Term 1 Week 7

We are racing towards the end of the term- it seems to be going very fast all of a sudden! Next week is Health and Happiness Week and we are looking forward to participiating in lots of activities centred around 5 Ways to Wellbeing. Please see the letter sent out by Mr Wood earlier in the week for more details.
In Year 5, we are High Performance Learners! We have been practising the skills to learn in this way, through: Meta-thinking, Linking, Analysing, Creating and Realising. Ask your child to explain what each of these characteristics of higher performance learning means to them and which they have been working on. They might tell you about how they have been analysing, linking and creating this week to deeply comprehend the final chapters of our class reader ‘Journey to Jo’burg’. We were impressed by the way they could link some very sensitive events and themes raised in the story to similar events in other books and even real life. Well done Year 5.
Important reminders:
Parents Evenings are taking place during the first week back after the half term break. Please ensure you have booked a slot- we are looking forward to meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress.
5ELAW LRC session. We hope that many of you are able to attend this session with us on Tuesday 5th November. Please return the reply slip to the office so that we know to expect you.
Home Learning:
Reading Comprehension: Please complete the reading comprehension sheets sent home, titled either ‘Refugees’ or ‘Water Cycle’, both of which are linked to our learning theme of ‘Journeys’. The purpose of this homework is to consolidate and/ or extend understanding of our learning theme as well as practising deeper thinking comprehension skills. Please return to school by Wednesday 23rd October.
Reading for Pleasure: Please read and record at least 5 times during the week.
Maths: Please access games in TTRS and Purple Mash to improve quick recall of multiplication facts and mental arithmetic.
NB: There are no spellings set to learn this week, since next week is Health and Happiness Week.
Have a super weekend!
Mrs Langridge, Mrs Wheeler and Mr Perry.

Athletics Festival!

Hello Parents,

All of the children in Year 5 will be taking part in an athletics festival held at CCS THIS FRIDAY 18th October. It will take place within the normal school day.

This promises to be an exciting opportunity for our Year 5s to compete against children from other schools and have lots of fun working as a team.

Please ensure that, as always, your child has their full PE kit in school on this day and a water bottle.

Many thanks,

The Year 5 Team

Term 1 Week 6

This week, Year 5 have been practising being Test Smart. They have completed assessments in Reading, Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling. We have been impressed with the children’s approach towards these assessments; aiming high for themselves and encouraging others. Well done to everyone. Next week, we will undertake assessments in maths… we imagine the children cannot wait!
We were so proud to see lots of Year 5s being celebrated in assembly on Monday, for completing the Summer Reading Challenge. Well done to all of these children! There is always next summer, for those who were unable to join in this year…
Each week, our children receive Spanish lessons from secondary subject-specific teachers. The children have been finding out about the Spanish alphabet, which they have discovered has an additional 3 letters to the English alphabet. They have been practising their spelling with enjoyable games like hangman, spelling bee and beat the teacher, using the Spanish alphabet to spell their words.  All children are able to sound out their names with beautiful pronunciation- ask your child to show you! Good pronunciation helps with spelling, listening and writing as well as making sure that they can be understood. The aim is to have the children reading from fairy tales that they are familiar with (The Gingerbread Man, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, etc) but in Spanish with an emphasis on fabulous phonics to produce perfect pronunciation.
Coming soon– more details to follow:
Big Health and Happiness Week: Week beginning 21st October.
Parents Evenings: Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th November. You will be notified by the office when appointment slots are available to book.
Home Learning:
Spellings. Please see your child’s spelling book for this week’s list.
Reading. Please read and record at least five times during the week. A big well done to everyone who is doing this regularly- it really does make a difference to the children’s fluency, expression and comprehension skills. 5ELAW are nearing their class reward… keep it up Team!
Maths.
1. Please aim to play TTRS three times throughout the week. Well done to 5ELAW who won last week’s battle!
2. This week, please also log onto Purple Mash and go to the following games: Place Value- Numbers to 1 million and Addition and Subtraction- Missing digit problems up to 6 digit numbers. Playing these games, which can be found under the ‘Maths’ tab, will help to consolidate the learning that the children have been doing in class over the last few weeks.
-Spanish. The children can practise their alphabet and pronunciation at home by teaching someone else. See the sheet attached for each letter.
Have a super weekend!
Mrs Langridge, Mrs Wheeler and Mr Perry.

Term 1 Week 5

In our Primary Phase assemblies this week, our focus has been on AMBITION. We have been learning about the moon landings and reflecting upon that special time in history 50 years ago… What impact has ‘One small step… One giant leap…’ had upon our lives? We thought about the phrase: ‘When the sky is the limit, anything is possible.’ What does this mean to us and how ambitious have we been/ are we being/ will we be? The children had lots of insightful comments to make and we encouraged each other to be ambitious and aim high for what we really want to achieve.
We had some visitors in school this week to speak with us about keeping safe online. We tested our knowledge on being Internet Legends, which includes being: Sharp, Alert, Secure, Kind and Brave online. If your child would like to play some games to practise the above, they can type: ‘Be an internet legend’ into the google search engine.
Home Learning:
– Spellings. Please find these in your child’s spelling book. Their books must be brought back into school next Friday please.
– Reading. Read at least 5 times per week and record in Learning Log.
– Maths. TTRS. Please encourage your child to log on and play as much as they can to increase their rapid recall of timestables. 5ELAW and 5AP are currently engaged in a tournament between the two classes. Please ensure your child joins in to help their class succeed!
If your child completed the Summer Reading Challenge at the library over the holidays, please remind them to bring in their certificates on Monday, so that we can celebrate them in assembly!
Have a happy weekend.
Mrs Langridge, Mrs Wheeler and Mr Perry.

