debate topic - "Should animals be sent into space?" The children will need to understand both sides of the argument and show both sides in their piece of argument - while leaving their own personal views and opinions to the side. We will also add some drama through an activity called "Conscious Alley"
The children will have to write a cold write and then compare, reflect and assess this to the RUBRIC. They will then analyse and identify the WAGOLL to find common features of a balanced argument and compare this to their own cold write.
Grammar teaching will begin the following week.
Next week in maths, our unit on fractions will continue. The focus will now be on developing the skills from last week and using them to deepen our understanding and learn new skills. We will be using manipulatives to find fractions of amounts using manipulatives. We will also be comparing and ordering fractions using our knowledge of equivalent fractions. Looking at these fractions we will also build on this by simplyfying and complicating them.
Year 5 Blog
Happiness this New Year!
Year 5 have begun the New Year with positivity and optimism, two of the finest qualities, which links beautifully with this month’s Value, Happiness. Being grateful for what we do have and not what we don’t has been the focus of our Values sessions. Commercialism and materialism is every more present in their daily lives and every once and a while a little perspective must be taken in order to see the present joy and delightfulness that is already present. Starting with a smile, holding the door for someone and making someone’s day is the easiest way to make ourselves and others happy, day in and day out.
The new term has brought with it a new Science topic to explore, Space, which will take us to infinity and beyond! Will we ever send another human being to the moon? Yes, a very intriguing question indeed for them to consider and the children are already hooked in and fascinated by all our galaxy has to offer. To coincide with the theme of Space, we have all sorts of lesson activities across the curriculum and coming soon is our very own Planetarium Day. Visitors to the school will be transporting the children into outer space! Until then however, a daily drip on the International Space Station zipping around the earth every 3 hours at 27,600km/hr will have to do.
New home learning projects are now on the website and there are once again many avenues for the children to deepen their understanding of this term’s work. Space has truly captivated their imaginations and the Year 5 team are all eager to see what they will come up with and the things they will find. Space, the final frontier…