Year 5

Teacher: Mrs Michelle Metcalfe                                       Summer 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 summer term in Class 4. I hope you all had a very restful and happy holiday.

We have three short Topics this term

  • Geography –
  • Learning about the UK
  • History – A local history project
  • Art – Street art and graffiti

English

In English, during the first half term, we will be reading the book ‘There’s a Boy in the Girl’s bathroom’ and completing several writing tasks related to the text including diaries, letters and a book review.

In the second half of the term we will be studying some of the sonnets of William Shakespeare and we will then study and perform an abridged version of Macbeth. The children will have the chance to interpret Shakespearean language and become familiar with the main characters of the play. They will work in small groups to devise a short version of Macbeth and present this to other classes in the school.

In Maths we will be covering the following:

  • Fractions, decimals and percentages.
  • Geometry – properties of shape.
  • Geometry – position and direction.
  • Measurement – converting units and volume.
  • We will continue to build and develop our skills in calculating, reasoning, problem solving and mental methods. We will play games, investigate, practice fluency and work individually, in pairs and in small groups.

In Science this term will be learning about the properties and changes of different materials. We will be carrying out investigations and experiments and making predications and observations. We will discover materials that have reversible and irreversible changes.

PE

The children have been given a fantastic opportunity to participate in coaching from the FA skills team this half term, which will take place on a Monday afternoon. Children must have the appropriate footwear and shin pads as without these they will be unable to take part.

On Friday afternoon they will take part in athletics and cricket which will be led by Wayne Gudgeon.

Children should always have their PE kit in school and should have suitable outdoor footwear.

Homework will be given out on Monday and should be handed in by Friday.

Homework will include:

  • An English activity related to grammar or punctuation
  • Times tables practice and maths tasks
  • Spelling Practice.
  • Reading at least 3 times a week

My Style homework: This term’s My Style Homework theme is “This is Me” and should be a project which tells me and the rest of the class something about themselves. It could be... a power point presentation of their favourite hobby... a written report or film about what they’d like to be when they are older... something they have made that is special to them... or a song they have written and performed about their family. These are just a few ideas but please feel free to come up with your own wonderful project. As this is the end of our year (or 2 years) together, points will be awarded from me for originality, effort and quality. Class points will also be awarded from their peers and a small prize will be awarded at the end of term to the winning My Style Project.

Reading

There has been a fantastic improvement in reading since the beginning of the year, thank you. Please keep it up. Encourage your child to read as often as possible and to choose books they love and enjoy.

Class rules and behaviour

Children are 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

I am incredibly proud of Class 4. They are a great bunch who are polite, respectful and generally well behaved. They have been enthusiastic and engaged and a pleasure to teach. I am pleased to report that it is a rare event for me to have to enforce any of the school sanctions. I will treasure this last term with them.

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 a cloakroom is limited so please encourage children only to bring in what is necessary. Please ensure that your child has their PE kit in school at all times in a small draw string bag if possible. 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.

Mrs Michelle Metcalfe