Following the Government announcement last night, school is unfortunately closed for most children until we are told we can welcome everyone back. This does mean that you will be asked to work from on home on a range of different tasks. I know this can sometimes be tricky to do at home, so all we can ask is that you try your best with your families help. You were all brilliant during the last lockdown!
Our home learning will begin properly from Wednesday 6th January and Mrs Talbot-Jones will be sending out a message later today to explain more. It will be a bit different to what you were used to last time and hopefully will feel more like being in school!
While we get everything set up and ready for you on Wednesday, you will want something to do today. Here are some suggestions to get you started, although you are NOT being asked to complete everything on this list!
Read as much as you like today! Find somewhere warm and cosy to curl up and enjoy the book you are reading at the moment, or a return to a favourite book you have read many times!
Practice your times tables – multiplication and division! Create your own times tables game to help you practice and challenge someone in your family to play with you.
Practice reading the Y5/Y6 spellings words. You can use look, cover, write, check as well as have a go using some of the words in your own sentences. Also, check the meaning of any words you are not sure about.
Start your own ‘We are Writers’ book and write your own story. Don’t forget to follow what we would do in the classroom – plan, write, read and edit.
Have a go drawing using your shading skills we used last term. Find something interesting at home to draw. You could even draw a portrait of someone in your family!
Get outside and enjoy some fresh air and exercising. This could be in your garden or going for a walk with your family.
Choose a film to watch and then write a review and a summary of what happened. Draw your own book cover or DVD cover for the film. Draw and write about the main characters. Plan and write about what might happen next once the film ends. Make a model of the film and use it to act out a scene.
In December, the whole of our school created a kindness calendar and promised to do at least one ‘random act of kindness’ every day. What are the most important things that you did to be kind to others? Make a list of all the kind things you managed to do during the Christmas holiday.
Don’t forget you can always post me any questions and I will try to answer them for you.
In class five you will find Mr Baker, Mrs Fricker and Mr Fielder.
We are all looking forward to this final half term of 2020. Things have been a bit different since September but everyone has been brilliant at staying safe within our bubble.
Here are some of the exciting things we will be learning in Year 5 this half term.
Below you will find our new Home learning activity booklet. It will work in the same way as previous years. Each week the children can choose a couple of activities to complete together at home. The only difference is that they will not have a Home Learning book to bring into school each week. We would like to encourage the use of their Class Dojo Portfolio to post anything they complete.
This half term, the children will study the book There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar. This book has as its main character Bradley, a ‘bad’ boy who is always in trouble. We get right into Bradley’s heart and mind in this narrative, offering the children ways to discuss issues of friendship, bullying, and the links between self-esteem, behaviour and learning. We will also use this as a starting point to learn more about the features of recounts, play scripts and narrative writing.
During our grammar sessions, we will be learning, identifying and using: subordinating conjunctions, relative clauses, the passive voice, semi-colons and prepositions of time.
Our spellings will focus words that end with -ant, -ance, -ent or –ence and words that end with –able, -ably, -ible or –ibly.
This half term, our maths learning will focus on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. This will include: adding and subtracting two 4-digit numbers with more than one exchange, rounding to estimate and approximate, inverse operations, multi-step addition and subtraction problems, multiples, factors, common factors, prime numbers, square numbers, cube numbers, multiplying and dividing by 10, 100 or 1000 and inverse calculations. We will also be continuing with our daily times table practice.
We will also be continuing with our daily Times Table Rockstar challenge in Year 5. This half term the main focus will be on quick recall of the 6, 7. 8. 9 and 10x tables. You also need to learn the related division facts as well as recall the multiplication facts quickly to improve your Rock Status.
You will have their own login names and passwords for Sumdog and Times Tables Rockstars. This can be accessed at home as well as at school to help improve your maths and reading skills.
During Science, we will learn about forces. We will learn about balanced and unbalanced forces, gravity and friction. They will find out about Isaac Newton and his discoveries about gravity. We will investigate patterns and links between the mass and weight of objects, using newton metres to measure the force of gravity. Finally, the children will learn about air and water resistance, participating in challenges to design the best parachute and boat.
As you know, things are different this year as we all adjust to a new way of doing things and adapt to a more COVID secure school day. With this in mind, Mr Fielder is asking that the children come to school in PE suitable clothes on their PE day which are a Tuesday and Thursday.
Suitable PE clothing would be as follows:
Don't forget to read regularly at home and develop your passion for books. In Year 5, you still need to read daily. It is important to talk about what you have read and share your thoughts and opinions on the text with someone at home.