Year Five Curriculum Newsletter
Spring Term 2015 - 2016
Thank you for your continued support, and for all the thoughtful presents and cards you gave me at Christmas, I was really touched.
There are no major changes to the curriculum we discussed last time we met and the full document is on our website.
Our overall Topic for Terms 3 and 4 is the Anglo Saxons, and the Vikings.
English – Our focus book is ‘There’s a boy in the girls’ bathroom’ by Louis Sachar; and we will also work with poetry, recounts and instructions.
Maths – place value, measures, shape, mental maths, problem solving, word problems, times tables including division.
Art - Collages, perspectives and portraits.
French – Tout le monde.
Geography – map work related to Anglo Saxon England and Europe.
History- Life in Anglo Saxon times and kings and queens. The Vikings.
ICT- Coding, using Scratch, research and awareness, e-safety, presentation skills.
Music – Exploring rhythm through singing.
PE- gymnastics, winter games.
PSHE- Good to be me, going for goals
RE – Judaism.
Science- Space – Earth Sun and Moon; forces.
Your child has a homework diary in which to record their homework themselves, this is part of preparing the children for Year 6 and for secondary transfer and procedures. I may still provide additional written instructions with further details and guidance as children will have a limited space in which to record information; these will be on a separate sheet and on the website. Diaries must be in school every day, and signed weekly by the pupil, parent/guardian and myself (there are three boxes for this at the end of each double page. Every week I expect the children to:
- Read aloud three times for at least 10 minutes each time.
- If they find words or phrases you don’t understand, bring them in for our Word Detective sessions.
- Practice their times tables, (forwards and backwards).
- If they improve their time on the times table game, they bring me their new score and I swap it for Team Points.
I will usually set two pieces of extra homework, as above, to help consolidate what we have been learning together. If it is really easy, congratulations on their progress! If it is too challenging, and they’ve tried to use what they know, they know to come and see me before the deadline and I will help.
Please ensure that your child’s PE kit is in school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If your child is unable to do PE, please supply a written note as to the reason why. Please note that on colder days they can bring in tracksuit bottoms and a warm top to wear as PE will continue in all weathers!! Earrings are to be removed for PE/earrings not worn on PE days if easier!
Even though you will have reported your child’s absence on the telephone to the office staff, please also supply a written note on the day your child returns to school.
If your child needs to take medication during the school day (including throat lozenges), please come to the school office to fill in a form. A normal letter is not enough as the information needs to be recorded in a certain way.
Time to discuss any issues
Please see me if you have any queries regarding your child. I will be available after school every day, although making an appointment will ensure I can allocate quality discussion time with you. I would also encourage the children, as a reflection of their age, to come and speak to me themselves. This might be to relieve a worry before going home, or after having discussed it with their parents. I think it is important for the children to start to think for themselves and work out how to solve problems independently if they can. Obviously, any larger issues should be dealt with me directly.
I look forward to continuing to work with you.
Mr T Carter