Welcome to Year 5
PE and Kit
Our day for PE and Games will be Tuesday. Please could children wear their PE kit into school on this day. A navy T-shirt and navy blue shorts are required and trainers or similar footwear. Navy t-shirts may be purchased from YC Sports. During colder weather, tracksuits or other warm clothing may be worn.
Homework will be set in Google Classroom
Homework will consist of either maths, comprehension or a piece of work related to our context.
Spellings will be set in Google Classroom every other Friday
Children will be given a list of words to learn, using a different strategy. This can also be practised in J2Blast in HWB.
Reading books will be provided on Active Learn, online.
This academic year we will be providing your child with a weekly reading book online using their 'Active Learn' account. The children have been shown how to access the books and how to read it, and answer the comprehension questions that accompany it. Children are welcome to bring in books from home to read in school, but they will need to be kept in their school bag. Please encourage your child to read at home as much as possible whether it be books, comics or even instruction manuals!
Big Maths 'Clic', 'Safe' and 'Learn its' tests will take place weekly online in school. Parents/guardians are able to see progress and support needed from their child's login page.
To increase pupils’ confidence in communicating clearly in Welsh with a variety of audiences including teachers, peers and familiar adults in everyday situations.
Welsh you can use with your child at home
Beth ydy dy enw di? (What is your name?) answer: Tom ydw i (Tom ydy fy enw i)
Sut wyt ti’n teimlo? (How are you feeling?) answer: Dwi'n ____ achos ____
Sut mae’r tywydd heddiw? (what is the weather like today?) answer: Mae hi'n _____ (and extend using achos - because, ond -but, ac- and)
If your child would like to bring in their own snack, please can you ensure it is a healthy snack e.g fruit or vegetables (no crisps, chocolate. biscuits or sweets) Thanks!
Please provide your child with at least one full drinks bottle each day, this will be brought home for washing at the end of each day.
Context for Learning
Autumn Term 1 and Autumn Term 2 - Roses and Royals
In the Roses and Royal project, children will visit a Tudor site and discover who the Tudors were and how they lived. Back in the classroom, they’ll find out more about Tudor life. They’ll study the Tudor family tree and find out about Henry VII, the first Tudor king, who fought for the crown against Richard III. Their findings will be presented as fact files, posters, chants and rhymes. They’ll learn about the Battle of Bosworth and take on the roles of Tudor royalty as they decipher riddles and dance the branle. Using a map of the United Kingdom, they’ll plot Henry VII’s journey from Milford Haven, Wales to Bosworth Field, England, estimating and calculating the distance travelled. They’ll create their own Tudor rose printing block and explore the lines of symmetry in the original York and Lancaster roses. They’ll also learn about the lives of the sons of Henry VII, Arthur and Henry VIII, who was famous for his love of food, fighting and, of course, wives. At the end of the project, they’ll share their work and compare the reigns of the Tudor queens, Mary and Elizabeth, to their male predecessors.
Spring Term 1 - Warrior Princess
In the Warrior Princess project, children will visit a Norman Castle, find out about Gwenllian and why some believe that her ghost haunts the Kidwelly castle grounds. Back in the classroom, they’ll find out more about Gwenllian, draw her, use computer software to produce her family tree and act out an imagined conversation between Gwenllian, her husband and her sons. Focusing on the fierce Battle of Maes Gwenllian, they’ll write a diary entry for Gwenllian before she confronted the Norman soldiers and a speech for her son, Maelgwyn, after the battle. They’ll compare Gwenllian to the Celtic queen Boudicca, create a vocal soundscape to accompany a lullaby sung to Gwenllian as she slept and freeze frame the aftermath of the battle. At the end of the project, they’ll debate Gwenllian’s decision to fight the Normans and reflect on the way that Gwenllian has been remembered by Welsh warriors and the public at large.
Spring Term 2 - Sow, Grow and Farm / Allotment
Come on, let’s grow! During these two terms, we’ll visit an allotment to see what’s growing and spot the greenhouses and frames that help the plants to grow. Our visit will inspire us to write a report about the allotment and investigate types of compost and biodegradable materials used. We’ll use food from the allotment to make delicious dishes, and plant our own fruits and vegetables. Our art skills will improve as we make detailed observational drawings, using botanical images for inspiration. We’ll write a set of instructions explaining how to plant a tree and learn how to care for plants. The classic children’s book The Secret Garden will inspire us to write our own short stories. We’ll explore germination, learn more about the parts of the plant and find out how they reproduce. Maps will help us to identify the best place for an allotment and where different foods come from.
Once we’ve all got green fingers, we’ll write poems to celebrate the wonder of the garden. We’ll look at how well our plants have grown and make structures to support them. Attending our gardening masterclass will also help you to learn how to grow plants too! We will also learn about the features and characteristics of land use in agricultural regions across the world, including a detailed exploration of significant environmental areas.
Summer Term 1 - Beast Creator
A bug, a creepy-crawly, a beast. He’ll tickle your skin then go in for the sting. Arachnids, insects, molluscs and myriapods, hiding in nooks and beneath darkened rocks. Come search for these minibeasts, and let’s sort them out. How many legs? How many wings? Who does it eat and who eats it? Can you classify it? Can you draw it or make it? Build a bug hotel or a wonderful wormery, then watch them wriggle and burrow, mixing earth as they go. Discover where in the world you’ll find the deadliest beasts. Perhaps the Vespa mandarinia japonica is the one that you fear? Why not become a beast creator? Selectively breed a killer predator that saves the world from the super strong aphid. You’ll be a hero. ‘There was an old lady who swallowed a fly. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly. Perhaps she’ll die?’ We will also enjoy a class novel of Charlotte's Web.
Summer Term 2 - Scream Machine
Roll up, roll up! We’re going on a day trip to a theme park! This half term, we’ll write poems to capture the excitement of riding a roller coaster and investigate the wonders of centripetal force. After carrying out fair tests to investigate the materials used to make roller coasters, we’ll create prototype rides of our own. Let’s hope we choose the right materials! In our computing work, we’ll upload photographs of rides and examine online theme park maps. Then, we’ll use advanced techniques and commands to search for information on the internet. In English, we’ll write stories, signs and emails about theme parks and investigate forces by making a ride. We’ll design a roller coaster using software such as Scratch and look at online advertising.
Thank you for your continued support,
Mrs Tanner & Mrs Vanstone
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