We welcome children back to school on Wednesday 6th September 2017. We look forward to seeing everybody and hearing all about your holidays!
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. This must be done on the first day (if you wish your child to walk home alone from day 1).
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 7 - place value in big numbers and page 9 - counting in powers of 10
Grammar; page 26 and 27 Linking ideas in a paragraph to form cohesion
Please remember, reading for 10-20 minutes and completing the reading record every night is also a crucial part of home learning.
Spelling this week: sound /ial/, /cial/
Year 5 100 spellings list:
This week in English we are still looking at the novel "Journey to the River Sea" by Eva Ibbotson which is a fantastic tale of a young girl who must travel to the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil to live with distant relatives due to unfortunate circumstances...
Maia makes an unlikely friend in the form of Miss Minton and together they begin to explore and learn about her new home and all the wonderful plants and animals which it inhabits.
Please feel free to ask your child about the latest from this amazing adventure as this tale continues to unravel each week in your child's class.
Our grammar focus this week is the correct use of cohesive devises e.g. consequently, thus, for instance, furthermore, etc., in paragraphs and relative clauses (using which, who, whose, with, that, when, where).
In Maths this week we are looking at rounding numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1,000, 10,000, and 100,000.
We are still working on our Big Idea which is;
Large numbers of six digits are named in a pattern of three: hundreds of thousands, tens of thousands, ones of thousands and each place value is a jump by the power of 10
Next week in English we will continue reading the novel "Journey to the River Sea" by Eva Ibbotson and follow what adventures Maia gets up to in the amazing Amazon rainforest.
In writing, we will focus on narrative writing and retell a part of the novel from the perspective of a main character - Miss Minton. The children will need to write in first person, use paragraphs effectively (following the TipTop rule) and use a range of specific grammar skills which they have been taught in the previous weeks which will include relative clauses, fronted adverbials and cohesive devices.
Next week in Maths will see the beginning of a brand new unit on adding and subtracting using negative integers. To begin with, the children will focus on adding and subtracting using numbers up to 4 digits and apply a range of strategies to this task. The children will then apply these strategies to help them solve two-step and multi-step word problems.
Responsibility and the Rainforest!
So far this year is off to a cracking start for Year 5, but the disturbing echoes of cracking sounds coming from Brazil has made us all reflect on the responsibility we have to the planet and the carbon footprint we leave behind. Where the rainforests are found and why they are important to the entire planet, are the questions Year 5 will be asking for this half term in our Fielding Learning Challenge Curriculum.
Life cycles and the miracle of metamorphosis is the focus in science this half term. From tadpoles to caterpillars, the creepy and somewhat disgusting process of transforming into something totally different, now seems like a wonderful idea. Just the thought of finding that chrysalis and emerging with a beautiful pair of Monarch butterfly wings to carry us away, is captivating us all...or is that just me?
Finally, the heavier weight of responsibility from being in upper phase is beginning to be felt by all of Year 5. Taking charge of organising themselves and taking ownership of their learning, will be the goal for everyone this year. To be able to think about our thinking is a truly empowering life skill. As one famous uncle once said, 'With great power comes great responsibility!'
By Mr. McConnachie