Welcome to Year 5. We are all back from our summer break, ready and raring to learn. This year will see us learning all about the wonders of space, the legendary lives of the Anglo Saxons and Vikings and the hard wok that goes into building fairgrounds.
The children have settled in excellently so far. They are keen to learn, are setting an excellent example for others around school and are being kind, respectful and considerate to one another. Our markmaking fortnight is drawing to a close but the creativity doesn't stop there. There will still be a range of fun and challenging learning in English, maths, science, computing, music, Spanish, PE, art and the list goes on.
Our topic looks at the overarching question of 'What Makes Earth Unique In The Solar System?' up until Christmas. This will be divided into two parts, one looking more and space and one more at earth. This term we ask 'How Do We Travel Into Space?' As mentioned, the topic will cover a number of areas. It will particularly focus on Science, with a heavy investigative element, looking at orbits, gravity, the different planets, rocket propulsion, how we study space (particularly building on our knowledge of light from Year Four) and how space technology could be useful to us. We will also be coding space-based computer games, doing music activities around space, learning Spanish related to space, and creating art linked to space.
We can already tell this year is going to be a great one. See you in the playground!
Year 5, Term 5 Newsletter
Welcome to term 5. This term will be fully focused on maintaining the excitement and momentum of last term, giving children lots of fantastic experiences and beginning to prepare them for Year Six. .
Thank you to all those who attended our performances of Macbeth and for the words of encouragement. It seemed to be a very enjoyable, valuable experience for the children. Although this was our main purposeful outcome for the history-led topic, we will be putting in a little time at the start of this term to preparing a small-scale, informal exhibition about some of our Anglo Saxon and Viking learning. If you wish to view this exhibition please come to the junior hall at 3:15pm on Monday 23rd April. Photographs are also likely to be put on the Year Five webpage for those who cannot attend.
The rest of terms 5 and 6’s topic learning will be exploring ‘How Do We Design A Place Of Fun?’ Within this topic, children will explore what it takes to design and build a fairground, including making extensive use of K’nex. They will also explore environmental challenges around the leisure industry, including investigating electricity with renewable energy circuits. The next two terms will also include RE days and a One World week, which allows the children to study issues around global citizenship and make practical contributions to improving the school grounds. As always, further details of learning can be found on the curriculum map.
Children will have many opportunities to get their creative juices flowing across a number of genres this term. There will be chances for children to develop their narrative, report and script writing skills with stimulus material including the books ‘Jumanji’, and ‘Why the Whales Came’, along with Wallace and Gromit’s ‘Curious Contraptions’ video clips. Children will also hone their skills of persuasion and debate, developed well in last term’s Philosophy sessions, through discussion texts. Children will be looking to embed their understanding of more advanced punctuation including various use of commas, colons, semi-colons, dashes and brackets.
Reading will also remain a focus, with children having regular library sessions and access to well stocked class libraries. Please ensure that your child is reading most days and when the opportunity arises, reading aloud as well. Free reading will be accompanied by targeted reading comprehension sessions throughout the term.
There will also be weekly spelling and grammar sessions. A spelling list can be found on the website and will be given out in week two for children to take home and learn along with other homework. Spelling is a key area of development for the school.
Maths will see both fluency and reasoning remaining a focus. This term will cover a range of geometry related areas such as properties of shapes, reflection, rotation and translation as well as estimating, measuring and calculating angles. Multistep and inverse word problems will also be explored. To further support children in applying maths in a variation of contexts, fluency session will take place around four times per week.
PE this term will be taught by Mr O'Donoghue and the swimming coaches at Horfield Leisure Centre. Please ensure children have their PE kits in school and they bring their swimming kits in on Wednesdays. Swimming is an important life skill and it is vital that children have their kits to attend. Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to another successful term. As always, teachers can be contacted via email, phone or in the playground. We welcome all communications.
Mr. Fiakkas and Mr. Smith, The Year Five Teaching Team
Kapok Get Curious...
Kapok finished their Term One topic which asked the question 'How Do We Explore Space?' by visiting We The Curious. This included watching a 3D solar system show, and doing a number of space-related investigative activities. These included making and testing rockets, identifying the best material for a space nappy, identifying the affects of air pressure on marshmallows, deciding what could keep someone strong in space and trying to control a robotic arm. They also had an opportunity to explore the whole range of interactive science exhibits that We The Curious offers.
For details of our current curriculum focus, visit the Curriculum section of our website
Take a look at the pictures below to see what we've been doing in class recently.
Kapok On The Move With Their Learning
Kapok have been assessing their mental maths with a series of treasure hunts, and building some of the larger new numbers in the Year Five curriculum. They've also been training to be astronauts, basing their ideas on an astronaut candidate selection program, led by famous astronaut Chris Hadfield. Challenges include fitness through the bleep test, judging time in limited environments (by taking shoes on and off with their eyes shut while trying to judge three minutes), being given challenges after their senses have been distorted (trying to get an idea of what challenges astronauts have in space linked to gravity) and speed origami to test their precision. Challenges will continue as the term goes on...