Term 1 Week 4

We hope that you have been able to read through this term’s Curriculum Matters newsletter, which includes lots of details about the learning and opportunities happening in Year 5 this term. If you haven’t yet had the chance, or missed the link, please find it here:
This week, the children began learning about Ndebele art, by finding out about the colours and patterns involved. Watch this space for our own Ndebele-inspired creations coming soon!
In PE, the children have continued to develop their understanding of the rules of NFL. They’re always very happy and puffed out by the end of these sessions, which must be a good sign! We’ve also been practising our expertise in dodgeball. This week we especially focussed on our strategies of attack and we worked successfully in teams to create tactics in order to win. In turn, the children ensured they were displaying good sportsmanship skills; being gracious winners and sensible losers.
Home Learning:
Spelling: Please find your child’s personalised list in their book bag. These will be tested next Friday.
Reading: Please encourage your child to read at least 5 times (this can include Bug Club) and record in your Learning Log. If your child is in 5ELAW, ask them about our whole class reading challenge!
Maths: Timestables Rockstars. Following a recent quiz, your child’s TTRS account has been updated to ensure that the games available to them in the Garage and Arena modes will help to build on their existing knowledge. Please support your child to aim to play at least 3 times per week, if possible.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Mrs Langridge, Mrs Wheeler and Mr Perry

Term 1 Week 3

It’s been a busy week in Year 5!
This term, our Value is Kindness and Compassion; we have been so pleased to see this being displayed by so many of our children. Keep it up, Year 5!
In English, we have continued our study of the book: ‘Journey to Jo’burg’. We unpicked the way in which the author created the setting by her choice of language. Inspired by this, the children then wrote their own setting descriptions and spent valuable time editing and improving their work to make it the best it could be. This led to some creative drama work where we practised the skills of freeze frames, thought tapping and conscience alley.
Our Maths learning has continued to be based around place value, working with numbers up to one million. We’ve discussed the reasons behind this learning and how the children may need to compare numbers of this size when they are comparing house prices in the future, or deciding which salary is the most attractive!
Throughout the year, some of our science lessons will be taking place in the labs over in secondary phase. This is a wonderful opportunity to get the most out of the resources and expertise our all-through school has to offer. We have already begun these sessions- watch this space for news of what we get up to!
Team Share got off to a great start last week and this week’s presentations have been equally as impressive. We’ve had children sharing projects they have made, performing songs and dances, sharing sporting trophies and certificates, telling us all about their favourite book… just to name a few! We hope that everyone will feel confident to present something when it is their turn. If your child is unsure what is expected of them, or when it is their turn, or is feeling anxious at all, please encourage them to speak with their teacher and we’ll do our best to help.
Home Learning:
  • Spellings: Please see your child’s list in their spelling book. Please encourage your child to practise these throughout the week and ensure they bring their spelling book into school every Friday.
  • Reading: Read at least five times over the week and record in Learning Log.
  • Maths: Has your child tried to log onto Times Tables Rockstars this year? If not, please get them to try this week and let us know if there are any logging in issues.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Have a happy weekend!
Mrs Langridge, Mrs Wheeler and Mr Perry

Term 1 Week 2

It has been a very productive first full week in Year 5! The children have been working hard.

In English this week, we have begun our first focus text of the year: Journey to Jo’burg, by Beverley Naidoo. The children have been practising their skills of summarising and responding to the issues raised in this text by writing in clear paragraphs. It has been great to see children taking responsibility for improving their own work.

Our Maths learning has been focussed around number knowledge: place value, roman numerals and rounding.

Please look out for our Curriculum Newsletter, which will give you more details about the learning taking place in Year 5 this term.

We finished the week with Flashlight Friday:

Home Learning:

  • Spellings. These have been sent home today. Please encourage your child to practise these throughout the week; the children will be tested on their spellings next Friday.
  • Reading. It is a school expectation that each child reads at home at least 5 times a week. We know that lots of the children do this. Please support your child to record their reading in their Reading Log, so that we can celebrate their achievements at school. Bug club log ins have been given out, or will be next week. Please do make use of this valuable online resource.
  • Maths. There are lots of online games which practise place value and rounding. Here is one that your child might like to try: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/rocket-rounding. We’d also like the children to log onto their Timestables Rockstars accounts. Please let us know if you have any problems with this.

Have a great weekend.

Mrs Langridge, Mrs Wheeler and Mr Perry

Welcome to Year 5!

We hope that everyone has received our Welcome Letter which was sent out by email last week and that you found the information useful.

We shall be updating this blog each week. Please check in regularly to catch up on the exciting learning that is happening in the Year 5 classes. We will also use this space to make you aware of any upcoming events and any homework that has been set.

Kind regards,

Mrs Langridge, Mrs Wheeler and Mr Perry