Year 5

Teacher: Mrs Michelle Metcalfe                                       Spring 2018

Learning Support Assistants:  Miss Vicky East & Mrs Carla Stapleton                                                                                                     

The school day:                                                          

Morning:      09.00 - 12.30  

Break:             10.50 - 11.05    Assembly:    11.05 - 11.20    

Lunchtime:  12.30 - 1.35

Afternoon:    1.35 -3.25

Welcome back to the Spring Term in Class 4. I hope you all had a very restful and happy holiday. A big thank you for all my lovely cards, presents and Christmas good wishes.                                                                                                                                                      

Areas of work this term

Our topic this term is Ancient and Modern Day Greece

The children will be learning about many aspects of Greek life both in the past and how things are today. In geography we will be locating Greece on a map, learning about its human and physical features, cities, rivers, mountains and other geographical features. In history we will be learning about life in Ancient Greece with a particular emphasis on architecture, literature and the Ancient Greek’s religious beliefs.

In Science this term we will be learning about human life. Children will discover the changes experienced by humans as they develop to old age. Our programme of study will cover gestation, foetal development, baby and child development, puberty and the physical and mental changes that occur as we develop into old age. This unit of work covers some delicate issues which will be dealt with care and sensitivity. If you have any questions or concerns related to our science lessons, please feel free to arrange a meeting with me at school.

In English we will be improving our spelling, punctuation and grammar skills. We will be covering a range of text types including play scripts, poems and short stories. The majority of our texts this term will be related to Greek Myths. We will study different types of texts in reciprocal reading and produce a range of writing based upon what we have studied.

In Maths we will be studying multiplication and division, fractions, decimals and percentages. Children will learn through practicing key skills to achieve a high level of fluency, applying their learning to word problems and reasoning tasks and gaining confidence by solving puzzles and playing games.

In RE we are learning about what is means to be a Muslim in Britain today. This will centre around us learning about the Five Pillars of Islam and how the Holy Qur’an makes a difference to a Muslim’s life.

PE is on Friday afternoons in the first half term and on a Tuesday and Friday afternoon after the half term break. Wayne will continue to teach the children on a Friday afternoon and will be covering Rugby and Basketball. Further information will be sent out shortly to inform you about the order and relevant footwear needed. Please ensure children keep their PE kits in school throughout the week.

Homework will be given out on Monday to be handed in on Friday. Please remind your child to hand their homework in on time as this will give me time to mark it and hand it back. Homework handed in on time will be rewarded with fuzzies. Homework will include

  • An English activity related to the work we have been doing in class
  • A maths activity or puzzle
  • A spelling sheet based upon our spelling rule for that week plus practice for the National Curriculum words.
  • An activity from our reading grid.

My Style Homework: This term’s My Style Homework theme is Ancient Greece –Please see your child’s homework book for more information. Remember My Style Homework should be something they are interested in and that can be presented to the rest of the class. Children can work on this project on their own, with you, another person in your family or with another child from our class. If you are stuck for ideas, you could try one of these: making a scale model of the Acropolis; a study of Ancient Greek costumes with sewn examples; making a mask for Ancient Greek theatre; rewriting a Greek Myth or creating a comic strip of a well known story. For further inspiration check out things on the internet, Pinterest always has lots of good ideas. If you decide to make some food for the rest of the class to sample, please be aware of the ‘no nut’ policy we now have in school and avoid any recipe including nuts.

Class rules and behaviour

Children will be expected to follow the Golden Rules that are displayed in class. If children decide to break the rules they will receive the sanctions as set out in the School Behaviour Policy. However, I believe in creating a nurturing and supportive environment where I expect children to:

  1. try their best in everything they do
  2. try things out even if they might get it ‘wrong’ (the biggest lessons learnt are often made from mistakes)        
  3. be supportive and encouraging to their peers
  4. look after themselves, their classmates and school property

In return for hard work and good behaviour children will be awarded fuzzies. Fuzzies can be exchanged for a range of prizes or class rewards.

Clothing and Belongings

Please make sure your child remembers their water bottle, reading book, a packed lunch and snack (if required). All things brought into school, including clothing, should be clearly labelled to avoid things being difficult to identify. As you know the space in the cloakroom is limited so please encourage children only to bring in what is necessary. Jewellery is not permitted in school with the exception of an inexpensive watch and stud earrings for those with pierced ears.

Thank you for your support. Please feel free to speak to me at the end of the school day if you have any queries, questions or concerns.