English Writing: Our main focus in English will be linked to our key texts – ‘ Boy: Tales of Childhood’ by Roald Dahl and ‘Skellig’ by David Almond. We will be looking at key features of each text type to develop our knowledge. We will then use these skills and apply them in our writing work, which will include the following genres; Balanced Arguments, Short Stories and Letters to recount. We will continue to work hard on our grammar and incorporating it into our writing. We had a big push on handwriting last term and will continue to do so. It is very important that handwriting is well formed and accurate at this point in Year 5. Handwriting lessons take place regularly, but please encourage your child whenever written homework is set, to present it with care and to proof read their work.
English Reading: The children are encouraged to read at home for at least 20 minutes every night. Please support you child in completing their reading record each night. The children are also encouraged to talk about their books before moving onto their next book. We will continue to listen to the children read on a regular basis and will record any comments in your child’s reading record books. The focus for this term will be on comprehension skills, inference and deduction.
English Spellings: Year 5 will be extending the knowledge they already have about prefixes and suffixes by introducing them to some more unusual examples.
Maths: Number including place value, prime numbers and calculating, Measurement (converting between different units of measurement, calculating ‘volume’ also), Geometry (angles, shape, position & direction) and finding the perimeter and area of rectilinear shapes. We will continue with our focus on times tables, using ‘Ninja’ Maths, any opportunity you have to practise these at home would be gratefully appreciated. The children will have a 2 minute times tables test on a Monday morning, where they are required to score 57 and above out of 60, to go on to the next level (27 levels in total). They will be given a copy of the test there are to take , each Wednesday to take home and practise.
Religion: Year 5 will be learning about women in the Old Testament this term to widen the children’s knowledge and understanding of the role and significance of women in the Bible and to reflect upon the actions of these women and consider what we can learn from their stories. Confirmation Classes to also begin this term in Year 5 (details to follow).
Worship: The children are learning about the Christian value of ‘Compassion’ this half term, through stories, craft, drama and prayer activities.
Homework: Your support is extremely valuable to us and you can help by encouraging your child’s interest in any of the subject areas listed above and assisting them to complete homework set each week. Please encourage children to read every day, recording this in their yellow reading records and to practise their times tables and spellings. Please feel free to record any reading that you do with your child in the yellow record. It is important that all reading books are in school each morning as we have daily guided and independent reading sessions.