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Year 5


Autumn 2:

Welcome back!  It is lovely to see the children after the break and great to see that they are ready for the next half-term at school.  Our topic this half-term is ‘A Kingdom United’ and links to English, Maths, Geography, History, PE and music.

We will discover more about the countries and counties that make up Great Britain and the United Kingdom and locating them on a range of different maps.  We will use I-pads to research the countries, counties, human and physical features of the UK in more detail and presenting information about them.  We will also make 3-D maps to learn about contour lines. We will be writing persuasive texts to encourage tourists to visit the UK and discussing the arguments in favour of and against fracking in the north-west.  We will learn about the Anglo-Saxons and the influence that they have had on our country.  We will also learn the National Anthem and a traditional dance from England. In science, we will explore the properties and uses of materials and use evidence from experiments to help us select the best insulating materials.  Within this topic the children will be introduced to and use subject specific vocabulary.

I would be extremely grateful if you could discuss the following words with your child at home and see if they can tell you what they mean and if they can have a go at spelling them!

‘United Kingdom’   ‘Great Britain’  ‘British Isles’  ‘Counties’        ‘Tourist Attraction’   ‘Settlement’   ‘Contour’    ‘Fracking’  ‘Insulating’   ‘Transparent’   ‘Opaque’    ‘Durable’   ‘Adhesive’

On the other side of this letter is the children’s creative homework sheet.  Please encourage your child to have a look at the ideas that are given and choose one that they would like to complete.  The children will be continuing with their times tables booklet homework which will go home on a Friday and will need to be returned the following Wednesday.  I would also appreciate it if you could continue to encourage your child to read daily and record what they have read in their diaries.  Most children read a huge amount at home last half term and it would be great to see this continue.

The children will have their PE lessons on a Tuesday and Friday. It is important that children have their kit in school on these days so that they can participate fully in all lessons.

Autumn 1:

Welcome to Indigo Class! It’s great to see all the children back after the summer break and good to see that Indigo Class is ready for a new school year at Willow Lane. This year, the Year 5 team consists of Mr Webster and Mrs Mosey. Everyone is settling in well and we are excited for this half term’s topic of ‘Food Glorious Food’!

As part of our food topic we have lots of great learning activities planned. Our topic links to English, Maths, Science, Geography, and Art. We will be looking at where in the world different foods come from and locating them on maps and globes. We will also be using I-pads to research these foods and countries in more detail. We will be carrying out lots of scientific experiments looking at reversible and irreversible changes with food and using these skills to solve problems associated with providing clean drinking water in communities around the world. We will be designing and making healthy meals using seasonal ingredients from Great Britain and sharing these with other children in the school!

We will explore the work of the artist Georgia O’Keefe and use this as inspiration for creating our own still-life paintings. We will also be reading the book ‘Street Child’ and collecting descriptions and ideas for writing stories with historical settings. We are looking forward to sharing what we have learned on the school blog. Within this topic the children will be introduced to and use subject specific vocabulary. I would be very grateful if you could discuss the following words with your child at home and see if they can tell you what they mean and if they can have a go at spelling them!

‘Country’ ‘Continent’ ‘Climate’ ‘Trade’ ‘Biomes’ ‘Equator’ ‘Longitude’ ‘Latitude’ ‘Reversible Change’ ‘Irreversible Change’ ‘Dissolve’ ‘Solution’

On the creative homework newsletter is a selection of activities you and your child may want to do. Please encourage your child to have a look at the ideas that are given and choose one that they would like to complete. We look forward to sharing with the rest of the school what the children produce! I would also appreciate it if you could encourage your child to read daily and record what they have read in their diaries.