Year 5 – Autumn Newsletter

Welcome to Year 5!

We are thrilled to welcome back all of the children and are happy to see them enjoying their return to school. We are really excited for the year ahead and all of the learning we will enjoy together. We have some amazing activities and topics planned that we hope the children will love. If you want to keep updated on what is going on please keep checking our school Twitter (@st_michaels_ham) and your child’s Class Dojo page, where we will share the children’s work and regular updates.

In Autumn term, we will be studying two texts in greater detail, with some short writing blasts and discrete grammar activities to complement their studies. Our first text is ‘Queen of the Falls’ by Chris Van Allsburg. We will be writing diary entries as well as descriptive passages. Our second text will be ‘The Lost Happy Endings’ by Carol Ann Duffy and Jane Ray, which will lend itself to the study of traditional tales and their features. Throughout the unit, the children will develop their ability to write from a range of perspectives and choose appropriate grammar and vocabulary for their chosen genres.. These texts and genres will form the basis of our reading study, which will also include Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls and Hansel and Gretel. Due to the exceptional circumstances globally, there will be daily focus on enhancing reading, writing and spelling to ensure that children continue to progress. This will take place across the entire curriculum as well as through discrete teaching.

To assist with the children’s progress in reading, we kindly request that we are supported at home by the children’s families. We would encourage daily reading from all children and appreciate all support with this. Children will be given a home reading diary to record any reading they do at home. We kindly ask that you sign their diary when your child has read with an adult or older sibling at home. These reading diaries need to come back into school every Friday, where their reading will be recorded by an adult in class. Books will be changed each Tuesday. Books must be brought in on Fridays to assist with current guidelines on sanitising shared resources. For every 5 times the children read at home, with an adult, they will earn a Class Dojo.

Maths during this half term will be based around number, place value and developing basic skills. We will be working with increasingly large numbers and developing our understanding of place value and how to read, write, order and compare these. This will then allow the children to work with operations such as addition and subtraction. Times tables are massively important in Year 5 as they are the key to a number of the topics we cover so if children could please practise times tables at home it would be hugely beneficial. There is a website (Topmarks) that has times tables games that you can do with your child but if you do not have regular access to a computer or an iPad, feel free to ask your child’s class teacher and they will print some of them out for you. We are more than happy to assist with this. Again, we will be ensuring that maths features across the curriculum to provide opportunities for children to link and develop their learning.

This term, we will be learning about forces, which we will link to our studies in DT (water resistance, up thrust etc.) The children will design parachutes for egg drops and evaluate their designs. As well as this, we will be teaching the children about separating mixtures including, reversible and irreversible changes. They will be considering how to conduct a fair test, making predictions and the features of a scientific write up when discussing their learning.

Our topic for Autumn term is ‘Rebels and Daredevils’

Geography- A study of regions in North America, with focus on planning a road trip.

History- Maya civilisation

Art – Developing understanding of colour and mood, linked to Jane Ray illustrations.

DT – Designing and evaluating boats/canoes based on extreme sports.

RE – Creation stories and the study of religious texts.

PE – Year 5 will take part in PE on Wednesdays. We kindly ask that all children arrive in their P.E. kit to reduce the number of personal possessions brought in to school. The children are asked to wear a t-shirt (no football kits, nothing cropped) as well as shorts or jogging bottoms. We also recommend trainers or pumps. Due to current Covid-19 guidelines, P.E. sessions will take place outside on the playing fields, weather permitting. We ask that children bring a jumper.

Other admin:
If your child is being picked up by an adult not on the data form, please let us know in advance. If you have any queries or worries, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the Junior Office.
We would also like to thank you for your ongoing support as we navigate the changing guidelines, the children have made an excellent start to the new school year and we look forward to what we hope to be a fun, exciting and hard-working year.

Thank you,
Mr Cunliffe, Miss Norman, Mrs Peers and Miss Ambrose.