Summer term is now well underway and the children in year 5 have been enjoying a fun a varied curriculum. We have been supporting Global Goal 5 when researching and writing biographies about the inspirational lady, Malala Yousafsai. We have also had debates and written some fantastic persuasive arguments about the current American gun laws.
We are Presenters
As our current topic is whole Wide World, we are currently studying the Wonders in our world. We have focused on The Giant’s Causeway, Christ the Redeemer, The Great Barrier Reef and The Taj Mahal. During one of our lessons we had to create group presentations to present our findings. We discussed how there may be many times in our life when we may have to plan and deliver a presentation.
We also discussed the group presentation skills that would make a successful presentation such as: good eye contact, speaking loudly and clearly, ensuring we are facing our audience and having positive and enthusiastic body language.
We have finished this half term with a magical journey to ‘The Magic Faraway Tree’. Silky and Moonface (two characters from the story) even visited out classrooms and left secret notes and challenges for us. One of which, led us into our own enchanted forest where we found a range of items left by different characters. We are now writing our own Magic Faraway Tree stories.
This half term we have all thoroughly enjoyed our first school Residential to Emmaus Youth Village in Consett. The children enjoyed every moment of the non-stop challenges and activities that they had to complete over the three days. The theme of the visit was ‘Let your Light Shine’ and our lights were beaming by the time we left. The children now can’t wait for their Year 6 residential next year.
Next half term we have planned a trip to Preston Park Museum for a Viking and Anglo Saxon Workshop.
Before Christmas we travelled to Durham City to explore the Cathedral and the city grounds. We learnt about Saint Cuthbert and why Durham Cathedral was built in its location. We also practiced using compasses to navigate our way down by the riverside.
Year 5 Stay and Pray
During Advent each class had to deliver their own Stay and Pray. This was a very special experience because the children planned this entirely on their own. We feel both year 5 classes delivered a very spiritual and respectful Collective Worship and it was a delight to share this with our parents.
We now can’t wait for our Lent Stay and Pray after half-term!
We have supported CAFOD by donating money for CAFOD Family Fast day. Each teacher provided a soup kitchen and we reflected on how thankful we are that we have food to eat each day. We prayed for those who are less fortunate.
We are Artists
As part of our art topic last term we studied an artist called Anthony Gormley. We learnt that Antony Gormley is probably the best-known sculptor in Britain today. Antony Gormley has always been interested in the human figure. He often uses his own body as a model for his sculptures. We used Plaster of Paris bandages to create our own body sculptures.
In Year 5, we are currently investigating materials and their properties. We recently investigated whether different materials were soluble or insoluble. We carried out a fair test and recorded our results to make our conclusions.
Presenting our shared work:
We collaborated together to create a shared letter based on the story book, ‘The Day the Crayons Quit!’ The class has to read their letter with appropriate expression to relay how their crayon felt. We are going to read our new version of the story to our FS children when they are competed.
Fruits of the Holy Spirit:
We gathered together in our school hall to explore our school display on the fruits of the Holy Spirit. We discussed how we can live out these fruits in our daily life at home, in school and out and about in our community. The children gave some incredible examples.
The day Moonface came to our classroom and sent us on a mission to find character clues in our own Enchanted forest!
How can you help?
Reading is the key to further learning. Please can you make efforts to read at home with your child as much as possible. Every child should be reading at least 4 times per week at home. When you do listen to your child read, please question them about the text they have read to assess their understanding and discuss new vocabulary. It is very important to encourage reluctant readers with lots of positive praise and I do reward those that read at least 4 times in one week with class raffle tickets.
Spellings practice at home is vital to ensure your children are succeeding in their weekly class tests. Children will be tested and new spellings will be issued every Wednesday, spelling books will also be sent home to be signed. Please encourage your children to practice their spellings out loud AND in written form – giving them little tests is also a great help!
Times tables knowledge is vital for further learning in maths. Children should know all of their times tables by year 5 and knowing all times tables will helps children with a range of mental and written maths work. Children will be tested on a different table each week. The children will write which table they will be tested on in their homework diaries, so please test the children at home asking for verbal or written recall to ensure they succeed in the tests each week. Again positive rewards will be given in class for good weekly marks.
PE kits must be in school at all times during the school year (white polo shirt, red shorts, trainers and tracksuit for outdoors.) Please encourage your children to take responsibility for their PE kit as again this will help them greatly when they transition to Secondary School.
Can I please ask that ALL uniform is clearly labelled with your child’s name and year group. This really helps us if any uniform gets lost or misplaced as we can then return it to the correct owner quickly.
Click here to view the yearly overview Mrs Dennett and I have put together so you can see the topics we will be covering in year 5 this year.
If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to grab me at the end of the school day.